Ries, Paul

Director, Graduate Certificate in Urban Forestry, Instructor and Extension Specialist

Office Location: 
316 Richardson Hall
Email Address: 

Urban and community forest management; Green Infrastructure

Educational Background: 

B.S. and M.S. degrees in Natural Resources from The Ohio State University


Urban Forestry Graduate Certificate (flyer)
Graduate Certificate in Urban Forestry – Online (Ecampus website)

Online courses (descriptions for 2015/2016):

  • FES/HORT 350 Fall and Winter Quarters
  • FES/HORT 455/555 Fall Quarter
  • FES 560 Winter Quarter
  • FES 565 Spring Quarter
  • FES/HORT 447/547 Spring Quarter
Research Interests: 
  • Urban and Community Forestry
  • Urban Forest Management
  • Hazard Tree Risk Assessment
  • Urban Natural Resource Management
  • Urban Forestry Leadership Development
Selected Publications: 
  1. Tree Protection on Construction and Development Sites, Extension Bulletin EM 8994, Oregon State University Extension Service, 2009.
  2. “The Impact of Statewide Urban Forestry Programs: A Survey of Cities in Oregon, U.S.”, Arboriculture & Urban Forestry Vol. 33, No. 3, May 2007, Pages 168-175 (with A. Scott Reed, and Sarah J. Kresse).
  3. “Street Tree Maintenance: City Service or Homeowner Responsibility?”, City Trees (42) 4:10-13, 2006.
  4. “Learning Lessons From Tree Failures”, City Trees (41) 4:24-26, 2005.
  5. “Applying Leadership Lessons to Urban Forestry”, City Trees (41) 2:14-16, 2005.
  6. An Urban and Community Forestry Research and Education Agenda for Oregon, (editor), Oregon Department of Forestry, 2002.
  7. "Arboriculture in Cyberspace", Arborist News, (5) 4:9-12, 1996.
  8. "Urban Forestry: Managing the Forests Where We Live", Journal of Forestry, (92) 10:6-10, 1994, (with Rita Schoenneman).
  9. Selecting, Planting, and Caring For A New Tree, Extension Bulletin EC 1359, Oregon State University Extension Service, 1994.
  10. Seeing the Forests For the Trees: An Oregon Urban Forestry Plan for More Livable Cities, Oregon Urban and Community Forest Council, 1993.
  11. "Urban Forestry is not an Oxymoron," Journal of Forestry, (89) 11:56, 1991.
  12. "Preserving the Warder Legacy," American Forests, (95) 7&8:50-52, 1989.
  13. Ohio's Big Trees, (editor), Ohio Forestry Association, 1989.