Volume 3, No. 1, Fall, 1999
Events and Other News
In 1929, the first class of UW forestry students tossed their bedrolls and notebooks into the newly constructed cabins at the Charles Lathrop Pack Demonstration Forest. Seventy-plus years later, students, with perhaps hardier, more "high tech" equipment, still gain the same valuable field experience at Pack. This unique, hands-on opportunity is one of many outstanding components of a forest resources education at the University of Washington.
As you may have heard, I will be retiring from my role as Dean of the College of Forest
Resources this summer. In reflecting over the nearly two decades I have served as Dean, it is clear to me that the success of the College’s programs is vitally dependent on the support of its alumni and friends—without the ideas, partnering, volunteerism, and gifts of so many dedicated individuals, we would not be where we are today.
It is also clear to me that our students need both classroom and field experience to become proficient in their field, whether it is forest engineering, ecosystem restoration, silviculture, or wildlife biology. The field experience that has been offered at Pack Forest since the late 1920s helps the UW College of Forest Resources maintain its status as one of the premier schools in the country, and enables us to attract top-notch students.
Many forestry programs across the nation are eliminating their field programs because of the expense. We won’t let that happen here. Given the ever-increasing cost of continuing field facilities, we are establishing a new fund, the Pack Forest Discretionary Fund. This fund will benefit many aspects of Pack, including assisting undergraduate and graduate students with scholarships, technology upgrades, and special program needs. As a departing Dean, my hope is that this fund will grow to become an endowment in support of Pack Forest students and programs in perpetuity, and that many of you will join me in making a contribution.
Alumni, friends, and members of the College have always stepped up to the challenge, and so I ask you to consider supporting either the new Pack Forest Fund or our College of Forest Resources Enhancement Fund. A gift to these current use funds gives us the flexibility to meet new challenges, enhance opportunities for field experiences and other unique programs, and foster important relationships in the community. In March, many of you will receive an Annual Fund letter from me describing our new Pack Forest Fund. I hope that you will join me in recognizing the importance of supporting the fund and in making it grow to become an endowment.
My time here at the College has been exciting, rewarding, and with no regrets, and although I look forward to the new challenges that life brings, I will always feel proud of accomplishments that occurred at the College during my tenure—accomplishments that would not have happened without the collective support and participation of many alumni and friends. May our partnership continue for many years to come.
— David B. Thorud
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