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Events and Other News
For two years now, the College has been presenting quarterly showcases of research carried out by its faculty, staff, and students. Past showcases have covered such research topics as forest canopy studies, carbon and climate change, forest health, and ecosystem management. The showcase format includes featured speakers and poster presentations followed by a reception. They provide an opportunity for the College and the UW community to hear about cutting-edge research going on in the College today, all of it relevant to the natural resource issues we face as a region. Alumni and friends are welcomed to the showcases, and whenever possible, showcases are scheduled in concert with alumni events at the College.
During Winter Quarter 2000 the showcase topic was "International Forestry, Trade, and Marketing Research." The recent WTO ministerial meeting held in Seattle clearly demonstrated the fact that international forestry, forest products trade, and the policy decisions influencing both have become inextricably entwined. Over the past decade the forestry sector, and in particular the trade of forest products, has become increasingly global. One significant impact of this trend has been the fact that environmental policies enacted in one region to preserve forest ecosystems can have the unintended result of contributing to deforestation in other regions. Today, more than ever, sound scientific knowledge is required to facilitate the development of sound public policies that help to move the international forestry sector towards a foundation of sustainable resource management.
The College of Forest Resources has a long history of being a leader in international forestry research. The founding of the Center for International Trade in Forest Products (CINTRAFOR) in 1984 provided the College with the expertise to strengthen the research focus in the areas related to the economics of international trade and international marketing of forest products. As a reflection of the Collegeís commitment to international research, an international forestry minor was established in 1999. Established jointly with the International Studies Program located in the Jackson School of International Studies, the international forestry minor is administered within the College and is designed to provide undergraduate students with the opportunity to focus their studies on topics related to international forestry, public policy, trade, and marketing.
I have also had the opportunity to be involved with international forestry issues in my role as dean. One assignment that I particularly enjoyed was a six year term serving on the Board of the International Center for Agroforestry Research (ICRAF), headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya. The Centerís focus is on improving food security for subsistence farmers through the creative use of woody plants in combination with agricultural crop plants. The work is focused on Africa, South America, and Asia. I was the only American on the 14-member Board with the exception of the Director-General.
Featured speakers for the Winter Quarter showcase included faculty Ivan Eastin on "Improving the market acceptance of lesser-used tropical timber species," Rob Harrison on "The sustainability of eucalyptus plantation forestry in southeast Brazil," and Bruce Lippke on "Recent trends in international competitiveness of U.S. forest products"; USGS staff Darryll Johnson on "Human dimensions of park and protected area management in an international perspective," and graduate students Sean Healey on "Management of secondary tropical forests on abandoned agricultural land," and Jim McCarter on "The relationship between people and forest dynamics in Mt. Everest National Park." International forestry research is an important, but often understated, part of the Collegeís mission. The research showcase format provided an opportunity to present a broad cross section of the international research being conducted within the College. I hope you can join us for these continuing presentations.
David B. Thorud
The CFR Quarterly is published four times annually, at the close of Autumn, Winter, Spring, and Summer Quarters.
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