Outreach and Continuing Education

Soils for Salmon Seminar

The College of Forest Resources was one of several co-sponsors of "Soils for Salmon: The Urban Environment," a seminar held October 6, 1999, at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA. The seminar focused on the relationships among urban soils, hydrology, and salmon habitat and featured talks by Susan Bolton and Rob Harrison. The Soils for Salmon Initiative is a project of the Washington Organic Recycling Council (WORC), a membership organization made up of organic material handlers, researchers, consultants, and government planners and regulators.

Arboretum Outreach

A Research Assistant, Robert Corletta, has been hired to support CUH public education programs and to enhance adult programs in the Arboretum.

Pack Forest Outreach

Forest tours and field trips during Autumn 1999 included:

A questionnaire was given to the North Thurston High School students both before and after field trips. Donna Chapman, who organized the field event says, "This was the first time I incorporated this kind of questionnaire into a program. I found that many students were naive about forestry and forest management practices. Several of the students did not know that foresters had to replant after logging or what Riparian Management Zones (RMZs) were and what things can be done to help protect water, wildlife, and soil resources. During the tour, I showed the students several different forest stands (clearcut, young thinned, and young non-thinned stands, mature thinned and non-thinned stands, and old growth). I explained what happens during clear-cutting (leave three snags, two trees, two logs), what RMZs are and why they are left, and what kinds of things are done to the stand as it grows. I also talked about wildlife habitat needs and how different species are attracted to different aged stands."

Donna also volunteered for the Seattle Who Who’s biannual event "Forest Field Day" at Tiger Mountain, where fifth grade students spend a day learning about forest management, wildlife management, hydrology, and forest soils.

International Forest Products Marketing Conference

On November 4-5, 1999, CINTRAFOR hosted the International Wood Products Marketing Conference, formerly sponsored by Jay Gruenfeld and Associates. Invited speakers from the U.S. and Pacific Rim joined CFR faculty on the two-day program. For 37 years, this popular conference was offered by Jay Gruenfeld Associates. Jay Gruenfeld recently gifted this conference to the College of Forest Resources, but assisted in the planning of the 1999 conference, which focused on international markets and trade for forest products, with an update on the "Asian Flu" Pacific Rim countries. Over 120 attendees heard experts on timber, raw materials, primary processing, and financial analysis speak about challenges, opportunities, and market information for the U.S. forest products industry. John Perez Garcia led a panel discussion on the timber outlook, Bruce Bare presented an analysis of timber supply for Washington State, Bruce Lippke characterized changing global competitiveness and the impacts on Alaska, and Ivan Eastin reported on wood and non-wood substitution issues.

Rural Technology Institute

Recently, a consortium of rural groups requested increased support from the UW and WSU Extension for more timely technology transfer into the state’s rural communities to help them respond to changing regulatory requirements and markets. Congress has just approved $900,000 for activities such as implementation of landscape management and harvesting technologies for small rural owners and operators. Bruce Lippke will be the project’s principal investigator with additional support from John Calhoun, Don Hanley, Chad Oliver, and Peter Schiess. A rural steering committee will be formed to prioritize activities.

Agroforesters from Guinea hosted by ForestCE

Through a training grant from the US AID, ForestCE hosted four agroforestry professionals from Guinea, West Africa from August 18-31, 1999. The Guinea professionals attended 16 days of intensive training from the CFR’s Silviculture Lab during their stay at the Aljoya Conference Center in the Laurelhurst area of Seattle. The Silviculture Lab instructors, Chad Oliver, Jim McCarter, Justin Hall, and Larry Mason teamed up with the UW’s English as a Second Language program to provide the entire training experience in French. Estelle Balian, from the UW School of Fisheries, joined the team on field trips for additional language translation. Ms. Balian is a native of Lyon, France, and a master’s degree student in stream ecology. Kelley Duffield used her intermediate knowledge of French in her role as CFR liaison, assisting the visitors with personal logistics and local travel arrangements.

Washington Agriculture and Forestry Education Foundation Seminar

The Washington Agriculture and Forestry Education Foundation held a seminar on international travel on December 1-3, 1999. Held at the College’s Center for Urban Horticulture, the seminar was developed and hosted by the ForestCE program with support by faculty members Tom Waggener and Dean David Thorud. Speakers came from many corners of the UW community. In preparation for their January trip to Vietnam and China, the 30 attendees participated in lectures, exercises, discussion groups, a traditional Chinese cultural dinner, and a tour of Chinese art exhibit at the Henry Gallery. Next year’s seminar will focus on Latin American countries.

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