FES News

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.

Tree Sitters Protest Logging Viewed as New Model for BLM

The scheduled logging is also part of a pilot project designed by Northwest forestry professors, Norm Johnson at Oregon State University and Jerry Franklin at the University of Washington. The two have a long track record in conservation.

$1 million USDA grant boosts Oregon State tree research for bioenergy

A $1 million grant to a research team led by Steve Strauss, Oregon State University distinguished professor of forest biotechnology, aims to boost America’s energy independence by helping to develop a tree-based bioenergy industry.

Significant advance reported with genetically modified poplar trees

Forest geneticists at Oregon State University have created genetically modified poplar trees that grow faster, have resistance to insect pests and are able to retain expression of the inserted genes for at least 14 years, a report in the Canadian Journal of Forest Research just announced.  FES professor Steven Strauss reports, “in terms of wood yield, plantation health and productivity, these GMO trees could be very significant.”

Alternative harvesting method provides foundation for Wyden O&C plan: Guest opinion

Forest Ecosystems and Society professor K. Norman Johnson is co-author of this opinion piece for the Oregonian.

Businessmen pick up option to buy land under Mirror Pond

Matt Shinderman, a member of the Mirror Pond ad hoc committee, said it is important to complete the public process to determine the future of Mirror Pond. Shinderman is an instructor at Oregon State University-Cascades Campus, where he teaches courses in environmental policy, sustainability and ecological restoration.