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Current RTI Projects and Case Studies

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.

Large Woody Debris (LWD)
Mountain road
Fire damaged forest
Bremerton Public Works and Utilities land

Thinned forest stand

 

Mountains through the trees

 

Aerial View

  • 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.
Managed Forest
  • 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.

  • Short Course Training and Technical Support: gives a short overview of new technology training offered by RTI and its associated organizations.
Wood framed house
  • 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.

Some Past Projects

A gathering of foresters
 
School of Environmental and Forest Sciences
USDA Forest Service State & Private Forestry
WSU Cooperative Extension
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Last Updated 2/2/2012 6:37:21 PM