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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

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.

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.

Event Calendar

04Sep2014

Mount Mazama: Ashes to Forest

Join Extension Forest Health Specialist, Dave Shaw and Extension Watershed Specialist, Paul Adams, along with your local agent Steve Bowers on a tour that will discuss the four…
06Sep2014

Benton Tree Farmer of the Year Tour

Tour the family forest of Mike & Molly Albrecht see the work they have done to bring productivity back to a site harvested before their ownership and how…
11Sep2014

2014 Land Stewards Program

The Jackson County OSU Extesnion Service and Jackson Soil and Water Conservation District is please to offer the 2014 Land Steward Program. This is an 11-week…
18Sep2014

2014 Land Stewards Program

The Jackson County OSU Extesnion Service and Jackson Soil and Water Conservation District is please to offer the 2014 Land Steward Program. This is an 11-week…
25Sep2014

2014 Land Stewards Program

The Jackson County OSU Extesnion Service and Jackson Soil and Water Conservation District is please to offer the 2014 Land Steward Program. This is an 11-week…