The first CFR Alumni Camp (July 21-23) attracted over 50 attendees to Pack Forest. For photos and additional information, see the Washington Forester section of this newsletter.
Pack Forest Outreach and Continuing Education
Pack Forest Conference Center experienced a busy and varied summer season with several educational programs, including wilderness survival training, a Native American science program, a writers’ retreat, “Summer Stretch Geography,” numerous English as a Second Language field trips, a Tibet program, students from Japan, Upward Bound, UW biomedical research, and Washington Science Teachers Association.
Forest Ecology for International Students (FEIS) under the direction of Aaron Bidelspach, Kelley Duffield, Marc Goebel, and Susan Lee returned to Pack Forest for the fifth year with forestry students attending from universities in China, Germany, Italy, Japan, and Switzerland. The 32-day program, offered jointly by CFR and the UW English as a Second Language (ESL) program), combined the research and practical components of the curriculum into a 13-day silviculture and wildlife habitat enhancement project at the forest. Linda Brubaker, Don Hanley, and Bruce Larson were among UW faculty participants. Pack Forest staff Donna Chapman, Duane Emmons, Stan Humann, and Mason McKinley worked with the students during their stay at Pack. (See http://www.cfr.washington.edu/Outreach/FEISHOME.html) for more information on this program.
Beginning in July, two public “walks in the woods” (a bat walk and a forest detective hike for children) were offered weekly. The bat walk was very popular with 167 participants. Regular forest tours, offered to the public, school groups, conference participants, and others, were also well attended, with 348 participants.
Forest Operation News
Approximately 200 acres of Pack Forest have been refertilized with biosolids from King County. This year, ash was added to some of the biosolids mixtures as part of an experiment with odor reduction. Biosolids were last applied at Pack Forest in 1996. Pack Forest has expanded its electronic site leases to four, with the addition of Sprint to the cellular tower installed by AT&T.