Forest Research Laboratory

The Forest Research Laboratory conducts research on innovative approaches for managing forest resources to enhance lives and improve the health of Oregon’s lands, businesses, and vital ecosystems.

Forest project focuses on planning and managing for fire at landscape scale

Federal agencies, state government, collaborative groups and businesses have been attempting to increase the pace and scale of restoration in fire-adapted forests east of the Cascades in Oregon. But achieving landscape-scale outcomes ...

Researchers study supply chain feasibility of biochar for agricultural use

Biochar, the charcoal-like material created by burning woody debris at high-temperatures in a low-oxygen environment, is recognized as offering a number of benefits for soil health, and is being proposed as a carbon-negative ...

Practical applications discovered for western juniper

Due to changes in land management practices, wildfire suppression in particular, western juniper acreage in the western United States has increased dramatically in the past 100 years. Thinning juniper stands helps restore rangelands ...

OSU Extension partners with landowners to reduce fire risk in dry southern Oregon forests

Over the past century, forests of the Pacific Northwest have been dramatically altered by human activities, including logging, grazing, and fire suppression. Many of today’s forest stands, such as those in dry southern Oregon, ...

Extension helps Oregon’s woodland owners manage their land

About 62,000 small woodland owners hold title to more than 4 million acres, or 42 percent, of the state’s private forestland. But most family forestland owners are not professional foresters, and many need help if they are ...

OSU helps Oregon's forest products industry remain competitive

From the end of World War II until 1989, timber harvests in Oregon generally ranged from 7 billion to 9 billion board feet annually. Since 1989, timber harvests on federal lands have dropped about 90 percent because of ...

OSU keeps forests healthy and productive

A serious epidemic of Swiss needle cast has hit the west slope of the Oregon Coast Range. This native fungal foliage disease can significantly reduce growth rates and the competitiveness of Douglas-fir, the most important timber...

OSU researchers gather data on threatened seabird

The marbled murrelet — a small seabird native to the North Pacific — is considered a flagship species for healthy ecosystems because it is one of the only birds in the world that gets all of its food from the marine...

Extension distributes genetically resistant seedlings to limit spread of Port Orford cedar root rot

Port Orford cedar is native to a limited area along the Pacific Coast from Coos Bay to the mouth of the Mad River near Arcata, California. For a variety of reasons, including its ability to tolerate serpentine soils and ...

Citizen Fire Academy teaches homeowners to protect their property from wildfire

Wildfires are a natural disturbance in most forest ecosystems across the West, but they have become more widespread and severe in recent decades. Experts point to a legacy of fire suppression and other human activities, coupled ...