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Center for International Trade in Forest Products (CINTRAFOR)

Paul Boardman became Director of the Center for International Trade in Forest Products (CINTRAFOR) in July 2000. As Director, he will manage its international market research, as well as supervise outreach programs such as conferences and symposia.

Paul comes to CINTRAFOR after establishing and managing the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) Japan office since 1996. His work in Japan with AF&PA included coordinating forest products trade policy with the U.S. Embassy, promoting U.S. forest products, and providing information on the Japanese market to the U.S. industry.

Prior to his work as the Director of the AF&PA Japan office, Paul managed Washington State’s Japan Representative Office, where he was responsible for state export market development and coordinating Japanese direct investment into the state. Before becoming the director of the Japan Office, he served as the state’s forest products trade specialist in Japan, coordinating the Kobe Washington Village Project and assisting small-to-medium-sized forest products companies seeking export sales.

While in Japan, he served as Chair for the American Chamber of Commerce Housing Industry Subcommittee, as Vice-Chair of the U.S.-Japan Housing Industry Roundtable, and as Vice-Chair for the International Committee of the Japan 2x4 Home Builders Association. Paul grew up in Japan, the son of missionaries. He holds a Masters of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary. His pastimes include running marathons and music.

Center for Streamside Studies (CSS)

Urban Stream Temperature Survey

The Center for Urban Water Resources Management, in cooperation with CSS and local stormwater agencies, tribes, and citizen groups, conducted the third annual urban stream temperature survey on August 2, 2000. Data from the annual surveys is used to characterize the range, distribution, and determinants of summertime high temperatures in fish bearing (and tributary to fish-bearing) lowland stream systems in the region, thus providing information about the effects of human influences on streams in Puget Sound. Approximately 100 people from agencies, community groups, and the UW sampled over 600 stream sites in King, Pierce, Kitsap, and Snohomish counties. For more information on this project or to volunteer for next year, contact Derek Booth at dbooth@ u.washington.edu (or view http://depts.washington.edu/cuwrm/).

CSS Student Support

CSS hired Zoology undergraduate Jessica Trantham to assist CFR graduate students Holly Coe, working on “Controls on Hyporheic Invertebrate Community Structure on the Queets River, Olympic Peninsula, WA,” Martin Fox, working on “Geomorphic Influences on Large Woody Debris Abundance,” and Civil Engineering graduate student Sara Stanley, working on “TSS in Puget Sound Streams.”

Stream Restoration Conference

Faculty affiliated with CSS are planning a stream restoration workshop in conjunction with the upcoming Society for Ecological Restoration conference, “Restoration and Recovery: Beyond Good Intentions,” in Bellevue, WA, April 2-6, 2001. The workshop will give technical information on how and when to do restoration projects. CSS has a contract for a book to be published in conjunction with the conference.

Center for Urban Horticulture (CUH )

Washington Park Arboretum

Olympic Natural Resources Center (ONRC)

Spartina Bio-control Research Effort Reaches Milestone

John Calhoun reports the bug, Prokelisia Marinata, a promising new weapon against the invasive grass Spartina, is now in Willapa Bay. After three years of risk studies and research partnerships generating over $1 million in funding, a permit was granted to bring the insect into Washington State. June 2000 saw the delivery of parasite-free and disease-free Prokelisia to ONRC’s greenhouse in Long Beach, WA, where a second generation of the insects was successfully bred. In July, 9,000 insects were transferred into three cages in preparation for release. Research is still confirming how the insect kills Spartina.

The infestation of invasive Spartina alterniflora in Willapa Bay threatens to fundamentally alter thousands of acres of fish and wildlife habitat. Willapa Bay was named in a recent federal study as the most productive estuary left in the lower 48 states. Spartina threatens the mudflats by crowding out native plants and trapping sediment, causing the ground to rise. As a result, nutrients forming the basis of a food chain important to oysters and other estuary life are lost. The bay has supported a century of shellfish and fin fisheries. Unchecked, Spartina will diminish diversity in biological communities, undermine the local human economy, and rob the Northwest of a unique estuary. Spraying with herbicide and mowing are the only methods currently used to control Spartina. Mowing can prevent the grass from going to seed and spreading, but does not kill it; using herbicide in the estuary involves a risk of potential contamination. See http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/news/health-science/html98/weed05m_20000905.html for a September 5, 2000 Seattle Times article on this project.

Technology-Based Education

A state-of-the art computer classroom was recently installed at ONRC through a partnership between ONRC and the UW Office of Educational Partnerships (OEP). As more Olympic Peninsula communities begin to access and use technology, ONRC is well poised to offer technology-based education courses to natural resource professionals, community members, and K-12 teachers and students. In addition, the computer stations are an excellent resource for researchers visiting the Center. Installed on June 24, 2000, the classroom is already in high demand—seeing over 100 users during its first month of operation!

Jointly operated by the OEP and ONRC, the classroom has 18 student and 1 instructor IBM stations. Each station is formatted with Windows 2000, Microsoft Office 2000, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Netscape Navigator, ArcView, and ArcINFO. The classroom is well designed to allow students to follow instructor-directed activities through use of a data projection system.

Courses scheduled for the coming year include LMS for Washington consultant foresters and GIS courses in ArcView and ArcINFO. If you are interested in offering a course using the computer classroom, contact Elizabeth Moundalexis at (360) 374-3220 ext. 230 (aem@u.washington.edu).

The Precision Forestry Cooperative (PFC)

The Precision Forestry Cooperative (PFC), part of the Advanced Technology Initiative funded by the State Legislature, is forming partnerships among government, industry, and universities to create new industries and transform existing industries in areas of greatest expected future opportunity for the state. CFR, in collaboration with the UW College of Engineering, created the PFC to conduct research in forest production, management, and manufacturing at a new scale of resolution and accuracy, with the goal of producing economic and environmental benefits. The hope is that precision forestry will develop tools for detailed engineering and management plans that can be accurately implemented and rigorously reviewed. By employing high-resolution data to support site-specific tactical and operational decisions, precision forestry facilitates exact correspondence to closely specified, highly repeatable measurements, actions, and processes for initiating, cultivating, and harvesting trees or enhancing riparian zones, wildlife habitat, or other environmental resources. PFC will address issues emerging from recent policy developments, environmental and economic concerns, and current research including:

Faculty participants in PFC include Dave Briggs, Jim Fridley, and Gerard Schreuder of CFR and Mark Ganter, Jens Jorgensen, and Denise Wilson of the College of Engineering. Graduate students Hans Anderson, Kamal Ahmed, Finn Krogstag, and Flo Damian have been working on image processing during the summer. Bob McGaughey and Steve Reutebuch of the USDA Forest Service are also providing support.

PFC held a meeting in June 2000, bringing together UW faculty, leaders in forest technology, and local land managers, to discuss available and emerging technologies. Doug St. John, the PFC’s newly hired Associate Director, says, “The meeting was a great success and enthusiasm for what is possible was inspiring. We are planning a precision forestry symposium for late spring 2001 and are currently developing partnerships and sponsorships for that event. And, recognizing the importance of the cooperative aspect of this program, an executive review committee is being established to provide review and guidance.”

Rural Technology Initiative (RTI)

The Rural Technology Initiative (RTI) is a federally funded technology transfer program designed to serve rural Washington forestry professionals and small landowners. RTI is a partnership between the UW and WSU with Bruce Lippke (UW), Don Hanley (UW/WSU), and Ed Depuit (WSU) as co-principle investigators. Larry Mason is the RTI project coordinator.

In June 2000, RTI joined with WSU to co-host a three-day training session at Pack Forest for county extension agents in the use of the Landscape Management System (LMS). Following this session, the latest version of LMS (2.0), was released for download by the public from http://silvae.cfr.washington.edu. RTI prepared a user-friendly tutorial for LMS 2.0 to accompany the release. Two RTI-sponsored training sessions in the use of LMS will be offered to Washington forest consultants this fall. In the spring of 2000, RTI and the Olympic Natural Resources Center developed and distributed a survey questionnaire to Washington’s forest consultant businesses. Entitled “Could Advances in Forestry Technology Help Your Business?,” the survey received a response rate of 39 percent. In response to the question, “How important do you view opportunities for technology training for you and your employees in delivering customer service,” 36 percent responded that it was important and 33 percent responded that it was very important. When asked if respondents would be interested in RTI-sponsored technology training opportunities, 71 percent replied “yes.” A complete survey report will be posted on the RTI Web site, www.ruraltech.org.

Stand Management Cooperative (SMC)

Summer 2000 was a busy time for SMC. During the dormant season from October to May, the field crew is almost always on the road conducting remeasurements and treatments on field installations. Summer provides a time for a variety of “mop-up” field activities, planning meetings, and conducting field tours for members.

 


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