Here are some projects summaries that cover much of the work
RTI is currently responsible for. These are areas that the Advisory
Board identified as needing attention.
- The Future of Washington Forests and
Forestry Industries: The Washington State Department
of Natural Resources (DNR) has requested a proposal to
conduct several studies in response to the State Legislature’s
request for a report on the future of Washington forests.
This report is to examine the economic, recreational,
and environmental trends influencing the forest land
owners, forest products industry and secondary manufacturing
sectors in Washington State.
- Washington's Resource Lands
- Washington State Forest Land Database: To better understand where family forests are located and who owns them, the Rural Technology Initiative at the University of Washington, the Family Forest Foundation, and the Washington Farm Forestry Association, with funding from the USDA Forest Service, are creating a statewide parcel-based forest land database.
- Quantifying the Geography of Forest Lands in Washington State: Since 2001 the Rural Technology Initiative in partnership with Washington State government, conservation organizations and forestry foundations has been seeking an understanding of the geography and demographics of forest lands and forest landowners in Washington State.
- WRIA Analysis for Stream Enchancement: the Rural Technology Initiative in partnership with Washington State government, conservation organizations and forestry foundations has been seeking an understanding of the geography and demographics of forest lands and forest landowners in Washington State.
- Western Washington Land Use Change:
In 2004, the USDA Forest Service's Forest Inventory Analysis (FIA) program contracted with the Rural Technology Initiative (RTI), a research and outreach center at the University of Washington's College of Forest Resources, to investigate the potential of using satellite images as a more cost-effective and repeatable process to determine and calculate land use and its associated change.
- Forest Operations: this
page can connect you with answers to many forest operations
questions. It includes a glossary of logging, forest engineering
and associated forestry terms.
Course Training and Technical Support: gives a short
overview of new technology training offered by RTI and its
- CORRIM: A Consortium
for Research on Renewable Industrial Materials created
to develop a scientific base of information relating to
the environmental performance of wood building products
and to examine factors that can affect the efficient use
of energy and materials in manufacturing and use of building
materials. For more extensive information, visit CORRIM's
new website at http://www.corrim.org.