College of Forestry News

A global coalition of scientists led by William J. Ripple and Christopher Wolf of Oregon State University says “untold human suffering” is unavoidable without deep and lasting shifts in human activities that contribute to greenhouse gas emissions and other factors related to climate change.

In a time of increasing wildfire activity, Oregon State University Extension Service has implemented a new statewide fire program to help facilitate forest and range management plans, as well as create a healthy respect of fire through education and outreach efforts.

Pennsylvania native and graduate student Anna Talucci took a two-pronged approach to studying the natural resilience of insect damaged and burned forests. She tramped into the wilderness, setting up 63 fire-burned plots and measuring fire severity, regeneration and structure.

Bill Ripple has spent much of his personal and professional life trying to understand the complex clockwork of natural processes.

Co-author Christopher Still says, “Careful and targeted afforestation and reforestation can help with the climate crisis, but only if done in certain regions and with appropriate safeguards for biodiversity, water availability, and in concert with local communities.”

The Conway Science Fellowship in social science was awarded to the team of Evan Bredeweg, a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife in the College of Agricultural Sciences; and Ashley D’Antonio, an assistant professor in the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society in

Joe Peters says the online Master of Natural Resources program became an opportunity for him to advance his career and offer a local Native American perspective to a virtual classroom of students worldwide.

Dr. Garrett Meigs and his colleagues study forest fires, especially those in the Pacific Northwest. Recently he brought two new, and very hot topics in forest fire science research, to Wallowa County via a talk at Wallowology.

A big problem with the ban is that managers of certified forests will not be able to plant GM trees that could, for example, better resist pests and drought, says Steven Strauss.

Oregon State University’s College of Forestry is hosting two information sessions for the public regarding OSU’s 10 research forests and the creation of new individual forest management plans to guide the future of those tracts.