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Departmental News

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.

How A Tiny Fungus Is Starving Coastal Douglas Fir Trees

In 2008, scientist and FES assistant professor Bryan Black took core samples the diameter of a pencil from a forest near the north Oregon coast. Most of the trees were hemlocks and Douglas fir that had been undisturbed for about 90 years.  The hemlocks were growing normally. But Black was shocked at what he saw in the Douglas fir samples.  “In 1984, these Douglas fir all but shut down,” Black says. “In fact, their growth was so slow that it wasn’t even forming wood around the whole circumference of the tree.”

Ries wins Vice Provost Award for Excellence from the Division of Outreach and Engagement

Paul Ries won the Innovation in Online Credit-based Teaching Award for his work as an affiliate faculty member in the College of Forestry. Ries employs an interactive approach to his forestry and horticulture courses that enhances student success by prompting them to think critically about the local and global environment. Congratulations, Paul!

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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Oregon wildfires released far less greenhouse gas than previously estimated, researchers say

Some of the worst forest fires in Oregon's recent history consumed far fewer trees and released far less carbon dioxide than previously estimated, a new study by Garrett Meigs and Beverly Law concludes.

Measuring Timber Products Harvested from Your Woodland

The revised publication, Measuring Timber Products Harvested from Your Woodland (EC 1127-E), has been added to the Extension online catalog. The authors are Paul Oester and Steve Bowers. This publication describes measurements used to buy and sell timber products.

Fire in Riparian Zones

Research by David Hibbs and Jessica Halofsky has been highlighted in a few news reports lately. They have found that areas near streams and rivers recovery quickly and on their own following fires. To read the full story, see the articles on OregonLive or OPB.

FES 2008-09 Annual Report

The Annual Report for the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society for the 2008-2009 fiscal year is now available.

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Adam Hadley on BBC Radio

Adam Hadley was recently broadcast on the BBC Radio program Nature (alongside William Laurence) talking about tropical deforestation and his (along with Matt Betts') hummingbird work.

Wolves and livestock

On March 24, two presentations on the impact of wolves on the ecosystem were presented in Enterprise. In light of the wolf incident on Karl Patton’s ranch two days later, they couldn’t have been timed any better to preface the reality of the threat of wolves on Wallowa County livestock. 

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