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Center for Urban Horticulture (CUH )

Open House. CUH held an open house on November 19, 2001 in which designers with the Architectural firm Miller Hull Partnership of Seattle explained the pre-design phase for the rebuilding of Merrill Hall and sought comments from neighborhood and campus community members.  The designers are now considering ways to rebuild Merrill using $4.1 million appropriated by the state legislature and enhancements that might be possible with donations received following the fire.  The UW has already spent more than $1.2 million for recovering materials from the damaged building, arranging for temporary lab and office space, demolition, salaries for recovery work, and retrofitting an area in Isaacson Hall for the early December, 2001 reopening of the Elisabeth Miller Horticultural Library.


We Need Your Help

Contributions towards the rebuild effort can be sent to:

          The Urban Horticulture Recovery and ­Enhancement Fund

            c/o Linda Kaye
            Box 352100
            Seattle, WA  98195

If you would like additional information on the status of the rebuild or have questions please call Linda Kaye at 206-543-9505

See the CUH website at:


Washington Park Arboretum

Ol’ Saint Nick was sighted in the Arboretum!


Center for International Trade in Forest Products (CINTRAFOR)

During a recent forest products trade mission to Japan the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo publicly acknowledged CINTRAFOR’s contribution to the industry and trade policy debate for its study on the competitiveness of Japan’s forestry and forest products industry. Suzanne Hale, Minister-Counselor for Agriculture, told U.S. forest products industry representatives and Ambassador Howard Baker that the CINTRAFOR research was the single biggest factor in discouraging Japan’s implementation of a WTO Safeguard action restricting forest products imports. Under WTO rules an action cannot be taken if a country cannot prove injury to its domestic industry due to increased imports.

The Consortium for Research on Renewable Industrial Materials (CORRIM) was featured on the cover of the Forest Products Journal in October 2001 with an interim report on the progress for developing Life Cycle Inventory measures of environmental performance. CINTRAFOR has supported CORRIM, a 15-research insti-tution consortium, since its inception, with Bruce Lippke serving as President and Dave Briggs chairing the Data and Standards Committee. They are among the co-authors of the report.

Olympic Natural Resources Center (ONRC)

The ONRC has had a busy Autumn Quarter with a wide variety of happenings.

 In early fall, ONRC welcomed two groups of international foresters.  Twenty members of the Japanese forest industry toured the Olympic Peninsula; their tour included an ONRC briefing on natural resources research and policy.  The ONRC also hosted a group of Taiwanese scientists from the Taiwan Forest Research Institute this same month. 

 John Calhoun, ONRC Director, traveled to The Evergreen State College in Olympia and Peninsula Community College in Port Angeles, WA, to deliver guest lectures on the history of forest policy in Washington State.

 A diverse clientele lodged at the ONRC during Autumn, including the WA Department of Corrections which held a week-long training at ONRC in September and several UW classes on field trips in the area, as well as a group of 50 students enrolled in environmental studies from The Evergreen State College. 

 ONRC sponsored the conference “Organizational Learning:  Adaptive Management for Salmon Conservation” in Bellevue, WA, in the first week of December.  This conference served to bring together a broad spectrum of policy makers and academic experts to explore organizational learning, adaptive management, and salmon conservation strategies.  

 Fritzi Grevstad, ONRC Bio Control Specialist, produced an update on the Willapa Bay invasive non-native grass Spartina eradication effort.  The bug Prokelisia was released in three sites last year and successfully survived the winter.  In May and June 2001 approximately 194,000 mixed adult and nymph Prokelisia were also released.  Subsequent sampling inside the release areas indicated a high growth rate in the Prokelisia population.  In September, caged samples of exposed Spartina were observed; cages with Prokelisia measured a 38-54% reduction in biomass.  More information on ONRC’s invasive Spartina program can be found at

Precision Forestry Cooperative (PFC)

PFC received funding from the USDA’s Joint Fire Science Program for the cooperative’s project on “The Use of High-Resolution Remotely Sensed Data in Estimating Crown Fire Behavior Variables.”  Jim Agee, Gerard Schreuder, and Doug St. John are the principal investigators on the project in cooperation with CFR Affiliate Lecturer Steve Reutebuch of the U.S. Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station.  The project will investigate and develop the use of two high-resolution, aircraft-based remote sensing technologies to assess forest canopy characteristics critical to forest fire behavior: LIDAR (Light Detection And Ranging) and IFSAR (Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar).  The funding totals $700,000 over the three year project period.

Rural Technology Initiative (RTI)

 On September 19-22, 2001, RTI staff members Larry Mason, Kevin Ceder, and Luke Rogers along with CFR graduate students Pil Sun Park, Lucianna Ingraramo, and Jeff Comnick represented the UW at the International Pacific Logging Conference “In the Woods Show” in Timber, OR.  Staff and students served as guides for forestry tours that showcased state-of-the-art harvesting equipment for visiting Oregon students from 5th through 10th grades.  A UW booth featured demonstration computer technologies being used and developed at CFR that add new capabilities to forest management planning and analysis.

 On September 24–25, 2001 at the CINTRAFOR International Marketing Conference, held at Seatac, WA, RTI Director Bruce Lippke delivered a presentation for the Consortium for Research on Renewable Industrial Materials (CORRIM) which is developing an environmental performance analysis for wood products covering each stage of processing from regeneration, processing, construction, and building use.   Kevin Zobrist presented a poster on the disparity of economic impacts to small forest landowners resulting from the new Forest and Fish regulations.

 On October 18–19, 2001, Phil Hurvitz, and Kevin Ceder served as instructors to a capacity audience at a training session entitled “Introduction to Arcview and GIS.” This latest in the ongoing series of RTI forest technology short courses was held at the WSU learning center in Port Hadlock, WA.  In the coming year RTI short courses on LMS, GIS, and GPS will be offered at a variety of locations around Washington state.  For more information see the CFR Continuing Education Calendar at

 On October 22–26, 2001, RTI sponsored a short course at CFR for silviculture and biometrics graduate students on the use of Forest Inventory Analysis (FIA) data for projects dependent upon cross ownership inventory information.

 RTI recently received grant funding to develop a training module for designing dry site thinning strategies that reflect best practices customized to local inventory and market conditions.

Stand Management Cooperative (SMC)

SMC Fall Meeting.  Attendees from 20 organizations met at Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR on September 19-21, 2001.  Included in the meeting were field trips to a vegetation control study sponsored by the Vegetation Management Research Cooperative and Starker Forests, a Swiss Needle Cast Study on the effects of nutrition, studies by Plum Creek Timber and the Nursery Technology Cooperative on use of balanced fertilizers and the field performance of containerized seedlings with time-release fertilizers, an SMC Type I Installation, and a Douglas-fir progeny test.  Following the field trips, researchers presented data associated with the field sites. The meeting also included a workshop on the use of the SMC database, a business meeting, and a progress report on the design of proposed SMC Type IV Installations. 

Type IV Installations. In 1998, SMC began discussion of Type IV Installations with other cooperatives in the region. Type IVs will examine the long-term performance of growth and yield and quality of stands when the latest advances in genetic improvement, competing vegetation control, and nursery production of seedlings are deployed across a range of planning densities on different sites and are subsequently managed according to different thinning and fertilization regimes. This is the first study that integrates across the cooperatives of the region.  At the SMC Fall Meeting, Eric Turnblom gave an overview of proposed statistical designs and an incomplete block design that successfully integrates all of the desired characteristics while keeping the installation acreage requirement at a reasonable size.  In December 2001, 30 researchers from various organizations met to further discuss the Type IV design and to reach consensus on definition of the levels of the experimental factors. The group also discussed means by which the Type IV Installations and the Genetic Gains Trials of the Northwest Tree Improvement Cooperative could be coordinated and integrated. The group reached consensus on treatment levels, coordination of Type IV and Genetic Gain Trials, including side-by-side planting of both on the same site, and identification of the first genetic breeding zone where this will be carried out.

Working Papers. During 2001, SMC also produced the following working papers, which can be downloaded from the SMC website or purchased in hard copy form:

Flewelling, J., R. Collier, B. Gonyea, D. Marshall, E. Turnblom. 2001 “Height-age curves for planted stands of Douglas-fir with adjustments for density.” SMC Working Paper 1

Briggs, D., J. Trobaugh. 2001. “Management practices on Pacific Northwest west-side industrial forest lands, 1991-2000: with projections to 2005.” SMC Working Paper 2.

Wind River Canopy Crane (WRCCF)

The Wind River Canopy Crane, erected by the UW and the USDA Forest Service in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest of southwest Washington, was featured recently in several media pieces.  On November 2, 2001, the Discovery television channel aired a documentary entitled “Giant Cranes,” which featured the Wind River crane along with other tower cranes around the world erected to conduct forest canopy research.  The Wind River crane is the tallest of eight tower cranes operating in the world’s forests.  The crane was also featured in a September 5, 2001 article in the Portland Oregonian entitled “250-foot crane shows value of forests,” in which the study of old growth as a carbon sink and the structure of forest canopy as important animal habitat is discussed.


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