College of Forestry News

“The world is not a machine,” Nelson said. “If we viewed the world as a system or an organism or something with emergent properties or as a living being, we’d think very differently about proposed solutions or what counted as success.”

Founded by OSU forestry professor T. J. Starker in 1936, Starker Forests now holds more than 87,000 acres of timberland in five Western Oregon counties, and Blanchard has lived through much of the company’s history.

Assistant professor Ben Leshchinsky and collaborators report unstable slopes on Oregon’s coastline could see a 30 percent jump in landslide movements if extreme storms become frequent enough to increase seacliff erosion by 10 percent.

Tammy Cushing

Next year, Tammy Cushing, an Extension forest business specialist at Oregon State University, will become the third woman to serve as president of the largest professional society of foresters in the world.

The annual Starker Lecture Series at Oregon State University will this year focus on tribal forestry with a film, three lectures and a capstone field trip.

Elliot forest

Anthony Davis, interim dean of the College of Forestry at Oregon State University, was interviewed on OPB's Think Out Loud about what the Elliott State Forest could bring to the college as a research forest.

Swiss Needle Cast

The epidemic of Swiss needle cast on the wet and foggy west slope of the Oregon Coast Range has intensified as recent climate trends make the environment friendlier to the fungal disease that hits Douglas-fir, the most important timber species in the Pacific Northwest.

Christopher Dunn

“We’re still digging in our heels like we always have and we’re just going after it more and more and more, rather than backing off and taking a different assessment,” said Chris Dunn, who studies fire at Oregon State University.

Douglas Complex fire

“We leveraged a fire severity metric that integrates fire intensity and tree susceptibility. We demonstrated how industrial forest management increases these aspects of fire risk,” said Harold Zald, lead author and a former post-doctoral scientist at Oregon State.

annual river flow

“That suggests smaller, prescribed burns can be a management tool for potentially decreasing the threat of bigger fires and creating more resilient forests without having a major effect on water yields,” said co-corresponding author Kevin Bladon of Oregon State University.