COF News & Events

New forestry projects show promise in Southern Oregon, professors say

Initial results from experimental timber projects in southern Oregon indicate it's possible to retain old trees, protect watersheds and wildlife and still provide jobs, a pair of forestry professors said. Jerry Franklin from the University of Washington and Norm Johnson of Oregon State University released a report summarizing their work so far on three pilot projects on Bureau of Land Management forests.

Foresters keep close eye on tussock moth activity

State and federal forest officials are bracing for a continuation of last year’s Douglas fir tussock moth outbreak that lightly defoliated fir and spruce trees in the Blue Mountains. A news release from the Oregon State University Extension Office in La Grande said light defoliation was mapped last year across 9,000 acres of the Umatilla National Forest, including 7,800 acres in Washington and 1,200 acres in Oregon.

Seeing the forest for the trees

On a steep, south-facing mountain slope about 20 miles east of Sweet Home, two dozen people, including OSU forestry professor Klaus Puettmann, are talking ideas for the management of 1,600 acres of mostly 40- to 110-year-old Douglas firs.  They represent the U.S. Forest Service, Oregon State University, private timber land owners, environmental groups and loggers.

Designing Wildlife Corridors in the Digital Age

Development is squeezing animals into smaller pockets of land, and without sufficient planning and protection, individual animal populations could find themselves increasingly isolated.  Claire Montgomery, a forest economist at Oregon State University in Corvallis, has been developing methods to address both animal populations and timber management strategies.  "I was beginning to look at problems where uncertainty played a much bigger role than it had in the past in my research," said Montgomery. "And that kind of created a whole new dimension to the problem that I didn't even have a clue how to address computationally."

Extension offering local classes for small-woodlot owners

More than a year after uprooting its forestry program in Lane County because of a lack of funding, the state Extension Service has figured out how to resume offering some help to small-woodlot owners and others who want to learn more about growing and harvesting trees.  The service, run by Oregon State University, will bring OSU forestry experts assigned to other counties to Lane County, to hold a series of one-day classes that will cost $25 per attendee.

How A Tiny Fungus Is Starving Coastal Douglas Fir Trees

In 2008, scientist and CoF assistant professor Bryan Black took core samples the diameter of a pencil from a forest near the north Oregon coast. Most of the trees were hemlocks and Douglas fir that had been undisturbed for about 90 years.  The hemlocks were growing normally. But Black was shocked at what he saw in the Douglas fir samples.  “In 1984, these Douglas fir all but shut down,” Black says. “In fact, their growth was so slow that it wasn’t even forming wood around the whole circumference of the tree.”

Forest Health in Oregon: State of the State 2012

Forest Health in Oregon: State of the State 2012 is a one-day conference and continuing education event designed to synthesize the current forest health conditions of Oregon forests by focusing on mortality agents and other factors that negatively impact forest trees.  It will be held on March 1 at the LaSells Stewart Center, OSU.

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John Mann Selected as New Director of College Forests

Effective January 1, 2012, John Mann became the College of Forestry’s new Director of College Forests.

The College Forests at Oregon State University include 14,500 acres of forestland in a statewide network of research, teaching, and outreach forests, with the 11,500-acre McDonald and Dunn Forests at the core of this network.

"John brings a wealth of experience and diverse background in forestry to the position, and is well-informed of the issues and opportunities before us on the College Forests," said College of Forestry Executive Associate Dean Steve Tesch.

Mann built a 35-year career in the forest industry, including serving as vice president for both the Western Region of the Forest Engineering Research Institute of Canada (FERIC) and Timberland Operations for the TimberWest Forest Corporation in British Columbia, Canada.  After retiring in 2008, Mann, who graduated from the OSU College of Forestry in 1979 with a Master of Forestry degree in Forest Engineering, returned to the College in 2010 to serve as the Director of Cooperative Education in the Forest Engineering, Resources and Management Department.

John's Contact Information:

541-737-3562 (Peavy Arboretum)

541-737-2185 (005 Peavy Hall)

541-306-7031 (cell)

John Mann's Resume

College Forests website

Yellowstone transformed 15 years after the return of wolves

The return of gray wolves has dramatically altered the landscape in portions of Yellowstone National Park, as new trees take root in areas where the predators have curbed the size of foraging elk herds, according to scientists in a new study.  Stands of aspen, willow and cottonwood are expanding in areas where for decades dense elk populations prevented new growth, said study author William Ripple from the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society at Oregon State University.

Fuel reduction likely to increase carbon emissions

Forest thinning to help prevent or reduce severe wildfire will release more carbon to the atmosphere than any amount saved by successful fire prevention, a new study concludes.  There may be valid reasons to thin forests – such as restoration of forest structure or health, wildlife enhancement or public safety – but increased carbon sequestration is not one of them, say scientists including Forestry researcher John Campbell and professor Mark Harmon