COF News & Events

Forest harvest tax rates adopted

The Oregon Forest Research Laboratory "came out as good as we possibly could have," according to a top university official, after lawmakers on June 2 adopted forest products harvest tax rates."  A lot of people went the extra mile to help us get what we did," said Hal Salwasser, dean of the Oregon State University College of Forestry. The laboratory is the research arm of the college.

Climate projections don’t accurately reflect soil carbon release

Mark Harmon, professor and holder of the Richardson Chair in Forest Science at OSU, and other scientists have just published results of a new study in the journal Biogeosciences.  The study concludes that models may be predicting releases of atmospheric carbon dioxide that are either too high or too low, depending on the region, because they don’t adequately reflect variable temperatures that can affect the amount of carbon released from soil.

Up in Smoke: Can Carbon Markets Help Reduce Forest Fires?

Speaking before the Senate panel, Forest Ecosystems and Society professor Dr. Bev Law, explained the balancing act scientists were still in the process of studying. “ Most of the live and dead wood is not consumed in wildfires, contrary to common belief, even in high severity fires. Fuel reduction can be effective in reducing fire severity, however it comes at the cost of reducing carbon sequestration, so there are tradeoffs,” she testified.

Conference to explore sustainable design in wood buildings

A professional conference on June 1 at the Oregon Convention Center will explore new innovations in locally produced wood products and the use of them in sustainable building design. The conference, “StructureOregon 2011: Utilizing Local Wood Products in Sustainable Designs,” is sponsored by the Oregon Wood Innovation Center at Oregon State University and others.

Tornadoes raise questions about building practices, code enforcement

There is no practical, economic way to build structures that could stand up to the savagery of EF5 tornadoes like those that ripped through the South in late April, experts say, but damage from lesser storms could be reduced by better building practices and better enforcement of existing codes.

Forestry student Danielle White wins writing prize

Congrats to Danielle White, senior in Wood Science and Technology from Corvallis, who won an award for her essay, “Buffalo Road,” in the first annual OSU sustainability writing competition.  OSU’s Spring Creek Project and the Student Sustainability Initiative sponsored the “The Great Work: Re-imagining Humanity as the Planet Changes,” contest. The five winners receive $100 and a chance to help shape the future. The writings will appear today, May 18, in an insert of the Daily Barometer.

OSU Alumni Association tabs Starkers for top honors

Bond and Barte Starker, co-owners of Corvallis-based Starker Forests Inc., have received the Oregon State University Alumni Association’s highest award in recognition of their work to keep alive a family tradition of responsible land management, ethical business leadership and service to the university, the community and the state.

National Competition Digs In To Central Oregon Dirt

This year’s competition is being hosted by Oregon State University’s Cascades Campus. The head of OSU Cascade’s Natural Resources program, forestry professor Ron Reuter, seems remarkably relaxed for a guy about to host his first national soil competition.

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!