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2005 Publications

*** Here are RTI's most recent publications ***

Fall
2005
Fall 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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Fact Sheet #38

             
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Fact 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. (Save or print a PDF copy)
Fact Sheet #37

             
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Increasing Biodiversity in Intensively Managed Loblolly Pine Plantations: A Literature Review. Most 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)
Fact Sheet #36

             
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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)
Western Forester Journal
Volume 50, Number 5
September/October 2005
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!

Final project report to the National Commission on Science for Sustainable Forestry (NCSSF): Templates for Forest Sustainability on Intensively Managed Private Forests

( July 31, 2005 by Kevin W. Zobrist, Thomas M. Hinckley, Michael G. Andreu, Kevin R. Gehringer, Craig W. Hedman, Bruce R. Lippke).

The National 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.

New Report:

Draft Copy
An Individual Tree Simulation Model for Estimating Expected Values of Potentially Available Large Woody Debris (LWD). Draft. Kevin R. Gehringer, Ph.D. June 17, 2005.
Summer
2005
Summer 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 RTI News.
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Working Paper 4:

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Factors Influencing Understory Douglas-fir Vigor in Multi-Cohort Prairie Colonization Stands at Fort Lewis, Washington; Report to Fort Lewis Forestry Program
(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.

Working Paper 3:

             
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Options 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.
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An 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 Mason).

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.
Fact Sheet #35

             
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The 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)

Fact Sheet #34:

             
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A comparison of riparian regulation effectiveness in Western Washington and Oregon.
(April 2005 by Kevin Zobrist)

Ten 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)

Fact Sheet #33:

             
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The LMS Fire Scoping Tool: Stand- and Landscape-level Fire Assessments using LMS.
(February 2005 by Kevin Ceder)

The 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)

Fact Sheet #32:

             
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Agency Retirements and Enrollment Declines Create Shortage of Natural Resource Professionals.
(January 2005 by Larry Mason)

Reports from the Renewable Natural Resources Foundation and the National Association of Professional Forestry Schools and Colleges 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)

Fact Sheet #31:

             
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Measures for Forest Health in Eastern Washington Habitat Types.
(January 2005 by Elaine Oneil)

By 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)

 
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