CORVALLIS, Ore. - The 2012 Starker Lectures at Oregon State University will begin Tuesday, Feb. 28, with the theme "Watershed Moments: People, Forests & Water," focusing on new concerns about forest and water interactions.

An introductory symposium will feature information updates on issues surrounding forestry and water. Three lectures will discuss policy; the science of forest watersheds; and a global connections perspective. These will be followed by a field trip to the "Alsea Revisited" Paired Watershed study area.

All events are free and open to the public. This year's events include:

  • Tuesday, Feb. 28: Oregon Forests and Water Symposium, sponsored by the Oregon Forest Resources Institute, in the OSU CH2M HILL Alumni Center from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 8: "The Clean Water Act: Fundamentals and Effects on Forestry," presented by Jay O'Laughlin, professor of forest resources at the University of Idaho, in Richardson Hall Room 107, from 3:30-5 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 5: "Forest Watershed Research: Management Under the Microscope," presented by George Brown, dean emeritus for the OSU College of Forestry, and George Ice from the National Council for Air and Stream Improvement, in Richardson Hall Room 107, from 3:30-5 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 10: "Land Use, Climate Change, Water, and Other Ecosystem Services: Connecting Science to Users, Policies, and Programs," presented by Kathleen Farley, assistant professor of geography at San Diego State University, in Richardson Hall Room 107, from 3:30-5 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 31: Capstone field trip to Flynn Creek and Needle Branch watersheds, hosted by Mike Cloughesy, Paul Adams, Jeff Light, and George Ice, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Following each of the lectures, there will be a reception from 5-6 p.m. for open discussion.

The Starker Lectures were created in memory of T. J. and Bruce Starker, prominent leaders in the development of the Oregon forest products industry, by the Starker family. They are also supported by the OSU College of Forestry and the Oregon Forest Resources Institute.

More information on the presentations and other details are available online at


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Julie Howard, 541-737-1591