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Faculty Profile Darlene Zabowski

Darlene Zabowski, Associate Professor of Soils in the Ecosystem Sciences Division, joined the College of Forest Resources in 1993 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 1997. Darlene came from the USDA-PNW Research Station's Forestry Sciences Laboratory in Wenatchee, WA, where she worked for six years as a Research Soil Scientist. Darlene is originally from Pittsburgh, PA, but has lived in the Pacific Northwest since the late 1970s. She received her M.S. and Ph.D. ('88) in soils at the UW.

Darlene teaches introductory and advanced soils courses in addition to sharing interest-group leader duties for the forest soils graduate program. "My favorite part of teaching is field trips where students can really see how soils are changed by, and how they affect, the environment,"says Darlene. She is also active in local and national soil science associations and is currently President of the Northwest Forest Soils Council. Her current research projects include an examination of soil carbon in a variety of Northwest soils and the effects of fire on soils. Other areas of research include soil solutions, weathering, and pedogenic processes.

Darlene just returned from a six-month sabbatical at the NZ Forest Research Institute in Rotorua, New Zealand, where she determined weathering rates of soils at sites used in a long-term site productivity research program.

"Going to the mountains" best summarizes Darlene's favorite extra-curricular activities. She and her husband Brandon often go hiking, climbing, or skiing. They have been hiking the 2,700-mile Pacific Crest Trail for several years, spending two to four weeks hiking a section of the trail each year. "We've finished all of Washington and Oregon and are now working on California," says Darlene.

Faculty News

Jim Agee, Linda Brubaker, Jerry Franklin, and Bob Van Pelt are cited in a March 19, 2000 SeattleTimes Magazine article entitled, "Douglas Fir: Story of a Survivor." The article can be found on the Web at http://archives.seattletimes.com/cgi-bin/texis/web/vortex/display?slug=pfir &date=20000319.

Bruce Bare gave a paper on the "Role of Certification" at the Washington Private Forest Forum Summit 2000 Conference in Olympia, WA, March 29-30, 2000.

Gordon Bradley worked on a project for the National Park Service during Spring Quarter with landscape architecture students Rob Harris and Shawna Micic. The project, a site plan revision for Stovepipe Wells Village, recently won a Washington American Society of Landscape Architects student award.

Rick Edwards' last day at the College was April 21, 2000. Rick now works for the USDA Forest Service in Juneau, AK.

Jerry Franklin's research on the aftermath of the Mount St. Helens eruption was featured recently along with the work of other UW researchers in various publications, including the May 15, 2000 Seattle Times, the May 16, 2000 New York Times, the May 17, 2000 issue of The Daily, the May 17, 2000 issue of The Oregonian, and the May 18, 2000 University Week. See http://depts.washington.edu/uweek/archives/2000.05.MAY_18/.

Chuck Henry assisted in the grand opening of the Demonstration Compost Facility on April 26, 2000. Located south of the Ceramic-Metal Arts building southeast of University Village and funded in part by UW Tools for Transformation, the City of Seattle, King County, and Northwest Biosolids Management Association, the facility will test whatmaterials can be turned into useful soil amendments.

Tom Hinckley was appointed Director of the Center for Urban Horticulture, effective June 16, 2000. Tom was cited in an article in the May 10, 2000 issue of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer on Mount St. Helens, "Mountain's recovery teaches rich lessons." See http://www.seattlep-i.com/mountsthelens/rege10.shtml.

Bruce Lippke was formally appointed Director of the Rural Technology Initiative (RTI), effective June 2000. Bruce presented a talk on "Washington's Position in Global Markets" and also led the working group on economics, markets, and incentives at the Washington Private Forest Forum Summit 2000 Conference in Olympia, WA, March 29-30, 2000. During Spring Quarter, Bruce also gave an address on "Changing Competitiveness in Global Markets" at the Evergreen Building Products Association; a paper on the economic impact of riparian management at the Western Forestry and Conservation Association's Riparian Management Areas Conference; and presentations on structural changes taking place in global forest markets and the impacts of environmental polices to a 12-member Timber Trade Exchange Group representing nine Pacific Rim countries.

John Marzluff and Clare Ryan, along with colleagues in the Departments of Geography and Urban Design and Planning, were awarded over $300,000 in UW Tools for Transformation funding for the Urban Ecology Initiative. The funding, awarded in March 2000, supports the initiative's integration of interdisciplinary research and education to address real-world problems associated with urban ecology.

Joseph McCarthy, Joint Professor Emeritus in the Department of Chemical Engineering and the College of Forest Resources and former Dean of the UW Graduate School, died on May 8, 2000. He had retired from teaching in 1983, but continued to travel, visiting forestry laboratories around the world.

Chad Oliver spoke on the Landscape Management System (LMS) at the Washington Private Forest Forum Summit 2000 Conference in Olympia, WA, March 29-30, 2000. Chad also spoke at the Washington Farm Forestry Association Annual Meeting on LMS and forest management planning to effectively provide product and non-product values.

Dorothy Paun reports that research on the financial performance of North American pulp, paper, and packaging firms, carried out for a paper science and engineering graduate seminar has been accepted for publication in the July 2000 TAPPI Journal. Authors are Kevin Ceder, Cameron Crump, Karl Howard, Chavonda Jacobs-Young, Chad Oliver, Dorothy Paun, Edie Sonne, and Olivier Trendel.

John Perez-Garcia spoke on "World Timber Supply: Impacts on the Small Non-Industrial Private Forest Landowner" at the Washington Farm Forestry Association Annual Meeting in Vancouver, WA on May 12, 2000. John has been contracted by Washington State to develop the economic impact analysis for the Forest and Fish Agreement regulations, and made presentations during Spring Quarter on the analytical approach he is using to the Small Business Economic Impact Statement task group.

Kathy Wolf participated in a May 15, 2000 "Mountains to Sound" tour with the Western Forestry Leadership Coalition. The tour included a visit to Seattle's Chinatown International District Urban Nature projects, including the Jackson Street corridor "greening" and the Earthworks Tree Care and Community Gardens projects. These projects, examples of opportunities and challenges associated with inner-city urban forestry, were all supported by a Chinatown International District grant, "Creating an International Forest."

Faculty Reports

Bruce Bare reports that he and Gordon Bradley organized and taught FM 496 (Forest Management Case Studies) during Spring Quarter 2000. During the class, the students participated in four field trips after which they prepared written and oral reports.

The first trip was to a small NIPF tree farm just east of Kalama, WA, where several young growth Douglas fir plantations on high site land were examined. Forest owners Mark Andrews and Dan Hiebert, along with forest consultant Charles Chambers, accompanied the students during the day. Following field examination of four areas, the students were asked to prepare an economic analysis of their recommendations for future management of one selected area. They also considered the conversion of the forest into low density residential development and investigated the possibility of forest certification.

The second field trip was to Mason County where the students visited several parcels of a tree farm owned by Charles Chambers. Students saw a variety of stand conditions on low site land and were asked to prepare an economic analysis for a newly regenerated plantation growing on very low site land. During the trip, Ray Graham demonstrated the Hy-Gro Tiller that his company uses on difficult-to-plant sites.

The third field trip was to Tiger Mountain State Forest where DNR forester Larry Fry accompanied the class on an examination of a proposed new road right-of-way and timber sale area. Students were asked to decide the best road acces to the proposed sale in light of several competing land uses.

The last field trip was on the Yakama Indian Nation where foresters Ryan Spencer (BSF, FM, '99) and Mark Williams accompanied the class into four areas of the Branch Creek II Timber Sale. Students viewed a variety of forest health problems and were asked to prepare a management prescription for one of the areas using Yakama and BIA management objectives. In addition to silvicultural prescriptions, they examined the economics of uneven-aged management.

Bruce says, "We are very appreciative of the help we received during the term from Charles Chambers, Mark Green, Dan Hiebert, Ryan Spencer, Mark Williams, and Larry Fry. We look forward to an expanded version of this course in Spring 2001."

A Garfield High School student helping unload plants for the evolution garden.

EHUF 445 class at Garfield High School after their presentation.

Linda Chalker-Scott reports that her landscape plant management class gave a public presentation to Garfield High School on June 6, 2000. The class's "final exam," the presentation focused on the sustainable landscape renovation the class completed during Spring Quarter.

Working with Garfield High School students, faculty, and administrators, the students' project objective was to create a sustainable community landscape for Garfield and the surrounding neighborhood.




Garfield studnets (Popppy and Charles), who helped with site preparation.

CFR Landscape management class and Garfield High School students working at the retaining wall for the native plant garden at Garfield.

Students, who enrolled from both the College's environmental and urban forestry program and the College of Architecture and Urban Planning's landscape architecture program, included in their presentation the underlying plant and soils science principles that guided their work. Linda says, "This project was an excellent example of interdisciplinary, hands-on group learning with a strong community service commitment."





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