A Research Showcase on the Precision Forestry Cooperative (PFC) and the Rural Technology Initiative (RTI) was held at CFR on Friday, November 3, 2000.
The showcase introduced concepts framing the agenda for PFC and RTI. Moderated by Professor Bruce Lippke, the showcase featured: Bruce Larson, speaking on the collaborative effort between CFR and other researchers in identifying promising new technologies that can enhance both timber production and habitat protection; Gerard Schreuder, providing examples of recent advances in data collection and monitoring techniques using LIDAR, a radar detection system and one of the first project areas supported by PFC; and Bruce Lippke, RTI Director, and Larry Mason, RTI Project Coordinator, discussing their work with Washington State University Extension in providing information to rural communities, as well as the priorities developed by RTI's rural advisory group for technology transfer to those communities.
Kevin Zobrist, a graduate research assistant in forest economics, summarized his review, funded by RTI, of NIPF case studies on the potential impacts of management alternatives developed to protect salmon under the new Forest and Fish Agreement.
On Thursday, November 9, 2000, the College brought together ten experts on forest certification to provide information for state and congressional leaders, county land commissioners, agency personnel, environmental groups, and foresters. Symposium speakers included Dean Kristiina Vogt, co-author of the just-published Forest Certification: Roots, Issues, Challenges and Benefits; the state forester of Pennsylvania, one of the first states to certify state lands; an independent analyst who spoke on the need for sustainable forestry to be both profitable and ecologically sensitive; and several other CFR faculty, including Bruce Bare, Jerry Franklin, Bruce Larson, Bruce Lippke, and Chad Oliver.
Symposium speakers discussed considerations important in deciding if the certification of Washington State forestlands would increase the profitability of those lands and at the same time provide an additional measure of good stewardship. Forest certification emerged in the 1990s as a way to promote forest sustainability and to give consumers of wood products an assurance that these products come from forests that are managed soundly. Among the challenges of certification discussed were the several forest certification systems in use worldwide and the fact that these systems are constantly evolving. A specific challenge in certifying Washington State lands is the widely scattered nature of many parcels, some of which are surrounded by lands owned by private companies or controlled by other state or federal agencies. Another topic discussed was the relationship of certification systems to already existing state rules and regulations designed to protect forests and fish and wildlife habitat. Economic issues were also addressed, including expanding the market for certified wood products, the costs for landowners in being evaluated, implementing changes, and providing documentation for certification.
The symposium was the first in a series launched by CFR Dean Kristiina Vogt to provide information on natural resource issues.
The first of a series of lectures honoring Dean Emeritus David Thorud was held in Anderson Hall on November 15, 2000. Sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the Office of Undergraduate Education, the first lecture featured Professor Jack Ward Thomas, former Chief of the USDA Forest Service and now Boone and Crocket Professor of Wildlife Conservation at the University of Montana School of Forestry. Professor Thomas spoke on "The Future Use of Multiple-Use as a Management Concept."
A conference entitled "Habitat Is Not Enough" was held in Olympia, WA on December 1, 2000. Convened by Olympic Natural Resources Center Director John Calhoun and led by Dave Peterson of CFR and Daniel Botkin, a research scientist at the University of California, the group of 15 scientists is charged with considering the scientific basis for counting fish to validate salmon conservation measures. Panel members were selected to provide diversity among disciplines and institutions, and to include both specialists in the study and management of salmon in the Pacific Northwest and those with additional relevant expertise from outside the region. The panel released a report at the conference that outlines key measurements to determine the effects of restoration efforts, harvesting, hatchery releases, and dams on representative runs.
The panel concluded that if the goal is to increase the number of salmon (total or a specific stock), then the variable of interest must be the number of fish: therefore, counting fish through the process of validation monitoring is the only way that a link between cause and effect can be confirmed quantitatively. The report discusses the measurements that are necessary, feasible, and practical and provides information on statistical concepts and monitoring methods. The report also includes examples of successful uses of validation monitoring such as that used in Alaska, which could help the Northwest choose the most cost-effective method.
CFR scholarship donors and recipients will have an opportunity to meet one another at the College's annual scholarship and recognition luncheon. Planning for the event, which will take place on May 18, 2001 at the Center for Urban Horticulture, is underway. The luncheon is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m., with Professor Jim Agee as the featured speaker.
For more information, contact Development Coordinator Andy Gary (206-685-6606; firstname.lastname@example.org).