COF News & Events

Silver (and gold) tips for picking perfect trees

Buy as fresh a tree as possible. "Check for smell first," says Christmas tree expert Mike Bondi, of Oregon State University's College of Forestry. "Crush a few needles in your hand and take a deep whiff of that wonderful forest smell. It should have a good, clean evergreen scent."

New OSU program grooms students to become top-notch workers

A new program at Oregon State University aims to help agricultural sciences and forestry students succeed in the workplace – and show employers that these OSU graduates are top-notch employees.  The program, called Leadership Academy, got under way this term with 10 students. Over the course of the year, participants will sharpen their ability to lead, think critically, communicate and work in a team.

Extreme photographer captures daredevils ski-ing higher than the clouds

A graduate of Oregon State University, adventure photographer Tyler Roemer has a degree in tourism and outdoor leadership. He has snapped pictures of rock climbing, white water rafting and hiking. But perhaps never anything as extreme as this. The Oregon photographer went up 11,000 with several professional skiers to capture incredible images of people skiing above the clouds. The skiers jumped off Mount Hood in Oregon and performed impressive aerial acrobatics with a mountain behind them and clouds beneath their feet.

Global warming prompts tree migration

A new report being released Thursday by Oregon State University has found what researchers are calling a migration of trees throughout the West —with some species disappearing from regions where they've thrived for centuries — due to global warming, insect attack diseases and fire. "Some of these changes are already happening pretty fast and in some huge areas," said Richard Waring, professor emeritus at OSU and lead author of the study.

OSU study shows downside of biomass power generation

The largest and most comprehensive study yet done on the effect of biofuel production from West Coast forests has concluded that an emphasis on bioenergy would increase carbon dioxide emissions from these forests at least 14 percent, if the efficiency of such operations is optimal.

'Albedo Effect' in Forests Can Cause Added Warming, Bonus Cooling

Wildfire, insect outbreaks and hurricanes destroy huge amounts of forest every year and increase the amount of carbon dioxide entering the atmosphere, but scientists are now learning more about another force that can significantly affect their climate impact.  Researchers, including Beverly Law, a professor in the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society, conclude in a new study that the albedo effect, which controls the amount of energy reflected back into space, is important in the climatic significance of several types of major forest disturbances.

Corvallis International Forest Film Festival

Opening nights: October 24, 2011, 7 pm, at the Majestic Theatre, and October 26, 2011, 7 pm, at Oregon State University, Richardson Hall room 107.  Oregon State University (OSU) College of Forestry, Student Sustainability Initiative, and International Forestry Students Association, in collaboration with the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition and the Majestic Theatre, are hosting the International Forest Film Festival in Corvallis to celebrate International Year of Forests 2011. We will be screening sixteen award-winning films from the Festival, including Best of Festival long and short films, five of the six category winners, special jury award winners and several interesting short films. Selected films will be shown twice weekly on alternate weeks (Mondays and Wednesdays or Tuesdays and Thursdays) through late January.

Forest structure, services may be lost even as form remains

A forest may look like a forest, have many of the same trees that used to live there, but still lose the ecological, economic or cultural values that once made it what it was, researchers suggest this week in articles in Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences.  “If you just look at a forest, it may look about the same as it used to,” said K. Norman Johnson, a distinguished professor of forest ecosystems and society at OSU. “But we’re losing them without really knowing it."

Pacific Northwest forests offer biomass bounty

Two five-year projects to create aviation fuels of the future out of tree plantations and low-value wood products in the Pacific Northwest were announced by the US Department of Agriculture, and will provide $9.8 million in grants to researchers at Oregon State University.  “The primary goal of the initiative that deals with forest residue is to find new ways to produce aviation fuel and high-value chemicals using a sustainable supply of biomass,” said John Sessions, a distinguished professor of forestry.

Salwasser leaving as Dean at Nation's Leading College of Forestry

Hal Salwasser, professor and dean of the College of Forestry at Oregon State University and director of one of the nation’s leading programs of forestry education and research, announced today that he will step down from the dean’s position at the end of the 2011-12 academic year. “Hal Salwasser has provided strong leadership during difficult economic times, changing social demands and new educational opportunities,” said Sabah Randhawa, the university’s provost and executive vice president. “OSU has one of the finest forestry educational and research programs in the nation, a program that Oregon needs to build both a healthy economy and a healthy natural resource base.”