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CFR Review Committee

The CFR Review Committee, established this spring by UW President McCormick and titled "Charting Directions for the College of Forest Resources has begun to meet.

The charge letter from President McCormick reads, in part: "Given the recent change in leadership and the set of opportunities presented by changing intellectual, social, and scientific contexts, I am establishing this committee to consider future scenarios for the College of Forest Resources." The committee is asked to:

• Assess the fit between the present mission and goals of the College and the teaching, research, and outreach contexts in which it operates;

• Identify key intersections of the College with other units on campus, including Engineering, Ocean and Fishery Sciences, and the Program on the Environment;

• Develop a realistic approach for enabling the College to move beyond the animosities of recent years;

• Make recommendations to the President about the optimal organization and leadership for the College; and

• Most importantly, evaluate the prospects for the College to (a) become a leader in transforming the discipline in the future; and (b) join other UW colleges and schools in creating a progressive, productive and entrepreneurial future for the University.

The charge letter refers the committee to strategic documents produced in CFR over the past several years and asks them to consult widely within the academic community and with civic and industry leaders. The report and recommendations are due by December 1, 2001 and will be widely shared.

GEAR UP Program

The UW's GEAR UP Program was a success again this year, with the help of CFR faculty and students. GEAR UP is part of a National Science Foundation program to encourage children from disadvantaged backgrounds to think at an early age of university-based careers. CFR's Forest Club Room hosted 45 students from the Lower Yakima area for a course on creativity and innovation taught by Graham Allan and Zinovy Royzen. Environmental horticulture and urban forestry graduate student Perry Gayaldo led the students on a tour of the Union Bay Natural Area and the Center for Urban Horticulture. There were four weeks of visits with students coming from schools in Seattle, Tacoma, and Yakima, WA

CFR Advisory Board

On August 20, 2001, the CFR Advisory Board held meetings at the College and the UW in conjunction with UW Visiting Committee Day. The meetings provided an opportunity for the Board to meet with the UW President and Provost in response to recent administrative changes in CFR and for the Board to meet with CFR faculty and administrators. The Board membership, which is still in the process of being formed, now includes:

Robert L. Alverts, Research and Monitoring Coordinator, Bureau of Land Management (through 2002)

Brian J. Boyle, Natural Resources Initiative Leader, Battelle (through 2004)

William R. Brown, Vice President, Resources, Plum Creek Timber Company, L.P. (through 2003)

Bill Corbin (Chair), Executive Vice President, Weyerhaeuser Company (through 2004)

Thomas S. Friberg, Project Manager, Weyerhaeuser Company (through 2002)

Maureen Frisch, Vice President, Public Relations, Simpson Investment Company (through 2003)

Lee Keller, Managing Director and Senior Vice President, APCO Worldwide (through 2004)

David D. Leland (through 2004)

Robert McLachlan, President, McMc Resources, Inc. (through 2003)

Tom Mills, Director, USFS-PNW Research Station (through 2004)

David New, Vice President, Timberland Resources, Boise Cascade Corporation (through 2003)

Curt Smitch, Special Assistant to the Governor, Natural Resource Policy (through 2002)

William C. Walters, Deputy Regional Director, National Park Service, Pacific NW Region (through 2002)

William R. Wilkerson, Executive Director, Washington Forest Protection Association (through 2002)

Phil C. Woolwine (through 2004)

Doug Sutherland, Commissioner of Public Lands, WA Department of Natural Resources (through 2005)

STEP Program

The UW STEP Program (Sciences and Tribes Educational Partnership) took place during June 17-July 13, 2001, with the participation of the Yakama Tribe, Quinault Tribe, the Quileute Tribe, and the UW.

The STEP program involves Native American tribes and the UW in preparing American Indian students for academic and professional success through a linked program that includes K-12 preparation for college, recruitment through focused exposure to the university, and retention through ongoing academic support services. The summer program involved working with the tribes and their respective school districts to incorporate five basic elements of STEP into science education programs: involving families and the community; making science education experiential; placing science lessons in cultural contexts; making early contacts with university environments and mentoring by peers.

Kathryn "Nan" Little from the School of Fisheries coordinated the program with the help of CFR graduate students Tim Brown and Glen Yallup and School of Fisheries graduate students Dan Cooper and Bobbette Dickerson. Tribal elders, Chris Morganroth, a Quileute tribal member, and Louis Malatare, a Yakama tribal member participated, along with 21 high school students from all three tribes.

The first week of STEP was held at the UW's Big Beef Creek Research site near Seabeck, WA where students investigated fisheries topics and research information. The second week was held at the Pack Forest Research area. The final weeks of the program were located on the UW campus in Terry Residence Hall and Fisheries Building for computer use and classes. Tours of the campus included the Library system, dining facilities, and other areas of interest. Fieldtrips, classes, recreational time, and visits were organized and planned by the graduate students and the tribal elders.

NW Forest Industry Health and Safety Meeting

The South Puget Sound Chapter and South-west Chapter of the Society of American Foresters hosted a joint meeting on Northwest forest industry health and safety issues on Wednesday, June 27, 2001. Guest speakers were Tina Smith from the U.S. Army at Fort Lewis, and Marcy Harrington of the Pacific Northwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (UW-PNASH). The combined program covered the latest concerns in occupational safety and hazards in the forest management profession, including the hazards associated with the rise in methamphetamine labs located in forested areas.

Lectures on Turkish Forestry

During Summer 2001, the CFR college-wide Enrichment Program presented two lectures by Visiting Professor Dr. Melih Boydak of the University of Istanbul, Turkey. Dr. Boydak lectured on his work on restoring and managing the historic Cedar of Lebanon forests, as well as an overview on forestry in Turkey. Both lectures were accompanied by a large collection of slides of thousand-year-old Cedar of Lebanon trees, many showing the great variety of forest types throughout Turkey (very similar to forests found in the U.S.), and several beautiful pictures of scenic and historic landmarks in Turkey.

 


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