Events and Other News

A student at the Limber Pole event at the Loggers' Conclave held at Pack Forest March 22-23, 2001. Competitors walk out on the limb as far as they can before they fall. The farthest one wins!

Thorud Lecture Series. The second in a series of lectures developed to honor David Thorud, former Dean of CFR, was held on February 21, 2001 in 223 Anderson Hall. The featured speaker was John C. Gordon, Pinchot Professor of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

Denman Forestry Issue Series. The Denman Forestry Issues Series addressed the topic, "Calculating the Sustainable Harvest in the 21st Century" on February 28, 2001 at the UW's Kane Hall. The WA State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is in the process of updating the sustainable harvest for state forestlands. The DNR, like all landowners, must make a series of economic, technical, ecological, and policy assumptions when calculating the harvest level. In addition, various legal, managerial, and political constraints must be examined within a multiple goal decision framework. CFR faculty discussed the effects of these parameters and assumptions on the sustainable harvest level. Joining CFR faculty was John Beuter of Duck Creek Associates, Inc., an expert on the calculation of sustainable harvests and a courtesy professor of forest management at Oregon State University.

CFR faculty participants were Bruce Bare, speaking on "The Consequences of Input Assumptions on Potential Sustainable Harvest Levels," Bruce C. Larson, speaking on "Issues and Assumptions in the Determination of Sustainable Harvest," and John Marzluff, speaking on "Non-timber Assumptions and Constraints." John Beuter spoke on "Talking to the Public: Issues on How to Get the Results of the Calculations Accepted."

Audiences at remote locations at the Olympic Natural Resources Center in Forks, WA, Washington State University Stevens County Learning Center in Colville, WA, Washington State University Cowlitz/Wahkiakum Learning Center in Longview, WA, and the UW Pack Experimental Forest in Eatonville, WA viewed the speakers in Seattle in real time on a large teleconferencing monitor. They were able to pose questions to speakers in Seattle through an on-site moderator.

A Forestry Feedback Discussion Board is available at for those wishing to comment on this subject. Users create a user name and password to visit the board as often as they wish and review the comments of others. Questions from this discussion board were used to help refine the content of this event.

The next Denman Forestry Issues Series program will take place in May 2001. It will focus on the general topic of the effects of forest regulations on private lands in Washington.

Walker Ames Lecture. On March 7, 2001, CFR, along with the Colleges of Engineering and Ocean and Fishery Sciences and the Department of Zoology, sponsored a talk by Dr. Gene Likens, Director, Institute of Ecosystem Studies, and one of America's leading ecologists. Thirty years ago, Likens and colleagues began a unique, long-term study of a forest ecosystem in New Hampshire's White Mountains. There, Likens discovered the existence of acid rain in North America and the threat it posed to woodlands and waters. Dr. Likens' research interests are focused on long-term, multi-disciplinary studies of forest, stream, and lake ecosystems in the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

Faculty Candidate Interviews. Interview for candidates for a faculty position in the Ecosystem Sciences Division were held during Winter Quarter 2001. Candidates interviewed were:

• Martin Quigley, Ohio State University, February. 8-9, 200, giving a seminar on: "Latitudinal gradients in temperate and tropical seasonal forests."

• Tina Cade, Illinois State University. February 22-23, 2001, giving a seminar on "Urban horticulture studies in sustaining the human spirit: Opportunities for the University of Washington."

• Sarah Reichard, UW, March 1-2, 2001, giving a seminar on "Integrating conservation and horticulture: The wood, the bad, and the future."

Sarah Reichard has accepted the position as Assistant Professor in the Ecosystem Sciences Division.

Student SAF Fundraiser. The newly re-formed student chapter of the Society of American Foresters is holding its first fundraising event on Wednesday April 25, 2001, with a special dinner featuring Doug Sutherland, Washington DNR's Commissioner of Public Lands. The chapter hopes to open a checking account and use funds to travel to the national SAF meeting in Denver, CO next fall. Commissioner Sutherland will address the audience at
4 p.m., followed by a question and answer period. The Commissioner and attendees will enjoy a casual Italian-style dinner that will follow at 5:30 p.m. The event will be held at the Washington Park Arboretum, Graham Visitors Center (free parking). Call (206) 543-0867 to register; the dinner price is $25 including beverages (students $15). Visit the following Web page for more information: edu/outreach/cecal.html.

An upcoming CFR symposium in the Denman Forestry Issues Series on

"The Effects of Forest Regulations
on Washington's Private Lands"

is planned for May 2001

For registration information:

or call the Forest CE office
at 206-543-0865

Other News

Precision Forest Cooperative (PFC)

The Precision Forestry Cooperative held an Executive Advisory Board Meeting on February 26, 2001 at the UW. The board reviewed and approved a definition of "precision forestry" as "the use of high technology sensing and analytical tools to support site-specific economic and environmental decision making for the forestry sector." PFC researchers gave an overview of current projects including the development of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology to be used in the identification of individual trees, the possibility of a commercial partnership to make RFID available in the forest sector, and an analysis process using LIDAR data to predict forest attributes, both at stand level and at an individual tree level. Plans are underway for a Precision Forestry Symposium to be held at the University of Washington on June 18-20, 2001. The symposium agenda can be found on PFC's Web page at

For a March 1, 2001 University Week article entitled "Funding Forward Vision," featuring the Advanced Technology Initiative, which includes precision forestry, see

Rural Technology Initiative (RTI)

The Rural Technology Initiative (RTI) is a federally funded technology transfer program designed to serve rural Washington forestry professionals and small landowners. RTI is a partnership between the UW and WSU with Bruce Lippke (UW), Don Hanley (UW/WSU), and Dave Baumgartner (WSU) as co-principle investigators. Larry Mason is the RTI project coordinator.

A prominent part of the RTI technology transfer strategy has been to deliver affordable training to rural forestry professionals. In February, CFR GIS specialist Phil Hurvitz taught a two-day course, Introduction to ArcView and the Use of GIS, to a capacity audience at Pack Forest. In March, also at Pack Forest, James McCarter and Larry Mason taught a two-and-a-half-day course entitled Fundamental Training and Applications of the Landscape Management System. On May 21 and 22, 2001, RTI will offer instruction in the use of geographical positioning systems (GPS).

Pack Forest News

Forest Operations. Pack Forest has begun logging operations for the first log sale of 2001. This sale will comprise two units totaling 77 acres with an estimated volume of 1.6 Mbf of conifer sawlogs and 3,400 tons of pulp and hardwood sawlogs. Contractors are in the process of completing the precommercial thinning of 420 acres in various stands throughout Pack Forest. Sections of the larger stands have been left untouched to compare growth with thinned stands. Bids for the spring sale of timber at Pack Forest were opened on Thursday, January 25, 2001 and are now being analyzed. Prices continue to be depressed, but recent bids show a positive increase over those received last fall.

Facility News. Stan Human reports that drought conditions are beginning to show a seasonal influence at Pack, with reduction in flow from the spring that supplies Pack's water. Evaluations of alternative storage and supply have begun. Energy conservation continues to receive priority. The most noticeable result is that it is now darker at night, as several outdoor lights have been turned off. Other conservation measures include aggressive management
of computers and installation of more timers to insure that lights and heat are not left on when not needed. And, for an earthquake update, Stan reports that Pack sustained minimal damage, but numerous water heaters sprung leaks, the chimney atop the old schoolhouse cracked and is in need of replacement, and the main road to camp is cracked and beginning to slump along a 70-100 foot section. Repairs are underway in each of these areas

Outreach. Check out the Pack Forest Web page for "virtual tours" of Elk Meadow, The Trail of the Giants, the Spanaway Lumber Mill, and—coming soon—a streaming video of small diameter logging!

NPS Project. The National Park Service is winding up its charette concerning the Nisqually access corridor to Mount Rainier. The team from Denver, CO, was been at Pack Forest for two weeks, receiving public input and analyzing the data to formulate strategies for access to the Park. The White River corridor is complete and the Cowlitz corridor is next on the agenda.


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