A newsletter for alumni, friends, faculty, staff, and students of the OSU College of Forestry, volume 17, issue 1

 

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Dean's Column

Dean George Brown

As we approach the general election in November and the legislative session in January, there is great confusion about where our region, state, and higher education system are headed. There is little consensus, at least at this writing, of how our region's national forests are to be managed. A lengthy public involvement process by our governor and a special legislative session failed to develop a comprehensive tax reform program. The fate of state government programs, including higher education and our College of Forestry and Forest Research Laboratory, won't be resolved for at least another six to nine months.

This is a chaotic environment, one that makes planning difficult, and one that could lead to great pessimism about the future. The College of Forestry, however, is blessed with support from many people whose view of the future is one of optimism. And they have affirmed that positive outlook in both word and deed.

In this issue of Focus on Forestry, you'll read about people who are committed to the future and to the role this College will play, people whose gifts will make it possible for the College to continue its excellence in teaching, research, and service to the public.

Since most of these are deferred gifts, they will not pass forward to the College for many years. Thus, they are truly a long-term statement about the donors' belief in the future of forestry in Oregon, and in our contribution to the state and to its youth.

And speaking of our students, one of our most important statements of confidence comes from the young people who continue to enroll. Despite the chaos swirling around us, the number of new students is up again this fall, and the general quality of our applicants is also higher than before.

I hope you will enjoy reading about the people who have made such a commitment to our College. With their support and yours, the College of Forestry at OSU will continue to provide leadership in these difficult times.

—George Brown

 


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