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City posts interactive map of heritage trees

The city of Corvallis has set up an interactive map that showcases its heritage trees program. The OSU Moon Tree outside of Peavy Hall, planted from seeds that were taken to the moon on the Apollo 14 mission in 1971, is one of the trees featured.

Ancient bones point to shifting grassland species as climate changes

In a report in Science Advances, an analysis was done of mammoth and bison hair, teeth and bones, along with other data. It concludes that a changing climate — particularly increasing rainfall and not just atmospheric carbon dioxide — explains the expansion of grassland plants during the latter part of the Neogene, a geologic era that includes the present. The research was led by Jennifer Cotton as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Utah and in the College of Forestry at Oregon State University. Co-authors include Christopher J. Still of the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society.

Killing to Conserve

“What we have here is the idea of killing in the name of conservation,” says Michael Nelson, professor of environmental ethics and philosophy at Oregon State University’s College of Forestry, who has written extensively on the subject, and on the ethics of hunting wolves in particular. “If animals don’t matter very much, then you can say: ‘We’ll kill a few of them and see if it does what we think it will do.’”

Fort Vancouver’s palisade to be fortified

The Fort Vancouver National Historic Site worked with the Oregon State University College of Forestry and sampled every single wood member in the log stockade known as the palisade.

Wolf recovery in Oregon can become a success story

A piece by Robert L. Beschta, professor emeritus with Forest Ecosystems and Society and Michael Paul Nelson, professor of environmental philosophy and ethics with Forest Ecosystems and Society, both at Oregon State University.

Student Feature: Jessica Kessinger

Pursuing a dual degree in forest engineering and international studies, Jessica Kessinger is currently an undergraduate in Oregon State University’s College of Forestry. Read more about her international experiences!

New Book: "Forest Under Story: Creative Inquiry in an Old-Growth Forest"

Two kinds of long-term research are taking place at the H. J. Andrews Experimental Forest, a renowned research facility in the temperate rain forest of the Oregon Cascades. Here, scientists investigate the ecosystem's trees, wildlife, water, and nutrients with an eye toward understanding change over varying timescales up to two hundred years or more. And writers from both literary and scientific backgrounds spend time in the forest investigating the ecological and human complexities of this remarkable and deeply studied place.

Oregon Logging Conference 2016: 'Wood is on the cusp of a major change'

"The wood product (cross laminated timber) is incredibly strong and it can be put together incredibly big," according to Thomas Maness, a dean at the college of forestry at Oregon State University.

Dread is vanishing from the animal world. Here’s why that’s a bad thing.

“For the first time in 70 years, the park has a complete suite of predators and prey,” Oregon State University forest ecologist William Ripple, a co-author on the study, told The Washington Post in 2004. “This is a grand experiment.”

Wooden Buildings as Strong as Steel

At the DR Johnson plant three hours to the south—the first in the country to make structural-grade panels—the timber is planed down to a thickness of 1.375 inches, laid flat and set end to end in a single layer. Another layer is glued on top perpendicularly, then another layer glued perpendicular to that and so on—generally three layers of boards for walls and five for floors, according to Lech Muszynski, a wood science professor at Oregon State University—until it is sent into a massive custom-built press for a couple of hours while the glue sets.

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