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The latest goings-on at the MidCoast Watersheds Council

Monthly Meeting, November 2017

MidCoast Watersheds Council

Quantifying the effects of Intensive Forest Management on biodiversity and ecosystem services, with a focus on pollinators

Thursday November 2nd, 2017 6:30 PM

Newport Visual Arts Center

777 NW Beach Dr. Newport, OR 97365

Matt Betts, professor in Landscape Ecology at Oregon State University, discusses forest management, biodiversity and pollinators. (Photo: Matt Betts)

Matt Betts, professor in Landscape Ecology at Oregon State University, discusses forest management, biodiversity and pollinators. (Photo: Matt Betts)

The Pacific Northwest is one of the world’s most productive timber growing regions, but how do common management techniques affect native wildlife? Join us on November 2nd for a presentation about the how intensive forest management may be affecting pollinators and other native species. The MidCoast Watersheds Council invites the public to attend a presentation by Matt Betts and Urs Kormann, researchers at Oregon State University, on November 2nd, 2017 at 6:30 PM in Newport.  The talk will be held in room 205 at the Newport Visual Arts Center at Nye Beach.  Refreshments will be served.

Intensive forest management (IFM) practices are commonly used to increase timber yield. IFM often applies herbicides to reduce competition from non-crop plants, but the effect of such practices on wildlife in general, and pollinators and their pollination service in particular, have received little attention so far. Addressing this question is timely, given the recent, widespread decline of pollinators worldwide, the so called "pollinator crisis”. In this talk, the speakers will present results from a large-scale experiment in the Oregon Coast range, where they experimentally manipulated the herbicide intensity applied to Douglas Fir stands. They will show how these herbicides affect pollinators and the plants they feed on, and how this translates into plant pollination. Further, the speakers will give a short overview of effects on wildlife in general.

Matt Betts is a professor in Landscape Ecology at the Dept. of Forest Ecosystems and Society, Oregon State University, Corvallis. He studies the ways that forest landscape composition and pattern influence animal behavior, species distributions and ecosystem function. Much of his work is applied and focused on management and conservation, particularly the question of ways of optimizing potential trade-offs between biodiversity and human forest uses. However, understanding mechanisms is key to generalization, so a central part of his research program is basic in nature and links landscape ecology to behavioral ecology, physiology, and evolution. In 2011, he initiated a large experiment looking at the effects of herbicide application on wildlife, yield and ecosystem services in the Pacific Coast Range.

Urs Kormann is originally from Switzerland, now working as a postdoctoral scholar with the forest biodiversity research network at Oregon State University, Corvallis. He has earned a PhD in Ecology in Germany, investigating how tropical deforestation alters bird communities and pollination services of hummingbirds. At OSU, he is now coordinating the "Intensive Forest Management Project", and looking at tradeoffs between herbicide application, pollinators, wildlife and yield. Further, he continues his research on tropical hummingbirds.

Come learn more about pollinators and intensive forest management on November 2nd.


A native bumblebee (above) and an anise swallowtail butterfly (below) busy at work pollinating along the Oregon Coast. (Photos: Wayne Hoffman)