College of Forestry News

OSU College of Forestry scientists found that deer and elk can play a key role in controlling the broadleaf vegetation, such as alder and maple, that compete with the “crop trees” – the Douglas-fir seedlings – in the replanted clear-cuts deer and elk heavily rely on for forage.

Chal Landgren, a professor in OSU’s College of Forestry at the North Willamette Research and Extension Center in Aurora, said the supply can be attributed to two main factors.

Historically, there were arguments about the authority of federal entities, lack of local community engagement, or disagreement about fire response strategies and tactics.

Conventional timber harvesting has no effect on carbon levels in the mineral soils of the western Pacific Northwest for at least 3 1/2 years after harvest, according to recently-published research by Oregon State University and Weyerhaeuser Company.

A global coalition of scientists led by William J. Ripple and Christopher Wolf of Oregon State University says “untold human suffering” is unavoidable without deep and lasting shifts in human activities that contribute to greenhouse gas emissions and other factors related to climate change.

In a time of increasing wildfire activity, Oregon State University Extension Service has implemented a new statewide fire program to help facilitate forest and range management plans, as well as create a healthy respect of fire through education and outreach efforts.

Pennsylvania native and graduate student Anna Talucci took a two-pronged approach to studying the natural resilience of insect damaged and burned forests. She tramped into the wilderness, setting up 63 fire-burned plots and measuring fire severity, regeneration and structure.

Bill Ripple has spent much of his personal and professional life trying to understand the complex clockwork of natural processes.

Co-author Christopher Still says, “Careful and targeted afforestation and reforestation can help with the climate crisis, but only if done in certain regions and with appropriate safeguards for biodiversity, water availability, and in concert with local communities.”

The Conway Science Fellowship in social science was awarded to the team of Evan Bredeweg, a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife in the College of Agricultural Sciences; and Ashley D’Antonio, an assistant professor in the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society in