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Staff Profile - Duane Emmons

Duane Emmons joined the Pack Forest staff as Forest Operations Coordinator in June 1999, after earning his B.S. degree in forest management from CFR. Duane grew up in Skaneateles, NY, a small town in the Finger Lakes region near Syracuse. His family moved to Valdosta, GA in 1988, where he had his first exposure to forestry courses in high school. He then attended Paul Smith's College in the Adirondacks near Lake Placid, NY, where he earned an A.A.S. degree in Forestry and Forest Recreation in 1992.

Duane spent the next six years working as the regional horticulturist for the Baltimore-Washington D.C. office of Barefoot Inc., a national lawn and landscape care company. Duane says, "It was quite a learning experience for me at 20 years old, overseeing a staff of 15 employees and an operating budget of three million dollars. In 1998, I continued my forestry education, transfer-ring to CFR as a junior. After having worked an average of 70 hours a week in private industry, 15 credit hours did not begin to fill my time! I began working in the USGS Cascadia Field Station, based at CFR, where I learned the basics of dendrochronology and climate history under the guidance of Amy Hessl and Dave Peterson. I also worked during the summer for the DEMO project under Charlie Halpern. I cannot stress enough the importance of practical work experience to augment classroom learning!"

Duane's position at Pack Forest is a varied one. Working with Mason McKinley, the staff forester, he helps administer timber sales, schedules reforestation and silvicultural prescriptions, and coordinates the day-to-day activities of forest management. He also helps maintain and update the Pack Forest GIS database, the Continuous Forest Inventory database, and has developed Pack Forest's Web site and all of its multimedia presentations. Outreach is another major focus at Pack Forest, and Duane works with various groups including Future Foresters of America, English as a Second Language programs, and Forest Ecology for International Students as an instructor and on-site supervisor. He also works with the Pack Forest staff at the CFR Alumni Association-sponsored Arbor Day Fair, manning the "Working in the Woods" booth.

Duane says, "I have begun to expand my role here at Pack to include exploring new technologies both in forestry and outreach. For example, we now use palmtop computers and digital cameras in our inventory cruises, Landscape Management System and GIS tools, and have GPS data for anything that isn't moving! I'm currently exploring the use of streaming video and virtual tours of the forest in our outreach on the Web."

Duane was recently selected as a volunteer editor for the Open Directory Project—a search engine directory that uses volunteer editors to organize submitted sites in their category of expertise and to weed out irrelevant sites. The directory is used by a number of popular search engines. Duane is looking for any labs/centers/facilities to submit their sites to http://dmoz.org/Science/Agriculture/Forestry/Research_Institutes/ and says, "This doesn't guarantee that your site will be promoted to the top of the list, but it will get your URL out there correctly."

"Living at Pack Forest," says Duane, "provides great opportunities to indulge in hiking, snowshoeing, and camping at Mt. Rainier, flyfishing on the Mashel and Nisqually rivers, and growing plants in the Pack Forest greenhouses."

Staff News

Jerry Block has returned to light duty service at Pack Forest after an extended medical leave of absence.

Angie Cahill is the program coordinator for Sustainable Community Landscapes (SCL) consortium, effective January 25, 2001. She is a graduate of the environmental horticulture and urban forestry program. SCL, which has received UW Tools for Transformation funding, serves to integrate regional efforts in landscape renovation and maintenance. Angie says, "Our group also educates the community in proper plant management and supports research focusing on areas of horticultural interest. For example, a CFR class has installed a sustainable landscape at Garfield High School. Other recent SCL activities have included a bimonthly discussion and networking group, a call for letters of interest and a request for proposals, and new community partnerships. We're also now on the Web; visit http://depts.washington.edu/mulch/ to learn more about our program and projects."

Laurel Coe joined CFR as a Research Aide I, effective January 29, 2001.

Valerie Easton is the co-author of a new book, Artists in their Gardens, published by Seattle's Sasquatch Books. The book features 12 Northwest artists and their gardens. Excerpts from the book appeared in the January 21, 2001 Pacific Northwest section of the Seattle Times; see http://archives.seattletimes.nwsource.com/cgibin/texis/web/vortex/display?slug= feapval21&date= 20010121. Val also wrote a February 25, 2001 Pacific Northwest column on street trees, entitled "Under the Avenue." For the Web version, see http://archives.seattletimes.nwsource.com/cgi-bin/texis/web/vortex/display?slug= plife25&date=20010225&query=street+trees.

Rosemary Johnson was given a farewell sendoff on February 27th—Rosemary is leaving CFR after six and one-half years of service, effective March 2, 2001.

Allison Moore has been hired as a Research Technologist 2 in Stuart Strand's lab.

Adam Nance is CFR's new Administrative Coordinator. Adam has been providing support to members of the Dean's administrative team on a temporary assignment for the last four months, and will continue the same in his new position.

Sue Nicol is the Center for Urban Horticulture's new Outreach Coordinator, effective January 2, 2001. She comes to CFR from the Woodland Park Zoo, where she served as Horticulturist for 17 years. Butterflies and Blooms and the Northern Trail Exhibit were two of her favorite projects, along with the Zoo Doo program which she started in 1986. Sue has a degree in English from Lewis and Clark College and a degree in Ornamental Horticulture from Oregon State University.

Congratulations to Dean Powell, Horticultural Technician at the Washington Park Arboretum, who was recently presented with a 30-year UW service award.

Dave Shaw reports from the Wind River Canopy Crane facility that the February 28th earthquake "hit the site as a mild tremor, but shook most folks up! Mark Creighton was in the operator's cab (245 feet up) reading a book, while I was in the gondola doing bird observations (about 100 feet up). A rhythmic thumping began out on the crane and the gondola began bouncing. Mark thought I was jumping up and down, or doing some other "weird science" thing. About the time we all figured out what was up, it was over."


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