Ries, Paul

Position Type: 
Job Title: 
Director, Graduate Certificate in Urban Forestry, Instructor and Extension Specialist
Forest Ecosystems & Society
Office Location: 

316 Richardson Hall

Phone Number: 
(541) 737-3197
B.S. and M.S. degrees in Natural Resources from The Ohio State University
Research Areas: 
  • Integrated Social and Ecological Systems
Research Interests: 
  • Community Forestry
  • Extension
  • Urban Forestry
Urban and Community Forestry; Urban Forest Management; Hazard Tree Risk Assessment; Urban Natural Resource Management; Urban Forestry Leadership Development


Graduate Major Advisor
Courses Taught: 
Fall and Winter Quarters
FES/HORT 455/555
Fall Quarter
FES 560
Winter Quarter
FES 565
Spring Quarter
FES/HORT 447/547
Spring Quarter
Selected Publications: 
  1. Driscoll, A.N., Ries, P.D, Tilt, J.H., & Ganio, L.M., (2015). Needs and barriers to expanding urban forestry programs: An assessment of community officials and program managers in the Portland – Vancouver metropolitan region. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, 14(1) 48-55.
  2. Driscoll, A.N. & Ries, P.D. (2015). Cultivating a greener Collective Impact: A guidebook for regional urban forestry collaboration. Salem, OR: Oregon Department of Forestry.
  3. Baur, J.W.R., Tynon, J.F., Ries, P., & Rosenberger, R., (2014). Urban parks and attitudes about ecosystem services: does park use matter? Journal of Parks and Recreation Administration, 32(4), 19–34.
  4. Wing, M.G., K. Brown, D.C. Godwin, P.D. Ries, and & Emanuel, R. (2014). Land cover transitions and forest spatial patterns within four developing Oregon communities. International Journal of Advanced Remote Sensing and GIS, 3(1), 790-806.
  5. Baur, J.W.R., Tynon, J.F., Ries, P., Rosenberger, R., (2014). Linking People and Landscapes: Using Public Perceptions of Urban Forestry Services to Create New Management Strategies. Report for the Oregon Department of Forestry. Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR.
  6. Ries, P.D. (2011). The changing face of urban forestry education. City Trees (47) 6:34-35
  7. Ries, P.D. (2009). Urban, community, or forestry? City Trees (45) 6:22
  8. Ries, P.D. (2009). Protecting trees on construction and development sites: A best management practices guide for the Pacific Northwest. Bulletin EM 8994. Corvallis, OR: Oregon State University Extension Service.
  9. Ries, P.D., Reed, A. S., & Kresse, S.J. (2007). The impact of statewide urban forestry programs: A survey of cities in Oregon, U.S., Arboriculture & Urban Forestry, 33(3), 168-175.
  10. Ries, P.D. & Griffith, S., (2007). Urban and community forestry – forestry’s final frontier. Western Forester (52) 1:1-4.
  11. Ries, P.D. (2006). Street tree maintenance: City service or homeowner responsibility? City Trees (42) 4:10-13.
  12. Ries, P.D. (2005). Learning lessons from tree failures. City Trees (41) 4:24-26.
  13. Ries, P.D. & Schoenneman, R. (1994). Urban forestry: managing the forests where we live. Journal of Forestry, (92) 10, 6-10.