Dr. Thomas Maness is the Cheryl Ramberg and Allyn C. Ford Dean of the College of Forestry, Director of the Oregon Forest Research Laboratory, and Professor of Forest Engineering Resources & Management.
Prior to the above positions, Dr. Maness was professor of Forest Economics and Policy and Head of the Department of Forest Engineering, Resources and Management (FERM) at OSU's College of Forestry, where he was responsible for the professional forest management and engineering degree programs. Since 2009, Maness has worked to spearhead the development of the College’s new Professional School and Conservation Management Program. He taught an undergraduate course in Forest & Conservation Economics and a graduate course in Sustainable Forest Management.
While Head of the FERM Department, Dr. Maness’s research interest was in developing innovative forest policies and practices to balance the production of traditional forest products with society’s expanding need for ecosystem services, energy, and climate mitigation.
College of Forestry
The OSU College of Forestry has been educating professionals for a century. The college has earned a reputation as a world-class center of teaching and learning about forests and related resources, offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in four departments, forest engineering, forest resources, forest science, and wood science and engineering.
The college also jointly offers an interdisciplinary undergraduate degree in natural resources and several interdisciplinary graduate programs and operates about 14,000 acres of college forests, most within minutes of campus.
The College of Forestry combines the warmth of a small school with the rich resources of a comprehensive university. Students experience a rigorous, demanding, hands-on, professional education.
College of Forestry students are a friendly, close-knit group. Professors teach their own classes and interact with students daily. The undergraduate experience is enriched by senior capstone courses, field courses, on-site visits, and professional meetings. Student-led clubs and activities help students develop leadership skills and gain valuable contacts with working professionals.