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for Urban Horticulture (CUH )
Japanese Landscape Design Short Course
For the fifth consecutive year, CUH
hosted a group of Japanese landscape design students from all over Japan for
a week-long intensive urban landscape design shortcourse during July 1999.
Dave Stockdale and John Wott organ-ized
and led a Gardens of Seattle pre-conference tour (June 28-30) for attendees
of the American Association of Arbor-eta and Botanical Gardens in Vancouver,
BC, July 1-3, 1999. The preconference tour had twenty-eight participants from
around the US who set an unofficial world record by touring seventeen gardens
in only two-and-a-half days!
Adult Public Outreach
Adult public outreach courses conducted
during the summer at CUH included: Constructing a Patio; Weed Identification
and Management; Integrated Pest Management for Home Gardeners;
Summer Pruning; Broadleafed Tree and Shrub Identification; Design Studio for
Small Urban Landscapes; Propagating Semi-Hardwood Cuttings; and two sections
of the Arboretum Plant Study Program
Washington Park Arboretum
John Wott reports from the Arboretum:
- The grounds staff of the Arboretum planted
over 230 new accessions. Noteworthy were several ground covers in the woodland
garden and rhododendron glen, as well as several new magnolias.
- The EIS (Environmental Impact Statement)
phase of the Master Plan, which will be conducted by Herrera Environmental
Consultants, has begun and is expected to take at least nine months.
- Intern Christopher Gee, Michigan State
University, completed an eight week in-ternship working on the Cupresses
col-lection, while Katie Elzer, Purdue, worked on outreach children's programs.
- The Arboretum Foundation has hired Penny
Lewis as a new development officer to work with donors and private corporations.
John Wott worked closely with the Foundation on funding operational projects
in the Arboretum for 1999-2000.
for International Trade in Forest Products (CINTRAFOR)
- Presentations at the annual
Forest Products Society Meeting in Boise, ID, June 29, 1999, included: Ivan
Eastin: "Softwood Lumber Substitution in Residential Construction,"
Kyle Cunningham: "Factors Important in Limit-ing Losses in Japan's Market
Downturn," and Bruce Lippke: "Using Public Preferences for Forest
Management to Provide Better Environmental/Economic tradeoffs: Demonstration
for Western Washington".
- Rose Braden authored the recently
released CINTRAFOR Working Paper 69 titled "An Assessment of the Korean
Market for Non-Structural Wood Products."
- Ivan Eastin received a thank
you letter from Washington Lt. Governor Brad Owen for a presentation to the
(joint) Legislative Committee on Economic Development.
- At the request of the Alaskan
Wood Utilization Center in Sitka, AK, CINTRAFOR completed a report on those
marketing opportunities that have the potential for increased participation
by Alaskan producers. The project provided summer employment for master's
degree student Kyle Cunningham with additional contributions by Rose Braden,
Bruce Lippke, and Ivan Eastin.
- The annual CINTRAFOR Executive
Board meeting took place on July 13, 1999 with eight industry and two government
agency representatives attending. The meeting included a discussion of the
relevance of the changing quality of western wood products to a possible redirection
of CINTRAFOR's longer term strategies. It was concluded that changing wood
quality may be as important as harvest constraints in understanding the state's
- Sam Fleishman completed degree requirements
with a presentation on "Product Substitution Trends in Resi-dential Construction,"
soon available as a CINTRAFOR Working Paper.
- Todd Malinick completed degree
requirements with a presentation on "The Forest Stewardship Council and
Certification of the National Forests of the West Coast Region of the United
States: An Assessment," soon available as a CINTRAFOR paper.
- Bruce Lippke made a presentation at
the 1999 Salmon Homecoming Forum, held in Seattle, WA, on September 9, 1999.
Bruce spoke on "Perspectives on Trade, Environment, and Indigenous Peoples:
Connections of the Salmon Sustaining
Your Economy and Culture."
Center for Streamside
The Forest Service Stream Technology Center and the Center for
Streamside Studies are developing an online database on riparian issues. The
Forest Service has compiled a comprehensive annotated bibliography of riparian
publication citations with approximately 11,000 entries. The database will allow
technical specialists such as hydrologists, aquatic biologists, and geomorphologists
to have access to information and educational resources not found elsewhere.
The database will also allow students, researchers, and the general public to
conduct inquiries on specific subjects, find citations, and further their knowledge
on natural resource topics.
(grad student, Forest Resources) and Jay Camemeyer (grad student, Civil
Engineering) in front of a dry (!) Hylebos Creek.
Urban Stream Temperature Survey
In conjunction with the Center for Urban Water Resources Management,
CSS held the second annual urban stream temperature survey on August 4, 1999.
Approximately 100 volunteers sampled stream sites in King, Pierce, Kitsap, and
Snohomish counties. nformation on air and stream temperatures will provide information
about the effects of human influences on fish-bearing and tributary to fish-bearing
Update on Lummi Nation Riparian Forest Restoration Project
Data from the first thee years of this project (designed to
improve salmon habitat by encouraging the growth of mixed coniferous stands
in riparian areas occupied by hardwoods) has been sorted and analyzed with the
help of students Mark Wishnie (CFR) and Anna McClintick (Biology). A report
and recommendations are available from the Lummi Natural Resources Department;
a shorter document containing the proposed data collection protocols and field
sheets are available on the Web at http://depts.washington.edu/cssuw/.
CSS provided RA support during Summer 1999 to Martin Fox, Jenna
Scholz, and Anne Watts, all CFR master's degree students and to Jen O'Neal a
master's degree student in the School of Fisheries. Travel funds were awarded
to: Scott Bechtold (CFR) and Treva Coe (School of Fisheries), to attend a Spokane
meeting of the Ecological Society of America in August 1999; and to Ashley Steel
(QERM), to attend the American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting, August 29 -
September 2, 1999, in Charlotte, NC.
- On June 17, 1999, staff of SMC and Washington
State DNR participated in a site visit of each type of SMC field installation.
The objectives of each type were reviewed, and the twenty participants had
an opportunity to walk through the various treatments, get a sense of how
they were responding, and exchanged information. This type of field visit
will be repeated with other organizations in the future.
- Gero Becker arrived in early August
1999 as a Visiting Scholar. He is Professor and Director of the Institute
for Forest Utilization, Forest Ergonomics, and Forest Engineering at the University
of Freiburg in Germany. Gero will be working with SMC on branch modeling and
other areas of wood quality.
- SMC recently received approximately
$250,000 in external funding from various sources. Of particular note are
additional funds for the SMC nitrogen carry-over effect study. This is an
outgrowth of the highly successful Regional Forest Nutrition Research Program
started by the College on June 16, 1969, which merged with the SMC in 1991.
The carry-over study will examine the long-term effects on subsequent plantations.
- SMC was recently designated as western
regional site for the new DOE National Carbon Sequestration Center.
- SMC received a grant from King County
DNR to summarize the effects of biosolids and thinning treatments on a Douglas-fir
site at Pack Forest. The treatments were established in the mid-1970s, and
have been periodically measured for growth. In 1998 a forty-eight tree sample
was harvested, log diagrammed, and sawn into lumber in cooperation with the
USFS PNW Research Station. The grant will fund graduate students who will
characterize the effect of the treatments on biomass, nutrient pools, growth,
stem form, and log and lumber yield and quality.
- JoEllen Kassebaum, a former SMC employee
now pursuing a Master of Environmental Studies at the Evergreen State College,
is completing a thesis examining the understory vegetation data collected
by the SMC on its installations for use in developing quantitative measures
of biodiversity. These data, collected periodically on permanent plots within
the installations, provide valuable information on vegetation composition
and how it changes under a wide range of management treatments in young plantations.
- During the summer, staff have been
busy preparing analyses and reports on the effects of spacing treatments on
growth and quality (number and diameter of branches) of young plantations,
and the effects of pruning on growth, stem form, and epicormic branching.
SMC reminds all that a way
to keep abreast of activities and publications is via the SMC Quarterly publication;
contact the office at 206-543-9744 or visit the website at http://www.cfr.washington.edu/smc/.
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