Departmental News

A New OSU College of Forestry Research and Demonstration Forest in Washington County

It is with great excitement that we can announce that the Rubie P. Matteson Demonstration Forest has been established as the newest parcel of the OSU Research Forests. The 180-acre tract, located near the west shore of Hagg Lake near Gaston, will be managed as a working forest, providing income to the College of Forestry, access to the public, and a multitude of Extension, education and demonstration opportunities.

Did a Monstrous Prehistoric Flood Seed Oregon’s Mystery Trees?

Led by forestry professor Steve Strauss, a team of researchers is out to prove that these aspens were transported hundreds of miles to the Willamette Valley via the Missoula Floods, the ice age deluge that raced across Eastern Washington from Montana, emptying more than 15 times the combined flow of every river on earth in just a few days.

Siuslaw rebounding, but questions persist

Joining Furnish on the panel were current Siuslaw supervisor Jerry Ingersoll, environmental activist Chandra LeGue of Oregon Wild and OSU forestry professor Norm Johnson, one of the architects of the Northwest Forest Plan.

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.

Genetically modified crops have environmental advantages, too

Distinguished professor Steven Strauss offers a guest opinion for the Oregonian. He says "energy versus food crops pose difficult choices for society -- and we need lots of both. The various sources of energy -- fossil and renewable forms -- also have a wide variety of pros and cons. To simplify the complex tradeoffs to a "food vs. fuel" dichotomy does nothing to advance thinking about these difficult issues."

Cascades study may rewrite the textbook on forest growth and death

Results from these stands show that mortality can proceed slowly for many years and then increase rapidly in sudden pulses. FES faculty Mark Harmon and researcher Rob Pabst published their findings recently in the Journal of Vegetation Science.

Discerning Plant Picks Its Pollinators

Being picky may increase access to genetic diversity and thus give the plants a competitive advantage over their neighbors, but there is a risk, researchers say. FES researchers Matt Betts and Adam Hadley were involved in this study.

California’s terrifying climate forecast: It could face droughts nearly every year

Beverly Law, a specialist in global change biology at Oregon State University’s College of Forestry, co-authored a study of megadroughts three years ago. It showed that a drought that affected the American West from 2000 to 2004 compared to conditions seen during the medieval megadroughts. But the predicted megadrought this century would be far worse. Law said the NASA study confirmed her previous findings.