Volume 4, No. 2
Winter 2001

Faculty
Faculty Profile:
Bob Gara
Faculty News
Faculty Reports

Staff
Staff Profile:
Duane Emmons
Staff News
Staff Reports

Students
Student Profiles:
Jarrod Todd
Student News
Scholarships

Centers
CUH
CINTRAFOR
CSS

Washington Forester
Libraries
Events and Other News
Past Issues

 

 

 

 

 

Sneak Previews


Logging Sports


Arbor Day
Needs YOU


Fire in Forest Stands

Deanís Notes

Many exciting things have happened in CFR since the last newsletter, and more are planned. We are finding new ways to reach out to our constituents and to engage our alumni and students.

A good example is the Denman Forestry Issues Symposium Series. The most recent in the series was held on February 28, 2001, on the topic, "Calculating the Sustainable Harvest in the 21st Century." The event took place at five locations across the state simultaneously. In spite of reduced attendance at some locations due to the Nisqually Quake happening just two hours before the event, there were nearly 100 participants.
I want to personally thank the faculty and staff at Pack Forest and the Olympic Natural Resources Center for hosting two of the teleconferencing sites, and Washington State University's Cooperative Extension Service at Stevens County and Cowlitz County Learning Centers for the use of their facilities and technical support.

 

The next event in the Denman Forestry Issues Series will be on May 30, 2001. Like the February event, it will be broadcast using teleconferencing technology, with the number of sites increased from four to eight. The program will begin in late afternoon to allow for more participation by CFR alumni and other constituents. We hope to have a vigorous discussion on the impacts of forest regulation on small and large landowners. For more information, check the College's Outreach Web page at http://www.cfr.washington.edu outreach/Denman/May30.html.

Other exciting events coming up include the Arbor Day Fair (April 25, 26, and 27, 2001) and the First International Precision Forestry Symposium on June 17-20, 2001. On May 4, 2001, students from CFR will participate in the UW's Fourth Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium in Mary Gates Hall here on the UW Seattle campus. This is an excellent chance for undergraduates to share what they have learned through their research experiences with a larger audience. It provides a forum where students are the teachers, showcasing research projects that build on and enrich faculty work across the disciplines. It is an opportunity for students, faculty, and the community to discuss cutting edge research topics and to examine the connection between research and education. Please attend these events if you can!

I am pleased to announce that the Environmental Horticulture and Urban Forestry faculty search has successfully concluded and that Sarah Reichard has accepted a position, effective July 1, 2001.

The faculty have been engaged in examining the College's curricula to ensure an effective and efficient delivery of programs. This is something that can have an impact on how CFR is viewed elsewhere in the UW, and I appreciate the efforts that are being put into such an important task.

With the participation of many members of the College, I am continuing to move forward on initiatives that can enhance our visibility, productiveness, and financial well-being. These include proposals for funding that have attracted the interest of legislators, as well as many private individuals and entities. Another current focus involves a "question center," a program to serve as an information clearinghouse and forum for environmental conflict resolution. We are looking at strategies
where CFR can assume a leadership role in the forestry and environmental arenas. I welcome your input and thoughts on where you think the College might be uniquely positioned to play such a role. Please drop me a note or call with your ideas. We are actively discussing these initiatives and would really appreciate any thoughts that might help us to move ahead in positioning CFR for the future.

Kristiina Vogt
Dean


Undergraduate students come to the College of Forest Resources to study and learn with faculty who create knowledge, who transfer knowledge for the benefit of society, and who use knowledge in public service activities. A CFR education should give students first-hand experience of all three important responsibilities — why else come to a large research university, if not to take advantage of what is best and most distinctive here? Students who experience research are better prepared for using their education in a rapidly changing world and for continuing to learn throughout their lives. In addition, through the UW's Mary Gates Endowment, CFR students benefit from research training grants and participate in an annual research symposium that is open to the public. In past years, CFR students have presented posters and participated in discussion sessions at this symposium on topics ranging from papermaking techniques and mold in recycled fibers and its propagation in wallboard, to leaf area analysis of two hybrid poplar canopies, to landscape plants for use in low-resource areas. The UW's Fourth Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium will be held Friday, May 4, 2001 from 12-5 p.m. at Mary Gates Hall. This year, senior Jason Smith is giving a presentation of his research and Conservation of Wildland Resources senior Christopher Carusona is participating in the poster session. During Winter 2001, undergraduates at CFR had many opportunities to participate in research and service.

Historic Conversion of Natural Habitats ... An interdisciplinary research project gives undergraduates the opportunity to help document the historic conversion of natural habitats to other uses in the western portion of King County. The purpose of the study is to determine the quantity of forested lands that have been lost to other uses, and where and when these changes occurred.

Research Inventory of Trees ... An environmental horticulture and urban forestry research project involves an inventory of the trees in the historical district of Sand Point Magnuson Park that will be used in developing a vegetation management plan.

Fire in Forest Stands ... A conservation of wildland resources research project undergraduate addresses the role of fire in forest stands—specifically, how fire severity, as inferred from relative survivorship after the fire, influences the post-fire growth of surviving trees.

 


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