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ACADEMIC PROGRAM REVIEW

Anderson Hall Anderson Hall, UW College of Forest Resources: Photo: Dave Hogan.

The College's graduate and undergraduate
programs were reviewed by a UW Graduate School committee in February. Reviews are required by the UW and the State’s Higher Education Coordinating Board every 10 years.  The committee, with two UW members and two external members, received a self-study prepared by the College in November, 2008 and conducted a site visit February 23-24, 2009, meeting with College faculty, staff, and students.  Program reviews are intended to evaluate academic excellence, with an emphasis on future-oriented strategic planning.  Since the previous program review in 1996, significant updates in the College’s academic programs, organizational structure, and personnel have been implemented.  
The committee’s final report gave the College high marks for the quality of its faculty, staff, and students, its progress on updating academic programs in a relatively short time, the diversity and contributions of its research centers, the centrality of strategic planning,  and the outstanding service provided to students and other stakeholders. The committee also noted that additional resources would help ensure the realization of the College’s vision as a world-class leader in environmental and natural resource challenges, and that the College faced considerable organizational uncertainty as prepared for a potential role as a School of Forest Resources in the UW's new College of the Environment.

cfr to transition into the college of the environment

The administrative processes to incorporate units into the UW's new College of the Environment (CoEnv) have been initiated and the CoEnv will launch in Fall 2009. The proposal to transition the College of Forest Resources into the CoEnv as the School of Forest Resources has been approved by UW President Mark Emmert and by the Board of Regents. CFR Professor Thomas Hinckley has been named Interim Director of the School of Forest Resources; a search will be launched soon for a permanent director. For the next six months Dean Bruce Bare will serve in an advisory capacity to CoEnv Interim Dean Dennis Hartman and to Interim Director Hinckley.

Urban forestry symposium

Urban Tree

UW Botanic Gardens and Plant Amnesty sponsored an urban forestry symposium on May 11, 2009 at the Center for Urban Horticulture.  Topics included communicating the value of trees, trees and climate change, protecting trees during construction projects, and tree risk assessment. Presenters from the College included Assistant Professor Soo Hyung Kim, on the ecosystem services of urban trees in the context of climate change, and Research Scientist Kathy Wolf, on the social and economic values of trees.  Also speaking were Paul Ries from the Oregon Department of Forestry, Tom Cook, Oregon State University, and Brian Gilles, consulting arborist.




denman program on pacific northwest forestry

The Denman Forestry Issues Series presented a program on "The Future of Forestry in the Pacific Northwest," on May 14, 2009 at UW Botanic Gardens. The program showcased the wide range of expertise on forestry issues within the College; speakers included Bruce Bare on "The History of Forestry in the Pacific Northwest," Ivan Eastin, on "Northwest Forest Products: The continuing need," Jerry Franklin, on "Ecosystem Services and Environmental Concerns," Gordon Bradley, on "Population Increase and Forest Conversion," Jim Lutz,on  "Global Climate Change," Steve West on "Wildlife Management in Pacific Northwest Forests," Bruce Lippke, on "Wood products, Biofuels, and Carbon Sequestration," John Perez-Garcia, on "Changing Land Base and Ownership Patterns," Greg Ettl, on "Managing Forests for Multipl Purposes: Certification vs. regulation," and Dave Briggs, on "New Precision Tools for Forest Management."

Denman programs are recorded by UWTV in
digital form and broadcast nationwide on the UWTV cable channel and the ResearchChannel. They can also be viewed via streaming video at the UWTV website. The series is funded with support from Mary Ellen and the late W. Richard Denman.

Highlights

Recent faculty appointments include Chris Lauver as Affiliate Associate Professor (Lauver aslo serves as National Park Service Research Coordinator and Co-Leader of the PNW-Cooperative Ecosystems Study Unit);  Dale Blahna of the USDA Forest Service as Affiliate Associate Professor; and Erica Cline (’04), of UW Tacoma, as Adjunct Assistant Professor.

Kern Ewing Professor Kern Ewing. Photo: Mary Levin.

Professor Kern Ewing has been awarded the UW's S. Sterling Munro Public Service Teaching Award for his dedication to teaching and his ongoing involvement and leadership in the UW's Restoration Ecology Network. The award is given to those who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership in community-based instruction and service learning, public service, and community projects. The award was presented to Ewing as part of the UW's formal recognition ceremony on June 11, 2009.

Assistant Professor Monika Moskal was elected Vice President of the Puget Sound Region American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing.

New membership on the College's Visiting Committee includes CFR Alumni Association President Tom Hanson ('71) and Yakama Nation wildlife manager E. Arlen Washines. The College is grateful for the service of members whose terms ended in 2008 — Bob Dick, Jeff Koenings, Jim Peters, and Doug Sutherland.

Miranda Wecker, Marine Program Manager for the Olympic Natural Resources Center (ONRC), was recently appointed Chair of the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission

The College co-sponsored an environmental career fair on January 28, 2009, in which 40 industry and organization employers gathered on the UW campus to meet with students to discuss environmental careers.

 

 





In news from the UW Botanic Gardens, the

Washington Park Arboretum’s display garden in the 2009 Northwest Flower and Garden Show in February evoked the new Pacific Connections Collection celebrating horticultural connections among five temperate Pacific Rim regions — Australia, Cascadia, Chile, China, and New Zealand. And, to inaugurate the Arboretum’s 75th anniversary, Dan Hinkley (’85) presented a lecture on April 7, 2009 on plant collecting in China for the Pacific Connections garden.

The Water Center’s Annual Review of Research on February 18, 2009 featured posters and presentations on topics including water pollution, West Nile Virus control, habitat restoration, and climate change, among others. Faculty and graduate students from the College participating in the review included Melissa Maxa, Monika Moskal, and Aaron Wirsing.

Water Center Research
Water Center Research.

The 6th Annual CFR Graduate Student Research Symposium was held on March 6, 2009 in Anderson Hall’s Lockwood Forest Club Room. Professor Emeritus Robert Paine, UW Department of Biology and originator of the “keystone species” concept, gave the keynote address.  Presentations ranged from plant physiology, phytoremediation, wildlife ecology, soil science, to ecosystem restoration, among other topics. The symposium is streaming at http://www.ruraltech.org/video/2009/CFR_GSS/index.as.

The College’s report, "Retention of High-Valued Forest Lands at Risk of Conversion to Non-Forest Uses in Washington State," was released on March 25, 2009. The report responds to a 2007 legislative allocation to the College and its Northwest Environmental Forum for a report recommending actions for retaining highest-valued forest lands at risk of conversion to non-forest uses. The report is available on-line at the Northwest Environmental Forum’s home page at
http://www.nwenvironmentalforum.org/retention.html.

Earth Day at the Washington Park Arboretum was celebrated on April 18, 2008 with students, staff, faculty, alumni, and their families joining UW Botanic Gardens, the Student Conservation Association, and Seattle Parks for a day of removing non-native invasive plants, mulching, and other projects improving the Arboretum.

Earth Day Volunteers Earth Day volunteers at the Washington Park Arboretum.

Garb Day, sponsored by the College’s Forest Club, was held May 9, 2009 at the Center for Sustainable Forestry at Pack Forest in Eatonville, WA. Alumni, faculty, staff, and students gathered to enjoy a day of camaraderie with events that included a salmon barbecue, guided nature hikes, and a forestry quiz bowl.

The Washington Pulp and Paper Foundation held its Annual Meeting and Banquet on May 28, 2009. Bruce McIntyre, Partner and Canadian Leader of Forest and Packaging Practice at Price-waterhouseCoopers, LLP, gave the keynote speech on the topic of sustainability for the pulp, paper, and allied industries.