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Working with — Not Against — The Federal Government

A researcher insight by FES faculty Emily Jane Davis. She says "stories of direct action and contention make headlines, but numerous less visible efforts that seek collaboration around federal lands management are also underway."

In the Game of Extinction, It’s Good to Be Average

The research, published recently in the journal PNAS, is the latest, biggest news from the world of extinction science. The scientists, including William Ripple of the College of Forestry at Oregon State University, found that in any given group of animals—from bony fishes and birds to mammals and reptiles—species at the size extremes tend to be in the most trouble.

OSU forestry alum Henry Gholz dies in climbing accident

“Henry was a proven leader who was dedicated to our profession and was an outstanding member of the community,” said Troy Hall, department head of Forest Ecosystems & Society in the College of Forestry.

Learn about Central Oregon’s top-five evergreen trees

To better acquaint readers with some of Central Oregon’s diverse evergreens, The Bulletin spoke with David Shaw, a forest health specialist and an associate professor in Oregon State University’s Department of Forestry.

Federal fire suppression memo gets mixed response

“Generally speaking, the one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t actually fit all,” said Matt Shinderman, professor of natural resources at Oregon State University-Cascades.

When it comes to the threat of extinction, size matters

"Knowing how animal body size correlates with the likelihood of a species being threatened provides us with a tool to assess extinction risk for the many species we know very little about," said William Ripple, a distinguished professor of ecology at Oregon State University and lead author of the study.

This Season, Western Wildfires Are Close By and Running Free

“There’s just a lot of stuff to burn,” said Janean Creighton, an associate professor of forest ecosystems and society at Oregon State University. The devastation at places like the Columbia River Gorge here in Oregon, which is a treasured hiking spot for Pacific Northwest residents, has also created a deeper emotional impact, Professor Creighton said, especially coming as the nation has been slammed with hurricane disasters in Texas and Florida.

Oregon wildfire fallout a sign of seasons to come

Bottom line, said Meg Krawchuk, an assistant professor of forestry at Oregon State who studies fire, "we're going to see more summers like this, because of the strong march of temperature." She also points to Oregon's growing population, the likelihood that growth will continue, and the growing population in the "wildland urban interface."

Tree farmers take a different path

Dave Hibbs and Sarah Karr, the Benton County tree farmers of the year, walk through their 87-acre property in southern Polk county. Hibbs is a retired College of Forestry professor, and says about their management style: “We’re hoping to see the benefits of taking some of my academic ideas and trying to make it work.”

Seabird research creates opportunities for ecosystem understanding

The Institute for Working Forest Landscapes in the College of Forestry at Oregon State University has funded a little more than one million dollars annually for a new study aimed at conserving marbled murrelet populations in Oregon, said James Rivers, a professor of animal ecology in the College of Forestry and lead researcher on the project.