We live in a world with increasing global and regional challenges facing our forests and communities. From addressing the impacts of climate change to creating innovative, sustainable wood products to meet the demands of a growing population, science and education will play a critical role in helping ensure our forests and communities flourish.
At the Oregon State University College of Forestry, we take our role as an education, research and outreach leader seriously. We are dedicated to using sound science to prepare those committed to working in our forest landscapes and help inform future policies and decisions.
In this edition of Focus, we share some of our efforts to address the challenges facing our forests, ecosystems, and communities. This issue highlights how we aim to generate scientific knowledge that charts a path forward to benefit Oregonians and help serve the world. In an era where we face sustainability and climate crises primarily driven by society’s rampant consumption of fossil fuels, the work by our researchers and collaborative partners is needed now more than ever.