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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.


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.



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


Annual Ring 2014

You are invited to join the College of Forestry community as we welcome our incoming 2014-15 undergraduate students!  This will be a great opportunity to meet our new…

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…

Laws of nature, historical contingency, and the wolves and moose of Isle Royale

Dr. John A. Vucetich Associate Professor of Animal Ecology Co-Director of the Isle Royale Wolf-Moose Project Michigan Technological…

Forest of Arts

Hopkins Demonstration Forest and Three Rivers Artist Guild present the Second Annual Forest of Arts. So much to discover in 140 acres of native forest... …

Clubs Day

Representatives from Forest Products Society, Society of American Foresters, Forestry Club, International Forestry Student Association, AMbassadors, Engineers Without Borders, and Xi Sigma Pi will be present to talk…