Research Facilities and Collaborations

Research in the College of Forestry is conducted under the auspices of the Institute for Working Forest Landscapes and the original Forest Research Laboratory, which is supported by state and federal appropriations and by research grants from public and private sources (see Oregon Revised Statute 526.225).   

The College enjoys a strong working relationship with the USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research StationUSGS Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Laboratory, all all with facilities on or near the OSU campus.. The activities of these and other OSU departments on campus combine to form the largest concentration of forest science research in North America. 

The following is a detailed listing of key research programs, collaborations, and facilities:

Forests for Research and Learning

College Forests -- The OSU College Forests are living laboratories where active forest management practices provide teaching, research, and demonstration opportunities for students of all ages, forest managers, and Oregonians. The College Forests comprise the McDonald-Dunn, Spaulding, Marchel, and Blodgett forest properties, totaling about 14,000 acres.

HJ Andrews Experimental Forest LTER -- The mission of the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest is to support research on forests, streams, and watersheds, and to foster strong collaboration among ecosystem science, education, natural resource management, and the humanities. Located in the western Cascade mountains of Oregon, the 16,000-acre site is administered cooperatively by Oregon State University, the USDA Forest Service's Pacific Northwest Research Station, and the Willamette National Forest.  The Andrews Forest has been a US Forest Service Experimental Forest since 1948, and a National Science Foundation Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) site since 1980. Facilities, including labs, offices, and housing, are available for research and workshop use. Researchers and graduate students interested in conducting work at the Andrews Forest are welcomed and encouraged—participants benefit from a rich data history and from collaborations across disciplines.

Service Lab

Cooperative Chemical Analytical Laboratory -- The mission of the Cooperative Chemical Analytical Laboratory (CCAL) is to provide high quality, trace-level analysis of nutrients, ions, and physical properties of natural waters in a timely and economic manner. CCAL is one of a few facilities on the west coast of the US where low concentrations of these aqueous constituents can be reliably measured. Data produced by CCAL allow direct comparisons among diverse studies, creating a legacy of data that grows with each new study. By standardizing detection and measurement of the chemical and physical properties of water, and by eliminating the need and expense of establishing duplicate facilities, CCAL operations are beneficial to both cooperative and individual research projects.