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2005, Volume 6, No. 1: This newsletter covers a few different
topics including management templates for private forest owners
and forest management on tribal land.
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Sheet #38: Management Templates for Increased Biodiversity
and Economics in Intensively Managed Loblolly Pine Plantations. To
promote increased biodiversity on private ownerships, management
strategies should be identified that balance biodiversity
and economic goals. Using an RTI template for Washington
as the framework, an example template has been created
for increasing biodiversity in southern loblolly pine plantations.
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in Intensively Managed Loblolly Pine Plantations: A Literature
of the forestland in the South is in private ownership,
and much of it is comprised of intensively managed plantations
of fast-growing loblolly pine. This fact sheet summarizes
a review of the literature that identifies a spectrum of
practices for supporting increased biodiversity in intensively
managed loblolly pine plantations. (Save or print a PDF copy)
||Technology Transfer from
Research to Forestry Applications: Using the Landscape Management
System (LMS). LMS
enables users to understand the complex impacts of treatments
and disturbances and the tradeoffs between different outcomes
in order to select strategies that produce the most desirable
future conditions. This Fact Sheet summarizes who has been
using LMS and their applications. (Save or print a PDF copy)
||The Rural Technology Initiative
is the focus of this issue. The majority of the articles were
written by RTI staff, and distributed to the SAF members of
the Oregon, Washington State, Inland Empire, and Alaska Societies. Click
here to go to the Western Forester website where a copy
of this and other issues can be read or downloaded!
project report to the National Commission on Science for
Sustainable Forestry (NCSSF): Templates
for Forest Sustainability on Intensively Managed Private
( July 31, 2005 by Kevin W. Zobrist, Thomas M. Hinckley, Michael G.
Andreu, Kevin R. Gehringer, Craig W. Hedman, Bruce R. Lippke).
Commission on Science for Sustainable Forestry (NCSSF)
sponsored the research described in this report.
The National Council on Science and the Environment
(NCSE) conducts the NCSSF program with support from
the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the David and
Lucile Packard Foundation, the Surdna Foundation,
and the National Forest Foundation.
Individual Tree Simulation Model for Estimating Expected
Values of Potentially Available Large Woody Debris (LWD).
Draft. Kevin R. Gehringer, Ph.D. June 17, 2005.
2005, Volume 5, No. 3: Working with undergraduate and
graduate students is an important part of our mission, and
the students make tremendous contributions to our work. We
feature these students and their work in this edition of
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a PDF version.
Understory Douglas-fir Vigor in Multi-Cohort Prairie Colonization
Stands at Fort Lewis, Washington; Report to Fort Lewis
(June 2005 by Derick Churchill).
Forest stands on Fort Lewis, Washington are
being managed for multiple values under an uneven-age silvicultural
system that relies on natural regeneration. In stands that
were former prairies and have well drained, outwash soils,
Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) is the only understory
conifer present and the principal regeneration species.
Managers wanted an assessment of the vigor of the existing
Douglas-fir regeneration to determine whether it is a viable
source for replacement trees as well as management recommendations
to ensure that the silvicultural system is sustainable.
for Cedar Mill Waste Utilization and Disposal in Western
Clallam and Jefferson Counties
( June 2005 by C. Larry Mason, John Calhoun, Bruce Lippke).
This report represents a synthesis of information provided
from many sources including a review of available literature, pertinent state
and federal laws, interviews with individuals, companies, and other organizations.
The goal of this investigation, as requested by the Clallam County Economic
Development Council, has been to identify environmentally and economically
responsible approaches to ensure the viability of this the shake and shingle
industry in western Clallam County. While the geographical focus of this
work has been narrow, it is the belief of the authors that information contained
within the following pages will have broader applicability.
Examination of the WA DNR Timber Sales Program Against
a Backdrop of Changing Regional Infrastructure and a Growing
Forest Health Crisis (April 2005 by C. Larry
Forest health harvesting activities to remove
excess fuel loads from overstocked stands conducted within
DNR forests in eastern Washington are expected to produce
merchantable timber volumes of 25-35 million board feet Scribner
(MMBF) per year for the next 5-7 years. As yet undetermined
volumes of trees too small for most DNR timber purchasers
will also be removed to reduce current fuel loads. Other
recent adjustments to the DNR timber sale program such as
the recent recalculation of the annual sustainable harvest
and amendments to the State Habitat Conservation Plan are
expected to result in additional increases of 100 to 150
MMbf in annual timber sales volumes as compared to recent
years. Important to the success of forest health harvest
activities will be the development of effective strategies
for the sale of logs removed.
Economics of Forest Health in Eastern Washington.
(April 2005 by Elaine Oneil)
Numerous studies and annual monitoring indicate that outbreaks
of insects and disease coupled with increasing fire risk
in unburned areas will continue and become increasingly
severe. Analysis of potential treatment regimes for two
common stand types was undertaken to determine likely
forest health outcomes with and without incentives and education
regarding forest health issues. (Save or print a PDF copy)
comparison of riparian regulation effectiveness in Western
Washington and Oregon.
(April 2005 by Kevin Zobrist)
case studies of small forest ownerships located west of
the Cascade Mountains
were used to examine the comparative costs and effectiveness
of the WA and OR regulations Alternative riparian management
plans are allowed under the regulations in both states
and were included as part of this study to examine management
options for better achieving riparian habitat objectives
at a lower cost to landowners. (Save or print a PDF copy)
LMS Fire Scoping Tool: Stand- and Landscape-level Fire
Assessments using LMS.
(February 2005 by Kevin Ceder)
Landscape Management System (LMS) with the Fire Scoping
Tool and the Fire and
Fuels Extension for the Forest Vegetation Simulator growth
model (FFE-FVS) provides an easy-to-use platform for stand-
and landscape-level simulations of stand growth with and
without silvicultural treatments, fire effects and behavior
estimation, assessment (scoping) of fire potentials, and
analysis in support of fuel treatment planning. (Save or
print a PDF copy)
Agency Retirements and Enrollment
Declines Create Shortage of Natural Resource Professionals.
(January 2005 by
from the Renewable Natural Resources Foundation and the
National Association of Professional Forestry Schools and
warn of a growing shortage of qualified natural resource
professionals needed to fill positions vacated by retiring
baby boomers. (Save or print a PDF copy)
Measures for Forest Health
in Eastern Washington Habitat Types.
(January 2005 by Elaine Oneil)
using a measurement of stand vigor called growth basal area
(GBA), the inherent site carrying capacity in eastern Washington
can be better measured than by using density, relative density,
and basal area. (Save or print a PDF copy)