What will the forestry world look like in 30 to 40 years?

The 2018 Starker Lecture Series, “What’s Next: The Future of Managing for Healthy Productive Forests,” will explore that question with three presentations focusing on what the economic, political, technological and ecological future might look like, and how we ought to prepare for decisions that could shape generations.

The series, sponsored by the Oregon State University College of Forestry, begins at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, with a presentation by Zach Parisa, the president and co-founder of SilviaTerra, titled “Forestry in the Age of Artificial Intelligence.” SilviaTerra, is San Francisco company of foresters, biometricians, and programmers dedicated to expanding understanding of forests.

The series resumes at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, with Carlton Owens of the U.S. Endowment For Forestry and Communities presenting a lecture titled “Working with Nature — the Century of Forests and Forest Products.” The endowment is a nonprofit organization that seeks to promote change in the nation's working forests and forest-reliant communities. 

The third lecture, at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 23, features Connie Harrington of the U.S. Forest Service speaking on “How Should We Manage Our Forests in the Face of Uncertainty?" She will discuss what we know (and what we don't know) about how trees respond to climate.

All lectures will be held in the Construction and Engineering Hall at LaSells Stewart Center, 875 SW 26th St., on the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis. Receptions will follow each of the free lectures.

For more information, go to this website:  http://starkerlectures.forestry.oregonstate.edu/