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College of Forestry

Published: Sun, 18 Mar 2018 00:11:59 PDT

Last Build Date: Mon, 17 May 2010 14:52:02 PDT


Native plant recovery can be complex, sometimes costly

Mon, 17 May 2010 14:52:02 PDT

New research by OSU College of Forestry scientist Stephanie Yelenik and others has shown that when invasive plant species have taken over an ecosystem for an extended period of time, it can be difficult, complicated and possibly expensive to get native vegetation to recover - even when the causes of the invasive takeover are removed.

Return of top predators is key to ecological future, author suggests

Mon, 17 May 2010 14:49:51 PDT

Sufficient advances have been made about the importance of top predators in ecosystem function that it's time to move from discussing the issue to acting upon it, a conservation biologist from the OSU College of Forestry suggests in a new book, "The Wolf's Tooth: Trophic Cascades, Keystone Predators and Biodiversity," just published by Island Press.

New international organization needed for global environmental monitoring

Mon, 17 May 2010 14:47:05 PDT

A study by David Turner, an associate professor of global change biology in the OSU College of Forestry, suggests that a new level of international coordination is needed to monitor global vegetation and help address many challenges facing the Earth by the growth of what's being called the "technosphere" - the full impact of human-made objects and their interactions on the planet.

Forest epidemic is unprecedented phenomenon, still getting worse

Mon, 19 Apr 2010 09:40:22 PDT

The Swiss needle cast epidemic in Douglas-fir forests of the coastal Pacific Northwest is continuing to intensify, appears to be unprecedented over at least the past 100 years, and is probably linked to the extensive planting of Douglas-fir along the coast and a warmer climate, according to new research by scientists in the OSU College of Forestry.

More frequent fires could aid ecosystems

Thu, 18 Mar 2010 17:13:32 PDT

With a changing climate there's a good chance that forest fires in the Pacific Northwest will become larger and more frequent - and according to one expert from OSU, that's just fine.

2010 Starker Lectures to explore ecosystem services

Thu, 18 Mar 2010 17:12:32 PDT

The 2010 Starker Lectures, which are free and open to the public, will focus on the topic of "Ecosystems Services from Forests and Farms." The lectures, supported by the OSU College of Forestry, will examine ecosystem services from both a philosophical and practical perspective.

Effects of forest fire on carbon, climate overestimated

Thu, 18 Feb 2010 21:17:08 PST

A recent study at the OSU College of Forestry indicates that some past approaches to calculating the impacts of forest fires have grossly overestimated the number of live trees that burn up and the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere as a result.

Water hits and sticks: Findings challenge a century of assumptions about soil hydrology

Thu, 18 Feb 2010 21:15:56 PST

Scientists from the OSU College of Forestry and the EPA have discovered that some of the most fundamental assumptions about how water moves through soil in a seasonally dry climate such as the Pacific Northwest are incorrect - and that a century of research based on those assumptions will have to be reconsidered.

Dog PAC gives both dogs and owners some space to roam and exercise

Thu, 18 Feb 2010 21:14:48 PST

Kreg Lindberg, the College of Forestry's tourism and outdoor leadership professor at the OSU-Cascades Campus in Bend, is also the founder of DogPAC, an organization that grooms and maintains a dog-friendly ski trail at Wanoga Sno-park 15 miles west of Bend.

Parks and recreation programs declining as obesity, health concerns rise

Sun, 17 Jan 2010 00:00:00 PST

One way to help address the epidemic of obesity in the United States is improved access to pleasant hiking trails and an ambitious parks and recreation program, a recent study suggests, but programs such as this are increasingly being reduced in many states due to budget shortfalls.(image)

Cold War offered odd benefit - it limited species invasions

Sun, 17 Jan 2010 00:00:00 PST

A recent study about movement of bird species during the Cold War outlines one of the perils facing an expanding global economy - along with international trade comes the potential for a significant increase in invasive species that can disrupt ecosystems.

Protecting the Forests, and Hoping for Payback

Tue, 15 Dec 2009 14:23:45 PST

Recent findings suggest that some Northwest forests could be cultivated to grow bigger, more resilient trees, potentially increasing their carbon storage by 50 percent and providing an important "bridge" to a time when the nation will theoretically have shifted away from greenhouse-gas producing fossil fuels.

Coral reefs inspire rare consensus in new survey - just save them

Wed, 18 Nov 2009 10:40:58 PST

(image) Coral reef ecosystems appear to be a rare exception to controversies over human use versus environmental conservation - their stunning beauty is so extraordinary that almost everyone wants them protected in perpetuity.

Global warming may spur increased growth in Northwest forests

Wed, 18 Nov 2009 10:39:45 PST

Global warming in the next century could cause a significant increase in the productivity of high-elevation forests of the Pacific Northwest, a new study by researchers from the OSU College of Forestry and the PNW Research Station suggests. However, forests at lower elevations - which in recent years have accounted for more than 80 percent of the region's timber harvest - could face a decline in growth.

Loss of top predators causing surge in smaller predators, ecosystem collapse

Mon, 19 Oct 2009 10:32:11 PDT

The catastrophic decline around the world of "apex" predators such as wolves, cougars, lions or sharks has led to a huge increase in smaller "mesopredators" that are causing major economic and ecological disruptions, a new study by OSU College of Forestry scientists concludes.

Riparian zones recover quickly after fire, need little management

Sat, 19 Sep 2009 10:21:53 PDT

Riparian zones in many Pacific Northwest forests return to health fairly quickly after forest fires and may eventually provide the same ecosystem services and largely the same species mix, with little need for replanting or management, a new study from OSU's College of Forestry concludes.

"Green" construction often secondary to cost, building codes

Sat, 19 Sep 2009 10:21:10 PDT

Despite the increasing demand for use of "green" construction techniques, the mandates of building codes and desire for low costs are still the driving forces behind the structural materials usually chosen for buildings, according to a new survey from the Oregon Wood Innovation Center at OSU's College of Forestry.

Ripple receives national honor from Defenders of Wildlife

Sat, 19 Sep 2009 10:20:05 PDT

William Ripple, a professor in the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society at the OSU College of Forestry, will receive the Spirit of Defenders Award for Science this month from the Defenders of Wildlife, a national organization dedicated to preserving native wildlife species and habitats.

Tires made from trees - better, cheaper, more fuel efficient

Sat, 15 Aug 2009 16:06:56 PDT

Automobile owners around the world may some day soon be driving on tires that are partly made out of trees - which could cost less, perform better and save on fuel and energy. (image)

Report proposes wolf reintroduction in Scottish Highland test case

Sat, 15 Aug 2009 16:02:00 PDT

After an absence of 250 years, wolves may soon be reintroduced to a test site in the Scottish Highlands in an experiment proposed to help control the populations and behavior of red deer.

Northwest forests could store more carbon, help address greenhouse issues

Wed, 15 Jul 2009 11:09:53 PDT

The forests of the Pacific Northwest hold significant potential to increase carbon storage and help mitigate greenhouse gas emissions in coming years, a recent study by OSU forestry scientists concludes, if they are managed primarily for that purpose through timber harvest reductions and increased rotation ages.

Anti-biotech groups obstruct forest biotechnology

Wed, 15 Jul 2009 11:09:22 PDT

The potential of forest biotechnology to help address significant social and environmental issues is being "strangled at birth" by the rigid opposition of some groups and regulations that effectively preclude even the testing of genetically modified trees, scientists argue in a new report.

'Science in the Forest' Teaches Binnsmead Students Ecology

Thu, 18 Jun 2009 00:00:00 PDT

Oregon State University Extension community forest educators help teach forest ecology to urban students.

Forest Hydrologist named OSU Distinguished Professor

Mon, 18 May 2009 11:38:20 PDT

Jeff McDonnell, a professor of forest hydrology in the Forest Engineering, Resources and Management Department at the College of Forestry, has been recognized with Oregon State University's highest academic honor, the title of "Distinguished Professor." (image)

"Ecology of Fear," Role of Large Predators Explored in New Documentary Film

Mon, 18 May 2009 11:33:23 PDT

The documentary film "Lords of Nature: Life in a Land of Great Predators," based on the pioneering work of two College of Forestry researchers who have demonstrated that large predators may be essential to the health of stream and forest ecosystems, premiered at OSU on May 11.(image)

OSU Web Site Helps Forest Sector Find Help in Government Stimulus Packages

Mon, 18 May 2009 09:45:34 PDT

The 2009 recession has hit the Oregon forest sector especially hard, but now those working in that sector have a new resource that guides them with the click of a mouse to government stimulus programs. Extension Forestry and Natural Resources program at OSU has developed a Web site to help people access federal stimulus funds and other opportunities.

Strauss Named Forest Biotechnologist of the Year

Wed, 15 Apr 2009 20:37:22 PDT

Steven Strauss, a distinguished professor of forest biotechnology at the OSU College of Forestry, has been named the 2008 Forest Biotechnologist of the Year by the Institute of Forest Biotechnology.(image)

New Wood Composites Course to Aid Industry Professionals

Wed, 15 Apr 2009 20:35:15 PDT

The OSU College of Forestry has teamed up with the Wood-Based Composites Center, the Oregon Wood Innovation Center, and OSU Extended Campus to deliver an online short-course series to provide professionals with a fundamental knowledge of wood as an engineering material in the manufacture of wood-based composites.

Weyerhaeuser Company Foundation Gives $500,000 to OSU College of Forestry

Mon, 16 Mar 2009 12:00:30 PDT

The Weyerhaeuser Company Foundation has made a $500,000 gift to the OSU College of Forestry, one of the premier academic forestry programs in North America. The gift will create an endowed scholarship fund to attract top students from diverse backgrounds to the college's programs in forest engineering, forest management, forest operations management, and wood science and technology.

OSU Joins Peace Corps Masters International Program

Mon, 16 Mar 2009 12:00:02 PDT

Oregon State University has become a Peace Corps Master's International partner, and will participate in an innovative program that allows a graduate student to earn one of three graduate degrees in the OSU College of Forestry, while also doing a full 27-month service project in the Peace Corps.(image)

Warmer Climate Causing Huge Increase in Tree Mortality Across the West

Mon, 16 Feb 2009 14:35:53 PST

(image) Regional warming and drought stress are the "dominant contributors" to a rapid increase of tree mortality in old growth forests across the West during the past 50 years, a new report concludes, with the Pacific Northwest the hardest hit of all areas studied.

Hummingbird "Tag" Suggests Fragmentation May Be Part of Pollination Crisis

Mon, 16 Feb 2009 14:35:14 PST

(image) To find out the cause of what's being called a global "pollination crisis," researchers at Oregon State University's College of Forestry have successfully attached an electronic tracking device to a hummingbird for the first time - and the darting travels of the tiny bird may be pointing the way to at least part of the problem.

OSU Helps Oregon Company Develop Earthquake-proof Wine Rack

Mon, 16 Feb 2009 13:42:05 PST

Thanks to rigorous seismic testing at the Oregon Wood Innovation Center at Oregon State University's College of Forestry, a wood products company is marketing a new wine rack that can withstand strong earthquakes, keeping bottles secure in seismically sensitive locations.

College of Forestry Names New Executive Associate Dean

Fri, 16 Jan 2009 11:46:39 PST

Steve Tesch, a professor of silviculture in the Department of Forest Engineering, Resources and Management at the OSU College of Forestry has been named Executive Associate Dean for the College of Forestry, effective January 1, 2009.

McComb to Head Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society

Thu, 15 Jan 2009 12:29:29 PST

Brenda McComb, a professor of natural resources conservation and associate dean for research and outreach in the College of Natural Resources and the Environment at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst has been named head of the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society in the OSU College of Forestry.(image)

Strauss Named Fellow of AAAS

Thu, 15 Jan 2009 12:25:51 PST

Researchers in forestry and geosciences from Oregon State University have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world's largest general scientific society. (image)

Ripple Honored with Chiles Award

Wed, 10 Dec 2008 16:42:59 PST

William Ripple, a professor of forest ecosystems and society at Oregon State University's College of Forestry, has been selected to receive the 2008 Earle A. Chiles Award, presented by the High Desert Museum in Bend.

New Approaches Needed to Address Forest Fire Risks

Fri, 14 Nov 2008 10:22:15 PST

Despite the enormous threat of catastrophic fire across the West, most management and fuel reduction treatments are still being done with little systematic evaluation of their impacts on fire risk in surrounding forests. A recent study by Claire Montgomery, a professor of forest resources at the Oregon State University College of Forestry, addresses this issue.

Forestry Research Recognized by Wall Street Journal

Mon, 13 Oct 2008 16:58:40 PDT

Kaichang Li, a professor of wood science and engineering at the OSU College of Forestry, has been honored by the Wall Street Journal for his invention of a non-toxic adhesive for production of wood composite panels (image) .

Old Growth Forests Are Valuable Carbon Sinks

Thu, 11 Sep 2008 10:40:02 PDT

A new analysis by College of Forestry scientists suggests that old growth forests are usually "carbon sinks" - they continue to absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and mitigate climate change for centuries. The findings were recently published in the journal Nature.

OSU Forestry Student Research Recognized as Best in Nation

Wed, 10 Sep 2008 11:07:17 PDT

Dan Donato, a forestry graduate student at Oregon State University, has received the 2008 Outstanding Student Research in Ecology Award made by the Ecological Society of America.

Douglas-fir: A 350-foot-long Drinking Straw is As Long As It Gets

Tue, 12 Aug 2008 17:10:25 PDT

(image) The Douglas-fir, state tree of Oregon, towering king of old-growth forests and one of the tallest tree species on Earth, finally stops growing taller because it just can't pull water any higher, a new study by College of Forestry researchers concludes.

College of Forestry Reorganization Approved

Thu, 10 Jul 2008 10:32:23 PDT

The University has approved plans for the College of Forestry to realign its administrative structure. The existing departments of Forest Resources, Forest Engineering and Forest Science will mix faculty to create departments of Forest Engineering, Resources and Management, and Forest Ecosystems and Society; the department of Wood Science and Engineering will remain the same.

Birds Communicate Reproductive Success In Song

Thu, 10 Jul 2008 10:28:02 PDT

(image) Songbirds appear to have more complex communication abilities than had previously been understood, according to new research from Matthew Betts, an assistant professor of forest science and expert on avian ecology.

Forestry Students Named First Recipients of Mason Prize

Wed, 11 Jun 2008 16:07:20 PDT

The first recipients of Oregon State University's Mason Prize for Integrity and Moral Courage are Cristina Eisenberg and Daniel Donato, graduate students in the OSU College of Forestry.

Loss of Cougars Linked to Disruption of Yosemite Ecosystem

Fri, 09 May 2008 09:30:13 PDT

(image) A new study of Yosemite National Park by College of Forestry scientists concludes that the displacement of cougars in the 1920s and a resulting increase in deer populations are what set the stage for the ongoing demise of black oak trees - a key element of the park's plant and wildlife ecology.

Forest Scientist Named OSU Distinguished Professor

Fri, 18 Apr 2008 11:31:57 PDT

(image) Steve Strauss, a professor of forest science in the College of Forestry, will be recognized with Oregon State University's highest academic honor, the title of Distinguished Professor, at a special celebration on May 22. Afterward, Strauss will present a lecture to the campus community.

Species Discovered To Help Address Hemlock Pest Epidemic

Fri, 14 Mar 2008 14:02:15 PDT

Forestry researchers at OSU have discovered two likely candidates for biological control of a tiny, invasive insect that is devastating hemlock forests up and down the East Coast, disrupting ecosystems and in some places threatening the very survival of Eastern Hemlock as a tree species. (image)

Truffles Take Center Stage in Two New Books by College of Forestry Authors

Tue, 19 Feb 2008 14:47:12 PST

Truffles, the world's most prized fungi, are the subject of two new books written by College of Forestry mycologists and their colleagues.

Scientists to Bark Beetle: "No Vacancy"

Thu, 14 Feb 2008 10:16:11 PST

After about 30 years of study, researchers at the OSU College of Forestry and the U.S. Forest Service have learned to speak "bark beetle," and now use that language to help protect high-value trees on thousands of acres across much of the West.

2008 Starker Lectures to Explore Managed Forestry

Thu, 14 Feb 2008 10:12:39 PST

The 2008 Starker Lecture series will be held this spring at the OSU College of Forestry, and will bring leading experts to discuss issues of managed forestry. The title for the series is "The Role of Planted Forests in the Pacific Northwest: Meeting Societal Demands in a Dynamic Environment."

Genetic Techniques to Speed Tree Improvement

Fri, 07 Dec 2007 14:18:29 PST

A new move toward "marker based breeding" with economically important forest tree species is expected to improve and speed up the identification of trees with desirable traits – to achieve faster growth, drought resistance, wood quality or other useful characteristics. Forestry scientists at Oregon State University will collaborate with other leading forest research institutions around the nation on this project, which is being partly funded by a recent $6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Forest Seedling Quality Workshop held at OSU

Wed, 14 Nov 2007 10:49:23 PST

(image) More than 80 forest nursery growers and forest landowners from around the Northwest attended a hands-on workshop on forest seedling quality hosted by the Department of Forest Science's Nursery Technology Cooperative (NTC) on Nov. 7, 2007.

Jaime Pinkham honored at 2007 Homecoming

Mon, 12 Nov 2007 13:56:06 PST

(image) College of Forestry alumnus Jaime Pinkham was one of four Alumni Fellows honored at Oregon State University's 2007 Homecoming celebration. The Alumni Fellows Program, which brings prominent alumni back to campus to share their experiences with students, staff, faculty and the public, is sponsored by the OSU Alumni Association.

Conference looks at sustaining Oregon's forests

Thu, 18 Oct 2007 13:41:44 PDT

"At the Crossroads: Sustaining Oregon's Forests in a Rapidly Changing World," a two-day conference and workshop, will be held Nov. 6-7 at Oregon State University's CH2M Hill Alumni Center. Speakers include Gail Kimbell, chief of the U.S. Forest Service.

College of Forestry's Pathway to Excellence

Thu, 18 Oct 2007 13:40:48 PDT

Celebrate the College of Forestry's 100th anniversary by purchasing a brick and help to pave the "Pathway to Excellence" to be located in the Hatfield Courtyard entrance of Richardson Hall.

New tools available to tackle Swiss Needle Cast epidemic

Wed, 19 Sep 2007 10:38:26 PDT

College of Forestry researchers have developed a computerized risk analysis system to help predict the vulnerability of specific sites to Swiss Needle Cast, a serious problem in Coast Range forests that causes losses of more than $200 million a year.

Fear of wolves promotes aspen recovery in Yellowstone

Thu, 16 Aug 2007 08:51:40 PDT

The wolves are back, and for the first time in more than 50 years, young aspen trees are growing again in the northern range of Yellowstone National Park.

Extreme weather stresses Douglas-firs

Thu, 16 Aug 2007 08:48:15 PDT

Researchers from the College of Forestry say western Oregon Douglas-firs seem to be exhibiting signs of stress from severe weather over the past 18 months.

Wood science researcher receives "green chemistry" award

Thu, 19 Jul 2007 10:28:50 PDT

Forestry professor Kaichang Li (Wood Science and Engineering), who invented a nontoxic adhesive for production of wood composite panels, has been recognized with a 2007 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award.

Study to examine carbon balance in Western U.S.

Thu, 19 Jul 2007 10:26:23 PDT

OSU researchers, led by College of forest science professor Beverly Law, have received a three-year, $1.5 million grant from the North American Carbon Program to determine how climate and human activities affect the terrestrial "carbon balance" in Oregon, Washington and California.

A six-inch tall tree: researchers demonstrate way to control height

Thu, 19 Jul 2007 10:13:57 PDT

New findings from forestry professor Steve Strauss's research group demonstrate that it is possible to use genetic modification to manipulate the height of trees. Scientists grew trees that ranged from a few inches to many feet tall from just one variety of poplar.

Forestry prof seeks 'green' rescue for sister city

Thu, 14 Jun 2007 13:38:42 PDT

Badege Bishaw, an assistant professor in the College of Forestry at OSU, traveled to Gondar, Ethiopia, in February to help create a plan to clean the city's drinking water.

Forest chief cites OSU roots

Wed, 16 May 2007 14:52:31 PDT

Abigail "Gail" R. Kimbell, the 16th chief and first female chief of the U.S. Forest Service and an OSU forest engineering graduate, joined forestry and natural resources students in a discussion forum at the College of Forestry on Friday, May 11.

College of Forestry confers awards

Wed, 16 May 2007 14:50:51 PDT

Leaders in government, scientific research, conservation and industry were honored at the OSU College of Forestry annual "Fernhopper" awards ceremony on May 12.

Predators help shape rivers by affecting grazing behaviors

Tue, 17 Apr 2007 14:02:51 PDT

Large carnivores not only play a pivotal role in the health of ecosystems, they can also affect the very shape of the landscape, according to research by two OSU forestry professors.

Forestry takes the banana - again!

Tue, 17 Apr 2007 14:01:15 PDT

For the seventh year in a row, the College of Forestry came in first in the annual OSU Food Drive to benefit the Linn-Benton Food Share. Over 100 forestry employees helped to take in an impressive 44,626 pounds of food and earned the right to take home the Top Banana Award for the most pounds donated once again.

OSU professors co-author book on forest ecology

Tue, 17 Apr 2007 13:57:34 PDT

(image) Silviculture and Ecology of Western U.S. Forests, just published by OSU Press, is a comprehensive new book on forest ecology and the science and practice of silviculture. College of Forestry professors John C. Tappeiner II (Forest Resources) and Douglas A. Maguire (Forest Science), with research forester Timothy B. Harrington (PNW Research Station, USDA Forest Service, Olympia) have co-authored a readable, valuable reference and text for professionals, students, policy makers that summarizes experience and research in silviculture for western forests.

Forestry course to celebrate golden anniversary

Fri, 16 Mar 2007 12:57:17 PDT

John Bell will teach the popular forestry short course, "Variable Probability Sampling," for the 57th time and for the 50th year in a row at the OSU College of Forestry this spring. The course, offered as a service to foresters, meets April 16-20 in 107 Richardson Hall.

Lake states red pine subject of new book

Fri, 16 Mar 2007 12:55:46 PDT

OSU professor emeritus Robert Buckman (Forest Resources) and Assistant Professor Badege Bishaw (Forest Science), along with alumnus T.J. Hanson and Frank A. Benford, have co-authored a new book on the red pine region in the Great Lake states.

Andrews Forest nominated for major national research effort

Mon, 19 Feb 2007 13:53:20 PST

Leaders of the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest in the central Cascade Range of Oregon have nominated it to become a core research site in NEON, the most ambitious and comprehensive ecological observation program ever planned in the United States.

Conference analyzes climate, forestry changes

Thu, 15 Feb 2007 13:37:20 PST

A conference at OSU outlined the findings of researchers on the changes, challenges and possible opportunities facing Northwest forests as a result of global climate change. The meeting also unveiled a new book on these topics, titled "Forests, Carbon and Climate Change," produced by the OSU College of Forestry, Oregon Department of Forestry, and the Oregon Forest Resources Institute.

History of forest battles offers view to future

Thu, 15 Feb 2007 11:05:56 PST

A historical analysis by forestry researchers at OSU, published in the professional journal "Forest Policy and Economics," concludes that many lessons have been learned by management agencies following the contentious battles of the last 20 years, when one Forest Service management plan after another was invalidated by courts due to inadequate measures to protect wildlife species.

OSU forestry alumna becomes Forest Service chief

Thu, 18 Jan 2007 11:16:44 PST

(image) Abigail Kimbell, who holds a master degree in forest engineering from the OSU College of Forestry, has been chosen as the new chief of the U.S. Forest Service. She will be the 16th chief and the first woman to head the agency. Kimbell succeeds Chief Dale Bosworth, who will retire in early February.

International forestry seminar series begins

Thu, 18 Jan 2007 10:50:34 PST

The 2007 international forestry seminar series kicked off on Wednesday, Jan. 10 with a lecture by Badege Bishaw on forestry and land use in Ethiopia. The lectures are free and open to the public and will address forestry and natural resources issues in Central Africa, Russia, Mexico, South America, Germany, India and New Zealand.

OSU to offer online graduate certificate in sustainable natural resources

Fri, 15 Dec 2006 10:41:32 PST

College of Forestry faculty have teamed up with five other OSU departments and Extended Campus to offer a graduate certificate in sustainable natural resources. The new online program will begin winter term, January 2007.

Cougar predation important in wildland ecosystems

Fri, 17 Nov 2006 10:48:09 PST

(image) The loss of an important predator can affect a broad range of terrestrial and aquatic plant and animal species in an ecosystem, from trees, shrubs, wetland plants, and wildflowers to amphibians, lizards, fish, mammals, and even butterflies. A new study by College of Forestry researchers found that cougars in Zion National Park profoundly impact other aspects of the ecosystem.

New wood-plastic composites to boost industry, help use waste products

Fri, 17 Nov 2006 10:46:42 PST

Wood science researchers in the OSU College of Forestry have developed new wood-plastic composites that are stronger and less expensive than any similar products now available, a major breakthrough for this growing industry.

$3.6-million gift endows chair for new forestry program at OSU

Mon, 16 Oct 2006 15:10:19 PDT

Richard Strachan, a College of Forestry alumnus, has donated $3.6 million to endow a faculty position that will support forest management research and a new undergraduate degree that blends forestry, new technology, business and entrepreneurship.

College of Forestry celebrates 100 years with Homecoming open house

Mon, 16 Oct 2006 15:00:24 PDT

The College of Forestry will be celebrating its centennial with a big bash the Friday afternoon before Homecoming, Nov. 3, from noon to 4 p.m. The open house is free and open to the public and is designed to showcase the diverse areas of forestry that make OSU's College of Forestry tops in the USA.

OSU College of Forestry viewed as number one in North America

Mon, 16 Oct 2006 14:57:59 PDT

A new survey of 53 university forestry programs in the U.S. and Canada has found that the College of Forestry at Oregon State University ranks first in the total number of professional publications and in the number of "citations" to those publications, and is perceived by academic colleagues as the leading forestry program in North America.

Researching fire ecology in riparian zones

Thu, 14 Sep 2006 14:29:42 PDT

(image) Changes in forest structure due to fire suppression are evident in much of the west, where people have been putting out fires in forests for over 100 years. Forest science professor David Hibbs has been studying the effects of fire suppression in riparian zones in southern Oregon, an area that used to burn more frequently than it burns today.

Private, public land conservation growing, needs better coordination

Fri, 18 Aug 2006 08:13:56 PDT

The United States is experiencing a huge growth in the conservation of land by private trusts. New research by College of Forestry associate professor Heidi Albers and others found that even more conservation benefits could be gained by coordination among different groups or government land-protection programs with similar goals.

"Serious games" opening new possibilities in education, research

Wed, 19 Jul 2006 13:16:55 PDT

OSU College of Forestry researchers are developing ways to piggy-back on the multibillion dollar video game industry to create sophisticated "serious games" that could help in scientific research, outreach communication or student education.

Rebuilding Fort Clatsop

Wed, 19 Jul 2006 13:14:59 PDT

(image) The new replica of Fort Clatsop, at the Lewis and Clark National Historical Park near Astoria, Ore., is open for visitors this summer, thanks in part to the volunteer efforts of OSU College of Forestry students, faculty and staff.

Hurricanes prove the need for wood construction education

Wed, 19 Jul 2006 13:11:36 PDT

(image) The lack of attention to wood education may have cost thousands of people their homes during the 2005 hurricane season, says Rakesh Gupta, associate professor in the Department of Wood Science and Engineering.

Discovery may speed tree breeding, biotechnology

Mon, 19 Jun 2006 13:32:00 PDT

College of Forestry researchers, in collaboration with scientists at Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, have discovered the genetic controls that cause trees to stop growing and go dormant in the fall, as well as the mechanism that causes them to begin flowering and produce seeds, a major step in understanding the basic genetics of tree growth.

Forestry hires new associate dean

Wed, 17 May 2006 14:03:39 PDT

James E. Johnson, silviculturist, expert in ecological restoration and award-winning Extension specialist, is the new Associate Dean for Extended Education and Extension Program Leader in the OSU College of Forestry.

Forestry filmmakers win Telly Award

Sat, 15 Apr 2006 07:19:45 PDT

The College of Forestry's "Get the Big Picture" recruiting DVD has been awarded a 2006 Silver Telly Award in the recruiting film and video category. The Telly awards are given every year for the best achievements in local, regional and cable television commercials and programs, as well as the finest film and video productions.

Forestry First in OSU Food Drive

Wed, 12 Apr 2006 16:46:36 PDT

In what is fast becoming a spring ritual, the College of Forestry has earned the "Top Banana" and "Pot of Gold" awards from Linn Benton Food Share for the fifth consecutive year.

Agreement advances Lakeview Biomass Project

Fri, 17 Mar 2006 14:16:47 PST

The Lakeview Biomass Project, jointly sponsored by the College of Forestry and several public and private organizations is a community-based, multi-stakeholder effort to develop an economically viable, ecologically sustainable biomass power facility that can offer significant environmental, economic and community benefits in the Lakeview area.

Forestry offers workshops and short courses

Thu, 16 Feb 2006 08:18:23 PST

Over the next several weeks, the College of Forestry is offering workshops to meet the educational needs of natural resource scientists and professionals and to enhance the public's understanding of natural resources.

From the dean: putting post-fire logging and reforestation studies into context

Tue, 17 Jan 2006 15:15:59 PST

Dean Hal Salwasser offers perspective on the research process and scientific advances in forestry relative to the Biscuit Fire and salvage logging debate.

Studying wolves, elk, and aspen in Yellowstone National Park

Wed, 14 Dec 2005 08:33:49 PST

College of Forestry researchers are combining hydrology, vegetation science, wildlife science, and animal behavior into a multidisciplinary approach for studying the Yellowstone Ecosystem.