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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

Winter is arriving fast: Prepare your trees, yard and house

Tree care is on many people's minds and they have cause for concern. Leaves still clinging to branches can become landing spots for heavy ice and snow, and this additional weight may cause branches to snap, says Paul Ries, an urban forester with the Oregon State University Extension Service.

Small-scale Science

Pairing Oregon schoolchildren with the feisty, orange-throated hummers that share their Willamette Valley habitat seemed like a scientific and educational slam-dunk to ornithologist Matt Betts, a researcher in forest ecology at Oregon State University.

Public lands feeling the pressure of popularity

The pressure that increasing popularity puts on public lands isn’t unique to Bend, said Matt Shinderman, senior instructor and program lead for sustainability at Oregon State University-Cascades. Over the past two decades, people have been drawn to cities around America where outdoor recreation can be part of their daily lives.

Event Calendar


03Dec2014

Hal Salwasser Celebration of Life

Please join the College of Forestry as we celebrate and remember professor and former dean Dr. Hal Salwasser.   Open House with program at…