Forest Watershed Research: Management Under the Microscope

Thursday, April 5, 2012
3:30 pm to 5:00 pm
107 Richardson Hall

Paired watershed studies have long been used to accurately assess the impacts of forest management, especially timber-harvesting on runoff and erosion from forested watersheds. George Brown was one of the researchers on the original 1959-1973 Alsea Watershed Study and will offer invaluable historical context on the science of paired watershed research.  George Ice is the Principal Investigator on the current "Alsea Revisited" Watershed Study and will offer national expertise on the science of forest practices and watershed effects.

George Brown
Dean Emeritus, OSU College of Forestry
Director Emeritus, Oregon Forest Research Laboratory

Dr. Brown is Dean Emeritus of the College of Forestry and Director Emeritus of the Oregon Forest Research Laboratory at Oregon State University.  Dr. Brown joined the College of Forestry as an Assistant Professor of Forest Hydrology in 1966 and later served as Head, Department of Forest Engineering (1973-86) and Associate Dean For Research (1986-89) before his appointment as Dean and Director in 1990.  He retired in 1999.

During his career as a teacher and scientist, Brown's work focused on defining the relationships between forest operations and water quality, especially stream temperature, sediment transport, dissolved inorganic chemicals, and dissolved oxygen.  He served as a scientist on the Alsea Basin Logging and Aquatic Resources Study from 1964 until its completion.  Results from his research were incorporated into the rules for riparian protection in the Oregon Forest Practices Act.

Brown's degrees include a B.S. in Forest Management and an M.S. in Watershed Management from Colorado State University along with a Ph.D. in Forest Hydrology at Oregon State University, the first awarded by the College of Forestry.  He received the Phi Sigma Award as Outstanding Graduate Student in Biological Sciences at Oregon State and was selected as Honor Alumnus, College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University in 1997.  Academic honors also include membership in Xi Sigma Pi and Phi Kappa Phi.  He is a Fellow in the Society of American Foresters.

Brown served on the original Boards of Directors for the Oregon Forest Resources Institute and the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board and on the Executive Committee for the National Association of Professional Forestry Schools and Colleges.

George Ice
Fellow, National Council for Air and Stream Improvement (NCASI)

George has worked for the National Council for Air and Stream Improvement since 1977.  He has degrees in forest management, wildland resource science, and forest engineering from the University of California at Berkeley and Oregon State University.  George is involved in research addressing water quality in forest streams, the use of riparian zones to protect water quality, Best Management Practices to avoid water quality impacts, stream protection from forest chemicals, and watershed-scale assessments of forest management impacts.