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'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.”

2010-2011 Academic Report now available

The College of Forestry’s 2010-2011 Academic Report to the Provost is now available.  This annual report captures the College’s most noteworthy accomplishments and activities from the past year.  You’re invited to take a few minutes to read through this detail-rich snapshot of yet another successful year.  Your thoughts and feedback are welcome.  Email julie.howard@oregonstate.edu and she’ll pass along the information to the Dean and Executive Associate Dean.

Study outlines stream temperature changes following timber harvests

One of the largest and longest studies done in Oregon on the impact of timber harvest on stream temperatures has found no average temperature increases on state forest lands, but a 1.3 degree increase on private timber lands.  Stream temperatures are a particular concern for cold-water fish such as trout and salmon, and the Oregon Department of Environment Quality mandates that forest management activities should not increase temperatures by more than 0.5 degrees Fahrenheit.

Study Reveals that National Forests can Provide Public Health Benefits

Jeff Kline, a scientist with the Forest Service's Pacific Northwest Research Station, and Oregon State University co-authors, Randall Rosenberger and Eric White, recently published their findings in the September issue of the Journal of Forestry. The article, "A National Assessment of Physical Activity in U.S. National Forests," contends that national forests can help Americans meet guidelines for regular physical activity set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Wolves may aid recovery of Canada lynx, a threatened species

As wolf populations grow in parts of the West, most of the focus has been on their value in aiding broader ecosystem recovery – but a new study from Oregon State University also points out that they could play an important role in helping to save other threatened species.  “The increase in mesopredators such as coyotes is a serious issue; their populations are now much higher than they used to be when wolves were common in most areas of the United States,” said William Ripple, a professor in the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society at OSU.

Congratulations to Professor Steven Strauss!

Steven H. Strauss, University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society, has been honored with the Barrington-Moore Memorial Award from the Society of American Foresters (SAF).  The award recognizes outstanding achievement in biological research leading to the advancement of forestry. Strauss will receive an engraved plaque and a $1,000 cash honorarium at the 2011 SAF National Convention in Honolulu.  Strauss has been a leader in forest biotechnology and created the Tree Biosafety and Genomics Research Cooperative.  His work has led to the development of methods to reduced undesired gene flow from transgenic populations, helped improve public acceptance of biotechnology and reduced environmental impacts.

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