College of Forestry News

For insight into the reality of the wildfires, the St. Helens, OR Chronicle spoke with OSU Department of Forestry professors John D. Bailey and Meg Krawchuk.

Researchers are keeping an eye on the health of the McKenzie River, which flows through the middle of it all.

The rebuilding of communities hit hard by recent wildfires — from affluent and urban Napa, California, to rural and economically challenged Detroit, Oregon — will be as varied as the communities themselves, a panel of wildfire experts at Oregon State University told journalists from around the st

Squeezed by changing ocean conditions that limit their food options and the long-term loss of old forest needed for nesting, marbled murrelets would benefit most from conservation efforts that take both ocean and forest into account, new research by Oregon State University shows.

Central Oregon has a new resource person for forestry needs. Thomas Stokely started in July at the OSU Extension office as the forestry extension agent.

“Different age-sex categories of rufous hummingbirds use alternative routes and differ in migration cycles and distributions,” said the study’s corresponding author, Josée Rousseau, a Ph.D. candidate in the OSU College of Forestry.

The new Forestry & Natural Resources Extension Fire Program has its first manager in Carrie Berger. Berger will lead one state fire specialist and six regional fire specialists, who will be strategically placed in areas of greatest risk and need as the growing program expands.

Meg Krawchuk, forest ecologist and FES assistant professor, says research shows that some locations have inherent characteristics – such as terrain, vegetation, proximity to bodies of water, and slope-face direction – that buffer them from disturbances in a predictable manner.

The reintroduction of wolves into Yellowstone National Park is tied to the recovery of tall willows in the park, according to Luke Painter, a wildlife ecologist at OSU and lead author on the study.

The College of Forestry is the new home of a forensics lab that fights timber crime, a $1 billion annual problem for the United States’ forest products industry.