Paul Adams

Adams, Paul

Position Type:
Job Title:
Emeritus Professor and Forest Watershed Extension Specialist
Forest Engineering, Resources & Management
PhD, 1980, Natural Resources, University of Michigan
MS, 1978, Natural Resources, University of Michigan
BS, 1975, Forest Management, University of Vermont
Research Interests
  • Forest Policy, Public
  • Soil Science
Research interests in forestry and forest soils, as well as broader interests in public issues and policies on forest lands. Recent projects have examined the effects of mechanized timber harvesting and fuel reduction treatments on soil properties, including the growth of residual trees near compacted and tilled skid trails. Other studies have investigated the evolution and nature of Pacific Northwest policies and management for forest streams, and those for limiting forest soil compaction impacts.

Extension Interests:

Extension education and other outreach activities that serve citizens, resource professionals, and decision makers throughout Oregon. As Forest Watershed Extension Specialist, he develops and presents seminars, training programs and educational materials related to forest practices and watershed resources. Audiences include forestry professionals, forest landowners and operators, and public policy makers. Given their high profile and importance, Paul has helped synthesize information on watershed effects of wildfire and post-fire treatments, as well as on municipal water supplies from forest lands. In addition, he provides ongoing education and other support to both forestry professionals and landowners to help improve their knowledge of and leadership in public issues and policies on forest lands.
Current Programs:
Graduate Students: Dr. Adams retired on January 1, 2015 and is no longer accepting new graduate student advisees
Selected Publications:
  1. Zamora, R., P. Adams, and J. Sessions. 2013. Ground-based thinning on steep slopes in Western Oregon: Soil compaction and disturbance effects. Accepted. Forest Science.

  2. Adams, P.W., editor/author. 2011. Oregon’s Forest Protection Laws – An Illustrated Manual. Oregon Forest Resources Institute, Portland, OR. 185 p.

  3. Zamora, R., P.W. Adams and J. Sessions. 2011. Ground-based thinning on steep slopes in Oregon: Soil compaction effects. SAF National Convention, Nov. 2011, Honolulu, HI.

  4. Craigg, T.L. and P.W. Adams. 2011. Soil quality assessments and management of Pacific Northwest National Forests. SAF National Convention, Nov. 2011, Honolulu, HI.

  5. Adams, P. and R. Storm. 2011. Oregon’s Forest Protection Laws, Second Edition, Oregon Forest Resources Institute, Portland, OR. 183 pp.

  6. Fitzgerald, S., P.W. Adams and G.M. Filip. 2010. Federal policy constraints and stand conditions in dry western conifer forests: Some issues and examples from Oregon. The 3rd Symp. on American Forest Policy, SAF National Convention, Oct. 2010, Albuquerque, NM.

  7. Adams, P.W. 2009. Supplement to Oregon’s Forest Protection Laws – An Illustrated Manual. Oregon Forest Resources Institute, Portland, OR

  8. Adams, P.W. 2009. Forest Issues in Oregon. Extension Circular, OSU Extension Service, Corvallis.

  9. Adams, P.W. and E. Rhoad. 2009. SAF reviews and responds to federal forest policy proposals. Presented at the 2nd Symposium on American Forest Policy, SAF National Convention, October 2009, Orlando, FL.

  10. Ice, G.G. and P.W. Adams. 2008. Science, Policy & Management Issues in Forest Hydrology: The NAS/NRC Report “Hydrologic Effects of a Changing Forest Landscape” as a Case Study. Poster paper presented at Oregon SAF Annual Meeting, May 2009, Canyonville, OR (originally presented at SAF National Conv., Nov. 2008, Reno, NV)

  11. Adams, P.W. 2008. Watershed management. Chapter 16 in: J.D. Stednick, ed., Hydrological and biological responses to forest practices: The Alsea Watershed study. Ecological Studies Vol. 199. Springer. New York, NY

  12. Hairston-Strang, A.B., P.W. Adams and G.G. Ice. 2008. Oregon’s Forest Practice Rules and forest watershed research. Chapter 6 in J.D. Stednick, ed., (as above). Springer. New York, NY.

  13. Miller, R.E., J. Smith, P.W. Adams and H.W. Anderson. 2007. Growth of Douglas-fir near equipment trails used for commercial thinning in the Oregon Coast Range. Research Paper PNW-RP-574. USDA Forest Service, Portland, OR.

  14. Adams, P.W. 2007. Policy and management for headwater streams in the Pacific Northwest: Synthesis and reflection. Forest Science 53(2):104-118.

  15. Bennett, M. and P.W. Adams. 2006. Forestry issues and public policy: An action guide for woodland owners. EC 1200. Oregon State University Extension Service, Corvallis.

  16. Litton, S.M. and P.W. Adams. 2006. Physical characteristics of forest soils after timber harvest and tillage in central Oregon: A case study. Poster paper. 29th Annual Meeting, Council on Forest Engineering. 30 July – 2 August, 2006, Coeur d’Alene, ID.

  17. Newton, M., S. Fitzgerald, R.R. Rose, P.W. Adams, S.D. Tesch, J. Sessions, T. Atzet, R.F. Powers, and C. Skinner. 2006. Comment on “Post-Wildfire Logging Hinders Regeneration and Increases Fire Risk.” Science 313(5787):615.

  18. Adams, P.W. 2005. Research and Policies to Address Concerns about Soil Compaction from Ground-Based Timber Harvest in the Pacific Northwest: Evolving Knowledge and Needed Refinements. P. 22-30 in: Matzka, P.J., ed., Proc. Council on Forest Engineering Conference on Soil, Water, and Timber Management: Forest Engineering Solutions in Response to Forest Regulation, July 11-14, 2005, Fortuna, CA.

  19. Mealey, S.P., J.W. Thomas, H.J. Salwasser, R.E. Stewart, P.J. Balint, and P.W. Adams. 2005. Precaution in the American Endangered Species Act as a precursor to environmental decline: The Case of the Northwest Forest Plan. Chapter 12 in: Cooney, R. and B. Dickson, eds., Biodiversity and the Precautionary Principle: risk and uncertainty in conservation and sustainable use. Earthscan / James & James, London, UK.

  20. Murphy, G. and Adams, P.W. 2005. Harvest planning to sustain value along the forest-to-mill supply chain. P. 17-23 in: Harrington, C.A. and S.H. Schoenholtz, eds., Productivity of Western forests: a forest products focus. Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-642. USDA Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station, Portland.