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Our Mission

To develop, communicate, and teach the science and engineering necessary for sustainable management of forest, land, and water resources to achieve economic, environmental, and social objectives.

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Our department comprises a unique group of specialists in forest management, engineering, biometrics, hydrology, forest health, and silviculture working to support decisions for sustainable forests. Our teaching and research emphasize all aspects of active forest management and restoration from regeneration through harvest for multiple land use objectives, including wood production and management for values other than wood.

 

FERM News

Growing Cedar and Collaboration in Southeast Alaska

Oregon State scientists supported the cedar research for many reasons. Recent studies of yellow-cedar have suggested that, in addition to deer browse, decline may be linked to climate change, already a critical topic. Declining forests are found in lower elevations on poorly drained soils, and current thinking is that they are damaged by the lack of a persistent snow load in the winter to protect sensitive roots from freezing.

On a Wing and a Dare

On a warm afternoon last summer in the hills west of Corvallis, three Oregon State University students went hiking in the McDonald-Dunn Forest when they became “lost.” A few scattered belongings — a backpack, shoes, a shirt — marked their trail in an emergency response exercise. Rather than send out a full-scale operation on foot in the steep terrain, a rescue team launched an unmanned aerial vehicle, the suitcase-sized Vapor made by Pulse Aerospace of Lakewood, Colorado.

Living with Fire

Time is relative when you’re a forest researcher. Students and faculty in the fire science program at Oregon State University are especially aware of this reality. Their research will transcend their own lifespans. Forests can also change quickly when fire is present, but the results of fire can be seen for years afterwards. That’s what fascinates Ph.D. candidate Chris Dunn.

Event Calendar

26Jul2014

Summer Woodland Tour and Lunch

Our hosts for this year's tour are Randy and Bonnie Holce, CCSWA members and OSU Master Woodland Managers. 8:30 Hot Coffee and Pastries 9:00 Walking…
31Jul2014

Oak Woodlands and Private Landowners:

Oak Woodlands and oak savanna, once widely distributed across the Willamette Valley, are now the focus of important restoration and conservation efforts.  Private landowners as well as several…
05Aug2014

Yamhill Small Woodlands Association Tree Farmer of the Year Tour

Brian and Barbara Doyle are this year's hosts and county Tree Farmer of the Year nominees.  Yamhill Small Woodlands Association will provide hamburgers, hot dogs and beverages.  Bring…
14Aug2014

Twilight Tour

Are you interested in adding native plant diversity on your property?  This event will interest you.  Paul Wilson and Linda Farris have been actively restoring a range of…