Center for International Trade in Forest Products (CINTRAFOR)
New Director Chosen
Paul Boardman, current head of the American Forest and Paper Association office in Tokyo, Japan, has accepted the position of CINTRAFOR Director, replacing Bruce Lippke, effective July 24, 2000.
CINTRAFOR Awards Ceremony
Paul Boardman was the honored guest at a Spring Quarter reception that also featured an awards ceremony for faculty, staff, and student contributions to CINTRAFOR over the last year. Scott Marshall and Michelle Ludwig shared the student award for the many presentations they have made. Rachel Carroll won the staff award for handling two major new startups, CORRIM and RTI, as well as for her service to CINTRAFOR, and Rose Braden received a special staff award for completing four research reports. Ivan Eastin won the faculty award for producing six working papers over the last year. John Perez Garcia and Ivan Eastin shared the award for raising the most research money for the center. Other special recognition awards went to Bruce Bare, Bruce Lippke, and Gerard Schreuder.
CINTRAFOR completed an economic assessment of changing forest practice regulations for the Lewis County Natural Resources Advisory Committee. Scott Marshall presented the findings to the Committee and other invitees. Scott, along with Michelle Ludwig, also made presentations at the Pacific Northwest Regional Economic Conference on April 28, 2000 in Bellingham, WA, and at the Western Forest Economists (WFE) meeting in Welches, OR on May 8-10, 2000. Other CINTRA-FOR presentations at the WFE meeting included: Rose Braden on the "Declining Competitiveness of Pacific Northwest Forest Products in International Markets," Bruce Lippke on the "Viability of the Forest Sector Under New Regulations," John Perez-Garcia on the "Forests and Fish Small Business Economic Impact Statement," Michelle Ludwig on the "Economic Impact of Alter-native Aesthetic Management Schemes," and Steve Stinson on the "Impact of the Forest and Fish Agreement on 6 NIPF case studies in Lewis County, WA."
Steve Stinson spoke on the potentials of a small farm programmatic HCP at Washington Farm Forestry Association Annual Meeting in Vancouver, WA, on May 12, 2000.
Current Research Projects
CINTRAFOR's current projects include:
Center for Streamside Studies (CSS)
Student Support, Spring 2000
Holly Coe, CFR M.S. student, received support to travel to the North American Benthological Society (NABS) meeting at the Keystone Resort near Denver, CO, May 27-June 2, 2000, to present "Controls on Hyporheic Invertebrate Community Structure on the Queets River, Olympic Peninsula, WA." Holly also received RA support during Spring Quarter. Jody Brauner, a Ph.D. student in the Quantitative Ecology and Resource Management program, received RA support for "Decision-Making Under Uncertainty: Prioritizing Freshwater Habitat Restoration for Salmon Recovery in the Columbia River Basin." Jacqueline Klug, M.S. student in CFR's social sciences program, received RA support for "Collaborative Planning for Salmon Recovery." Joshua Latterell, M.S. student in the School of Fisheries, received USFS Wood Compatibility Initiative funds for "Effects of Timber Harvest Activities on the Distribution and Genetic Heterozygosity of Coastal Cutthroat Trout." Jeff Shellberg, M.S. student in CFR's forest engineering and hydrology program, is working with Susan Bolton on a channel migration zone paper with funding from the WA State Department of Transportation.
CSS co-sponsored the film "A Narmada Diary" and the associated lecture by Venu Govindu with the UW Jackson School of International Studies on March 30, 2000. The construction of large dams on the River Narmada in central India with an impact on millions of people living in the river valley has become one of the most important social issues in contemporary India.
CSS is currently developing a strategic plan in order to secure long term funding.
Center for Quantitative Science (CQS)
The Center for Quantitative Science presented a teaching seminar May 16, 2000 featuring speakers Greg Langkamp and Joe Hull from the Division of Science and Mathematics, Seattle Central Community College. The speakers described their integrated course that links college-level algebra and basic statistics with earth and environmental science. They also described the Quantitative Environmental Learning Project (QELP), an NSF-supported program to develop and disseminate interdisciplinary classroom activities.
Center for Urban Horticulture (CUH )
CUH Program Review
The administrative review of CUH was successfully concluded during Spring Quarter 2000. In April, Dean Thorud responded to recommendations contained in the review committee's February 2000 report and met with the committee to discuss the report and his response. Follow-up actions, including the appointment of Tom Hinckley as Center Director, will continue and strengthen CUH's leadership role in research, public outreach and professional education related to urban ecosystems and horticultural opportunities and problems.
Washington Park Arboretum
The new Rhododendron Hybrid Garden along Azalea Way was dedicated on May 14, 2000 as part of a Mother's Day celebration. Over 80 Puget Sound hybrids are featured and new signage has been added. Officers of the Puget Sound Rhododendron Society and the Arboretum Foundation were present at the dedication. The Arboretum Foundation donated $25,000 in support of the project.
Randall Hitchin has added a Web site on the Arboretum Web page describing his collecting and conservation trip to Chile in November 1999.
The draft copy of the Environmental Impact Statement on the Arboretum Master Plan was released for public comment on May 12, 2000 for a 45-day comment period. A public hearing will be held on June 15, 2000 at the Mountaineers Club in Seattle.
The Spring Saplings Program, under the guidance of Julie DeBarr and Monica Ravin, brought nearly 1,500 Seattle 3rd graders to the Arboretum.
Arboretum staff are currently working with a WSU-Vancouver Research Unit team on the Cherry Bark Tortis moth, including pheremone traps that monitor its population and emergence patterns, future trials of biological controls, and public education.
Volunteer work parties at the Arboretum lent a helping hand during spring-thanks to Americorps, Northwest Girlchoir, Temple Beth Am, and Seattle Works.
Arboretum horticulture maintenance staff supported educational classes and programs, including the College's Arbor Day Fair and the environmental horticulture and urban forestry undergraduate program, an Edmonds Community College landscape renovation class, and CUH's ProHort program on managing tree root diseases.
Arboretum staff are delighted to have a new John Deere utility vehicle acquired through an Arboretum Foundation donation, replacing a 25-year-old "very worn out" Cushman!
Olympic Natural Resources Center (ONRC)
A UW Tools for Transformation funding award to the Office of Educational Partnerships and ONRC includes the installation of a 25-station computer teaching lab at ONRC, scheduled to be completed this month. ONRC's Policy Advisory Board gave final approval for research grants totaling $203,000 awarded to five PIs. These funds are made available to ONRC by USDA Pacific Northwest Forest and Range Experiment Station. Spring events at the Center included: hosting the CFR forest engineering capstone class, April 24-May 12; Fungi training for Gifford Pinchot National Forest staff, May 15-19; and hosting the UW Teaching Academy, June 19-23.
Stand Management Cooperative (SMC)
Dr Gero Becker, SMC Visiting Scholar, returned to the University of Freiburg, Germany in early March. During his stay at CFR, he worked closely with Eric Turnblom and David Briggs on a study comparing branch models with SMC and German datasets and collaborated on a proposal to support Ph.D. student research on branch modeling. He also worked with M.S. student Edie Sonne on an analysis of the effects of thinning and biosolids on volume, quality, and value of logs and lumber from an experimental stand trial at Pack Forest. His enthusiasm and good cheer will be missed!
Dr Olav Hoibo will begin a year's sabbatical with the SMC as a Visiting Scholar later this summer. Dr. Hoibo is Associate Professor at the Department of Forest Sciences at the Agricultural University of Norway. His research has focused on the impact of forest management practices on wood quality, especially knot modeling and simulated sawmill yield, and will collaborate with SMC researchers in this area.
The SMC Spring Meeting was held at McMenamin's in Troutdale, OR with 43 attending from 22 organizations. Final and progress reports were presented for cooperative projects. Future directions for the SMC were discussed, including expanding field installations and research associated with Western hemlock; developing a new generation of installations that would involve spacing, vegetation management, and genetics; research to learn if there is a connection between nutrition and resistance to Swiss needlecast; and gaining a better understanding of multiple nutrients and their relation to nutrition and growth. Committees were formed to further develop these topics and present reports at the Fall Meeting.
The Fall Meeting will be held jointly with the Virginia Tech Growth and Yield Cooperative from September 20-23, 2000.