Departmental News

Carbon Choices, Carbon Consequences

Professor Mark Harmon (Richardson Chair in Forest Science) and Research Associate John Campbell, both in the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society (FES) have found that while fuel reduction treatments can help reduce the severity of fire, these treatments may actually release more carbon to the atmosphere than any amount saved by successful fire prevention.

Future of ecological forestry is here

When Jerry Franklin and FES professor Norm Johnson look past the Pilot Joe restoration project, they see forests with a future.  The Mail Tribune reports on their work in Southern Oregon.  The goal of ecological forestry is to preserve the largest trees and improve forest health, including protecting northern spotted owl habitat, while producing wood for mills and county coffers, and reducing wildfire devastation, according to Franklin and Johnson.

Forest biomass not a solution for climate change

A team of academic researchers including FES professor Beveryly Law from Oregon State University has concluded that a major shift to using forest biomass to produce energy is unsustainable and will increase rather than decrease greenhouse gas emissions.  View the full story from Sustainable Life.

Breaking down the wall: communication at the interface of environmental policy and science

FES professor Lisa Ganio is a panelist in an upcoming Women in Policy and Women in Science public event, "Breaking down the wall: communication at the interface of environmental policy and science".   This event will be held on April 25 from 6:00-7:30pm in MU 109.  Panelists will be discussing the need to bridge the communication gap in environmental science and policy in the face of critical changes to the environment, as well as answering audience questions.

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Loss of predators affecting ecosystem health

A survey on the loss in the Northern Hemisphere of large predators, particularly wolves, concludes that current populations of moose, deer, and other large herbivores far exceed their historic levels and are contributing to disrupted ecosystems.  FES professor Bill Ripple was the lead author of this study, and FES professor emeritus Robert Beschta a co-author.

Study: Impact of warming climate doesn’t always translate to streamflow

An analysis of 35 headwater basins in the United States and Canada found that the impact of warmer air temperatures on streamflow rates was less than expected in many locations, suggesting that some ecosystems may be resilient to certain aspects of climate change.  FES adjunct professor Julia Jones was the lead author of this study.

FES newsletter released

The Forest Ecosystems and Society March 2012 newsletter is now available!

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Foraging Oregon truffles is dirty work, but the payoff is delicious

It wasn't the most auspicious beginning to a day of truffle foraging during the recent Oregon Truffle Festival in Eugene. Dr. Daniel Luoma of Oregon State University began his introduction to Oregon truffles with the words, "There are 350 different kinds of truffles in the Northwest and most of them are really good squirrel food."

Forest Health in Oregon: State of the State 2012

Forest Health in Oregon: State of the State 2012 is a one-day conference and continuing education event designed to synthesize the current forest health conditions of Oregon forests by focusing on mortality agents and other factors that negatively impact forest trees.  It will be held on March 1 at the LaSells Stewart Center, OSU.

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Gail Achterman, Portland lawyer and lifelong public servant, dies of cancer at 62

Gail Achterman, a Portland lawyer and lifelong Oregonian whose record of public service spanned nearly 40 years in natural resources, environmental law and transportation policy, died Saturday of pancreatic cancer at age 62.  Gail was an adjunct professor for FES, and recently retired as director of the Institute for Natural Resources.