The Washington Indian Education Association held its annual conference at the University of Washington Seattle campus during Autumn Quarter 1998. The Association's membership includes teachers and academic program advisors from around the state and attracts other interested participants from the Northwest region including Oregon, Idaho, Alaska, and Montana. Julian Argell from the UW Office of Minority Affairs asked the College of Forest Resources to make a presentation to the conference on the programs of the College and professional opportunities in forestry. Associate Dean Gordon Bradley and Student Services Director Don Whitney provided an overview of the College's programs.
Additional presentations highlighting programs of the College and the College's efforts to serve the Native American Tribes of the region were made by Professor John Marzluff, recent Ph.D. graduate Mike Johnson, ONRC Director John Calhoun and CFR students Tim Brown and Glen Yallup.
In November 1998 the Colleges of Forest Resources and Ocean and Fishery Sciences began a dialog with the Tri County ESA Response Executive Committee to contribute to the regional effort to develop a recovery plan for chinook salmon. In keeping with a long tradition of working with community leaders to help educate the public about important policy debates, the two Colleges in cooperation with University Relations will assist the Tri County science panel in coordinating new scientific research and in summarizing and synthesizing data that have already been gathered. The Colleges are also working with King County to develop a workshop to discuss land use issues related to recovery plans.
The first meeting of the Private Forests Forum, an open forum created by action of the Trustees of the Washington Forest Protection Association, the Board of the Washington Farm Forestry Association, the Dean of the UW College of Forest Resources and the Chair of the WSU Department of Natural Resource Sciences, was held on November 13, 1998 at the WSU facilities in Puyallup, WA. The purpose of the forum will be to facilitate dialog on the needs of private forestry interests, and to identify ways in which the research, technical, and teaching capabilities of the Universities can be brought to bear on the needs of both large and small private forest landowners. A steering committee has been established to guide the forum's development and initial operations.
Two Autumn Quarter 1998 seminar series focused on one of the College strategic themes, "Land and Ecosystem Management in an Urbanizing World."
Land and Ecosystem Management in an Urbanizing World: presented by the Ecosystem Sciences Division.
• October 7: Human Dimensions of Urban Green Spaces - From Individuals to Systems, presented by Kathy Wolf, College of Forest Resources, University of Washington
• October 14: Rivers as Sentinels: Using the Biology of Rivers to Understand Some Consequences of Urbanization, presented by Dr. James R. Karr, School of Fisheries, University of Washington
• October 21: Using Public Sightings to Learn about the Ecology of Coyotes in Urban Areas of Western Washington, presented by Dr. Timothy Quinn, Department of Fish & Wildlife, Olympia
• October 28: The Mountains-to-Sound Greenway: Keeping Forests at the Edge of the City, presented by Ms. Nancy Keith, Mountains-to-Sound Greenway, Seattle
• November 4: Status of the State Salmon Recovery Strategy, presented by Dr. Curt Smitch, Office of the Governor, Olympia
• November 18: Redefining "Urban Land": An Ecological Footprint Approach, presented by Dr. William Rees, School of Community and Regional Planning, University of British Columbia
• November 23: With People in Mind: Managing Ecosystems in an Urbanizing World, presented by Drs. Gordon Bradley and Anne Kearney, College of Forest Resources, University of Washington
• December 2: The Impact of Urban Patterns on Ecosystems: What Do We Know?, presented by Dr. Marina Alberti, Department of Urban Design and Planning, University of Washington
• December 9: One in the Hand or Two in the Woods? The Challenge of Private Forest Management in an Urbanizing World, presented by Mr. William Corbin, Executive Vice President, Weyerhaeuser Corporation, Tacoma
Urban Ecosystems: Their Management and Impact (UHF 549): presented by the Center for Urban Horticulture
A partial list of seminar topics:
• November 4: Rare-Plant Conservation in Washington, presented by John Gamon, Department of Natural Resources Natural Heritage Program, Olympia
• November 19: Historic Changes in the Duwamish River and Elliott Bay, presented by George Blomberg, Environmental Planner, Port of Seattle
• November 24: Dismal Failures and Partial Successes, presented by Paul West, City Forester, Seattle Parks and Recreation
• December 2: A Proposed Conservation Model Needs Assessment: Defining the Roles of Wilderness and Urban Areas in Washington State, presented by Mr. Rex Crawford, Department of Natural Resources Natural Heritage Program, Olympia
• December 9: From Olmsted to Steelhead: Securing the Urban Greenfrastructure in the Portland-Vancouver Metropolitan Region, presented by Mike Houck, Urban Naturalist, Portland Audubon Society and Chair, Coalition for a Livable Future's Natural Resource Working Group