Denis P. Lavender earned his MS (1958) and Ph.D. (1962) degrees in forestry at Oregon State University and was a faculty member in forest science until 1984. After leaving Oregon State in 1984, he served as head of the Forest Science Department at the University of British Columbia until his retirement in 1992, when he returned to Oregon State as a Professor Emeritus in Forest Ecosystems and Society. Lavender's association with Oregon State dates from 1950 when he began working for the Oregon Forest Research Center, which later became the Forest Research Laboratory. Lavender's research focused on Douglas-fir as well as white spruce and lodge-pole pine. He developed a methodology for storing and planting seedlings that increased conifer survival rate by 20 percent. His findings enabled reforestation of the Tillamook Burn 10 years earlier than originally estimated. While in Canada, Lavender and several colleagues established the Silvicultural Institute of British Columbia (now known as the Forest Management Institute of British Columbia).
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