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The 2014 Western Forestry Graduate Research Symposium will be held on April 21st and 22nd!

Three Sisters, Deschutes National Forest. Photo Credit: Michelle Agne

Debarked logs on the processing chain to the primary breakdown bandsaw. Photo Credit: William Kirkham.

"Fire in the Sky" Photo Credit: Garrett Meigs

The aftermath of a mountain pine beetle epidemic on the East Side of the Cascades in Oregon - thousands of dead lodgepole pine trees. Photo Credit: Joey Hulbert.

A days worth of forest products ready to leave the mill. Photo credit: Joey Hulbert

A log deck at a mill in the PNW. The mill can processes this much material every month. Photo credit: Joey Hulbert

View from the top of Mount Howard in the Wallowa mountains of Eastern Oregon. Photo Credit: Bess Perry

Mountain hemlock dominated forest stand in the central Cascade Mountains, Oregon. Photo credit: Joey Hulbert

Snow covered Peavy Hall, home of the College of Forestry, December 2013. Photo Credit: Lacey Jeroue

Regernation several years after a severe fire near Waldo Lake, Oregon. Photo Credit: Joey Hulbert

Some of Crater Lake's six mile diameter expanse, as seen from a research boat trip in the national park. Photo Credit: Bess Perry

Paulina Lake in June - one of the twin crater lakes in Newberry Crater, Central Oregon. Photo Credit: Joey Hulbert.

Severe fire damage on the slopes up to Three Fingered Jack in the Central Cascades. Photo Credit: Garrett Meigs

Western gall rust and dwarf mistletoe on lodgepoll pine in the Cascade Mountains, Oregon. Photo Credit: Joey Hulbert

Ponderosa pine catfaces from the Paulina Fire in Central Oregon. Photo Credit: Garrett Meigs

Kilns at a mill used for drying processed timber material before shipment. Photo credit: Joey Hulbert

OSU campus sequoias dusted with snow, December 2013. Photo Credit: Lacey Jeroue

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What is WFGRS?

The annual Western Forestry Graduate Research Symposium (WFGRS), hosted by Oregon State University’s College of Forestry (COF), showcases current graduate student research. The purpose of this symposium is to promote academic excellence by challenging students to present their work to and receive feedback from their academic and professional peers on their proposed and current research from a diverse audience, fostering student engagement, enthusiasm, and interdisciplinary collaboration. Topics stretch across the realm of forests including ecology, forest management, forest products, human uses, and interconnections between the two in forest settings. WFGRS works to communicate an array of research projects spanning all three departments of OSU’s COF: Forest Ecosystems & Society, Forest Engineering, Resources & Management, and Wood Science & Engineering.

Save The Date

The 2014 Western Forestry Graduate Research Symposium is scheduled for April 21st and 22nd!

The Organizers

The event is organized entirely by College of Forestry graduate students. Click here to contact the organizers or here to see who the organizers are this year.

Submit an Abstract

Presentations will be limited to graduate students in fields related to forestry. Abstract submissions can be completed online. Click here for abstract guidelines and submissions!

Want to Attend?

Participation and attendance is open to everyone. The two day symposium will be held in Richardson Hall, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 97331

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Dominick A. DellaSala is President and Chief Scientist of the Geos Institute in Ashland, Oregon and President of the Society for Conservation Biology, North America Section. He is an internationally renowned author of over 150 technical papers on forest and fire ecology, conservation biology, endangered species management, and landscape ecology. Dominick cofounded the Geos Institute in July 2006. He is motivated by his work to leave a living planet for his daughter and all those that follow.

Dr. Bill Ripple is a professor in the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society as well as the Director of the “Trophic Cascades Program” at Oregon State University. His research involves studying the ecological effects of wolves and other large predators in western North America and other regions of the world. He has published over 125 scientific articles of which 60 are on the topic of how predators affect ecosystems. He has worked extensively communicating scientific results to the public via the mass media and documentary films.

Nils D. Christoffersen is the Executive Director of Wallowa Resources, an organization he joined in 1999 as the first Field Program Manager. Wallowa Resources is a community based non-profit working to sustain working lands, and the associated livelihoods, in Wallowa County. Over the past 14 years, Mr. Christoffersen has managed the development of Wallowa Resources’ watershed stewardship and education programs, as well as their for-profit subsidiary investments in biomass and renewable energy.

Dr. Karen McLeod is the Managing Director of COMPASS and based at Oregon State University (OSU). COMPASS supports scientists to engage beyond their peers by training them to more effectively communicate with the wider world. COMPASS also works to bring science into public and policy dialogues, creating opportunities for scientists to engage with journalists, policymakers, and other scientists at the most relevant times.

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