COF News & Events

E. Oregon family wins national tree farmer award

Oregon State University Baker County Extension Forester Bob Parker, who nominated the Defrees family, said Dean and his father, Lyle, and the rest of the family exemplify the award’s qualifications.

Forestry Complex celebrates groundbreaking

The College of Forestry at Oregon State University celebrated the start of construction of the new Oregon Forest Science Complex with a groundbreaking ceremony on Oct. 29.

Wildlife migration routes for multiple species can link conservation reserves at lower cost

“We demonstrate that a lot of potential gain can be made at moderate increases in cost as you try to connect habitat areas,” said Claire Montgomery, a forest economist at Oregon State and one of the researchers on the project. “Looking at trade-offs between target species is something that no one has done, as far as I know, in terms of corridor design.”

Bushmeat hunting threatens mammal populations and ecosystems, poses food security threat

An international team led by William Ripple, distinguished professor of ecology at Oregon State University, analyzed data on the IUCN Red List to reach their findings, which were published today in Royal Society Open Science, a professional journal.

Conifer needles will drop. That's OK, says OSU urban forestry expert

Such botanical behavior is natural, said Paul Ries, urban forestry specialist for the Oregon State University Extension Service. Evergreen conifers shed needles just as deciduous trees lose leaves; it just happens over a longer period of time.

How OSU’s Dr. Ripple Has Helped Rewrite the Laws on Predators

Dr. Bill Ripple made a discovery in the late 90s that shed some light on the unique roles of predators that has led to collaboration with researchers around the world. Ripple, now a Distinguished Professor and well known researcher, was just doing what comes naturally when he is curious. We call this the Ripple Effect.

Successful control of reproduction could help address concerns about use of engineered trees

Forestry scientists have found a way to arrest the development of flowers in poplar trees, paving the way for control of the unintentional spread of engineered or non-native tree species.

A sign of safer times: Corvallis neighborhood receives wildfire prevention recognition

The area known as Skyline West, which was annexed into the City in 1989, has been designated a “firewise” community — one of six in Benton County — for its fire-prevention efforts in working with Oregon State University, the Corvallis Fire Department, Oregon Department of Forestry and the Parks and Recreation Department’s urban forester to develop wildfire mitigation practice and awareness.

Emily Jane Davis: conversations on collaboration

Emily Jane Davis, assistant professor and extension specialist in the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society, researches natural resources collaboration. Her research takes her all over the state as she studies and assists with collaboration in small communities.

Describe your unique position with the College of Forestry.
My position was just created two years ago. It’s a blend of research and providing assistance through the Oregon State University Extension Service, not just one or the other. My focus is on collaboration.

Read the full interview with Emily Jane in the Fall 2016 Focus.

Branch Out

Designs are finalized and construction of the Oregon Forest Science Complex (OFSC) is underway. Comprised of a new and improved Peavy Hall and the Red Emmerson Advanced Wood Products Laboratory, the complex will feature state-of-the-art teaching and laboratory space including 20,000 square-feet dedicated to the creation of wood products like cross laminated timber. When completed in March 2018, the complex, designed by Michael Green Architecture with the Miller Hull Partnership, will feature advanced wood products and reclaimed materials from the old Peavy Hall.

“For me personally, the new building represents a rebirth of the profession of forestry,” says Dean Thomas Maness, who spearheaded the effort to create the OFSC, including raising funds to cover its nearly $60 million cost. “The way we thought about forestry in the past is very different from how we think about forestry now. We understand things like the impact that forests have on mitigation of climate change, and the total ecosystem value of forest systems in Oregon and throughout the world, along with so many other critically important ideas.”

Read more in the Fall 2016 Focus!