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Southern Oregon forest restoration may take precedence over spotted owl habitat

Inspiration for the study came from K. Norman Johnson, professor in the College of Forestry at Oregon State University. He discovered detailed tree inventories done between 1914 and 1924 for the part of the Fremont-Winema National Forest that was in the Klamath Reservation.

Redwood Audubon Presents Hummingbird Highways

The Redwood Region Audubon Society is hosting their annual benefit dinner on March 4th. Speaker Matt Betts will be discussing his work studying hummingbirds and their relationship with forest fragmentation and plant pollination.

Gifts from the trees

Barb Lachenbruch, an Oregon State University forestry professor, met a maple syrup expert at a conference and asked if he thought she might be able to make syrup from a Pacific Northwest native, the bigleaf maple. “He said, ‘Of course you can,’” she recalled.

Transfer Student Profile: A Friend of the Forest

Josh Friend is a senior studying Recreation Resource Management at Oregon State University. He began his college career at the Rock Creek Campus of Portland Community College (PCC). In high school, Josh had not decided what he wanted to study in college or pursue for a career. Once he started taking classes at PCC, Josh learned about the many different options and majors available to him. He decided to study forestry early on while at PCC, so it was natural for him to transfer to OSU to complete a bachelor’s degree since it is one of the world’s top forestry schools.

Faculty Profile – Michael Paul Nelson: Philosophy behind the Environment

Michael Paul Nelson is a faculty member within the College of Forestry with a non-traditional forestry background. His education is founded in philosophy and ethics, which has led him to ponder the dilemmas in the natural resources world. Michael says that as a philosopher, he is trained to take on natural resource arguments and try to answer difficult ethical questions related to natural resources and conservation ethics. These skills have led him to become the OSU Lead Scientist and Principle Investigator for the H.J.

“GoPro: Trail Masters” Video Features Oregon’s Single-Track Trails And Those Who Build Them

Even though he grew up riding, Oregon Forestry Specialist Reid Brown admits that even he didn’t know his current job existed, until he got into college. He attended Oregon State University, and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Recreation Resource Management, with a minor in Forest Management.

How the World's Smallest Birds Survive the Winter

In cold weather, hummingbird bodies enter into an "energy-conservation mode called torpor," according to Oregon State ecologist Adam Hadley. Birds that stay north for the winter experience a nightly "mini-hibernation," in which their 107-degree body temperatures can plummet to 48 degrees.

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.”