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Welcome to the Department of Forest Ecosystems & Society

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Welcome to the Department of Forest Ecosystems & Society

Welcome to the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society

Welcome to the Department of Forest Ecosystems & Society

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Our Mission!

Our department brings together biological and social scientists and philosophers to understand ecological systems, social systems, and the interactions between them. We work in terrestrial to aquatic systems, in wildland to urban settings, and from local to global scales. We evaluate the scientific and philosophical basis for management and policy decisions and provide enhanced frameworks for those decisions reflective of our latest findings. We conduct creative problem-solving and fundamental research; educate and engage the next generation of scholars, practitioners and users of the world’s natural resources; and share our knowledge and discoveries with others.

FES Development Plan - Phase 1 (2013)

FES News

H.J. Andrews research forest federal funding renewed

The goal of the latest round of funding, known as LTER7, is to examine how forested mountain ecosystems respond to changes in climate and land-use and how people interact with the forest through ethical decision-making, said Michael Paul Nelson, the Ruth H. Spaniol chair of renewable resources at OSU and lead principal investigator for the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest LTER research program.

GMOs, genetically engineered crops: Oregon State University scientist Steve Strauss explains how they work

Steve Strauss is a professor with Oregon State University's College of Forestry, where he is part of the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society and conducts research on genetically engineered trees for uses in forestry, bioenergy and horticulture.

Former dean of OSU's forestry college dies at 69

We are very sad to report the news of Hal Salwasser's death. Hal had been an active member of the forestry faculty since stepping down as dean in 2012 after 12 years leading the college. The Salwasser family has requested that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to the Hal Salwasser Fellowship Fund through the OSU Foundation.

Event Calendar


01Nov2014

2nd Annual College of Forestry Homecoming Tailgate

 2 hours before kick-off Join us for great food, beer and wine, and a chance to win a getaway to the Oregon Coast, plus other great…
05Nov2014

Willamette Water 2100 Webinar: Climate Change and Upland Forest Dynamics in the Willamette River Basin

Abstract: As the potential magnitude of anthropogenically-driven climate change becomes clearer, it is increasingly desirable to anticipate impacts of projected climate change on forest ecosystems and…