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Autumn Quarter 2002 will begin Gordon Bradley’s fourth decade with CFR. He arrived  fresh out of graduate school with the idea of trying academic life for a couple of years. He has found it to be a very exciting way to fulfill his personal and professional goals and has remained with CFR for 30 years.

Gordon says, “My academic training is in landscape architecture and urban and regional planning (BSLA, California State Polytechnic University, MLA, University of California, Berkeley, and Ph.D., University of Michigan.
Go Blue!). Prior to joining the CFR faculty, I worked in a design-build landscape office in Carmichael, CA, with the U.S. Forest Service in San Bernardino, CA, and as a planner with the CA State Parks System. Graduate study at the master’s level focused on work developing the Lake Tahoe Regional Plan, a model for integrating ecosystem considerations in land use planning. My doctoral work explored the factors related to implementing the National Forest Management Act by national forests in Washington and Oregon.”

Over the years, Gordon has enjoyed a productive teaching, research, and consulting relationship with a variety of natural resource organizations. Focusing either on conservation planning or visual resource management, organizations he has worked with include major timber companies, the U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, WA DNR, WA State Parks, and King County DNR. “An interesting way of looking at some of my work,” says Gordon, “is to imagine driving the Mountains to Sound Greenway from downtown Seattle to Cle Elum and you will see my and my students’ work reflected on the landscape practically every mile of the way. This includes Seattle City Parks greenbelts, Tiger Mountain, Rattlesnake Mountain and Mt. Si Natural Resource Conservation Areas, King County Rural Forest lands, the Cedar River Watershed, Weyerhaeuser, Boise Cascade, Champion, Plum Creek Timberlands, Mt Baker Snoqualmie National Forest, and the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area.”

Gordon’s planning background lends itself well to interdisciplinary work, complementing his current effort as PI of the NSF-funded Integrated Graduate Education, Research, Training (IGERT) program in Urban Ecology. CFR faculty John Marzluff and Clare Ryan are leaders in the program, along with other colleagues across the UW campus. The program is currently looking at the environmental consequences of human settlement patterns in forests along the urban fringe. Gordon says, “This combines my interests in land use planning and urban forestry, involving both research as well as developing interdisciplinary, team-taught classes to more comprehensively explore ways of understanding and communicating basic concepts in urban ecology. The UW IGERT program interacts with other IGERT programs across the country, and this fall John Marzluff and I are invited to discuss the UW program at an international symposium in Berlin, where European counterparts are being developed.”

Closer to home, long term research on visual resource management on WA DNR’s Capitol Forest near Olympia, WA has important implications on the visual appearance of timber harvest practices in the future. CFR faculty Anne Kearney has played a key role with Gordon in this research, which has gained international interest among public and private forest land managers.

Gordon says, “Working with the professional community and students has been central to sustaining my long-term enthusiasm and interest in university life. A recent favorite assignment was serving on the National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council, a 15-member group appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture. Serving two three-year terms provided an opportunity to guide how the Council’s one million dollar research budget was allocated, as well as to see first hand, programs in large and small cities across the country. One observation from these experiences is the enormous energy and enthusiasm that people in communities across the nation have for establishing and maintaining urban forests.”

Students have played a significant role in Gordon’s career. While many associations with students may be for a one-quarter class, others last for years and turn into professional working relationships. One group of students that Gordon has maintained close contact with over the years is from a two-week field trip class that he used to teach each year prior to the beginning of fall quarter. This September, he hosted the 27th reunion of his 1975 field trip group at a salmon barbecue at his home.  “Experiences like these,”  he says, “provide the kind of work-related satisfaction that make a teaching career so rewarding.”

Last but not least—for leisure pursuits, you could say Gordon is unswerving in his routine! Early spring finds him on his annual ski trip with daughter Autumn to Lake Tahoe. Late spring is a few days of destination golf with his brother—this year to Mesquite, NV. Early summer is a week at Lake Shasta with his wife, Jackie, daughter and son-in-law, and the families of his brother and sister. Mid summer is a visit to the family homesteads near Bozeman and Livingston, MT, where his parents grew up, and late summer is a short trek and campout in the Sierra Nevada for one final restorative experience before beginning another school year.

“The UW has provided everything that anybody would want for a rewarding career,” says Gordon. “My work with students and natural resource professionals has provided me with lasting friendships across the country and around the world.”

Faculty News

Gordon Bradley’s research on designing timber harvests was featured in the April 8, 2002 Seattle Times. WA DNR and the USDA PNW Research Station have sponsored this research since the late 1990s, in which 30- to 40-acre sections of Capitol Forest near Olympia, WA demonstrate five different timber harvest methods.  The research tries to gauge which methods people find appealing and to measure how much each costs. The article can be found on the web at http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/134433173_clearcut08m0.html.

Kern Ewing and affiliate faculty Warren Gold gave a symposium presentation on the academic program of the UW ­Restoration Ecology Network at the August 4-9, 2002 joint meeting of the Ecological Society of America and the Society for Ecological Restoration in Tucson, AZ. Kern is also among CFR faculty serving on advisory boards for UW Extension’s 2002-2003 certificate programs: Kern and Clare Ryan for both the Environmental Regulations and the Wetland Science and Management certificate programs and Phil Hurvitz
for the Geographic Information Systems certificate program.

David Ford was elected to the UW Graduate School Council, effective Autumn 2002.

Charles Halpern was promoted to Research Professor, effective Autumn 2002.

Don Hanley presented a poster on the Rural Technology Initiative to a June 3-5, 2002 meeting of the Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals in Naples, FL.

Jeff Hepinstall was appointed Research Associate in the Ecosystem Sciences Division, effective July 1, 2002. Jeff is working with the Urban Ecology Program on modeling the effects of human settlement on land cover and bird populations, and will be teaching in the program.  He has relocated from the University of Maine to Bainbridge Island, from which he commutes by bicycle!

Tom Hinckley recently spent three weeks in China with faculty from the UW College of Engineering and the Departments of Anthropology and Botany, helping the first exchange group of UW undergraduates beginning a year of courses and research in western China.  A corresponding group of students from Sichuan University will arrive in Seattle this fall.

Bruce Lippke presided over the Consortium for Research on Renewable Industrial Materials (CORRIM) annual board meeting and made a presentation on CORRIM progress to the National Planning Committee of the National Association of Professional Forestry Schools and Colleges. He also made presentations on CORRIM research to U.S. Forest Service personnel in Madison, WI and at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, OR. Bruce spoke to citizens of Port Angeles, WA on economically grounded strategies to promote healthy forests at an April 2002 community lecture series sponsored by Peninsula Community College.

Donald McKenzie, formerly a research scientist at CFR, was appointed Affiliate Assistant Professor in the Ecosystem Sciences Division, effective June 1, 2002.

Chad Oliver was appointed Affiliate Professor in the Management and ­Engineering Division, effective June 1, 2002.

Dorothy Paun reports on recent publications and presentations: “International Countertrade: Market Entry and Pricing Strategies,” University of Plymouth, England, June 2002; ­“Professorial Beach Combing: A Collection of Ideas for Enhancing Teaching,” Institute for Teaching Excellence, June 2002; and D. Paun, R. Cantrell, and S. LeVan-Green, “Roundwood Market Potential for Outdoor Recreational Structures,” SmallWood 2002: Community and Economic Development Opportunities Conference in Albuquerque, NM in
April 2002.

Sarah Reichard attended meetings in Summer 2002 of the Federal Invasive Species Advisory Committee, a symposium on invasive plants at the University of California at Davis, and the International Society for Conservation Biology meeting in Canterbury, England, where she led a workshop on setting conservation goals in North America. She also co-led a National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis workshop on invasive organisms and made two presentations at the American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta—one on U.S. laws and policy regarding invasive species and the other on lessons learned about rare plant reintroduction, using her work with Castilleja as a case study.

Regina Rochefort was appointed Affiliate Assistant Professor in the Ecosystem Sciences Division effective December 1, 2001.

Robert Shinbo was appointed Affiliate Assistant Professor in the Ecosystem Sciences Division, effective July 1, 2002.

Eric Turnblom was promoted to Associate Professor, effective Autumn 2002.

Steve West was promoted to Professor, effective Autumn 2002.

Kathy Wolf spoke in June 2002 at a symposium on “Plants in the Workplace” in Amsterdam. The symposium was presented in conjunction with Floriade, a once-every-ten-year horticultural and landscape design exhibition in the Netherlands. Scientists from Germany, the U.S., Australia, and Norway presented current research on how plants provide benefits in indoor and outdoor working environments as more people around the world have indoor, sedentary jobs. Kathy has also been conducting research on public response to transportation corridors and the urban forest, partly funded by the USDA Forest Service and the National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council.

John Wott attended a meeting of the American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta in Hamilton, Ontario in August 2002, where he led the Student Education Round­table.  John also attended the international tour and meeting of the International Plant Propagators’ Society, Inc. in Plymouth England; he continues to serve as the executive secretary/treasurer of this 3,000-member organization.

Faculty Reports

Sustainable Practices in the American Indian Housing Initiative

Chuck Henry reports, “Four students and two faculty in CFR’s Sustainable Resource Sciences (SRS) program traveled to the North Cheyenne Indian Reservation near Billings, MT during Summer 2002, where they helped build a strawbale literacy center on the campus of Chief Dull Knife College. The group joined over 50 students and five other faculty from the UW and Penn State as part of a larger program, the American Indian Housing Initiative. Over the past four years an interdisciplinary partnership has formed that includes the UW Department of Architecture (Sergio Palleroni), Penn State University Department of Architectural Engineering (David Riley), and Red Feather Development Group.

As part of the program, Sally Brown and I led a service learning class on sustainable practices for CFR

CFR student Meredith Webster admiring the wind anemometer she helped erect at the Muddy District Hall.

students Kris Buitrago, Tami Fordham, Lynne McWhorter, and Meredith Webster, and 10 other UW students.  This year the class investigated using appropriate technology for sustainable development—wind and solar power, restoration of disturbed lands, greywater use, composting toilets and food/yardwaste, rainwater catchment, and recycling. Along with study on these issues, students visited activities on or near the reservation and prepared conceptual proposals for potential projects.

Sustainable activities are thoroughly embraced by the North Cheyenne Native Americans, and four potential projects have been identified for next year’s efforts. The first is construction of a small wind turbine or wind turbine/solar PV hybrid to provide power for the Muddy District Community Hall. We installed a wind anemometer during the class to measure the wind potential over the next year and will be developing a proposal to fund the purchase. The second is development of a community organic garden with associated garden waste composting as a place of learning and sharing about, among other things, traditional foods and medicinal herbs. Then, to take care of the organic waste that is produced, the students developed a proposal for an on-site construction team food composter, which will also serve as an educational tool. The fourth proposal involves using a greywater recycling system for an environmentally friendly laundromat.”

For more information, see: http://courses. washington.edu/uwbasic/projects/dbstrawbale/body.html, orhttp://www.engr.psu.edu/greenbuild/intro.html and “Straw-house project builds citizenship, understanding” in the July 30, 2002, Seattle Post-Intelligencer (http://seattlepi.nwsource .com/local/80582_straw30.shtml).


 

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