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Dave Shaw is Site Director of the Wind River Canopy Crane Research Facility, located near Carson, WA. Working with a staff of five permanent employees, his duties include administration, education, and research. The Canopy Crane is a cooperative scientific venture among the UW College of Forest Resources, the USFS Pacific Northwest Research Station, and the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. The facility is a member of the Organization of Biological Field Stations and one of the satellite research areas of the H. J. Andrews Experimental Forest. Daveís current research interest is the relationship of forest canopy structure and canopy biota, particularly the vertical organization of biotic communities.

Dave says, "Iím originally from northeastern Ohio, but my family are all now in northern California. I received a BS in biology from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff in 1977 and a masterís degree at Western Washington University in Bellingham in 1982, where I studied pollination ecology in the alpine North Cascades. I worked in the vegetation classification of the Olympic and Mt. Baker Snoqualmie National Forests and also in environmental education with the Multnomah County Educational Service District in Portland, OR." Dave came to the UW as a graduate student in 1987, studying the ecology of root disease in second growth western hemlock with Bob Edmonds. After receiving his Ph.D. in 1991, he spent the next three years in Forks, WA with the Olympic Natural Resources Center, attempting to site the canopy crane on the western Olympic Peninsula. In 1994, the project was moved to the Wind River Experimental Forest near Carson, WA. Dave says, "Installing the crane was accomplished during Fall 1994 through Spring 1995; it took considerable effort, but was successful due to the extra care taken by the contractor."

Talking about the challenges of managing this complex facility, Dave says, "A major challenge is protecting the integrity of the forest. Currently, research scientists working at the facility impact the site by doing limited destructive sampling (clipping foliage and branch samples and collecting soil) and by ground disturbance from trampling. We have a committee of scientists reviewing proposals for research at the site with an eye to keeping really destructive research out of the forest. A database tracks all destructive sampling. We have set aside 50 percent of the trees as pristine, where no destructive sampling or tree climbing is allowed. In addition, we have installed an elevated walkway system through the forest and require scientists to use these walkways whenever possible.

Finally, safety is our biggest concern, and we continually work to keep safety in the forefront of everyoneís mind. Most research scientists have never had to deal with industrial safety regulations and need to be educated. The crane operator, the lead arbornaut, and I are trained in vertical rope rescue, should the need ever arise. So far, it hasnít!"

Staff News

Allison Cocke was hired as a Research Technician, effective December 16, 1999.

Josey Fast, formerly program coordinator and facilities manager in the Arboretum, has resigned to become the program and facilities manager of the Phinney Ridge Community Center.

Fritzi Grevstad joined the Olympic Natural Resource Centerís staff as a biocontrol specialist, effective January 2000.

Congratulations to Fred Hoyt, who was promoted to the professional staff position of Manager, effective July 1, 1999.

Michael Lolley joined the College staff as a Research Technician, effective September 27, 1999.

Christina Pfeiffer attended the Western Region, American Association of Arboreta and Botanical Gardens, at the J. Paul Getty Museum and Grounds in Los Angeles, CA, held on October 21-22, 1999. She presented a paper about the Signature Bed, a volunteer demonstration garden around the Graham Visitors Center at the Washington Park Arboretum.

Alvin Sharpe joined the Pack Forest staff in December 1999 as a Woods Utility Worker, temporarily replacing Chris Hayden, who remains on medical leave.

Dave Stockdale left the College in December to take a position as the Superintendent of the San Antonio Botanical Garden. Dave has been instrumental in many accomplishments at the Center for Urban Horticulture during the last nine years, and his colleagues wish him the greatest success in this new endeavor!

Staff Reports

Barbara Selemon reports on her participation in the Western Region meeting of the International Plant Propagatorsí Society (IPPS), held in Wilsonville, OR on October 13-16, 1999.

"The meeting was well worth attending. My presentation on new plants went smoothly and prompted some Oregon nurseries to request material for their stock. There were 17 participants from Latin America, a strong showing for that area. I got to know some of them well, especially as we hovered around the campfire in the evening for song and conversation!

I believe that we should be taking a leadership role in the region, advocating new or underutilized plants with good landscape interest. I continue to serve on the Membership and Promotion Committee. In 2001, the IPPS annual meeting will be held on the UW campus. I have promoted the UW site and will continue to work towards student participation and membership in the committee. Iím hoping to steer the 2001 conference committee towards highlighting some of the Center for Urban Horticultureís research for the upcoming meeting."

Phil Hurvitz reports that he has completed the third run of CFR 250, Introduction to GIS in Forest Resources. "The original curriculum was created to be completely Web-based, with all lecture and lesson notes available on a CFR WEB server. This year, I have enhanced the lectures to be built around PowerPoint presentations. Use of PowerPoint allows me to create custom slide shows containing lecture highlights (bulleted lists), images, and links to external Web sites. The slide shows work very well and seem to keep student interest at a higher level than just using Web pages or traditional slides and overhead transparencies. Using bulleted lists helps me stick to the topics I intend to cover, without being sidetracked. Also, the PowerPoint application is so easy to use that minor or major alterations in the slide shows are just a few mouse clicks away!" Phil has been using laptops and projectors purchased by CFR Educational Technology funds.


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