OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

Demonstrations and Projects: 2002 Fernhopper Tour

Fernhopper tourAlways looking for opportunities to show off the Cameron Tract, John Bliss jumped on the chance to host the tour portion of the 70th Annual Fernhopper Day. "Fernhoppers" are those esteemed and often notorious individuals who have waded through enough blackberry brambles, poison oak, and sword fern fronds in their educational endeavors at OSU to emerge with a diploma and alumnus status from the College of Forestry. The event draws an impressive crowd of alumni each year and provides opportunities for alumni to meet and mingle with current students.

This year's program focused on the endowed chairs and programs that are made possible by the generous support of OSU alumni. Over 100 alumni stepped aboard the yellow buses and headed out to the Cameron Tract. Once on the property, Jeff McDonnell, Mark Harmon, Doug Maguire and John Bliss related their research programs to different landscape scales, using the Cameron Tract for reference. Their program integrated information on hydrologic functions, carbon cycling, silvicultural prescriptions and societal influences on the practice of forestry. With the sun breaking from behind the clouds the Fernhoppers concluded their visit to the Cameron Tract and departed for the Forestry Club Cabin where lunch, logger sports and the chainsaw drawing awaited!

Taking the fernhopper tour

FOREST HYDROLOGY RESEARCH
Jeff McDonnell, Richardson Chair of Forest Engineering

CARBON CYCLING RESEARCH
Mark Harmon, Richardson Chair of Forest Science

APPROPRIATE SILVICULTURE RESEARCH
FOREST HYDROLOGY RESEARCH
Jeff McDonnell, Richardson Chair of Forest Engineering

CARBON CYCLING RESEARCH
Mark Harmon, Richardson Chair of Forest Science

APPROPRIATE SILVICULTURE RESEARCH
Doug Maguire, Hayes Professor of Silviculture

FAMILY FORESTLANDS RESEARCH
John Bliss, Starker Chair for Private & Family Forestry