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Beaver Assisted Restoration. Oregon Public Broadcasting, Oct. 28, 2010

Beavers have long been punished by farmers because of their knack of flooding croplands and altering landscapes. But biologists are now trying to put those same skills to use on public lands -- for the benefit of salmon.

Bighorn Sheep Come Home to John Day Fossil Beds. On the Ground, Dec. 2010

In December, 20 California bighorn sheep were released near the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument in Central Oregon. A video that shows the surefooted rams and ewes leaping across a snow-dusted landscape is only a few minutes long, but the event itself was 12 years in the making.

Cutting down desert junipers to save precious water. Vince Patton. OPB News, Oct. 28, 2010

There's a very thirsty tree taking over much of central and eastern Oregon. Scientists say that in the heat of summer a single juniper tree can draw 25 gallons of water out of the ground. Oregon Field Guide's Vince Patton reports those trees are radically altering the landscape.

Extend fall and winter grazing. Progressive Cattleman, November 1, 2011

Tim DelCurto of Eastern Oregon Agriculture Center at Oregon State University says their range livestock research stations have studied use of stockpiled forages, windrow grazing and rake-bunched hay.

History of Forest Battles Offers View to Future (1-25-07)

Some of the changing social values and demands to ensure species viability that ultimately caused the collapse of national forest management plans in the 1980s and 90s have been addressed, scientists say, but other topics still have similar potential for conflict.

Invasive medusahead weed threatens ranches in West. USA Today, Jan. 5, 2011

According to an OSU study, medusahead is rapidly crowding out native grasses, and once established, it eliminates more than 80 percent of a land's grazing value.

Legacy of logging roads brings change to Oregon forests, and so do the courts. Oregon Live.com, September 26, 2011

Deciding to decommission logging roads isn't as simple as it might seem, said Julia Jones, a Department of Geosciences professor at Oregon State University. She's studied the hydrology of logging road runoff.

Oregon's horse population is outpacing the ability to care for them. Oregonian, Sunday, August 24, 2008

Oregon and the nation are in the throes of a population explosion of horses, both wild and domestic.

Parasite Loads an Underlying Cause of Salmon Mortality, Linked to Land Use Changes. ScienceDaily, August 15, 2011

The study was done by researchers from Oregon State University and other agencies, and concluded that heavy loads of parasites can affect salmon growth, weight, size, immune function, saltwater adaptation, swimming stamina, activity level, ability to migrate and other issues.

Scientists Say U.S. Needs to Plan for Climate Change-Induced Summer Droughts (2-16-07)

The western United States has experienced increasing drought conditions in recent years "and conditions may worsen if global climate change models are accurate“ yet the country is doing little to prepare for potential catastrophe, a group of scientists said today.

Study: Wider streamside forest buffers aid fish . OPB, EarthFix, September 21, 2011

No-logging zones along state forest streams are making a difference in keeping temperatures cool for fish, according to a study issued Wednesday by Oregon State University.

Thinning Oregon forests develops spotted owl habitat, chases away flying squirrels. Oregonian, December 17, 2011

A new study by Oregon State University researchers indicates that thinning Douglas firs, which gives them more room to grow and develop the old forest characteristics favored by northern spotted owls, is bad news for the threatened bird's primary prey.

Toxic avenger. Medford Mail Tribune, October 9, 2011

Now an Oregon State University professor is studying algae strains at a series of Oregon waterways to determine whether these individual strains can produce toxins capable of sickening and killing people or whether they are nothing more than gross, smelly scums producing no greater public-health danger than swimmer's itch.

Wheat varieties show potential for stripe-rust resistance. Capital Press, November 10, 2011

Oregon State University wheat breeder Bob Zemetra says several varieties in the development pipeline show promise.

Wheat, mosaic virus a dryland worry, experts warn. Capital Press, December 15, 2011

A relatively new disease in the Northwest presents a significant threat to dryland wheat, Oregon State University Extension cereals specialist Mike Flowers said.