FES News

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.

Old Trees Branch Out

In contrast to popular view, the oldest and biggest trees around the world are actually increasing their growth rates and sequestering more carbon as they age. Bryan Crump of Radio New Zealand talks to the Richardson Chair of Forest Science at Oregon State University, Professor Mark Harmon.

How to make men more lovable

Snobs insist that Italian white and French black truffles are superior. But many foodies have noticed that the mild climate of Oregon’s Willamette Valley produces a wide variety of delectable fungi: Jim Trappe of Oregon State University, Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society, estimates that the state has 500 species. Since 2006 the price of some Oregonian truffles has quadrupled; white varieties, for example, are fetching $400 a pound this season.

Lawsuit challenges eco-friendly timber sale

Conservation groups are challenging a timber sale that demonstrates the kind of ecosystem-driven logging that would be fast-tracked under Sen. Ron Wyden's bill to increase harvests from federally owned property in western Oregon. The bill follows the principles of Oregon State University forestry professor Norm Johnson and University of Washington professor Jerry Franklin.

January Newsletter now available

The January 2014 issue of the FES Newsletter is now available.

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Oldest Trees Are Growing Faster, Storing More Carbon as They Age

In a finding that overturns the conventional view that large old trees are unproductive, scientists have determined that for most species, the biggest trees increase their growth rates and sequester more carbon as they age. 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.

Loss of large carnivores poses global conservation problem

An analysis of 31 carnivore species published in the journal Science shows for the first time how threats such as habitat loss, persecution by humans and loss of prey combine to create global hotspots of carnivore decline. “Globally, we are losing our large carnivores,” said William Ripple, lead author of the paper and a professor in the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society at Oregon State University.

Mint researchers study building blocks of wilt resistance

The genetic building blocks of the mint plant may hold the key to defeating the crop’s longtime enemy — verticillium wilt. FES researcher Kelly Vining has sequenced roughly 25 to 50 percent of the genetic data contained in a mint species, Mentha longifolia.

EarthFix Conversations: The Case For Carnivore Conservation

Oregon State University Ecologist William Ripple is known for his groundbreaking research on the ecological role of the grey wolf. Ripple has documented the cascade of effects triggered when wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone National Park. OPB's EarthFix spoke to Ripple about the ecology of lions, tigers, and bears. And also dingoes and otters and cougars.

Live Chat: Protecting the World’s Predators

Michael P. Nelson, who holds the Ruth H. Spaniol Chair of Renewable Resources and serves as the lead principal investigator for the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest Long-Term Ecological Research program, will be participating in a live chat on Thursday, January 9 at 12:00pm PST. Science magazine with be hosting this discussion about large predators and their effect on ecosystems.