COF News & Events

The Planet's Natural Air Filters

A new study by the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Energy reveals just how powerful U.S. forests can be in ameliorating the polluting effects of our fossil fuel addiction

Spring edition of Focus on Forestry available

The Spring 2011 Focus on Forestry is now available!

OSU Awarded Tree Campus USA

We all know beavers like trees.  But these ones aren't cutting them down, they're planting them instead.  On the OSU campus almost everywhere you look, you see different types of trees.  So it's not surprising that Oregon State just got the re-certification for its 3rd straight year as Tree Campus USA.

Climate Change Takes Toll on the Lodgepole Pine

Rising temperatures, drought and the spread of destructive insect pests will shrink the North American range of the lodgepole pine  nearly 10 percent by 2020, a new study finds.  Full story

New regional boss appointed to head 17 national forests in Oregon and Washington

A 30-year veteran of the U.S. Forest Service is the new regional forester for the agency's Pacific Northwest region. Kent Connaughton will be in charge of 17 national forests and one national grassland in Oregon and Washington.

Science foundation grant funds water supply study

Researchers from Oregon’s three top universities will team up to study the regional water supply in the Willamette River Basin, and how it might be impacted by population growth and climate change.  Full Story

The future of the forest can sustain communities and the trees, OSU's College of Forestry dean says

Hal Salwasser's observations come across like forest clearcuts: Blunt, dramatic and starkly efficient. Just as some people think clearcuts are nothing but ugly, not everyone likes what Salwasser has to say. No matter. The dean of Oregon State University's College of Forestry holds a Biltmore  measuring stick to federal forest policy and calls out his readings: Not sustainable, he declares.

Sharks and wolves: predator, prey interactions similar on land and in oceans

There may be many similarities between the importance of large predators in marine and terrestrial environments, researchers concluded in a recent study, which examined the interactions between wolves and elk in the United States, as well as sharks and dugongs in Australia.

Invading weed threatens devastation to western rangelands

A new field study confirms that an invasive weed called medusahead has growth advantages over most other grass species, suggesting it will continue to spread across much of the West, disrupt native ecosystems and make millions of acres of grazing land almost worthless.

Light on Leaves

Not long ago if you wanted to measure the height of a tree, you had to do trigonometry on the ground — or gear up for a climb. But these days you have a more sophisticated option: beaming lasers from the sky.