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Saving Pine Forests

FES professor Steve Strauss was recently interviewed on Idaho Agribusiness Today about saving pine forests.

OSU receives $4 million grant to identify mechanisms for control of genetic engineering in plants

“Many crop species, and many of the valuable varieties within them, remain extremely difficult to genetically engineer,” said Steve Strauss, OSU distinguished professor in the College of Forestry and project leader. “This greatly limits the ability of this method to be used for plant breeding and scientific research. There can be blockages at any of the several steps. Regeneration of modified cells into plants is usually the most difficult to overcome.”

Storing more carbon in western Cascades forests could benefit some wildlife species, not others

“Our analysis shows that implementing forest management strategies to store additional forest carbon will influence habitat for different species, improving or expanding it for some and reducing it for others,” said Jeff Kline, lead author and an economist with the U.S. Forest Service. “Although forest managers already know that intuitively, our study helps to put some numbers on the possible outcomes of an array of management options.”

Michael Paul Nelson interviewed on Top of Mind radio program

Julie Rose, host of Top of Mind, interviews Michael Nelson, PhD, Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society, Ruth H. Spaniol Chair of Renewable Resources. They talk about big predators – lions, tigers, bears, rhinos, gorillas. Sixty percent of the world’s largest mammals are at risk of extinction - according to a paper in the journal Bioscience. Dozens of wildlife experts signed onto the article, which calls for bold political action and financial commitments to save many of Earth’s most iconic species.

Bushmeat hunting threatens mammal populations and ecosystems, poses food security threat

An international team led by William Ripple, distinguished professor of ecology at Oregon State University, analyzed data on the IUCN Red List to reach their findings, which were published today in Royal Society Open Science, a professional journal.

Conifer needles will drop. That's OK, says OSU urban forestry expert

Such botanical behavior is natural, said Paul Ries, urban forestry specialist for the Oregon State University Extension Service. Evergreen conifers shed needles just as deciduous trees lose leaves; it just happens over a longer period of time.

Poll: Most Oregonians Oppose Hunting of Wolves, Favor Nonlethal Conflict Prevention

“It’s very encouraging — and far from surprising — that the survey indicates a broad majority of Oregonians believe we can, and should, find ways to coexist with wolves,” said Dr. Michael Paul Nelson, a professor at Oregon State University whose research focuses on ecosystems and society. “And it should be instructive to policymakers that these results demonstrate that people across the state — even in rural areas most affected by wolves — want our public policies on wolves to reflect the facts, not unsubstantiated rhetoric and opinions.”

How OSU’s Dr. Ripple Has Helped Rewrite the Laws on Predators

Dr. Bill Ripple made a discovery in the late 90s that shed some light on the unique roles of predators that has led to collaboration with researchers around the world. Ripple, now a Distinguished Professor and well known researcher, was just doing what comes naturally when he is curious. We call this the Ripple Effect.

Successful control of reproduction could help address concerns about use of engineered trees

Forestry scientists have found a way to arrest the development of flowers in poplar trees, paving the way for control of the unintentional spread of engineered or non-native tree species.

A sign of safer times: Corvallis neighborhood receives wildfire prevention recognition

The area known as Skyline West, which was annexed into the City in 1989, has been designated a “firewise” community — one of six in Benton County — for its fire-prevention efforts in working with Oregon State University, the Corvallis Fire Department, Oregon Department of Forestry and the Parks and Recreation Department’s urban forester to develop wildfire mitigation practice and awareness.