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Why truffles matter

“Without fungi we wouldn’t have trees,” says Jim Trappe, a “truffle addict,” forest mycologist for the U.S. Forest Service and Research Professor at Oregon State University in Corvallis. “The changing climate makes them more important to us than ever.”

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.

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.

Bark beetle research shows future evolution of Utah forests

Dan Ott, a PhD student from Oregon State University's College of Forestry, set out to the Uinta Mountains after an unseasonable snowstorm on June 18. It was his fifth week in the field, and a blanket of snow covered his study site by morning, which turned to a soggy puddle by afternoon. At least the sun shone bright in a clear blue sky. His studies often keep him out well after midnight.

Finding Common Ground In The Controversial GE Food Labeling Effort

Steve Strauss is a bioengineering researcher in the College of Forestry at Oregon State University and plans to vote no.

New book details threats to the world's forests, offers solutions for conservation

"In the 1950s, we assumed that the forests were not going to change," said Richard Waring, retired professor of forestry at Oregon State University and co-author of the book. "We assumed that if you disturbed them in a certain way, they would come back. Right now it looks like some of the drier forestlands will be in continuous transition to ecosystems that may not include trees at all."

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