At the College of Forestry, we are known for our collaborative research approach to advance knowledge and bring solutions to issues facing our forest landscapes and ecosystems. We take pride in creating new and innovative approaches to help partners enhance people's lives while improving the health of our lands, businesses and vital ecosystems. This amazing work is carried out by our world-class faculty, staff and students and happens in labs and out there – on public and private lands across the state and in the College’s own 15,000 acres of College Research Forests.
Our centers, institutes and programs reflect the collaborative nature of our research. In the areas below, we work together with industry partners to find solutions to the problems our landscapes, communities and economies face. All the research we do and all the science-based evidence we provide aims toward a healthier future for all. We work toward actively managed landscapes that improve the health of our lands, businesses and vital ecosystems; an innovative wood products industry that supports communities and builds a sustainable future for the industry; and working forests that are safe places for fish and wildlife.
Learn more about our centers, instututes and programs and their partners in this important work.
Since 1926, hundreds of research studies have been conducted across the College of Forestry’s 15,000 acres of research and demonstration forests. Researchers and educators from the College of Forestry, other colleges within OSU, other universities, agencies, non-profits and local schools use the OSU Research Forests as a living laboratory and classroom.
Students receive hands-on experience in everything from taking forest measurements, to studying aquatic plants and wildlife. The research and learning that takes place in the forests has contributed impactful solutions to everyday and real-world challenges.