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Center for Urban Horticulture (CUH )

The Center’s Fall ProHort Seminars included a program on "Weed Identification and Management" and a seminar entitled "Surviving Your Career: Health and Safety Practices for the Landscape Professional". A few of the more popular general public courses included "Landscape Design Basics," "Tree and Shrub Management," "Plants and Their Names," and "Seed Propagation." There was also a successful symposium on "Design Dilemmas."

Washington Park Arboretum

John Wott reports from the Arboretum:

John welcomed a group of 15 municipal park managers from Southern China; the group toured the Arboretum and discussed arboretum management techniques.

The Environmental Impact Study phase of the Arboretum Master Plan continues; the draft report is expected in early 2000.

A Web site is under development that lists projects at the Arboretum appropriate for special problems, internships, or senior projects: http://www.cfr.washington.edu/class_pages/uhf/uhf490/arboretum.

The Arboretum oak collection will soon be enhanced with eight varieties of oak collected in California by volunteer John Landon.

Two new volunteers have joined Barbara Selemon—Rimme Drovetskaya, who has a degree from Moscow Forestry Institute, and Lucy Sullivan, local gardener, have been making new labels and getting plants ready for winter.

Center for International Trade in Forest Products (CINTRAFOR)

Rose Braden completed a study of senior housing in the state of Washington for the Japan External Trade Organization. Washington is being used as a model to help the Japanese government guide their approach to house Japan’s growing population of seniors. The study included information design considerations, affordability issues, and regulations.

CINTRAFOR completed an assessment of opportunities for secondary processed Alaskan forest products for the USFS Wood Utilization Center. Bruce Lippke and Rose Braden presented results at a statewide conference on the topic in Sitka, AK on September 27-28, 1999.

Gerard Malcom completed his master’s degree requirements with a presentation on "Time Series Methods for Commodity Price Forecasting: An Application to Market Pulp."

Bruce Lippke, John Perez-Garcia, and Gerard Schreuder made presentations to a Fujian forestry delegation on regional and international issues, who visited the College on October 7 and November 17, 1999.

Center for Streamside Studies (CSS)

Planning is nearly complete for CSS’s 10th Annual Review, to be held January 20, 2000 at the HUB West Ballroom on the UW campus. A day-long event, the review features talks and poster presentations by faculty, affiliates, and students.

Student Support

CSS provided RA support during Autumn 1999 to: Amber Kocsis and David Landsman, both CFR master’s degree students and to Dan Peplow, CFR Ph.D. student. Research support went to: Tasia Asakawa, Ph.D. student in Geography, for "Community Construction of a GIS Model: Defining River Restoration in the Dungeness Watershed"; Jon Honea, Ph.D. student in CFR, for "Effect of Marine-Derived Nutrients on Aquatic Macroinvertebrate Production"; Lenore Jensen, master’s degree student in Civil Engineering, for "Water Quality at a Constructed Treatment Wetland Pilot Project"; and James Packman, master’s degree student in CFR, for "Land-Use Effects on Suspended Solids in Puget Lowland Salmonid Streams." Travel funds were awarded to Tracy Drury (Civil Engineering) to attend the IAG Fluvial Conference in Yangtze, China, October 28-November 6, 1999.

Undergraduate Research

Laurie Fay, a CFR undergraduate was hired to assist with a project on the effect of marine-derived nutrients on aquatic macroinvertebrate production. Laurie will use some of the data for her senior project. Megan Holcombe, Civil Engineering undergraduate, was hired to help out in the field and with lab work for a project on water quality at a constructed treatment wetland.

Graduate Research

During Autumn Quarter 1999, the Center hired graduate students to work on the following projects:

Jody Brauner (Quantitative Ecology Resources Management) and Barbara Nightingale (School of Marine Affairs), to work on integrating the Stream Technology Center’s riparian bibliography with the on-line PNW riparian bibliography Jamie Glasgow compiled for CSS last year. The bibliography will be available to scientists and other researchers on the Web in time for CSS’s 10th Annual Review. They are also working on a large woody debris bibliography for an international conference "Wood in World Rivers," to be held at Oregon State University in October 2000.

Tim Brown, to develop a forestry component for the Watershed Management Course offered with the Institute for Resources and the Environment (IRE) at the University of British Columbia.

Center for Quantitative Science in Forestry, Fisheries, and Wildlife (CQS)

Curriculum news includes:

A third calculus course—Q SCI 293—was approved, and CQS is now able to offer a more complete introduction to elementary calculus, preparing students to take more advanced courses in Applied Mathematics. The new course also introduces differential equations, matrix algebra, multi-variable calculus, and infinite series.

Q SCI 110—Introduction to Systems Modeling—will be offered for the first time in Winter Quarter 2000. The course is designed for freshman who desire to gain an appreciation of how complex systems may be modeled and understood through a process of decomposition followed by computer synthesis.

CQS instituted a new informal gathering of faculty and TAs who are interested in discussing a variety of issues related to teaching. During Autumn Quarter 1999, these "teabag gatherings" focused on developing a scholarship of teaching; the use of new technology in the classroom; and how to better utilize TA resources by providing more teaching experiences. These sessions will continue throughout the year.

Stand Management Cooperative (SMC)

Fall 1999 Policy Committee Meeting

The Fall SMC Policy Committee meeting on September 22-24, 1999 in Victoria, BC, was highly successful with 55 persons from 26 organizations attending. A field tour organized by the BC Ministry of Forests and Western Forest Products visited progeny test sites of western red cedar, yellow cedar, sitka spruce, hemlock, and Douglas-fir and hemlock pruning trials. The excellent weather was a bonus, and all enjoyed the barbecue and social following the tour.

John Trobaugh of The Timber Company was elected as the new Chair of the Policy Committee and Norm Andersen of the Washington DNR was elected Vice-Chair. Greg Johnson of Willamette Industries was presented an award for service as Chair for the past five years. Scientists reported on their research on lumber, veneer, treating, and pulping of second growth western hemlock. Professor John Innes, Forest Renewal Council Chair of Forest Management at the University of British Columbia, gave an interesting comparison of forestry and forest certification practices in Europe and North America, which led to a lively discussion.

SMC Featured at Fall Forestry Educational Seminar

The Washington Farm Forestry Association and WSU Cooperative Extension held the 1999 Fall Forestry Educational Seminar "Best Available Science" at Pack Forest, Eatonville, WA, on November 6, 1999. SMC was featured during the morning session, during which David Briggs and Eric Turnblom gave presentations on such topics as: Overview of the SMC; Effect of Stand Density on Branch Size in Douglas-fir; Factors Affecting Occlusion of Branches and Attack by the Douglas-fir Pitch Moth; Response of Douglas-fir to Different Spacings; and Response of Douglas-fir to Pruning.

More than 80 small private tree farmers and consultants were present and provided questions and comments from the audience.

Carbon Sequestration Center

The SMC has been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy as the Northwest Regional C-Sequestration Center. Initially, SMC will receive $45,000 per year for three years to investigate carbon sequestration responses to fertilizer applications in Douglas-fir stands. The research will test the hypothesis that urea fertilizer applications increase carbon sequestration by increasing above-ground tree growth, by increasing surface soil C, and by mobilizing organic matter to subsoil where complexation with clay minerals protects soil organic matter from rapid decomposition. Investigations will compare and contrast Douglas-fir ecosystem responses to fertilization on soil derived from glacial till and volcanic parent materials.


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