Chronic 2000-04 drought, worst in 800 years, may be the "new normal"

The coming century may bring a succession of droughts as bad or worse than a 2000-04 drought that devastated much of the West, an ecological problem that researchers say is due to global warming.

Active forest management to reduce fire could aid northern spotted owl

Active management to reduce fire risks to vulnerable Pacific Northwest forests could, in the long run, help improve survival chances for the northern spotted owl.

OSU names Thomas Maness dean of College of Forestry

Thomas Maness, a forest economist who specializes in developing innovative forest policies and practices to balance traditional production with ecosystem services, has been named dean of the College of Forestry at Oregon State University.

Dying trees in Southwest set stage for erosion, water loss in Colorado River

Both drought and insect attack have killed 2.5 million acres of pinyon pine and juniper in the American Southwest, raising concerns about soil erosion and further loss of water in the Colorado River basin.

Some butterfly species particularly vulnerable to climate change

A recent study of the impact of climate change on butterflies suggests that some species might adapt much better than others, with implications for the pollination and herbivory associated with these and other insect species.

Analysis raises atmospheric, economic doubts about forest bioenergy

A major global expansion of the forest biofuels industry would be unsustainable and would increase greenhouse gas emissions, scientists say in a new analysis.

Loss of predators affecting ecosystem health

The decline or disappearance of wolves, bears and other large predators is disrupting normal ecosystem function across much of the Northern Hemisphere.