April 2001

The Straight Grain Vol. 3, Issue 1
Table of Contents:

Calendar of events
News from the Dean's Office

New Q & A session with Dean Vogt
Faculty Meeting April 12
Dumpster Drama
Thorud Lecture April 18
Outreach News
CFR Grad Students in the Spotlight
CINTRAFOR Enhances Annual Conference
Reminder to Users of Anderson 22
Center for Urban Horticulture
New Native Shrub Community in the UBNA
New CUH Website
Pack Forest

Running at an All-time High
Volunteers Significant Resource in Outreach
Forest and Farm Connections Conference
New Bear Stations Being Installed
Student Services
Arbor Day Event
Upcoming Quarterly Deadlines
New Enrollment Numbers Out Soon
Curriculum Revision in Wildlife Program
Arboretum Spring Saplings School Programs

As always, this newletter is a compilation of items sent in by folks all over the college. A big thank-you to everyone who contributed. If you have anything you would like to contribute, please email me at byron@u.washington.edu by Thursday afternoon, and I will be sure to get it in the newsletter the next day.
Wednesday April 11 10:15-1:30 The annual Washington State Arbor Day Recruitment Event will take place on the HUB Lawn.
Thursday April 12th 10:30-12:00 College-wide Faculty meeting in Anderson 22.
Friday April 13th 4:00-4:30 Open discussion forum with Dean Vogt in Anderson 22.
Note: If you are aware of any upcoming events that might be of interest to members of the college, please email me with the information, and I will be delighted to list it here.
*****The Dean's Office*****
Dean Vogt and senior administrators will be available for a Q & A session, open to all members of the College, each Friday from 4:00 - 4:30. The first session will be Friday, April 13 in Rm. 22. (For more information, see her email dated 4/5/01.) The next college-wide faculty meeting will be Thursday, from 10:30 - 12:00 in room 22. Agenda items include: Educational Outreach (Kelley Duffield), Curriculum (Bob Edmonds), Budgets and Development strategy and initiatives.
It would seem that parties unknown may be using the CFR dumpsters for disposal of personal debris, and we are not talking about sandwich wrappers. True, it may seem a little silly to say that the dumpster is for "official use only." However, loading it up with stuff that is not work related does cost the taxpayers. It can also create an over-flow situation and not leave room for genuine work-related trash. So, whoever you are, please dispose of your larger refuse at the transfer station or dump at your own expense. No, we will not be conducting an extensive investigation of the dumpster contents, this is just a reminder. If you do see some person dumping non-UW trash, perhaps kindly remind them that the dumpster is not provided as a public service. - Carl Harrington, Dumpster Cop
Professor and Dean Emeritus College of Forestry Oregon State University will give a lecture titled "FISH, WATER AND FORESTRY" April 18, 2001 4:30 p.m. 223 Anderson Hall. Pre-lecture reception from 4:00-4:30 p.m. in the Forest Club Room.
CFR Grad Students in the Spotlight
On April 26th from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm the Library and Music room areas of the Faculty Club will be reserved for a special reception to showcase research by six of CFR's graduate students. The US Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Council of Professional Scientists and Engineers will review our students' work and discuss it with them. Grad students are submitting their abstracts to Bruce Larson this week. After the reception, the council members will be attending a dinner featuring Alvin Kwiram, UW Vice Provost for Research. The event is being hosted by the OPM Council and College of Forest Resources. It is hoped that this will foster collaboration with research faculty and recruitment of CFR graduate students.
CINTRAFOR Enhances Annual Conference
Each fall since 1998, CINTRAFOR has held an International Forest Products Marketing (IFPM) conference. Every 2 - 3 years, they have hosted an Asian Housing Opportunity conference. Due to the downturn in the Asian economy in 1998-99 and the restrictions related to forest regulations, audiences at both conferences have diminished somewhat. In a creative marketing move, CINTRAFOR has decided, for this year, to combine the two conferences into one. It is a big undertaking since it requires seeking twice the number of invited speakers and exhibitors. However, support from organizations like the WA Commission for Trade and Economic Development, the American Forest & Paper Association, the Softwood Export Council and others will provide help to ensure the success of the event. The entire CINTRAFOR staff, students and faculty along with the ForestCE Program will be working toward a successful conference scheduled for September 23-26, 2001.
Anderson 22 is the special conference and meeting room managed by the ForestCE office. The room is not a classroom under administration of the university. The costs associated with the room's upkeep, safety, audio visual, kitchen and furnishings is born by the ForestCE office. Anderson 22 is a good location for meetings and seminars for up to 48 people. Complimentary coffee and tea service are available as well as use of the sink and refrigerator during your event. Use of the room is confined to CFR official usage and when not being used, the room is to be closed and locked. Reserving the room is easy using the web page at: http://www.cfr.washington.edu/Outreach/Anderson22/Anderson22.html
The reservation calendar pages allow you to determine if the room is in use at the time you desire. A click on the email registration line near the top of the page allows you to make your reservation request conveniently. A complete request includes your contact info with phone number and the name of your event. Reservations are made with a 15 minute gap between them for proper room cleaning and set up. Users are required to clean-up and rearrange the room to its original configuration before leaving with all windows closed, all lights out and door closed and locked. For more information contact ForestCE at 3-0867.
*****Center for Urban Horticulture*****
The winter quarter EHUF 473 Restoration Ecology class completed the installation of a native shrub community in the Union Bay Natural Area (UBNA). The site is located just east of the E-5 parking lot. Visit the class web site at http://depts.washington.edu/ehuf473/ehuf473 or the Union Bay Natural Area website at http://depts.washington.edu/ubna for more information.
The CUH web site can now be accessed by using www.urbanhort.org.
*****Pack Forest*****
Outreach is running at an all-time high. Donna Chapman is fully booked through May and expects the June calendar to be full in a few weeks. Her groups include K-12, international students and some adult groups. Tours are either 1/2 or full day. Volunteers continue to be a significant resource in outreach. Recently, scout groups have worked in camp cleaning up debris from the winter salvage sale and pruning landscaping trees. In the forest they have cleaned culverts and picked up litter at heavily used sites. Individual volunteers are also picking up litter and clearing scotch broom along trails. Equestrian groups are rebuilding several trails, putting in drainage and rock and working on a horse watering station near the trailhead. In addition to students now in residence, this last week brought a team, Forest and Farm Connections, sponsored by WSU Research. Twenty-six attended. In a collaborative effort with WFPA, bear feeding stations designed to test different "spring tonic" foods are being installed. The last two years has seen in increase in bear damage at Pack. This project is being overseen by Lucas Giessen, an intern from Germany, who is doing volunteer work at Pack for about 6 months.
*****Student Services*****
is next Wednesday on the HUB lawn--complete with ICE CREAM! We are going to be center stage and highlight all the programs at the college from 10:15-1:30...and we need help! You could staff a table, help with set up, or help us break down (no, not mentally). It should be a fun and exciting event for all!!! A few upcoming deadlines: today is the last day to make a drop without using your annual drop, next Friday tuition is due, and scholarship applications are due April 16th. NUMBERS:
10th day enrollment and SCH statistics should be out on Monday. They will be published on email as soon as they are analyzed by our office. >From early reports, enrollment is pretty flat but SCH is incredibly high (largely due to ESC 110).
The Wildlife undergraduate program has put forth a proposal to significantly revise the curricula, and it was approved by the division. The Academic Planning Committee should be meeting soon to approve it at the college level.
The Washington Park Arboretum is starting up its Spring Saplings School Programs. Classes run from April through June, Monday-Friday. We have 13 returning guides and 5 new ones. They are all geared up and ready for a busy spring full of flowers and kids exploring the Arboretum. If you have mornings free (9:30-noon) and exploring the Arboretum and teaching others sounds like fun, it isn't too late to become a Saplings guide. Call the education department for more information at 543-8801.

The Straight Grain Vol. 3, Issue 2
Table of Contents:

Calendar of events
News from the Dean's Office

Administrative Council Update
Final Thorud Lecture April 18
Arbor Day Fair HELP WANTED!
Earthquake video April 19th
New copier for Anderson Hall
Care and feeding of the paper shredder
CFR Alumni Relations
CFR Alumni Camp July 20-22
Arbor Day celebration
Master Plan Moves One More Step
Arboretum named Heritage Collection of Trees
New grant to fund exhibit on urban trees
Arboretum Guides take a guided tour of Kubota Gardens
Saplings School Programs are entirely booked!
Center for Urban Horticulture
New! Plant Answer Line
CFR Outreach
You can still register for the SAF annual meeting in Ocean Shores
Management and Engineering
Stand Management Cooperative Spring meeting
The First International Precision Forestry Symposium
Student Services Recruitment event on the HUB lawn a great success
Envirothon competition coming up
Congratulations Michelle! (Is there a Dr. in the house?)

I always mention at the beginning that this newsletter is a compilation of items sent in by folks all over the college. Today, I'd like to send out a special thank-you to Carl Harrington, Sally Morgan, Linda Kaye, Kelley Duffield, John Wott, Ann Corboy, Annie Aherne, Becky Johnson, Monica Ravin, Tom Hinckley, Michelle Trudeau, and Andy Gary for helping out with a boat load of high-quality articles. If you have anything you would like to contribute, please email me at byron@u.washington.edu by Thursday afternoon, and I will be sure to get it in the newsletter the next day.
Note: If you are aware of any upcoming events that might be of interest to members of the college, please email me with the information, and I will be delighted to list it here.
*****The Dean's Office*****
The agenda for the College Administrative Council meeting on Friday, 4/13 was to discuss the process for implementation of any raises for faculty and professional staff that are passed by the legislature. Although it appears that there will be some sort of raise, the amount may not be known for some time. The discussion will continue at the next meeting of the Administrative Council.
Professor and Dean Emeritus College of Forestry Oregon State University will give a lecture titled "FISH, WATER AND FORESTRY" April 18, 2001 4:30 p.m. 223 Anderson Hall. Pre-lecture reception from 4:00-4:30 p.m. in the Forest Club Room.
Once again the College and the CFR Alumni Association is putting on the Arbor Day Fair. And we could use your help! If you can spare some time to volunteer, we have plenty of options open. As easy as guiding school groups around to as tricky as explaining "What is a tree?" If you are interested, please email Ellen McKinley at arborday@u.washington.edu to volunteer. Free coffee and pastries in the morning, and fun all day long! Don't miss the tree planting ceremony each day at 12:15 PM at the west end of Winkenwerder Hall. Even if you don't have time to help out, take a few minutes to visit the fair and see the great displays.
April 19, noon, Anderson 22 On Thursday, April 19, from noon to 1:00 PM, there will be a screening of "Academic Aftershocks," a video documenting the 1994 Northridge earthquake and the efforts required for Cal State Northridge to recover. It will be shown in Anderson Hall room 22. The video is about 47 minutes long, with quake footage, damage, and many good suggestions on how to prepare not just for a quake, but for the recovery afterward. What to save samples of, how to preserve records, and what it takes to get things up and running again. If anyone interested in borrowing the tape for another screening, please give me a call and we can set something up. It is on loan from the UW Libraries collection, so you can also get it there (when I return it). -Carl Harrington, nailgun@u., 5-3151
In just a few days the long-rumored new copier will be arriving for Anderson Hall. This will be a Xerox very similar to the ones in Winkenwerder and Bloedel. Training sessions and other info. will be forthcoming shortly via email. Copier codes will remain unchanged (I think).
When using the paper shredder in Anderson 29, please observe these operating instruction:
1) Check that the paper bin is not full. The door is right in front of the machine, just pop it open and take a look. If it is, remove the bag and put a new one in. Empty bags should be under the counter in the middle cabinet. Tie the full bag closed and put it by the recycling for pick-up. Put the fresh bag in the bin and put it back in.
2) To turn on, flip the rocker switch on the right side. Then press the forward arrow (the one pointing up) to start the rolling blades.
3) Insert paper, only a few sheets at time. Take off paper clips and binders, but staples are OK.
4) If the machine jams (naughty you for trying to over-feed it), press the red stop button, then back the clump out by hitting the out button (the one with the arrow facing you). Clear it out and start at it again.
5) If you are doing a very large job, it is a good idea to oil the machine by putting some shredder oil on a sheet and sending it through the chipper. See Carl if you don't know where it is or how to do this.
6) Shred to your heart's content. Turn off when done. A little shredding should make your day brighter. I know it makes mine.
*****CFR Alumni Relations*****
The second CFR Alumni Camp at Pack Forest is scheduled for July 20-22. Camp events include hiking, floating the Nisqually, wildlife and native plant walks, transplanting demonstration, a presentation on exercise and the family, wine tasting, lots of games, arts and crafts and campfire activities, among others. Alumni and their children and grandchildren are invited, as well as faculty and staff at CFR. For more information, contact Andy Gary at agary@u.washington.edu or check out our Web site: http://www.cfr.washington.edu/Alumni/AlumniCamp/index.htm Many thanks to the faculty and staff who have generously volunteered their time and expertise to make this camp happen! Looking forward to seeing you all at Pack.
The arboretum celebrated Arbor Day yesterday by throwing a little party with a lot of help from Cass Turnball of Plant Amnesty. The celebration started with sushi, pot stickers, fruit, and an assortment of cookies. A tour of three heritage trees (Malus fusca, Pinus montezuma, and Cercidiphyllum japonica) was led by Arthur Lee Jacobson and Bob Van Pelt. A slide show of other heritage trees followed the tour. There was a good turnout of people, and they all seemed to have a lovely time. Just another success story at the Graham Visitor's Center.
Last evening, the Seattle Board of Park Commissioners voted unanimously to accept the current version of the Arboretum Master Plan and preferred EIS. They arranged a few minor modifications. This resulted after a 2 meeting study and discussion format. Several of the current provisions were challenged but withstood the challenge. This vote is advisory to the Parks Superintendent, the City Council, and to the Mayor. The next crucial vote is Wednesday, April 25th, when the Culture, Arts and Park Committee meets to give its vote. Present last night for the discussion and working session were Neal Lessenger, VP (retired) UW real estate, and John Wott, director. Let's keep our fingers crossed for the next major hurdle. -J. A. Wott
The Arboretum was named a Heritage Collection of Trees in a State of Washington Arbor Day Celebration held Wednesday on the grounds of the arboretum. Held cooperatively with Plant Amnesty, it helped to promote the planting and preservation of trees throughout the community. In an opening ceremony, Cass Turnbull, founder of Plant Amnesty presented Director Wott with the certificates, and all drank a toast to the "trees" It was held under a Malus fusca (native crab apple) the widest representative of its kind in the state of Washington (67 ft.) The program concluded with a tour of special arboretum trees including a Pinus montezuma (state champion) and Cercidiphyllum (Katsura - state champion for height). The tour was led by Arthur Lee Jacobson and Robert Van Pelt, both authorities on unusual and large trees.
The Arboretum has received word that it is a co-recipient of a grant in partnership with the Pacific Northwest Chapter of ISA for the building of a new exhibit on urban trees. This will be featured in the national meeting to be held here in 2002. The Arboretum will be one of the featured sites.
Arboretum Guide field trip to the Kubota Gardens blessed with a beautiful day! The tables were turned as Arboretum guides were lead on an informative guided-tour. Attendees: Jed Marshall, Ione Nelson, Tina Orejuela, Monica Ravin, Barbara Selemon, Rich Scheyer, Mary Lou Smith, Lucy Sullivan, Richard Tinsley and Dori Wright. Thank you ALL for your continued commitment and dedication to the Washington Park Arboretum and Center for Urban Horticulture.
Sapling School guides get the week off during the Seattle school district's spring break week. They should save up their energy though because the Saplings School Programs are now entirely booked!! This Saturday the Arboretum Adventures program has kids dyeing eggs and going on an Easter Egg Hunt. We're keeping our fingers crossed for nice weather.
*****Center for Urban Horticulture*****
Val Easton has initiated a new Plant Answer Line at the Miller Library. The line will be a quick reference service for gardeners with all sorts of questions. The number is: (206)616-0322 The Answer Line is a great service to the community, and Val finds money and volunteers to serve the UW and Community in various marvelous ways: this is just one.
*****CFR Outreach*****
The Washington State SAF meeting in Ocean Shores is looking really interesting. The good news is that we have been able to persuade the Southwest Chapter to extend the early registration period to MAY 1, 2001! This mean all of us procrastinators have gotten a reprieve and can still get in at the early fee. Jump on the web page at: http://www.waforestry.org/annual.html and print out that application form today!
*****Management and Engineering*****
The SMC Spring meeting was held on April 3-4 at McMenamin's in Troutdale, Oregon with 38 attending from 20 organizations. Students and faculty provided updates on projects and Doug St John gave a presentation on recent developments by Precision Forestry Cooperative researchers on RFID (radio frequency identification) tagging of trees and used of lidar to identify topographic features under the forest canopy and to recognize individual trees. The Wood Quality TAC discussed felled tree measurement protocols, the Silviculture TAC discussed a fractional design framework for a new set of installations that would involve levels of spacing, genetics, fertilization, and vegetation management treatments, and the Modeling TAC had a good discussion of issues and problems with current growth and yield models and features that would be important specifications in a future modeling effort.
The First International Precision Forestry Symposium will be held on the University of Washington campus on June 18-19 with a field tour on the following day. There are some incredible new technologies being developed that will revolutionize the scale and resolution of data that we are accustomed to using. This information will create a counterpart revolution in how we think of forest planning and in how stands of trees and logs will be marketed in the future.
*****Student Services*****
Student Services held a recruitment event on the HUB lawn on Wednesday. It was very successful, with some students signing up for majors and more information and us running out of ice cream and trees! We've always had leftovers before, so this was great! We will be holding our next event the second week of September.
Envirothon is a great opportunity for recruitment at high schools! It's a national high school competition to solve environmental problems, and they are interested in the College being involved to develop curricula and presentations. Check out the info at www.envirothon.org. We are developing a list of people that are interested in helping with this effort, so email Michelle at michtru@u.washington.edu if you can help.
Michelle was recently admitted to the doctorate program in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (one of 5 admitted!). She is finishing her M.Ed. in June and will continue her studies part time while working at the college.

The Straight Grain Vol. 3, Issue 3
Table of Contents

Calendar of Events
News From the Dean's Office

CFR staff meeting 4.23.01 at CUH
Carl's party!
Come by and visit Alumn volunteers on Arbor Day
"Academic Aftershocks" video
Center for Urban Horticulture
Carrie Cone returns to CFR!
Deadline extended to May 1 for WSSAF Annual Meeting
Special Arbor Day dinner hosted by the student chapter of the SAF
First International Precision Forestry Symposium
Center for Streamside Studies
CSS hosted a meeting to identify critical research issues related to agriculture and the ESA and Clean Water Act
Pack Forest
Duane Emmons leads a film crew from Japan through Pack Forest
Forest Engineering team collects data at Pack
Earth Watch Institute discusses research opportunities for 2002
Easter Breakfast at Pack Student Services
We received 70 applications for scholarships this year
Engineering Open House last week
Jill Romine and Beth Liddell staff Earth Day table in Red Square
Michelle attends all-advisors meeting with Fred Campbell
Management and Engineering
Dr. Lois Spratlan prestented "Humanizing the University and Work Environments: Responses to Harassment and Mistreatment" at the Management and Engineering faculty meeting.
Register soon for "New Zealand Plants for PNW Gardens"
Park Board Endorses Arboretum Plan

Note: If you are aware of any upcoming events that might be of interest to members of the college, please email me with the information, and I will be delighted to list it here.
*****The Dean's Office*****
CFR Staff Meeting 4/23 at the Center for Urban Horticulture
10:00am Becky Johnson was a wonderful hostess and tour guide for eight curious CFR and HR staff. The Center for Urban Horticulture is a multipurpose complex serving a variety of instructional, research and community activities.
10:30am Following introductions, Human Resources' Tiffany Van Mooy and Ron Boerger gave presentations on the importance of well created and articulated job descriptions, and forward thinking evaluations. Tiffany stated that accurate job descriptions were important for HR to determine the appropriate compensation as well as helping us find and recruit the proper candidates for the position. Ron discussed how important job descriptions are for the evaluation process. Not only are they critical to clarify supervisors' expectations of the successful applicant upon hire, but they should be reviewed often to make sure they are still relevant. Gordon Hammond, the CFR Administrator, will work towards a standardized set of job descriptions and a positive evaluation process, with a focus on setting future goals and employee/career development (the process and forms will be CFR team driven).
11:00am Jonathan Halperin, our HR consultant from HR's Training & Development, gave a presentation regarding the scope and status of his review. This review is a continuation of the review done last fall, with some changes so that his scope/deliverables will be more in line with what the Dean had originally wanted, an operational analysis determining whether our staffing levels are adequate with the needs of our customers. Jonathan will contact customers and staff through various means, including some one-on-ones and focus groups. Initially, the analysis will concentrate within CFR's central services. The recommendation might suggest for reallocation of staff, or a need to increase staff. If the need to increase staff conflicts with present resources, the Dean said that through developmental opportunities she'll try to bring in additional monies to pay for these positions.
11:15am Kristiina gave a short presentation detailing various aspects of CFR's budgets. She indicated that this presentation was made in an effort not only to share this important information, but to seek out ideas and opinions from the staff on some of the budget challenges we face here at the college. She stated that the faculty have done an excellent job bringing in research monies, and that her current goal for the college is to reduce our reliance upon state funding through an aggressive developmental push (public and private gifts, trusts, endowments, etc). Kristiina indicated that the formation of the Alternative Resource Solution Institute (ARSI) will bring significant additional monies and international exposure to the college. The staff meeting was followed by a delightful potluck. Approximately 40 staff were in attendance.
Our next meeting will be held Tuesday, May 29th, from 10:30-11:30am, at the Arboretum (more info will follow).
Make sure to come join Carl's Going Away Party Friday, April 27th 4pm - 5pm+ in the CFR Courtyard (weather permitting) or Anderson 22 (if raining). Food & Beverages will be provided (of course). We'll miss you, Carl.
Alumn volunteers will be using Linda Kaye's office (Anderson 102) for lunch and breaks during the Arbor Day activities. CFR faculty and staff are most welcome to come by and greet them.
On Thursday, April 19th, the video "Academic Aftershocks" was screened in Anderson 22. For those that were not able to attend, it is highly recommended, since it brings up good issues to consider when preparing for a earthquake or other major catastrophe. The video itself is available for check-out from the Undergraduate Library (Odegaard) Media Center.
1) Do you have off-site backup of computer files, written data, and samples?
2) How would you communicate if the phones are out?
3) Where would you turn for information on repairs and replacement equipment?
4) What would your role be in the recovery of the UW from a major incident?
5) What financial procedures are in place to pay vendors for repairs?
*****Center for Urban Horticulture*****
A long-time member of the CFR community is returning to the fold: Carrie Cone has accepted the Administrative Assistant position at CUH and will be starting next week. Welcome back, Carrie!
The Washington State Chapter of the Society of American Foresters holds it annual meeting May 23 - 25, 2001 at the Shilo Inn, Ocean Shores, WA. The early registration period has been extended to May 1, 2001! To take advantage of the best registration fees for students and professionals, see Kelley Duffield for registration forms that can be faxed ASAP. Or, visit the web page at: http://www.waforestry.org/annual.html
The new student chapter of the SAF @ UW will hold a fundraising dinner/speaker event at the Washington Park Arboretum on Wednesday, April 25, from 4PM to 7PM. Mr. Doug Sutherland, Commissioner of Public Lands with the Washington Department of Natural Resources will be the featured speaker. Following his address will be a casual Italian feast of assorted lasagnas, salads, garlic bread and beverages. This will be a great way for the college to relax after a successful day of the Arbor Day Fair - good discussion, good food, beautiful setting! Dinner is $25 for professionals and $15 for students. All proceeds go to the new chapter's fund for attending the SAF National Meeting in Denver, CO. For more information see the web page at: http://students.washington.edu/kzobr/saf/safatuw.html
The symposium early registration period ends on May 1 and the price goes UP! There are no discounts for CFR personnel, so don't procrastinate. The symposium will be held at Kane Hall June 17-20, 2001. The color brochure was distributed to the CFR community a few weeks back. Extra brochures are in the ForestCE Office (And. 6). Some events like the Lake Washington Dinner Cruise and the Capitol Forest Field Tour have limited seating. If you are interested in presenting a poster, the poster spaces are also limited, so reserve one ASAP. The web page for the event is located at: http://www.cfr.washington.edu/outreach/prefor/index.html The web page lists all of the presenters, their topics and a list of registered attendees. The symposium registration form can be downloaded from the web page as well.
*****Center for Streamside Studies*****
CSS hosted a meeting to identify critical research issues related to agriculture and the ESA and Clean Water Act. Over 40 people from King, Snohomish, Skagit and Whatcom counties attend the day-long meeting. The meeting produced a preliminary set of critical questions that will be used to focus a literature review and develop a research agenda.
*****Pack Forest*****
On Sunday, April 8th, Duane Emmons led a film crew from Japan on a tour of Pack Forest. Duane discussed riparian management along the 27 Creek RMZ, and the new Forest & Fish rules. The crew also filmed at the site of the ongoing harvest operations where Duane discussed shovel logging, leave-tree requirements and wildlife habitat. Finally, a stop at the Old Growth Ecological Area finished the tour. The Forest Engineering team spent the past two weeks in Forks, collecting field information for its capstone experience. They will return to Pack on Monday, May 14. In the meantime, Peter Schiess and the students can be reached via ONRC. The Earth Watch Institute, which is working with the National Park Service at Mount Rainier, met with staff on April 10 to discuss potential research/outreach opportunities for 2002. The Eatonville Lions held its traditional Easter Breakfast at Pack Forest on Sunday, April 15. Approximately 200 attended. This event began coming to Pack Forest in the mid-1950's and has been held here every year since. The Lions members use the Pack kitchen and provide breakfast to the community at cost. Peak attendance occurred some years ago, before other organizations started sponsoring similar breakfasts. The best overall attendance was just under 500. The event continues to be a very positive community activity.
*****Student Services*****
1. 70 students applied for College scholarships for next academic year.
2. Paper Science & Engineering and Forest & Ecological Engineering both had booths in the Engineering Open house on Friday & Saturday. Thanks to all those that volunteered.
3. Jill Romine and Beth Liddell deserve special thanks for staffing the Earth Day table in Red Square on Friday. Great job!
4. Michelle attended the all-advisers meeting where Dean Fred Campbell spoke about undergraduate education. He noted that he thought things were about to change greatly in curricular structure around campus, with more of a focus on learning rather than teaching. He also noted that many students are graduating with far too many credits, and would like to see requirements reduced.
*****Management and Engineering*****
Dr. Lois Price Spratlen, University Ombudsman, attended the April 19th M&E Division Meeting to present the current educational seminar, "Humanizing the University and Work Environments: Responses to Harassment and Mistreatment". This is a very concise and informative presentation on the issues of sexual harassment and perceived mistreatment in the University learning and work environments. The presentation generated several thoughtful questions. Dr. Price Spratlen emphasized education as a primary tool in preventing harassment and mistreatment and stressed her willingness to speak to faculty, staff and students to widely share this important information to all employees of the College. Contact Susan Neff, Assistant Ombudsman, at 543-6028 or by email at ombuds@u.washington.edu to schedule this presentation.
Lecture: New Zealand Plants for PNW Gardens
On Friday June 22, New Zealand plant expert Dr. Warwick Harris will lecture on New Zealand plants for Pacific Northwest Gardens. He will also speak on the recently dedicated “Seattle Sister City Garden” at the Christchurch Botanic Garden. Find out about the horticultural potential of the New Zealand flora for the Pacific Northwest and learn how our natives grow ‘down-under’. The Washington Park Arboretum’s New Zealand High Country display features many of the plants Dr. Harris will discuss. This display garden is located along Arboretum Drive. Time and Date: June 22, 2001, 7 to 9 PM Location: Washington Park Arboretum, Graham Visitors Center 2300 Arboretum Drive East, Seattle For Tickets: Limited seating. Pre-Registration required. Phone 206-685-2590 or visit the web site at www.urbanhort.org. $12 General Public; $10 Arboretum Foundation Members. VISA, MasterCard, and American Express accepted.
The Board of Park Commissioners unanimously approved the Washington Park Arboretum Plan at its regularly scheduled meeting on April 12. In a letter to the Seattle City Council this week, Park Board Chair Bruce Bentley outlined the Board’s recommendations. "The new plan recommended by the Arboretum and Botanical Garden Committee and the Superintendent of Parks and Recreation in January 2001 reflects the considered comments of hundreds of citizens who participated in the planning process,” said Bruce Bentley, chair of the Board of Park Commissioners. “While maintaining the integrity of the master plan, the Board recognizes these changes and recommends to the City Council some further modifications to clarify the plan.” The Board’s action endorses the substance of the master plan, which was published with the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) in January 2001, while making several refinements and clarifications. The master plan preserves and enhances the unique balance of botanical and park features at the Washington Park Arboretum, and will serve as a blueprint for development of the Arboretum for the next 20 years. Among the community endorsers of the plan are the League of Women Voters, the Japanese Garden Society and the Seattle Public Schools’ K-5 Inquiry-Based Science Program. In its April 2001 newsletter the League praised the Arboretum and Botanical Garden Committee for responding to citizen concerns and “develop(ing) a plan worthy of support.” Key elements of the plan include renovation of 30 existing plant exhibits and the creation of 21 new plant exhibits; reorientation of some pedestrian trails; construction of a pedestrian/bicycle trail along Lake Washington Blvd.; renovation and expansion of existing facilities in the vicinity of the Graham Visitors Center; construction of a new entry and pavilion in the Japanese Garden, traffic improvements and other minor modifications. Over the past seven years, the master plan has been subject to extensive public review and comment, which helped shape the final version of the plan. In late 1998, the Board of Park Commissioners sponsored a series of public meetings to identify issues and provide some guidance for plan refinement by the Arboretum and Botanical Garden Committee. The information generated in this process provided a basis for the City Council to approve a scope of work for the EIS in 1999. Park Board members also participated in a joint Park Board-City Council public hearing on the plan on March 28, 2001. At its April 12 meeting, the Board considered the public testimony and other information related to the plan. After extensive discussion, the Board approved the plan 5-0 with several modifications that addressed concerns raised at the hearing and in written comments. These modifications include:
· Re-emphasis on the importance of maintaining a balance between the botanical and park functions of the Arboretum;
· Adoption of extensive implementation guidelines for the master plan;
· Expansion of parking at the south parking lot between the Japanese Garden and the Washington Park Playfield only when and if the need for expansion is clearly demonstrated;
· Standards for regulatory and interpretive signs in the Arboretum;
· Retention of some of the small parking lots along Arboretum Drive and other parking clarifications; and
· Consideration of including more community representation on the governing Arboretum and Botanical Garden Committee.
The City Council will now deliberate and take action. The City Council’s Culture Arts and Parks Committee will discuss and possibly vote on the plan on April 25; the full Council will act soon afterwards. The Board of Park Commissioners appreciates the important tradition and function of the Washington Park Arboretum and believes the new master plan will enhance and preserve the Arboretum for generations to come.