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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

28Oct2014

Washington County Small Woodlands Association Meeting

Topic:  Harvest Equipment The presentation will cover both new and established methods of harvesting, where the methods may be appropriate, what equipment is used, and how…
30Oct2014

Mentored Management Planning Shortcourse

A written Forest Management Plan serves many purposes.  It helps you organize and plan for activites on your land.  It is a valuable communication tool for your family. …
01Nov2014

2nd Annual College of Forestry Homecoming Tailgate

 2 hours before kick-off Join us for great food, beer and wine, and a chance to win a getaway to the Oregon Coast, plus other great…
01Nov2014

2nd Annual CoF Homecoming Tailgate Celebration!

Join your fellow Forestry alumni, faculty and students for food, drinks, door prizes and fun for all ages. Come hungry and head into the stadium satisfied…
02Nov2014

Explore Chile

The Tour:  A 10-day adventure.  Explore one of the world's most innovative forest sectors, visit unique forests and landscapes, and learn about a growing conservation movement, all while…