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Center for Urban Horticulture (CUH )

Up From the Ashes

Many hours were spent throughout Summer 2001 trying to clean soot and smoke from items salvaged from the May 21, 2001 Merrill Hall arson fire, reported in the Spring Quarter CFR Quarterly. Even after cleaning, the smell of smoke lingered. Damage to library books and files will take months to determine. "Many of the books are coming back from freeze-drying and cleaning looking more like accordions than manuscripts," reports Sue Nicol, CUH Outreach Coordinator. Thousands of people who depend upon CUH, its Elisabeth C. Miller Horticultural Library, and its programs for their gardening information have been left bereft by the firebombing and destruction.

Support Comes from the Legislature, UW, and Friends. The State Legislature has promised $4.1 million to begin rebuilding Merrill Hall. The UW Provost and fellow CFR faculty and staff provided generous support as the devastated CUH faculty, staff, and students struggled to finish spring term classes, programs, and projects while cleaning up the mess surrounding them. Hundreds of volunteers pitched in to clean irreplaceable library books, slide collections, lab glass, computers, and thousands of precious items salvaged from destroyed offices. Many businesses and individuals donated lunches, time, and services to simply help get people through the long days.

Sue says, "The community support has given those who work in CUH an invaluable morale boost that has helped them through these difficult months."


We Need Your Help

The Center for Urban Horticulture needs your support as we rebuild. Please send donations to the Urban Horticulture Recovery and Enhancement Fund, c/o Linda Kaye,
Box 352100, Seattle, WA 98195.

Looking to the Future. Librarian Val Easton and her staff are working hard to reopen an interim, scaled-down Miller Library in CUH's Isaacson Hall, anticipating that the doors will open in late fall. Please check the library's web site at www. for updates. The Plant Answer Line will reopen to answer gardening questions, and the Master Gardener clinics will eventually reopen at CUH as well. Until October 1, 2001, Master Gardener clinics are held Mondays from 4 - 8 p.m. in University Village Shopping Center at Ravenna Gardens. Herbarium specimens will be housed temporarily in the basement of Isaacson Hall. Staff, faculty, and students are housed on the east side of Douglas Conservatory in trailers moved in shortly after the fire. Others have relocated to CFR buildings on upper campus.

Work has already begun to rebuild Merrill Hall. The search for an architectural firm to lead the design process started in July and the Miller Hull Partnership was selected in August. A guiding principle will be to create a building that embodies the finest in "green architecture" design principles — a fitting goal for a center devoted to sustaining natural ecosystems and human-altered landscapes.


Washington Park Arboretum

WPA Participates in Emerald Expo

WPA sponsored a booth at the Emerald Expo, a green industry trade show that attracts landscape professionals, greenhouse retailers, gardeners and others. Held on July 26-27, 2001 in Seattle, WA, the WA State Nursery and Landscape Association sponsored the event. WPA is already making plans to participate in the 2002 Emerald Expo.

WPA Internships

WPA's seasonal gardeners, Stephen Brueggerhoff, Robert Corletta, Brett Hodges, and Liz Stevens (all CFR students) completed their summer gardening experiences in September. New summer interns included: Liz Burkholz, Arizona State University, who worked with Monica Ravin in the education department developing projects for the Saplings (K-8) projects; and Ryan Garrison, Michigan State University, who worked with Randall Hitchin in the curation office on a field inventory of collection holdings in the northern part of the Arboretum.

Eric Bowley completed an Eagle Scout Project in WPA, working on the Puget Sound Beekeepers Exhibit, housed behind the WPA greenhouses. Eric worked on improving signage for this educational exhibit for visitors. The exhibit is also used as a teaching tool for the WPA's Saplings School program. The bees produce "Arboretum honey," which is sold in the Arboretum gift shop.

Summer Day Camp a Success
Campers getting the feel of bark.

During Summer 2001, WPA's education department offered its first day camp for children ages nine to 11. Entitled, "Summer Day at the Arboretum" this successful offering ran one week in July and two weeks in August. WPA is looking forward to offering Summer Day Camp 2002 with new themes and adventures. An added attraction to the day camp resulted from the draining and cleaning of the main pond in the WPA Woodland Garden. During this job, UW and City of Seattle staff found a large number of Northwest salamanders, which they relocated to other appropriate areas in the Arboretum. Needless to say, the salamanders were a big hit with the day campers!


Young campers compare artistic projects.


Center for International Trade in Forest Products (CINTRAFOR)

CINTRAFOR held its 18th annual International Forest Products Markets Conference in conjunction with the third annual Asian Housing Export Markets Conference on September 24-26, 2001 in Seatac, WA. The International Forest Products Markets Conference included market outlooks for timber, logs, chips, and other forest products, as well as a number of special topics. The Asian Housing Export Markets conference included overviews of leading destinations for wood frame housing and building materials, advice about doing business in these markets, information about picking joint venture partners, and successful export strategies of leading suppliers.

Conference themes included:

• Macro-economic overview: will we have a soft landing?

• Financial trends and timber values

• Economic outlook for Asian markets

• Overview of log, lumber, panel, and chip markets

• Forest certification: Regulations to retail markets

• Opportunities and obstacles in China and other emerging markets

• Regulatory reform and economics in Japan, China, and Korea doing business in these markets, information about picking joint venture partners, and successful export strategies of leading suppliers.

Although attendance was necessarily impacted by the tragic events of September 11, 2001, the joint conference was a great success and provided a lively forum for discussion of important forest products issues.


Center for Streamside Studies (CSS)


Sandra Clinton, newly hired CFR Research Associate, will work with CSS on urban hyporheic zones. She is moving her research on groundwater-surface water interactions from the Olympic National Park to the equally challenging, and in some cases (but not all!) beautiful urban streams of King County. The research will focus on
quantifying hyporheic storage, groundwater inputs, and hyporheic invertebrates in these systems.

• CSS, in conjunction with the UW's Center for Urban Water Resources Management, held the fourth annual urban stream temperature survey during Summer 2001. Approximately 100 volunteers sampled over 600 stream sites in King, Pierce, Kitsap, and Snohomish counties. This information on air and stream temperatures will provide information about the effects of human influences on fish bearing and tributary to fish bearing streams.

• CSS has hired Quantitative Ecology and Resource Management graduate student Jody Brauner to work on updating entries and standardizing the keywords for the on-line riparian bibliography.

Undergraduate Research

Ashley Adams, Conservation of Wildland Resources, participated NASA's Space Grant Program, where NASA partially funds students to work on research projects with faculty and graduate students. Ashley's project compared eastern WA stream temperatures with regulatory shade requirements and elevation.

Andrew Bryant, another NASA Space Grant student, worked with Cathy Reidy, forest engineering and hydrology graduate student, on her project, "Investigation of the effects of hyporheic flows on Puget Sound stream temperatures." Andrew looked at subsurface water level changes adjacent to streams.

Regional Riparian Stand Cooperative

CSS and the National Council for Air and Stream Improvement, Inc. (NCASI) are funding the startup of a riparian research cooperative. Ad hoc research efforts have not been useful for answering questions regarding the growth, mortality, and successional processes of riparian stands throughout the Pacific Northwest. Recognizing the critical need for such a database, a group of individuals representing industry, academia, and public land management have come together and discussed the possibility of forming a Regional Riparian Stand Cooperative (RRSC). The proposed RRSC would provide a structure through which data can be collected, analyzed, and shared across the region, including northern CA, OR, WA, and southern BC. The effort would specify standardized protocols for data collection and provide a single location where these data would be stored and maintained.

Olympic Natural Resources Center (ONRC)

Adaptive Management Conference

ONRC is planning a conference to be held in Seattle, WA on December 3-4, 2001, entitled "Organizational Learning: Adaptive Management for Salmon Conservation." A conference planning team representing federal, state, and academic organizations from Oregon and Washington has prepared an agenda to include nationally recognized experts in the field of organizational learning, adaptive management, and governance. Messages from Governor Kitzhaber of Oregon and Governor Locke of Washington illustrate their commitment to salmon conservation and the goals of this conference. Each is marshaling public resources to address this issue, assisted by significant federal support. The Governors ask the question, "How can we best organize ourselves for using research and management experience to learn how to conserve salmon habitat?"

Conservation of continental salmon habitat drives natural resource policy in the Pacific Northwest. Yet our understanding of how natural systems function across landscapes is limited. Much remains to be learned about the complex systems that support salmon abundance. Validation monitoring of salmon conservation strategies is in its infancy. Clearly, successful implementation of public policies intended to conserve and restore salmon populations, will require organizations to learn and adapt.

The conference will be organized into five sections: introduction and setting the stage with the keynote address, organizational learning; what do we know?, adaptive management; what does it require organizations to do?, how can we best organize to recover salmon?, and a facilitated discussion to develop of common principles for organizations that can learn and adapt.

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