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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!

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

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