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Center for International Trade in Forest Products
FORSEA Miyazaki 1998 International Symposium
and Bruce Lippke at the FORSEA Miyazaki Symposium
CINTRAFOR was a co-sponsor for the symposium "Global Concerns
for Forest Resource Utilization," hosted by Miyazaki University in Japan
on October 5-8, 1998. The conference was a sequel to several international forest
sector modeling conferences sponsored by CINTRAFOR over the last fifteen years,
and the first to be held in Asia. Approximately 200 representatives from 39
countries attended, along with an additional 200 Japanese attending the final
session that was devoted to the sustainability of Japan's forests. Bruce Lippke
provided one of the opening talks, and he and CINTRAFOR faculty and students
(John Perez-Garcia, Guy Robertson, and Ismariah Ahmad) contributed technical
papers. As an additional highlight, the conference featured a tour of Japanese
Sugi plantations and mill processing facilities. Before leaving Japan, Bruce
and John made presentations in Tokyo to the American Forest Sector Chamber of
Commerce, the Ministry of Forestry, and the economics staff at the International
Tropical Timber Organization in Yokahama.
Gruenfeld International Marketing Conference.
CINTRAFOR co-sponsored the 15th Annual Gruenfeld International
Marketing Conference, held in Seattle on December 7-8, 1998. About 160 attendees
gave the program and speakers high marks in spite of the dismal Asian outlook
theme that dominated much of the conference. Articles in several regional papers
featured the program presenters and research, including a Seattle P-I
article on December 8 that reported the views of a number of conference presenters.
The conference will in future be managed by the UW College of Forest Resources,
a gift to the College from Jay Gruenfeld. The conference will play an important
role in the College's strategic planning priorities to increase outreach activities
and improve communication with external stakeholders.
Other CINTRAFOR News
CINTRAFOR faculty and staff made 24 presentations to public
and professional organizations over Autumn 1998. John Perez-Garcia made a number
of well-received presentations, including one on the many forest sector implications
arising out of the Asian economic crisis.
A new University Relations Publication entitled "The Return
on an Investment in Education: How the University of Washington Benefits the
Region's Economy," features CINTRAFOR as an example of how faculty at the
UW interact with the forest and related products industry.
Center for Streamside Studies
Ecosystem Restoration Conference
CSS was one of a number of organizers of the Society for Ecological
Restoration's 1998 Conference "Ecosystem Restoration: Turning the Tide,"
held October 28-30, 1998. The conference, designed around restoration at the
watershed level, featured technical sessions, symposia, seminars, short courses,
and field trips. The meeting explored the range of ideas about ecological restoration
that circulate among scientists, agency and industry professionals, grassroots
organizations, and others. Plenary and keynote speakers included Curt Smitch,
Special Assistant to the Governor for Natural Resources Policy; Shirley Solomon,
Project Director of Long Live the Kings; Ted Strong, Columbia River Inter-Tribal
Fish Commission; Charles Wilkinson, Moses Lasky Professor of Law at the University
of Colorado; and David Marshall, Fraser Basin Council.
In other CSS News:
- CSS is currently gearing up for its 9th Annual Review,
scheduled for January 27, 1999 at the HUB West Ballroom.
- Tim Beechie, Skagit System Co-op, and Harold Brunstad,
Washington Farm Forestry Association, are new members of the CSS Advisory
- A riparian bibliography of research in the Pacific Northwest
is now available online at http://www.fish.washington. edu/people/glasgow/ripbib.html.
The bibliography includes abstracts from peer-reviewed works and works in
- CSS awarded RA support and/or research grants for this
academic year to the following students: Jeff Adams (M.S., Fisheries), IBI;
Sandra Clinton (Ph.D, Forest Resources/Ecosystems), carbon cycling in rivers;
Holly Coe (M.S., Fisheries), hyporheic invertebrates; Tracy Drury (M.S.C.E.,Civil
Engineering), engineered log jams; Marit Larson (M.S.C.E., Civil Engineering),
LWD in urban streams; Kurt Marx (M.S.C.E., Civil Engineering), wetlands restoration;
Margaret McCauley (M.S. Forest Resources/Urban Horticulture and M.S.C.E.,
Civil Engineering), wetlands restoration; Rick Morse (M.S., Forest Resources/Silviculture
and Forest Protection), fire ecology; Dan Peplow (Forest Resources/Ecosystems),
acid mine drainage and watershed ecology; Jenna Scholz (M.S., Forest Resources/Engineering/Hydrology),
stream temperatures; and Ilir Vesho (M.S., Forest Resouces/Soils), soil nitrogen.
- CSS has established a UW Foundation gift fund to benefit
graduate student support. Initial contributions to the fund were made through
the Microsoft Challenge matching grant.
Center for Urban Horticulture
Washington Park Arboretum
Clem Hamilton, John Wott, and Deb Andrews of the Arboretum Foundation
continued to present the Arboretum slide show throughout the Pacific Northwest,
from Portland to Vancouver, BC, averaging four to six meetings a week. Other
events in the Arboretum Master Plan process included four public workshops scheduled
by the City of Seattle Parks Board on October 21, November 12 and 19, and December
10 at Seattle Center.
In other news:
- The Arboretum and CUH were hosts to the Pacific Regional
Meeting of the American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta, October
16-17, 1998. Over 100 people from California to Alaska concentrated on the
theme "Renovating a Public Garden".
- The restoration of the historical rockwork in Rhododendron
Glen has been completed. The new rockwork complements the existing rockwork,
improves the aesthetics of the creek bed, and improves the watershed so as
to reduce erosion.
- During Autumn 1998, five volunteer groups have donated
295 hours of work, mostly pulling ivy and other invasive weeds. Also during
Autumn, Randall Hitchin led a group of volunteers including Charles Hitchin,
Richard Robohm, Mary Claire Schroder, and Paul Smith on a foray to collect
native plant seeds along the north fork of the Teanaway River. The seeds will
be distributed as part of the 1999 international Index Seminum seed exchange.
- The Washington Park Arboretum was the recipient of two
estates during Autumn 1998. Theodosia Eggert and Edith Lange together left
a total of $580,000 of which $480,000 will be placed into endowments and $100,000
will be used as match monies for future projects.
Olympic Natural Resources Center
Winter Science Conference Scheduled
Staff at ONRC are working on a Winter Science Conference entitled
"Putting Olympic Peninsula on the Map," scheduled for February 4 and
5, 1999. The purpose of the Conference is to bring Olympic Peninsula GIS professionals
and other interested natural resource professionals together under the umbrellas
of GIS Infrastructure and Education and Olympic Peninsula GIS Applications.
Participants will identify challenges and generate potential solutions upon
which ONRC can target strategies in growing GIS educational opportunities and
facilitating integrated GIS application in natural resources management, research,
and education on the Olympic Peninsula.
Spartina Control Research
Miranda Wecker, Marine Program Manager at ONRC, reports that
one of the most important current research projects at ONRC is looking for a
more affordable and less contentious way to control Spartina-the exotic cordgrass
that is destroying critical fish and bird habitat in Willapa Bay. Miranda says,
"One grant application that has been submitted seeks support for development
of biological control as a tool to combat Washington's Spartina infestation."
Proposed objectives fall into two broad categories:
- application of rigorous scientific research and analytic
approaches to improve the efficacy and develop understanding of biological
control as a cordgrass control tool; and
- the effective transfer and incorporation of the scientific
information generated through this research into Washing-ton's IPM program.
This project will provide enormous practical benefits to the state in controlling
its most serious existing non-indigenous species infestation. Our research
will also contribute to the development and empirical testing of theoretical
principles that may substantially improve application of biological control
tools in the future.
The following tasks will be undertaken to achieve project objectives.
- To prepare for evaluation of biological control releases
on Spartina, we will assemble relevant data on pre-release conditions and
identify and where feasible redress key data gaps.
- To support the design of an effective IPM program incorporating
biological control and to increase understanding, we will configure several
models to simulate plant and insect population dynamics and their interactions;
- We will prepare a release strategy appropriate to conditions
in Willapa Bay and to the Spartina problem;
- To support more precise allocations of control resources,
we will investigate genetic bases of herbivore sensitivity and herbicide sensitivity
and morphological indicators of herbivore vulnerability;
- To deliver this critical information to key policy setters
and official participants in the Spartina control program, we will provide
periodic in-depth presentations about the project's research developments;
- To secure public acceptance and cooperation, we will
provide a series of education and outreach activities aimed at local residents,
stakeholder groups, and the general public.
"Senator Slade Gorton included an additional $200,000 for
this project in the Forest Service PNW appropriation last month," says
ONRC Quarterly Activity Report
ONRC Director John Calhoun provided a 1998 Autumn Quarter activity
report to the Dean, in fulfillment of one of the College's Work Plan action
items. Kudos to John for taking the lead in this important strategic activity
that enhances communication and accountability. Anyone wishing a copy of this
report, please contact ONRC or the Dean's Office.
Stand Management Cooperative
Dave Briggs reports that Pilchuck Tree Farms recently joined
the SMC, bringing membership to 26 public and private land managing organizations.
At present three additional companies have also expressed interest in joining.
SMC continues to have strong support from suppliers of fertilizers and other
services, and the regions' universities and research institutions."
Other news reported by Dave includes:
- A new field procedure for gathering data on stem quality
and branching on SMC installations was developed, successfully tested during
the summer, and adopted at the Fall Policy Committee meeting. Preliminary
analysis indicates important differences in branch size are occurring among
silvicultural treatments at an early age and there is now a system in place
to gain better understanding of how these will evolve over time and affect
log and product quality. Professors Eric Turnblom and Rob Harrison and SMC
Database Manager-Analyst Randy Collier are preparing a series of analyses
and reports on response of growth to the treatments on the SMC installations.
- Professor Gero Becker, Director of the Institute for
Forest Utilization, Forest Ergonomics, and Forest Engineering at the University
of Freiburg in Germany, will be on sabbatical at the College from July 1999
to April 2000. Dr. Becker will primarily be involved with SMC researchers
in further analysis of the stem and wood quality data being gathered from
the SMC installations. He has extensive experience in researching these topics
in plantations of Douglas-fir and other species in Europe. Dr. Becker will
also be working with others in the utilization of small diameter timber which
is another of his specialties.
- The SMC has taken a lead role in working with the Northwest
Tree Improvement Cooperative, Pacific Northwest Tree Research Improvement
Cooperative, Vegetation Management Cooperative, and Nursery Technology Cooperative
in developing plans for a new generation of field installations. These installations,
which will be spread across the region in Douglas-fir and western hemlock,
will focus on the interactions of genetics, silvicultural practices, and stem
and wood quality. At present each cooperative has been working on a separate
area but none have a broad program to examine the long-term synergies that
occur when advances in each of these areas are deployed in combination in
new plantations. A Steering Committee comprised of representatives of these
cooperatives is being formed to continue this planning effort in 1999. If
your organization is not a member of these cooperatives, joining now would
be a good opportunity to become involved with planning, implementing, and
sharing in the results of this effort.
SMC is featured in a new University Relations Publication entitled
"The Return on an Investment in Education: How the University of Washington
Benefits the Region's Economy," as an example of how faculty at the UW
interact with the forest and related products industry.