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Forest scientist terms new Crown policy radical, experimental

A New Brunswick-born scientist is calling the Alward government's change in forest policy a radical change and an experiment with the potential to result in local extinction of some birds and wildlife in the province. "It's impossible to project the future," said Matthew Betts, associate professor in Forest Ecosystems and Society at Oregon State University. "Do we want to run the experiment in New Brunswick where we drop mature forest down to 10 or 20 per cent and then find out, too late, that we've caused local extinctions for a bunch of species?"

Isle Royale wolves at risk from climate change, isolation

“To preserve a healthy ecosystem with climate change, we at times are going to have to intervene, and that’s a hard thing to wrap our heads around,” said Michael Nelson, an Oregon State University professor who specializes in environmental ethics and philosophy. “You don’t just wake up one day to that realization and change what you do.”

Saving Your Storm Damaged Trees

After winter storms, it's time for the daunting task of cleaning up the damage. Trees in particular can suffer the brunt of inclement weather, cautioned Paul Ries, an urban forester with the Oregon State University Extension Service.

Oldest Trees Are Growing Faster, Storing More Carbon As They Age

In a letter published in the journal Nature, an international research group reports that 97 percent of 403 tropical and temperate species grow more quickly the older they get. Three Oregon State University researchers are co-authors: Mark Harmon and Rob Pabst of the College of Forestry and Duncan Thomas of the College of Agricultural Sciences.

FES Professor Bill Ripple named OSU Distinguished Professor

College of Forestry professor William Ripple, a terrestrial ecologist who identified a new paradigm in wildlife research, has been named as a 2014 recipient of the Distinguished Professor Award by Oregon State University. The Distinguished Professor title is the highest designation Oregon State gives to its faculty.

OSU College of Forestry hires new department head

Dr. Troy Hall will join the College of Forestry this summer as the department of forest ecosystems and society’s new department head. Hall is an internationally known conservation social scientist who holds degrees in anthropology, cultural anthropology and forest resources.

Corvallis, Albany teachers link Costa Rica with Oregon schools

The research is supported by a multi-year grant from the National Science Foundation to Matthew Betts, associate professor in the OSU College of Forestry. The goal is to understand how hummingbirds and other pollinators are affected by land use patterns.

U.S. Plan to Lift Wolf Protections in Doubt After Experts Question Science

“It’s stunning to see a pronouncement like this—that the proposal is not scientifically sound,” says Michael Nelson, an ecologist in the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society, who was not one of the reviewers. Many commentators regard it as a major setback for USFWS, which stumbled last year in a previous attempt to get the science behind its proposal reviewed.

Old Trees Branch Out

In contrast to popular view, the oldest and biggest trees around the world are actually increasing their growth rates and sequestering more carbon as they age. Bryan Crump of Radio New Zealand talks to the Richardson Chair of Forest Science at Oregon State University, Professor Mark Harmon.

How to make men more lovable

Snobs insist that Italian white and French black truffles are superior. But many foodies have noticed that the mild climate of Oregon’s Willamette Valley produces a wide variety of delectable fungi: Jim Trappe of Oregon State University, Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society, estimates that the state has 500 species. Since 2006 the price of some Oregonian truffles has quadrupled; white varieties, for example, are fetching $400 a pound this season.

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