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Welcome to the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society

Welcome to the Department of Forest Ecosystems & Society

Welcome to the Department of Forest Ecosystems & Society

Welcome to the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society

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Welcome to the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society

Welcome to the Department of Forest Ecosystems & Society

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Welcome to the Department of Forest Ecosystems and 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 News

Beaver Nation: Kati McCrae

Kati McCrae believes it’s extremely valuable for students to do volunteer work, explore their world and try out potential career fields before earning their degrees. The natural resources major came to Oregon State wanting study and work outside, but contracted Lyme disease in 2012. She hasn't let the chronic fatigue and memory loss the disease caused keep her down.

Steens Aspen

Trent Seager, FES PhD Candidate, was featured in a recent episode of the OPB program Oregon Field Guide. He spoke about Aspen trees and the Steens ecosystem, which he studied for his MSc and PhD at OSU.

Siuslaw National Forest transition from timber to ecology to be focus of April 2 public meeting

On April 2, 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, JIm Furnish will participate in a panel discussion on the dramatic shift in forest management. The meeting is open to the public and will include the premier showing of a new 25-minute documentary, Seeing the Forest, by independent journalist and filmmaker Alan Honick of Seattle. Included on the panel is Norm Johnson, distinguished professor of forestry at Oregon State University.

Event Calendar


02Apr2015

Towards a Natural Forest

Premier screening of “Seeing the Forest,” a 30-minute documentary by Alan Honick of Seattle, chronicling how the Siuslaw National Forest survived after the spotted owl crisis. …
15Apr2015

MBA Information Session - Forestry

The MBA program invites the College of Forestry students and community to join the MBA team for an information session. We will cover admission requirements, application processes and…
16Apr2015

Starker Lecture Series-Ethan Martin

This lecture will highlight advanced wood products that are the latest innovation in building construction, including tall structures.  Products such as cross-laminated timbers (CLT) are flexible, strong, and…
20Apr2015

Justice Mural

It's become a tradition each year during Earth week to create a chalk mural in the MU Quad Paths to create a space for OSU communities to share…
21Apr2015

Community Fair: 15th Annual

An annual fair of 50+ groups from on- and off-campus offering activities and environmental information. Learn about what's going on and how you can plug yourself in!  …