FES News

Arbor Month Tree and Shrub Walks a Success

It's been an active Arbor Month (and beyond) for public tree/shrub walks and workshops. By the end of May, Ed Jensen will have conducted trips at Hoyt Arboretum in Portland co-sponsored by Portland Parks, Hoyt Arboretum, and World Forest Center; at Tryon Creek State Park in Lake Oswego (where RRM grad Deb Hill is the park ranger); at Peavy Hall for the Corvallis Natural Areas Coalition; and at Bald Hill for the Corvallis Greenbelt Land Trust. High attendance and favorable responses at these events suggest that they are an important way for the College to connect with local communities.

GMOs: A threat or safety net?

"Almost all of our food is pretty much controlled by big corporations," said Steven Strauss, an agricultural biotechnology scientist and Oregon State University professor who is on Gov. John Kitzhaber's task force on GMOs.

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.