OSU is nearing the end of a year-long strategic planning process and Natural Resources has emerged as one of the five themes around which the university will chart its future. Even in this time of State budget retrenchment, the Colleges of Forestry and Agricultural Sciences have taken the lead in developing growth initiatives. We cover some of these areas in this issue of Focus on Forestry.
Environmental marketing is an area that takes us to the heart of the economics of forest sustainability. We haven't yet seen where this will settle out, but Professor Eric Hansen is on point, keeping tabs on the industry.
Also, forestry faculty are active in three areas of concern to managing federal forests: 1) how to manage stocking levels to reduce vulnerabilities to drought stress, insects, and wildfire; 2) what to do in the aftermath of wildfires to encourage desirable stand recovery; and 3) how to thin young and middle-aged forests aggressively enough to stimulate the development of structurally diverse older forests.
Our new Hinkle Creek project will test current forest practice rules and new harvesting and road technologies. Current rules are based on knowledge from technologies that were in place 20-30 years ago. It's a much different world today, with better engineering and light-on-the-land technologies. (See Forest Engineering for related story.)
As we move into the future, the College of Forestry continues to step provide strong scientific leadership in forestry practices locally, regionally, nat and internationally.
Each year, the Dean presents awards to faculty and staff who have made significant contributions to the success of the College of Forestry. Congratulations to all the recipients of the 2002 Dean's Awards.
Carol Carlson of College Forests received a Service award in recognition of her exemplary service to the College, OSU, and the City of Corvallis. Steve Tesch of Forest Engineering was given a Service award for his tireless and productive efforts on behalf of faculty, staff, students, and the College. The Projects and Maintenance Crew team award was given jointly to Rand Sether, David La Fever, and Jerry Sills in recognition of outstanding sustained efforts to improve and repair facilities and equipment in the College. Debbie Bird of the Dean's Office was given the Advising and Mentoring award in recognition of her exceptional skills in that area. The award for Research was bestowed on Mark Harmon of Forest Science, in recognition of a high level of sustained achievement in research. Mike Bondi, Forest Science and Extension Forester for Clackamas County, received the Extended and Continuing Education award for outstanding accomplishments and innovation in extension education. Brad Withrow-Robinson, Viviane Simon-Brown, Scott Reed, and Molly Engle won the Team Award for "Seeing the Forest: Art about Forests & Forestry" for successfully engaging the public in dialogue about forests and forest issues. The Support Staff award was given to Rayetta Beall of Forest Engineering for exceptional service provided to faculty, students, and constituents. Markus Weiler of Forest Engineering received the Faculty Research Associate award in recognition of exemplary work in virtual experiments, visualization, and preferential flow modeling.
ACE Critique & Awards
College of Forestry faculty and staff recently took top honors in the annual Critique & Awards competition sponsored by the Agricultural Communicators in Education – an international association of communicators and information technologists in agriculture, natural resources, and human sciences. The 2003 ACE competition included 469 submissions from around the world in a variety of print and non-print media categories.
Bruce Shindler of Forest Resources and the entire Forestry Media Center staff not only received a Gold Award for "Developing Natural Resource Communication Skills Through Student-Produced Digital Videos" in the Instructional Design category, they also received the "Best of the Best" award for Outstanding Professional Skill among all the Gold Award winners. This project documents the important educational role of student videos produced in Shindler's "Natural Resource Communications" class.
David Zahler and Ed Jensen received a bronze award for their OFRI-funded "Forests in Oregon" poster, copies of which are available to K-12 schools through the FMC and OFRI.
Ethics Integrity Award
Steve Radosevich was one of three awarded the 2003 Ethics Integrity Award at a reception on Thursday, May 29, 2003. This award was presented by the Program for Ethics, Science, and the Environment and the Faculty for Peace & Justice group. The award is presented annually to members of the campus community who have exemplified "ethical vision and courage" and have helped raise ethical awareness on campus.
Top Bananas – The Sequel
Once again, the College of Forestry came in first in the annual OSU Food Drive, donating $7,000 (or 45,000 pounds of food) to Linn-Benton Food Share. College faculty, staff, and students increased their contributions over last-year's award-winning effort, raising more money than any other unit on campus for this worthy cause. For the next year, the College will share two awards – the highly prized Top Banana Trophy and the Golden Bowl – as well as the satisfaction of knowing that our Forestry community came together to help our local community.
The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi
Phi Kappa Phi is the nation's oldest and largest all-discipline honor society. The Society's mission is "to recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others." Outstanding students from across campus are nominated by the faculty for membership in Phi Kappa Phi.
The College of Forestry proudly congratulates the following members, who are participating in the 2003 Commencement: Paul Wesly Betts, Sean Christopher Comstock, Joshua Owen Heacock, Sarah Rebecca Hirte, Zachary T. Piepmeyer, Eric Andrew Schroff, Jill Amber Smouse, Ernesto Rudolfo Wagner
Forestry Communications Group, Peavy Hall 256