In conjunction with the Washington Private Forest Forum (WPFF), the College co-sponsored "Summit 2000-A Comprehensive Discussion on the Biological, Social, and Economic Viability of Private Forests in Washington State. The two-day conference, held on March 29-30, 2000 in Olympia, WA, was intended to facilitate dialog on private forest landowners' needs. Private forest landowners, both industrial and non-industrial, are currently faced with the challenge of harvesting timber, helping save endangered species, and warding off urban sprawl. The summit attracted 275 private forest landowners and managers from throughout the state. The first day's activities were broadcast on Washington TV. A special feature of the event was digitally interactive sessions where attendees worked together to create action plans related to issues critical to the future viability of private forest lands. More information on the summit and on WPFF is available at: http://www.cfr.washington.edu/outreach/summit.html.
The 5th Annual Arbor Day Fair held at the College of Forest Resources on April 26 -28, 2000 was attended by nearly 2,200 students and teachers from area elementary schools, kindergarten through third grade-750 more than attended last year. The event is sponsored by the CFR Alumni Association and was supported by nearly 80 alumni, staff, students, and faculty volunteers on each of the three days. As in previous years, corporate support and donations of materials made it possible to provide educational displays and interactive exhibits on all facets of natural resources and forest products, including learning about forest soils, wildlife habitat, and hydrology, visiting the paper science and engineering pulp and paper making facilities, donning equipment and learning about forest careers, and using a computer program to "grow" forests while considering the effects of timber harvests and the aftermath of forest fires and storms. An opportunity for the College to interact with the community and provide hands-on learning experiences for area children, the fair has won regional and national awards. Check the Arbor Day Fair Web site for photos of this year's fair at: http://www.cfr.washington.edu/outreach/adf/AD-Fair.html.
|Ellen McKinley, Arbor Day Fair Coordinator and spouse of staff member, Mason McKinley ('97), enjoys her daugher Davin's fascination with Smokey Bear (photo by Duane Emmons).|
The Lake Washington School District 5th grade science classes and teachers paid their annual visit to the College during May 11-18, 2000. Student groups visited the Union Bay Natural Area located at the Center for Urban Horticulture. Group of students, their teachers, and parent chaperones accompanied Kelley Duffield, CFR Outreach Director, for a 45-minute ecology walk. The students learned about wetlands, saw Canada geese goslings, identified exotic and native plant species, and reviewed the results of some of the research plots and restoration work going on at the site. At the end of the walk each child was presented with a small tomato plant as a living souvenir of their visit.