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Blacktail Deer Creek

The findings, published today in Ecohydrology, are important because they highlight the role big predators play in the health of aquatic and riparian ecosystems. Robert Beschta and William Ripple of the OSU College of Forestry looked at stream-bank willows over a 13-year period along two forks of a creek in Yellowstone National Park, first in 2004 and again in 2017.


seedling

In a paper published November 1 in Science, Michael Paul Nelson and collaborators propose a coordinating body to act as a neutral third party in gene-editing decision-making. Nelson is a professor of environmental ethics and philosophy in the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society in the College of Forestry.


Wild Bee

An international collaboration, led by Jim Rivers of Oregon State University, has established a roadmap for future research aimed at better understanding the role that managed conifer forests in temperate zones play for the conservation of pollinators such as bees, wasps, flies, beetles and butterflies. “Temperate forests comprise a large portion of the world’s land base and to date we haven’t really thought about them much in terms of habitat for pollinators,” Rivers said.


Haiti

Most reports of forest cover and deforestation in tropical nations, said study co-author Warren Cohen of the OSU College of Forestry, fail to make a distinction between primary forest – essentially, untouched original forest – and disturbed forest: that which has been selectively logged, or has regrown after having been clear-cut.

“Our findings point to the need for better reporting of forest cover data of relevance to biodiversity, instead of ‘total forest’ as defined by 10 percent tree canopy coverage by the United Nation’s Food and Agricultural Organization,” he said. “Expanded detection and monitoring of primary forest globally will improve the efficiency of conservation measures inside and outside of protected areas.”

Upcoming CE Opportunities

December 10, 2018 - 07:30AM

The purpose of this course is to provide a basic understanding of wood and how to dry it.  Practical, up-to-date information will be provided on wood properties and how wood dries.  You’ll learn how both steam-heated and dehumidification kilns are made, operated and maintained, and how to create

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OSU College of Forestry, Richardson Hall