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Washington Park Arboretum

Arboretum Master Plan Released. John Wott reports that
Seattle Parks and Recreation, the UW, and the Arboretum Foundation released "Renewing the Washington Park Arboretum," the final version of a long-range master plan to ensure that the regional urban treasure known as the Washington Park Arboretum will grow and thrive for decades to come. The final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the plan was released simultaneously.

The final public hearing, sponsored by the City Council CAP (Culture, Arts, and Parks) Committee was held on Wednesday, March 28th in the City Council Chambers. The CAP Committee is expected to take a vote within the next two weeks, to be followed by vote of the full City Council. The plan, as approved, will then move to UW Board of Regents for their approal in May.

Since 1994, more than 4,500 citizens commented through workshops and meetings, focus groups, forums, open houses, public hearings, and environmental review. The public process included a series of workshops and meetings sponsored by the Board of Park Commissioners in the fall of 1998 to address citizen concerns over the plan. Citizen ideas and concerns were heard and incorporated into the plan.

The master plan effectively fulfills three primary purposes—conservation, recreation, and education—with numerous and varied improvements. Key elements of the plan include renovation of 30 existing plant exhibits and creation of 21 new plant exhibits; reorientation of some pedestrian trails, construction of a pedestrian/bicycle trail along Lake Washington Boulevard, renovation and expansion of existing facilities in the vicinity of the Graham Visitors Center, construction of a new pavilion and entrance to the Japanese Garden, the addition of two pedestrian overpasses, one across Lake Washington Boulevard, and one across Foster Island Drive, traffic improvements, and other minor modifications.

The plan responds to a host of issues that have arisen in the 22 years since the last master plan was published concerning collections, traffic, conservation, education, public safety, recreation, and visitor services. Some of the original plant collections have matured and many trees are dying. These natural resources require improved conditions and special care to thrive. Barrier-free access to public spaces needs to be updated to meet legal requirements. Visitor services, security, and educational and community programs are essential to the Arboretum's public service mission.

Teacher Workshop. In February 2001, the Arboretum held its first Teacher Professional Development Workshop. The Arboretum's education department is working closely with the Seattle School District to coordinate curriculum efforts, extend resources, and to provide professional development for teachers. This workshop was funded by a US Bank grant and paid for teacher substitution costs and the Resource Packs that were given to each school that participated.

Northwest Flower and Garden Show. A benefit preview party for the Arboretum, sponsored by the Arboretum Foundation, was held on February 6, 2001, the opening night of the Northwest Flower and Garden Show. The Arboretum was represented in the show by a prize winning garden on the main floor—it won the Pacific Horticulture Award for "best use of plants in a Northwest garden."

Center for International Trade in Forest Products (CINTRAFOR)

Study of Non-structural Wood Products in China's Residential Market. Paul Boardman, CINTRAFOR Director, and Cameron Crump, Masters student in forest products marketing, returned recently from a February research trip to China. Cameron's study, chaired by Dorothy Paun, examines the relationships among business objectives, market barriers, and competitive advantages and how these factors inform a China market entry strategy for forest products companies. More than 30 organizations were interviewed over 10 days in Shenzhen, Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai, and Hangzhou. China's accelerated pace of housing privatization has resulted in nearly 10 million housing units being built in 2000. Most of these condo units are acquired by the homebuyer as an unfinished concrete shell after which interior finish building materials are selected. The study focuses on the obstacles and opportunities in this niche market.

Center for Streamside Studies (CSS)

Student Support. CSS supported School of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences graduate students Jennifer McLean and Julie Hall on their project, "Potential genetic differentiation of Sockeye Salmon, Oncorhynchus nerka, spawning in the mainstem and an off-channel pond of the Cedar River." CSS also awarded two RAs during Winter Quarter to CFR grad student Sandra Clinton and School of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences graduate student Johnny Grady Jr.

Research. CSS is currently conducting an analysis for the WA Department of Transportation of the current state of the science regarding turbidity effects on salmonids. The study will provide a review of literature illustrating the effects of fine suspended matter on the survival, reproduction, and growth functions of salmonids in natural water. Understanding the effect of turbidity on salmonids, specifically the critical levels of turbidity at the most sensitive life stages of salmonids, would allow transportation project proponents to devise temporary erosion and sediment techniques.

Annual Review. CSS and the Center for Urban Water Resources Management presented their first combined Annual Review on February 1, 2001, with 370 attendees from agencies, tribes, industry, and academia. In addition to abstracts, CSS prepared new fact sheets on "The abc's of the ESA" and "Pilot Scale Constructed Wastewater Treatment Wetlands". These documents are available on the CSS Web site at

Stand Management Cooperative (SMC)

• The Stand Management Cooperative is planning its annual Spring Meeting, to be held April 3-4, 2001, in Troutdale, OR,

• The SMC field crew, Bob Gonyea, Bert Hasselberg, and Ben Staubach, have been working on the Kitsap Peninsula on "Bellfair," a Type III installation. Bellfair has 24 plots with six treatment regimes from 100 TPA up to1,210 TPA. Future treatments will cover everything from pruning to thinning. This was the first remeasurement for plots 1 through 6, and initial measurements for plots 7 through 12.

• Bert and Bob are also working in Oregon, trying to complete fieldwork before bud break—and still searching for that set of deer or elk horns!

Olympic Natural Resources Center (ONRC)

Elk Conference. On January 16, 2001, ONRC presented a two-day conference on the "Status of Elk Populations on the Olympic Peninsula and Development of a Preferred Future." There is growing concern regarding an apparent decline of elk populations on the Olympic Peninsula. Forest management, along with elk harvest regulation, can influence the distribution and population size of herds through time. The conference focused on landscape management prescriptions and resulting habitat conditions and demonstrated new tools to aid in the analysis of landscape conditions relative to elk habitat. The conference featured discussions documenting the historical condition of elk on the peninsula over the last 100 years, including landscape conditions, population trends, and harvest records; a model illustrating habitat conditions influencing elk populations; and an evaluation of the Sol Duc Adaptive Management Area landscape condition for elk habitat with the Landscape Management System.

Forks Wired. ONRC was featured in a recent University Week article entitled "Going virtual: UW offers helping hand as Forks goes from logs to logging-on." Forks was among six communities selected in 2000 to participate in the telecommunications company Century Tel's Integrated Community Network (ICN). ONRC, along with local high schools, the local hospital, and public interest citizen groups have taken advantage of the new technology to offer distance learning courses, video conferencing, and e-commerce opportunities. For the University Week article on the Web, see

Bob Coon, ONRC's education program manager, illustrates how bears in the area claw at trees. While the ONRC is helping with information technology in the Forks area, wildlife study remains central to the center's mission. (Photo by Stephen Hill)


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