Dense ponderosa pine forest in southern Oregon

CORVALLIS, Ore. — The annual Starker Lectures at Oregon State University will explore the future of forestry and how land managers, policy makers and communities ought to prepare for decisions that could shape generations.

The series — “What’s next: The future of managing for healthy productive forests” — will ask leading thinkers to consider the economic, political, technological and ecological future of forestry and discuss how to meet new challenges that are on the horizon.

All lectures are free and open to the public and will be held in the C&E Hall of the LaSells Stewart Center on  the OSU campus.

Speakers and dates include the following:

Zack Parisa, president and co-founder of SilviaTerra, “Forestry in the Age of Artificial Intelligence,” 3:30 pm, March 14.

Carlton Owen, president and CEO of the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities, “Working with Nature – The Century of Forests and Forest Products,” 3:30 pm, April 25

Constance Harrington, research forester with the U.S. Forest Service, “How should we manage our forests in the face of uncertainty? What we know and what we don’t know about how trees respond to climate,” 3:30 pm, May 23

The Starker Lecture Series is sponsored by the Starker family in memory of T.J. and Bruce Starker, prominent leaders in the development of the Oregon forest products industry. The series is also supported by the OSU College of Forestry and the Oregon Forest Resources Institute.

More information on the series is available at


College of Forestry

About the OSU College of Forestry: For a century, the College of Forestry has been a world class center of teaching, learning and research. It offers graduate and undergraduate degree programs in sustaining ecosystems, managing forests and manufacturing wood products; conducts basic and applied research on the nature and use of forests; and operates more than 15,000 acres of college forests.

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Nick Houtman, [email protected], 541-737-0783


Michael Collins, OSU College of Forestry, [email protected], 541-737-3140

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