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Center for International Trade in Forest Products (CINTRAFOR)

17th Annual International Forest Products Marketing Conference

On November 12-13, 2000, CINTRAFOR hosted the 17th Annual International Forest Products Marketing Conference in Seattle, WA. Approximately 160 people attended, making it the most highly attended event in the conference's history. International speakers discussed the outlook for a variety of forest products including logs, lumber, chips, and panel products and financial analysts provided projections for several important international markets. The conference also included assessments of international suppliers and consumers by speakers from Sweden, New Zealand, Latin America, and China.

Paul Boardman, CINTRAFOR Director Paul Boardman, Director of the Center for International Trade in Forest Products.

Alaska Export Opportunities
Ivan Eastin and Rose Braden recently completed an assessment of export opportunities for Alaska value-added wood products for the Alaska Department of Community and Economic Development. Some of the potential markets examined included the Japanese log home market, markets in Korea and China, and the European market for naturally decay-resistant Alaska species.

Promotional Brochure

A group of graduate students affiliated with CINTRAFOR (Randy Cantrell, Cameron Crump, Shelley Gardner, and Jun Fukuda) have developed a promotional brochure of the forestry and forest products sector in Washington. This project was accomplished in conjunction with Ivan Eastin's international forest products trade course. The brochure was developed for the Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle and will be used by Washington State government representatives and industry members to promote the state's forestry sector to outside investors and customers.

WP75 Changing Export Trends and the Health of the Pacific Northwest Forest Sector. B. Lippke, R. Braden, and S. Marshall. 2000. 86 pages.

WP74 Analysis of 2x4 Technology Transfer to the Japanese Residential Housing Industry. R. Hashizume and I. Eastin. 2000. 66 pages.

WP72 A Competitive Assessment of the Hardwood Lumber Industry in the Pacific Northwest. I. Eastin, S. Shook, and W. Sammarco. 2000. 55 pages.

SP34 Proceedings of The Second International Conference on Exploring Change in the New Asia: Opportunities for US Building Materials and Housing Exports. B. Lippke and I. Eastin. 1999. 172 pages.

Center for Streamside Studies (CSS)

CSS Student Support
CSS provided research and RA support to Scott Gende, graduate student in Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, working on "Energy and Nutrient Content of Spawning Salmon," Elissa Ostergaard, M.S. student in Forest Resources, working on "Factors Contributing to Amphibian Colonization of Stormwater Control Ponds in King County, WA," Holly Coe, M.S. student in Forest Resources, working on "Controls on Hyporheic Invertebrate Community Structure on a Coastal Floodplain River," James Packman, M.S. student in Forest Resources, working on "Land-Use Effects on Suspended Sediment in Puget Lowland Salmonid Streams," and Chrysten Root, M.S. student in Geological Sciences, working on "River Basin Morphology and the Concept of Steady State."

CSS Research

Workshops and Seminars

CSS co-sponsored an international workshop on "Ecology and Management of Wood in World Rivers: Creating a Framework for Translating Information Across Geographic Regions." The conference was held in Corvallis, OR on October 23-27, 2000.

The conference goals were: to synthesize what is known around the world about large wood in streams and rivers for physical and ecological processes and stream restoration; to present status of knowledge of the physical dynamics and ecological interactions of large wood in streams and rivers in different geographical regions; to create a framework for interpreting and potentially applying the results of research in different geographical regions and management systems; to identify different management systems for large wood in rivers; to assess physical and biological responses of large wood in stream restoration; and to explore links between primary information of the physical and ecological dynamics of large wood, resource management systems, and the communities and cultures in which they are applied. Additional conference sponsors included: U.S. Forest Service, Oregon State University, Pacific Northwest Forest Experiment Station, H.J. Andrews LTER Program, and Natural Resources Conservation Service.

CSS also co-sponsored a seminar and panel on "Delineation of Surface Water/Groundwater Interactions (Hyporheic Zones) on Western Alluvial Rivers" in collaboration with the Washington Hydrological Society and the Northwest Regional Floodplain Managers Association. The panel was moderated by CSS Director Susan Bolton. The seminar addressed recent research and techniques to define the extent of hyporheic (biological, hydrological, and hydrogeochemical) influences on western alluvial rivers. Discussion included how much of the Holocene floodplain is hyporheic, the extent and boundaries of surface water/groundwater interactions in the valley floor, and the significance to river ecology of hyporheic processes in the riparian zone.

Center for Quantitative Sciences (CQS)

In October 2000, the Center for Quantitative Science moved to its new quarters in Mary Gates Hall. Located in Room 306, CQS has space for two administrative offices, two conference areas (where TAs and faculty can meet with students), and a small work space. CQS is especially appreciative of the Office of Undergraduate Education's financial support that allowed the purchase of new computers, printers, and a fax, scanner, and copier. CQS can still be reached at (206) 543-1191 or (206) 221-6442 (FAX).

Center for Urban Horticulture (CUH )

Washington Park Arboretum

The Precision Forestry Cooperative (PFC)

The Precision Forestry Cooperative held its first Executive Advisory Board Meeting on December 5, 2000 at the Center for Urban Horticulture. Board member Rex McCullough of Weyerhaeuser agreed to serve as Chair. The Board will provide guidance on the direction of research and support for the cooperative. For more information on the PFC, visit

Rural Technology Initiative (RTI)

Stand Management Cooperative (SMC)

SMC is planning for a visit from Leith Knowles of the New Zealand Forest Research Institute (FRI) to discuss analyses and data resulting from a 1993 memorandum of understanding signed between the SMC and the FRI Industry Douglas-fir Cooperative. The objective of sharing information was to get a broader, more global perspective on growth of Douglas-fir and to use data sets from different regions to model validation tests.

On November 2, 2000, 48 students from Tom Hinckley's Dendrology and Autecology class and ten students from Rob Harrison's Environmental Science class visited the SMC Kitten Knob Type I Installation located on Washington DNR land near Mount Vernon, WA. They were given an overview of the objectives and design of a Type I installation and sampled two trees from each of four different treatment plots which were measured for stem and crown analysis differences. Stem sections were brought back to the College where 18 students in Dave Briggs' Wood Properties class measured and compared moisture content and wood density within trees and between the plot treatments.

From November 2000 to August 2001, Dr. Olav Hib, Associate Professor at the Department of Forest Sciences of the Agricultural University of Norway, will work as a Visiting Scholar with the SMC. Olav Hib will work in collaboration with Dave Briggs and Eric Turnblom on the interaction between silvicultural treatment and knot pattern in Douglas fir. His stay at the CFR is supported by the Agricultural University of Norway and the Norwegian Research Council. To get an impression of the growth conditions and the design of the SMC trials, Olav will accompany the SMC field crew during the winter to selected field installations where he will be gathering detailed data on growth ring and branch patterns of Douglas fir. Olav can be reached at


Olav Hib received his M.Sc. degree in Forestry in 1985 and his Ph.D. in Wood Technology in 1991at the Agricultural University of Norway. The main focus of his Ph.D. research was how initial spacing and individual tree characteristics affect wood density and other basic wood properties and how these stand, tree, and wood properties affect mechanical properties of structural lumber and the grading of lumber and logs. In 1991 he become an Associate Professor in Wood Technology.

In 1996 Olav was invited as a visiting researcher to Norske Skog ASA, a forest industry company in Norway, where he spent one year in the sawmill division working with sorting accuracy for a shadow log scanner and a 3D-log scanner. He also examined the effect of different measurement technologies on the yield of lumber. Recently he has been focusing on modeling knot patterns in Norway spruce and Scots pine from silvicultural, crosscut optimising, and log sorting perspectives.

Norway spruce and Scots pine are the main species in the major forest areas of Norway. In South West Norway Sitka spruce, and some Douglas fir have been introduced. The climate conditions along the southwest coastline of Norway are quite similar to Western Washington and British Columbia, with much rain and fairly mild winters. One of the objectives of Olav's visit to the SMC is to compare the relationship between annual ring pattern and site parameters and the knot patterns of Douglas fir with that of Norway spruce.


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