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Research at the College of Forestry
What kinds of research?
Scientists at the College of Forestry conduct research on a wide range of topics in the disciplines of biology, botany, ecology, engineering, forest management, manufacturing and marketing of wood products, the social sciences, wood chemistry and physiology, and many others. The College owns about 15,000 acres of College Forests, most of it within a few minutes of campus. These forests are a rich resource not only for forestry research but for teaching and demonstration.
How is this research organized?
Research at the College is conducted under the auspices of the Oregon Forest Research Laboratory, established by the Oregon legislature in 1941 as the forestry research arm of the State of Oregon (see Oregon Revised Statute 526.225). College research provides information to improve the forest-related decisions of those who use, own, operate, or are otherwise affected by management of the forests of the Northwest and the products and services these forests provide.
In November 2013, the College launched the Institute for Working Forest Landscapes (IWFL) to focus research programs on innovative approaches for managing landscapes that will enhance people’s lives and improve the health of our lands, businesses and vital ecosystems. The IWFL will develop adaptive forest management techniques that integrate social, ecological, and economic objectives at the landscape level. It will continue to operate under the auspices of the FRL to more clearly focus the work of College faculty and students to meet the needs of Oregon.
Who does this research?
Research is conducted by the faculty of the College of Forestry with the assistance of their research assistants and graduate students.
How can I find out more about it?
College of Forestry research appears in articles in peer-reviewed journals and in papers published by the Forest Research Laboratory publications department. Most are available free or at a nominal cost from the College of Forestry Communications Group.
Who uses College of Forestry research?
Research results are used by many-private landowners, state and federal land-managing agencies, wood processing firms and workers, legislators, environmental agencies and interests, and others. Thus, Laboratory research affects virtually all Oregonians because of the importance of forests to them and to their state's economic health.
Interdisciplinary and Cooperative Research
College scientists also take part in many interdisciplinary and cooperative research ventures with colleagues from other universities, the Forest Service and other agencies, and private industry.