Departmental News

Loss of ancient, big trees becoming a global issue

Forestry experts have long been aware of the decline of big trees, said Oregon State University professor Mark Harmon, who was not involved in the analysis. But the Science paper is one of the first attempts to pull together evidence from different parts of the world and make the argument that big trees deserve special consideration. "Maybe it will change the mindset," Harmon said.

Real Christmas trees get the nod over fake ones because of environmental, economic reasons

Michael Bondi, forestry professor and regional administrator with the Oregon State University Extension Services, said the Noble is his top pick. "They ship better, they don't dry out as quickly and they don't drop their needles as quickly." Noble firs will last four to six weeks if cared for properly, Bondi said.

Tips For Choosing The Right Tree

If you're planning on purchasing a real tree for the holidays this year, here are some helpful pointers to make sure the tree is the right one for you, and how to keep it fresh through the season.  The advice comes from Mike Bondi, a professor at Oregon State University’s College of Forestry, who specializes in Christmas trees and is a spokesperson for the Pacific Northwest Christmas Tree Association.

FES newsletter released

The latest issue of the FES newsletter is now available!

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Exposing the logic of climate change denial

Ruth H. Spaniol Chair in Natural Resources and Lead Principle Investigator for the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest, Michael P. Nelson co-authored this opinion piece with Kathleen Dean Moore, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at OSU. Together they co-edited the anthology “Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril.”

Ancient redwoods, giant sequoias to be 'archived' on Oregon coast

Relocating trees to forestall global warming is being examined by many scientists, says Glenn Howe, a forest genetics professor in FES. So is planting forests to hedge against die-offs from increasing drought, insect infestations, population growth and development. Coast redwoods are spectacular at capturing carbon dioxide. They're fire-resistant thanks to their thick bark.  But redwoods and giant sequoias are finicky about where they grow, which could make them less desirable for global plantings than more "cosmopolitan" trees, Howe says.

Climate change increases stress, need to restore grazed public lands

Eight researchers in a new report have suggested that climate change is causing additional stress to many western rangelands, and as a result land managers should consider a significant reduction, or in some places elimination of livestock and other large animals from public lands. “People have discussed the impacts of climate change for some time with such topics as forest health or increased fire,” said Robert Beschta, a professor emeritus in the College of Forestry at Oregon State University, and lead author on this study.

The battle of Rainbow Ridge

Ecological forestry is the brainchild of two prominent forestry professors, Norm Johnson of Oregon State University's Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society and the University of Washington’s Jerry Franklin. Both were among the original architects of the Northwest Forest Plan, a 1994 Clinton administration compromise aimed at breaking the political gridlock that was paralyzing timber harvests on public lands.

Mountain Meadows Dwindling In The Pacific Northwest

Harold Zald, a post-doc researcher in the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society, recently published a study documenting climate change in Jefferson Park, a 333 acre meadow in the central Oregon Cascades.

The Biscuit Fire 10 Years Later

A decade of new growth in the once-ravaged Siskiyou National Forest soon will generate more knowledge. Dan Donato, now a post-doctoral researcher in the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society, is leading a follow-up study with funding from the Joint Fire Sciences Program (managed by the U.S. departments of Agriculture and Interior). The new study will look at the rates and patterns of post-fire vegetation growth, the effects of post-fire logging and the impact of subsequent burns.