New ‘droughty’ soils model for Pacific Northwest could aid forest health in changing climate

Scientists have developed a new approach to modeling potentially drought-prone soils in Pacific Northwest forests, which could aid natural resource managers to prepare forested landscapes for a changing climate.

Logging permit fraud threatens timber species in Brazilian Amazon

Timber harvested illegally under fraudulent permits is undercutting conservation efforts in the Brazilian Amazon, new research by an international collaboration shows.

Groundbreaking poplar study shows trees can be genetically engineered not to spread

The largest field-based study of genetically modified forest trees ever conducted has demonstrated that genetic engineering can prevent new seedlings from establishing.

Fire is not all bad news in healthy sagebrush steppe ecosystems

Fire is not all bad news in healthy sagebrush steppe ecosystems, according to an Oregon State University study.

OSU’s College of Forestry Dean Maness leaves legacy of leadership 

Thomas Maness, the Cheryl Ramberg-Ford and Allyn C. Ford dean of the College of Forestry at Oregon State University, passed away Thursday, July 12, in Corvallis. He was 63.

New evidence of two subspecies of American pikas in Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park provides habitat for not one, but two subspecies of the American pika, a species thought to be closely connected with climate change, according to a new study.

Berry-gorging bears disperse seeds through scat and feed small mammals

New research shows that mice and voles scurry to bear scats to forage for seeds, finding nutritional value in the seeds and in some cases further dispersing them.

Paying communities for forest management activities supports social relationships

New research shows that paying communities in Mexico to conserve and manage their jointly-owned property doesn’t just benefit the environment—it strengthens social relationships and a sense of community within those areas as well.

‘Warning to Humanity’ resolution passes OSU student and faculty governance

The Oregon State University Faculty Senate and Associated Students of Oregon State University passed a joint resolution last month endorsing “World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity: A Second Notice,” an article published late last year by lead author Oregon State Professor William Ripple.

Desert bighorn sheep are crossing Interstate 40 in California

Desert bighorn sheep are able to climb steep, rocky terrain with speed and agility. New research shows that they can cross a four-lane highway.

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