Ries, Paul

Position Type: 
Job Title: 
Director, Graduate Certificate in Urban Forestry; Senior Instructor I
Forest Ecosystems & Society
Phone Number: 
(541) 990-7660
B.S. and M.S. degrees in Natural Resources from The Ohio State University
Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Carson-Newman University
Research Areas: 
  • Integrated Social and Ecological Systems
Research Interests: 
  • Community Forestry
  • Natural Resources
  • Urban Forestry
Urban and Community Forestry; Green Infrastructure; Natural Resources Leadership
Paul is an instructor for Forest Ecosystems and Society, and does not hold a research appointment nor have a research program in the department.


Graduate Major Advisor
Graduate Students: 
Courses Taught: 
  • FES/HORT 350
    Fall and Winter Quarters
  • FES/HORT 455/555
    Fall Quarter
  • FES 560
    Winter Quarter
  • FES 565
    Spring Quarter
  • FES/HORT 447/547
    Spring Quarter
Selected Publications: 
  1. Petter, J., Ries, P.D., D’Antonio, A., and Contreras, R., (2020). A Tree Selection Survey of Tree City USA Designated Cities in the Pacific Northwest. Arboriculture and Urban Forestry 46(5):371-384
  2. Ries, P.D. (2020) Organizational outcomes and impacts of employee attendance at the municipal forestry institute leadership course. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, (53), https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ufug.2020.126725
  3. Petter, J., Ries, P.D., D’Antonio, A., and Contreras, R., (2020). How are managers making tree species selection decisions in the Pacific Northwest of the United States? Arboriculture and Urban Forestry 46(2):148-161
  4. Johnson, C., Tilt, J.H., Ries, P.D., Shindler, B. (2019). Continuing professional education for green infrastructure: Fostering collaboration through interdisciplinary training. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, (41), 283-291. doi.org/10.1016/j.ufug.2019.04.021.
  5. Ries, P. D. (2019). Evaluating impacts of the municipal forestry institute leadership training on participants’ personal and professional lives. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, 39, 1-8. doi:10.1016/j.ufug.2019.02.002.
  6. Baur, J. W., Tynon, J. F., Ries, P., & Rosenberger, R. S. (2016). Public attitudes about urban forest ecosystem services management: A case study in Oregon cities. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, 17, 42-53.
  7. Strunk, J. L., Mills, J. R., Ries, P., Temesgen, H., & Jeroue, L. (2016). An urban forest--inventory-and-analysis investigation in Oregon and Washington. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, 18, 100-109.
  8. Ries, P., Hauer, R., & Peterson, W. (2016). Systematic management of the urban forest. Arborists News 25 (3), 46-49.
  9. Ries, P.D. and Fitzgerald, S. (2016). Selecting, Planting, and Caring For A New Tree. Extension Bulletin EC 1438 (interactive app and downloadable pdf), Oregon State University Extension Service, Corvallis, OR
  10. Driscoll, A.N., Ries, P.D, Tilt, J.H., & Ganio, L.M., (2015). Needs and barriers to expanding urban forestry programs: An assessment of community officials and program managers in the Portland – Vancouver metropolitan region. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, 14(1) 48-55.
  11. Driscoll, A.N. & Ries, P.D. (2015). Cultivating a greener Collective Impact: A guidebook for regional urban forestry collaboration. Salem, OR: Oregon Department of Forestry.
  12. Baur, J.W.R., Tynon, J.F., Ries, P., & Rosenberger, R., (2014). Urban parks and attitudes about ecosystem services: does park use matter? Journal of Parks and Recreation Administration, 32(4), 19–34.
  13. Wing, M.G., K. Brown, D.C. Godwin, P.D. Ries, and & Emanuel, R. (2014). Land cover transitions and forest spatial patterns within four developing Oregon communities. International Journal of Advanced Remote Sensing and GIS, 3(1), 790-806.
  14. Baur, J.W.R., Tynon, J.F., Ries, P., Rosenberger, R., (2014). Linking People and Landscapes: Using Public Perceptions of Urban Forestry Services to Create New Management Strategies. Report for the Oregon Department of Forestry. Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR.
  15. Ries, P.D. (2011). The changing face of urban forestry education. City Trees (47) 6:34-35
  16. Ries, P.D. (2009). Urban, community, or forestry? City Trees (45) 6:22
  17. Ries, P.D. (2009). Protecting trees on construction and development sites: A best management practices guide for the Pacific Northwest. Bulletin EM 8994. Corvallis, OR: Oregon State University Extension Service.
  18. Ries, P.D., Reed, A. S., & Kresse, S.J. (2007). The impact of statewide urban forestry programs: A survey of cities in Oregon, U.S., Arboriculture & Urban Forestry, 33(3), 168-175.
  19. Ries, P.D. & Griffith, S., (2007). Urban and community forestry – forestry’s final frontier. Western Forester (52) 1:1-4.
  20. Ries, P.D. (2006). Street tree maintenance: City service or homeowner responsibility? City Trees (42) 4:10-13.
  21. Ries, P.D. (2005). Learning lessons from tree failures. City Trees (41) 4:24-26.
  22. Ries, P.D. & Schoenneman, R. (1994). Urban forestry: managing the forests where we live. Journal of Forestry, (92) 10, 6-10.