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Center for International Trade in Forest Products (CINTRAFOR)

Softwood Export Council

Bruce Lippke attended a board members meeting on March 2, 1999 of the newly formed Softwood Export Council. The Council brings together for the first time most wood products associations in order to develop a common strategy of exporting and promoting U.S. wood products.

Riparian Management Alternatives

Ongoing debate about the impacts of riparian management alternatives prompted CINTRAFOR research, which resulted in a paper entitled: Economic and Environmental Assessment of Forest Policy Changes in Western Washington. The paper, authored by Professors Bruce Lippke and Bruce Bare with Weihuan Xu of the Texas Forest Service and Martin Mendoza, a visiting scholar from Mexico, summarizes policy alternatives the authors analyzed over the last year.

Fact Sheets

Several brief policy- and research-based Fact Sheets regarding the potential impacts of riparian regulations, the Asian market decline, and export issues were completed by CINTRAFOR and distributed to interested analysts and legislators. One fact sheet summarized findings on how the public’s perceptions of the values provided by the forest are impacted by management alternatives. Substantial differences between the values of urban and timber rural communities were noted. Yet the opportunity still exists to substantially increase both public values and equitable treatment across communities by incentives for management that restores more old forest functionality while reducing job losses.


CINTRAFOR faculty and staff sponsored a booth at the Evergreen Building Products Association’s International Wood Products Showcase on January 11, 1999, in Seattle, WA.

Rose Braden gave presentations in Seattle, WA, January 11 and 12, 1999, on the Korean market for 2x4 homes and interior wood products.

CINTRAFOR reports the publication of a new Working Paper: WP67, Argentina’s Forest Products Industry: A Country Profile by S.J. Fleishman and I. L. Eastin. (1999, 67 pages, $7.50).


Center for Streamside Studies (CSS)

Annual Review

The Center’s Ninth Annual Review was held January 27, 1999 at the HUB West Ballroom. Approximately 375 people attended. Moderators for the review were Jim Agee, Derek Booth, Michael Brett, and Loveday Conquest; opening and closing remarks were provided by Susan Bolton, CSS Director.

Research for Lummi Nation

CSS has hired CFR graduate student Mark Wishnie and Biology undergrad Anna McClintick to assist in the Lummi Nations Riparian Forest Restoration project. Mark and Anna have been sorting and analyzing the first three years of data from this project, and will produce a report examining preliminary seedling growth and survival data, correlations between seedling performance, site characteristics, and treatment regimes. They will make silvicultural and study-design recommendations to improve future research and restoration efforts.

Student Research Support

CSS awarded RA support and/or research grants during Winter Quarter 1999 to the following students: Jeff Adams (M.S., Fisheries), macroinvertebrates and stream health in the Clackamas River; Jeff Bash (M.S. CFR), evaluation methods used to gage stream rehabilitation projects; Tracy Drury (M.S.C.E., Civil Engineering), engineered log jams; Kevin Fetherston (Ph.D., CFR), engineered log jams; Martin Fox (M.S., CFR), geomorphic influences on large woody debris abundance; Scott Gende (Ph.D., Fisheries), large woody debris; Marit Larson (M.S.C.E., Civil Engineering), large woody debris in urban streams; Graham MacKenzie (M.S., CFR), trophic relationships between coho salmon carcasses, saprolegnia, and caddisfly larvae; Kurt Marx (M.S.C.E., Civil Engineering), wetlands restoration; Margaret McCauley (M.S. CFR and M.S.C.E., Civil Engineering), wetlands restoration; Rick Morse (M.S.,CFR), fire ecology; Jennifer O’Neal (M.S. Fisheries), engineered large woody debris; James Packman (M.S., CFR), suspended solids and land use; Hakjun Rhee (M.S., CFR), modeling forest surface road erosion; Jenna Scholz (M.S., CFR), stream temperatures; Ashley Steel (Ph.D. QUERM), chinook salmon migration; Ilir Vesho (M.S., CFR), soil nitrogen; and Anne Watts (M.S., CFR) large woody debris.


Center for Urban Horticulture (CUH)

Planning for Open House

The Center’s Fifteenth Anniversary Celebration Year will end with an Open House, now in the planning stages. The event, to be held May 7 (10 am - 5 pm). and May 8 (10 am - 3 pm), 1999, will feature tours of the facilities, guest speakers, exhibits, demonstrations, refreshments, and a College of Forest Resources Research Showcase (Friday, May 7th (3 - 5 pm) with a reception following). The general public, as well as all CFR and UW personnel are welcome and encouraged to bring family and friends. For a complete schedule of events, call Becky Johnson or Dave Stockdale at 685-8033.

Washington Park Arboretum

On March 8, 1999, the alternative Master Plan, as recommended by the Arboretum and Botanical Garden Committee, was unveiled to the public. This plan, called Renewing the Washington Park Arboretum, resulted from numerous public meetings, staff reviews, and public surveys conducted throughout 1998. The full text of the plan is available on the Web site: A public Open House and discussion of the plan as well as the City of Seattle proposal on the Scope of the Environmental Impact Statement will be held on April 7, 1999, in the Olympic Room, Seattle Center from 6 - 9 pm. The Superintendent of Parks and Recreation will then issue the final determination of the Scope of the EIS.

New accessions are being added to the Arboretum Collections during the spring planting season. Several have come from plant collection expeditions in China, Korea, and Chile. Planting sites have been chosen that fit with the current revised Collections Master Plan.

Randall Hitchin, Collections Manager, is working on upgrading both the hardware and software containing all the Arboretum curation records. The new system will operate within its own network. Randall also reports that 440 copies of the Arboretum’s Index Seminuum listing seeds offered for exchange have been mailed to gardens around the world.

Jennifer Mears, Urban Horticulture undergraduate, designed a brochure for the Arboretum’s Wisteria Collection.

The Arboretum constructed one of the feature gardens in the Northwest Flower and Garden Show. Entitled "Seattle’s Best Kept Secret", the garden depicted a winter garden in the Northwest. It was a joint project of the Arboretum Foundation, the City of Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation, and the UW. The garden garnered two awards.


Olympic Natural Resources Center (ONRC)

ONRC Winter Science Conference

On February 4 and 5, 1999, the ONRC hosted its first Winter Science Conference focusing on Geographic Information Systems: "Putting Olympic Peninsula on the Map." A winter gathering in Forks, WA, a stormy and remote "west end" city on the Peninsula, was not easily marketable, so the maximum-capacity turnout was a very pleasant surprise, reports Teresa Alcock, ONRC GIS Technician.

Teresa, along with Robert Norheim, report in their introduction to the upcoming conference proceedings: "As well as attending the Grand Opening of the ‘ONRC Clearinghouse for the Olympic Peninsula,’ participants talked about their experiences in implementing GIS on the Peninsula. Several topics were discussed under the umbrellas of major areas of interest: GIS Infrastructure and Education (Day 1) and Olympic Peninsula GIS Applications (Day 2). Speakers from diverse agencies and organizations and a chance to actively participate in relevant, local technical discussion attracted GIS practitioners and managers from all around the region.


One of the well-attended lectures

"Local and regional mapping professionals, engineers, teachers, students, scientists, planners, and managers have been ‘putting Olympic Peninsula on the map’ for years. Through this conference, ONRC wanted to provide a forum for them to come together to find out how ONRC could help GIS practitioners increase their productivity, take advantage of many of the technological innovations that support GIS, and share experiences in implementing GIS. The attraction of a diverse participant roster, many of whom are already Clearinghouse contributors, illustrates the integrative nature of geographic information systems and the need for enterprise GIS utility and management from the heart of the City of Port Angeles to the back woods of the Wonder Mountain Wilderness."

Speaker Penelope Eckert

"Representatives from Olympic National Park, Olympic National Forest, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, and major private landowners Rayonier and Weyerhaeuser participated. The Coordinator for the Washington Geographic Information Council and a representative from the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary, our partners in the Clearinghouse, were present as well. Student attendees and instructors represented local colleges and the UW. Tribal GIS professionals attending included Quileute, Lower Elwha Klallam, and Jamestown S’Klallam. Penelope Eckert (alumnus UW CFR, ’98, one of our speakers on Day 2, said that "with all the .edu’s and .gov’s and .org’s," she was glad to know she "wasn’t the only .com" at the Conference!"

"Most attendees stayed through the last speaker, despite the severe winter storm that descended on Forks the second day, with hail, downpours, wind-driven snow, and several threats to the power supply. But perhaps the most important aspect of the conference was that it put ONRC GIS ‘on the map.’"

Watch for online Proceedings for the conference on ONRC’s Website.

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