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Timber harvesting: a process of many decisions

Curious about what goes into planning for a timber harvest? This overview can help prepare you to make informed decisions throughout the process.

By Francisca Belart, Lauren Grand, | Article

Aggressive local efforts were key to limiting spread of sudden oak death disease in Oregon

Aug 19, 2019
Limiting sudden oak death’s spread in southern Oregon has proved to be a success.

By Chris Branam | News Story

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Aggressive local efforts were key to limiting spread of sudden oak death disease in Oregon

Aug 19, 2019
Limiting sudden oak death’s spread in southern Oregon has proved to be a success.

By Chris Branam | News Story

West Coast forest landowners will plant less Douglas-fir in warming climate, model shows

Jul 30, 2019
West Coast forest landowners are expected to adapt to climate change by gradually switching from Douglas-fir to other types of trees such as hardwoods and ponderosa pine, according to a new Oregon State University study.

By Chris Branam | News Story

Nitrogen-fixing trees “eat” rocks, play pivotal role in forest health

Feb 25, 2019
By tapping nutrients from bedrock, red alder trees play a key role in healthy forest ecosystems.

By Chris Branam | News Story

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So many brown Doug-fir trees this year, what is the cause and is there a cure?

I have recently noticed many local Douglas firs turning brownish red (many needles dying), with some trees having entire limbs apparently dead or dying. I've seen this here in Corvallis, in the coast range, in the Portland area and in the Columbia Gorge; and I have seen it in young forest stands (20...

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