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A new kind of leadership is needed to move natural resource and forestry issues beyond the polarized approaches typical in the past. Developing this leadership role for the College involves the enhancement of many important and effective initiatives begun in past years, as well as working on new strategies. I want to ensure that the College becomes the focal point in the region where complex natural resource issues (whether local, regional, national, or global in nature) are researched and discussed, using the best science and the best technical transfer as guiding objectives. In the pages of this newsletter you will read about several events sponsored by the College during Autumn Quarter 2000 that facilitate such discussions. A symposium on the certification of state lands, the first in a series of quarterly symposia on natural resource issues, attracted attendees from across the state. In addition, the College sponsored a conference on international forest products marketing and a conference on validation monitoring of habitat conservation plans, and co-sponsored a conference on the ecology of managing wood in world rivers.
Developing new initiatives is a responsibility and a challenge that I undertake with energy and enthusiasm. I am talking to faculty and students, as well as to all of our external advisory groups, in formulating directions for the College. Important natural resource issues can benefit from the wealth of teaching, research, and outreach expertise contained within the College. Some ideas I have been thinking about include the role of the College in providing leadership in modern forestry in areas such as forest biotechnology, ecological engineering, and technology transfer to public and private forest landowners. The human/environment interface is also an area that is essential in solving resource management challenges. An understanding of people and their values, and their implications for regulations on resource management, will help contribute to sound policy decisions. The management of urban or human dominated landscapes is an important focus for the College, especially given our location in a growing metropolitan area confronting challenges of sustainability, both economic and environmental. I think it's clear that an interdisciplinary approach is needed, with attention paid to both the natural and social sciences, and in cooperation with other UW units, to provide needed perspectives in economics, business, law, landscape architecture, urban planning, public policy, and engineering, among others.
In developing these initiatives, I will be building on the strengths of the College's current efforts, including its five interdisciplinary research/outreach centers: the Center for International Trade in Forest Products, the Center for Urban Horticulture, the Center for Streamside Studies, the Center for Quantitative Science, and the Olympic Natural Resources Center; as well as the Precision Forestry Cooperative, the Stand Management Cooperative, the Rural Technology Initiative, the Urban Ecology Initiative, and the talents and energies of CFR faculty, staff, and students, and cooperators from across the UW.
Finally, I would like to see the College as a "question center," a source of credible scientific analysis of forestry, natural resources, and environmental issues. The early identification of emerging issues and the timely dissemination of rigorous, balanced, and "user-friendly" data are key to this concept. I also envision the College as a "leadership center" that fosters and develops the participation of women and minorities on these same issues through mentoring and curriculum development.
With your help, we can achieve all these things and more!
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