COF News & Events

Viviane Simon-Brown awarded for Climate Change Handbook

Climate Change Handbook –A Citizen’s Guide to Thoughtful Action won both a Western Regional and National Educational Piece - Team Award from NACDEP – the National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals.  College of Forestry professor Viviane Simon-Brown was one of the authors of this handbook and was recognized at the annual conference in Park City, UT.

Stakeholders tell about effects of spotted owl

The 20-year-old plan to protect the Northern spotted owl is a "failure," Rep. Doc Hastings, chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, says.  Federal forestlands are becoming a liability to the states, said Hal Salwasser, forestry dean at Oregon State University. "And they are a growing threat to adjoining landowners due to vulnerability to fire, insects and disease."  Mitch Friedman, of Conservation Northwest, urged that stakeholders in forest health not demand changes in federal timber policy.  "If your cake is mushy, don't blame the recipe. Allow the full baking time," he said.

Congratulations to our outstanding alumni!

The OSU College of Forestry is pleased to honor John Murphy, Jr., Dennis Dykstra, and Andrea Thorpe as the 2012 Forestry Outstanding Alumni. They will be recognized at the College’s Spring Awards Ceremony on May 31, 2012 at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center Ballroom.

Read their bios.

Feeding the birds

If you feed them, they will come.  At least, Oregon State University researchers are hoping that’s the case with area hummingbirds. The university has tapped fourth-graders at Timber Ridge School, among students at other mid-valley schools, to hang feeders to help researchers collect data.  Todd Bertwelt, an undergraduate in OSU’s College of Forestry, came to Timber Ridge in late April to explain the project.

Professional group honors Mike Cloughesy as Oregon's forester of the year

In a 33-year career, Cloughesy has organized and led 30 major forestry conferences, led tours and taught more than 200 classes and workshops. At the forest resources institute, he directs programs for forest landowners and professionals. He's also directed its outreach education and served as a professor and assistant leader of the Forestry Extension Program at Oregon State University's College of Forestry.

Oregon tree names keep people guessing

Many people are aware that despite its name, Douglas-fir is not a true fir. It's also not a pine, not a spruce and not a hemlock. Outside of the United States, it is often called Oregon pine, also a misnomer.  What is a Douglas-fir, then?  It's a unique species, in a class by itself, according to the newly revised Oregon State University publication, "Understanding Names of Oregon Trees," (EC 1502).

Future of ecological forestry is here

When Jerry Franklin and OSU forestry professor Norm Johnson look past the Pilot Joe restoration project, they see forests with a future.  The Mail Tribune reports on their work in Southern Oregon.  The goal of ecological forestry is to preserve the largest trees and improve forest health, including protecting northern spotted owl habitat, while producing wood for mills and county coffers, and reducing wildfire devastation, according to Franklin and Johnson.

Analysis raises atmospheric, economic doubts about forest bioenergy

A large, global move to produce more energy from forest biomass may be possible and already is beginning in some places, but scientists say in a new analysis that such large-scale bioenergy production from forest biomass is unsustainable and will increase greenhouse gas emissions.  FES professor Beverly Law was a co-author of this study.

Breaking down the wall: communication at the interface of environmental policy and science

FES professor Lisa Ganio is a panelist in an upcoming Women in Policy and Women in Science public event, "Breaking down the wall: communication at the interface of environmental policy and science".   This event will be held on April 25 from 6:00-7:30pm in MU 109.  Panelists will be discussing the need to bridge the communication gap in environmental science and policy in the face of critical changes to the environment, as well as answering audience questions.

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Loss of predators affecting ecosystem health

A survey on the loss in the Northern Hemisphere of large predators, particularly wolves, concludes that current populations of moose, deer, and other large herbivores far exceed their historic levels and are contributing to disrupted ecosystems.  FES professor Bill Ripple was the lead author of this study, and FES professor emeritus Robert Beschta a co-author.