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Departmental News

Live Chat: Protecting the World’s Predators

Michael P. Nelson, who holds the Ruth H. Spaniol Chair of Renewable Resources and serves as the lead principal investigator for the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest Long-Term Ecological Research program, will be participating in a live chat on Thursday, January 9 at 12:00pm PST. Science magazine with be hosting this discussion about large predators and their effect on ecosystems.

Tree Sitters Protest Logging Viewed as New Model for BLM

The scheduled logging is also part of a pilot project designed by Northwest forestry professors, Norm Johnson at Oregon State University and Jerry Franklin at the University of Washington. The two have a long track record in conservation.

$1 million USDA grant boosts Oregon State tree research for bioenergy

A $1 million grant to a research team led by Steve Strauss, Oregon State University distinguished professor of forest biotechnology, aims to boost America’s energy independence by helping to develop a tree-based bioenergy industry.

Significant advance reported with genetically modified poplar trees

Forest geneticists at Oregon State University have created genetically modified poplar trees that grow faster, have resistance to insect pests and are able to retain expression of the inserted genes for at least 14 years, a report in the Canadian Journal of Forest Research just announced.  FES professor Steven Strauss reports, “in terms of wood yield, plantation health and productivity, these GMO trees could be very significant.”

Alternative harvesting method provides foundation for Wyden O&C plan: Guest opinion

Forest Ecosystems and Society professor K. Norman Johnson is co-author of this opinion piece for the Oregonian.

Businessmen pick up option to buy land under Mirror Pond

Matt Shinderman, a member of the Mirror Pond ad hoc committee, said it is important to complete the public process to determine the future of Mirror Pond. Shinderman is an instructor at Oregon State University-Cascades Campus, where he teaches courses in environmental policy, sustainability and ecological restoration.

Ron Wyden unveils O&C management bill, saying it will create jobs while protecting forest ecology

Wyden's new plan relies heavily on the work of forest scientists Jerry Franklin of the University of Washington and K. Norman Johnson of Oregon State University. Both were key advisers in helping develop the Northwest Forest Plan in the mid-1990s after spotted owl protections led to a huge drop in logging on federal lands.

Paul Ries receives SMA award

Paul Ries recently received the Society of Municipal Arborists Award of Achievement - Given "In recognition of his dedicated and meritorious service to the Society and its programs, and his teaching and leadership at the Municipal Forestry Institute." Congratulations Paul!

People, Poverty, and Natural Resources

While completing her master’s degree in environmental studies at Yale, H. Jo Albers was struck by the fact that rural people in developing countries relied so heavily on natural resources for a large portion of their effective income. In interacting so closely with the natural environment, they could be viewed as de facto natural resources managers.

Pesky problem should disappear

Aphids, which are commonly seen during fall, should be seeking winter shelter and disappear this weekend. Paul Oester of the Oregon State University Extension Service said it’s not uncommon to see swarms of the insects around this time of the year.  Paul is a faculty member of the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society.

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