Outreach and Continuing Education
Kelley Duffield, Outreach Director, reports that a new Web page highlights the Colleges outreach distribution points. She says, "Sometimes we forget the unique resources that we have in our own (CFR) backyard, so take a look and refamiliarize yourself with what we offer. Then, do a little outreach work on your own by directing someone you know to the new Outreach Web page at: www.cfr.washington.edu/outreach/."
Forest Stand Dynamics Short Course very popular
The Forest Stand Dynamics short course, February 8-12, 1999, led by Chad Oliver has never been more in demand. The course is limited to 30 students, and it was full by September 1998, in spite of the fact that no active advertising has taken place for the course in nearly two years. The waiting list for the year 2000 course is over 50 people and climbing. Faced with a similar situation in 1998, Chad held two sessions of the course in the hopes of getting the waiting list below the course limit.
Planning for Washingtons Private Forests Forum Conference
The forum, a gathering of private organizations, educational partners, and government agencies concerned with the needs of private forest land owners in Washington, began meeting in the fall of 1998. The forum is planning a major conference for the year 2000. More information and a Web page on this event will soon be available.
1999 Arbor Day Fair gets over 4000 applications
The CFR Alumni Association and College of Forest Resources Arbor Day Fair had to go to a lottery system to determine which school groups could attend the event scheduled for April 29-May 1, 1999. The two days of the Fair devoted to school groups can handle approximately 1600 1st-3rd graders. This years fair is the fourth of its kind. It was originally designed to be held every other year, but with its great success, looks to become an annual event. CFR staff, CFRAA members, students, and faculty volunteer to work at the Fair as guides, station operators, Fair designers, traffic managers, and much more. Volunteers share a common vision that this form of public service is very rewarding, both personally and professionally. If you want to get involved, please contact Don Hanley at firstname.lastname@example.org. More details at: www.cfr.washington.edu/outreach/AD-Fair.html.
Outreach at CUH
ProHort Seminars for landscape professionals this past winter included "New Plant Preview," "Pruning Landscape Trees and Shrubs," and "Pruning Fruit Trees." A "Pesticide Recertification Training" was held in cooperation with WSU Cooperative Extension, and a "Trees, People and the Law" symposium was offered in cooperation with the National Arbor Day Foundation. Major public events included a series of pruning and plant selection courses. CUH again coordinated the Seminar Program at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show held February 17-21, 1999; just over 23,000 people attended the 118 gardening seminars coordinated by Dave Stockdale and facilitated by Dave and students Eric Gay, Chrissy Scannell, and Tom Smarr.
The Branching Out Program, coordinated by Tiare Sheller, now has five inter-city Community Centers involved in after school programs.
Christina Pfeiffer was a guest lecturer in an Edmonds Community College arboriculture class during Winter Quarter.
The Arboretum has been chosen to provide leadership in the City of Seattles third grade conservation biology program, Plants Growth and Development. Coordinated by Julie DeBarr and Kristen Bilodeau, this means that starting in fall 1999, over 2000 3rd graders will be coming to the Arboretum, to be joined by another 2000 from outlying and home schools.
Pack Forest Outreach
Donna Chapman reports that:
She and Stan Humann led a group of 35 teachers on an all-day forest tour in January, 1999. The teachers, who came from all over the country, were interested in learning more about economics and the environment and how we can have both economic and environmental health. Donna says, "We took them through managed forest stands and old growth, showed them how biosolids were used, and how we can enhance wildlife habitat in managed forests."
She and Mason Mckinley have been working with the Nisqually River Council to develop a new interactive CD Rom "The Living River," which will show the historical uses of the Nisqually River watershed, with a focus on forest management. The CD will be used in classrooms and sold to the public.
Fifteen Americorps students worked at Pack during Winter Quarter 1999, helping develop new trails, cut brush, and replanting in the arboretum.
On March 13, 1999, Donna led a class from the Seattle Mountaineers, who were interested in environmental issues, logging practices, and wildlife habitat along Packs five-mile Hugo Peak Trail.
The Pack Forest Web Site is being updated, and will include more pictures, trail maps, and in-depth information about the facility.