Research Projects

  • The Applegate project is a research project on the development and application of strategic forest planning methods for the fire-prone landscapes of Oregon. Scientists from OSU, the University of Washington, and the PNW Station will be involved as will managers, landowners, specialists, and interested citizens. The overall project goal is to combine sound scientific methods with community involvement and technical advice from the federal agencies to develop a model which will reveal the outcomes of various management strategies relative to achievement of resource management goals.


    Visit the website: http://www.cof.orst.edu/research/safefor
  • Quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides) is the most widely distributed tree species in North America. Despite its ability to adapt to disturbance, quaking aspen is declining throughout much of its native range. This site includes links to three information resources about the quaking aspen. The Aspen Project is a continuing research project at Oregon State University for the study of quaking aspen and its decline in the western United States.

    Visit the website: http://www.cof.orst.edu/aspen
  • A regional research center focusing on developing new wood products and processing systems.

  • An effort to develop and evaluate concepts and tools to understand patterns and dynamics of provincial ecosystems such as the Coast Range and to analyze the aggregate ecological, economic, and social consequences of the forest policies for different owners at the province (subregional) scale.

    Visit the website: http://www.fsl.orst.edu/clams/
  • The ERSAL research program develops and applies remote sensing and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology for the study of forest lands and related natural resource problems.  Research topics include landscape ecology, remote sensing of plant cover, forest landscape patterns, and wildlife habitat.

    Visit the website: http://www.cof.orst.edu/cof/fr/ersal.php
  • The mission of the program is to provide new information about fish and wildlife habitat within Oregon’s actively managed forests through research, technology transfer, and service activities. Current priorities for new program activities favor those that contribute to the scientific information base that supports the Oregon Forest Practices Act and also Oregon's actively managed federal forest lands. The goals are to provide the information needed by forest managers to guide responsible stewardship of fish and wildlife habitat resources consistent with land management objectives, and by policy makers to establish and evaluate informed forest policy and regulations.

    Visit the website: http://www.forestry.oregonstate.edu/fish-and-wildlife-habitat-managed-forests-research-program
  • The Forest Sector Market Modeling team conducts research at the national, regional, and sub-regional levels. Our model building work is driven by the desire to help improve forest management and stewardship decisions by providing market projections and policy simulations to private and public managers. We have been particularly sensitive to the need of managers to apply the projections in their specific ownership and market context—hence we’ve moved toward basic model building blocks that allow greater geographic detail. Our research often is interdisciplinary and frequently involves scientists and natural resources professionals from other academic institutions and government research.

    Visit the website: http://www.cof.orst.edu/cof/fr/research/tamm/index.htm
  • The Forests and Climate Change Working Group was established by College of Forestry scientists and educators to:

    • Improve awareness of the role of forests in carbon exchange with the atmosphere and potential contributions of forests to reducing carbon emissions
    • Lead to effective changes in management and other behaviors regarding forests and climate
    • Maintain and create resilient forest systems and their related ecosystem services in the future under changing climate
    • Train students and forestry professionals to manage forests for carbon and climate change adaptation
    • Make opportunities versus costs of climate change better understood and known
    Visit the website: http://fcc.forestry.oregonstate.edu/
  • The Institute for Water and Watersheds (IWW) is Oregon’s federally-designated water resources research institute. Its role is to catalyze water research by:

    • Assembling diverse research teams and leading interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary water research projects.
    • Helping policy makers and water managers collaborate with university faculty as they seek solutions to complex water issues.?
    • Offering training and access to water quality and stable isotope analysis facilities through a shared laboratory called the IWW Collaboratory.
    • Encouraging community and collaboration among water faculty, students and water managers by sponsoring events and producing a weekly campus water newsletter.
    • Assisting faculty with project development and management.
    Visit the website: http://water.oregonstate.edu
  • The Laboratory for Applications of Remote Sensing in Ecology (LARSE) is a joint research effort of the USDA Forest Service, PNW Research Station, and the OSU College of Forestry's Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society. LARSE emerged from an array of related remote sensing research projects focused on terrestrial ecology problems. This activity began in 1989 with a concentration on using digital imagery to characterize forest structure in the Pacific Northwest Douglas-fir/western hemlock zone.

    Visit the website: http://www.fsl.orst.edu/larse
  • A long-term program of research at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest with major funding from the National Science foundation, the Forest Service, and OSU  LTER is developing fundamental ecological relationships in managed and natural forests and incorporating them into forest management strategies.

    Visit the website: http://andrewsforest.oregonstate.edu
  • A 200-year program of research in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska with major funding from the Forest Service, the Washington Department of Natural Resources, the National Science Foundation, the Environmental Protection Agency, and Oregon State University. This research seeks understanding of processes that control the long-term productivity of the land--including timber, other commodity and non-commodity resources, and biodiversity--to support sustainable-ecosystem management.

    Visit the website: http://www.fsl.orst.edu/ltep/
  • The Northern Coast Range Adaptive Management Area is one of 10 Adaptive Management Areas (AMAs) established in the Pacific Northwest, USA, in 1994. The Northern Coast Range AMA is located in northwestern Oregon between the Pacific Ocean and the Willamette Valley and includes lands managed by USDA Forest Service and USDI Bureau of Land Management.

    Visit the website: http://www.fsl.orst.edu/ncama
  • The Oregon Wood Innovation Center is dedicated to the delivery of problem-solving information to the primary and value-added wood products manufacturers in Oregon and elsewhere.

    Visit the website: http://owic.oregonstate.edu/
  • An individual tree growth model developed for Southwest Oregon and the Western Willamette Valley of Oregon. It will project stand development for several species mixes, stand structures and management activities.

    Visit the website: http://www.cof.orst.edu/cof/fr/research/organon/
  • The purpose of this study is to compare historic and current ranges of both carnivores and ungulates, identify large-scale patterns in species ranges and determine the degree of human influence on species range changes.

    Visit the website: http://www.cof.orst.edu/rangecontractions
  • A program integrating social and biological aspects of forestry research into strategies for the long-term sustainable management of forests for a multiplicity of values.

    Visit the website: http://www.cof.orst.edu/org/sfp/
  • The mission of the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research and Regional Analysis group (TERRA-PNW) is to quantify and understand the response of terrestrial ecosystems to natural and human-induced changes such as climate, wildfire and land management practices.

    Visit the website: http://terraweb.forestry.oregonstate.edu
  • Trophic Cascades in Terrestrial Ecosystems is a research and educational program with the purpose of investigating the role of predators in structuring ecological communities. This program puts special emphasis on the role of potential keystone species in top-down community regulation, with linkages to biodiversity via trophic cascades.

    Visit the website: http://www.cof.orst.edu/cascades/index.php
  • The Young Stand Management Project was initiated as part of the adaptive management strategy of the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF). While testing assumptions critical for the successful implementation of the ODF Northwest Oregon State Forest Management Plan, the overall objective of this project is to investigate pathways to manage young Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) plantations for a combination of revenue production and older forest structures.

    Visit the website: http://www.cof.orst.edu/cof/fs/research/silv/berger/YSM/YSM.htm