Symposia, Workshops, and Tours
~ 2,430 people participated in symposia and workshops
~ 1,400 people went on field trips
~ 4,800 people participated in conservation education activities
THE PNW Rearch Station sponsors scientific and technical events each year, often in partnership with other agencies, organizations, and universities. Following are descriptions of some of these events.
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A Tale of Two Cedars
The station co-sponsored an international symposium on western redcedar and yellow-cedar at the University of Victoria in British Columbia. The 50 attendees explored cur- rent knowledge and management experience with these two culturally, commercially, and ecologically important tree species in Alaska, British Columbia, and the Pacific Northwest.
Adapting to Climate Change in National Forests
This workshop sponsored by the Forest Service's western research stations brought together resource managers, Forest Service leadership, scientists, and representatives from other agencies and organizations to share information on adaptation to climate change and develop plans for future adaptation. About 130 people attended the event, held in Stevenson, Washington.
Alaska Sustainable Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Workshop
This workshop, "Renewing body and spirit, inspiring passion for the land," engaged recreation leaders from inside and outside the Forest Service in tailoring a regional approach to the implementation of the new national recreation strategy being piloted in Alaska. About 100 participants attended the event held in Juneau.
An Introduction to Next-Generation Genome Sequencing
This workshop was part of the Botanical Society of America's annual meeting in Providence, Rhode Island. It gave the 55 participants hands-on training in sequence analysis, using exercises and data developed at the PNW Research Station and Oregon State University.
Two hands-on workshops provided participants with the opportunity to learn about vegetation growth and fire behavior modeling through the ArcFuels interface for fuel management planning and hazard and risk assessments. The workshop at the University of Idaho in Moscow had 20 participants and was followed by a seminar on quantitative wildfire risk. A second workshop at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff had 40 participants and was coupled with a discussion on model outputs with respect to land management.
Coho Modeling Group Workshop
This workshop, held at the Corvallis Forestry Sciences Laboratory, provided a forum for 18 professionals with federal and state agencies to explore alternative approaches to representing the life stages of Coho salmon within a changing environment.
Density Management Study Field Tour
PNW principal investigators of a density management and riparian buffer study toured a site near Mount Hood with 25 members of the Clackamas River Water-shed Stewardship Council to explain the research and key findings that may be relevant to management of the Portland metro area water source.
Developing and Applying New Elk Habitat Models iIn Western Oregon and Washington
Station scientists presented initial results of elk habitat selection modeling to 10 tribal elders at the Muckleshoot Indian Tribal Headquarters in Auburn, Washington. They discussed potentially using this information on ceded lands for targeting elk habitat improvement projects.
This workshop at H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest attracted 20 participants, including scientists, writers, philosophers, artists, architects, and social scientists. The gathering provided an opportunity for people from different professional backgrounds to share their perspectives on how people view, depict, and elicit action concerning future landscape change.
Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) California Client Meeting
FIA hosted a symposium in Sacramento, California, to share findings and discuss current research in the Pacific Northwest. The following day, the FIA team hosted a data workshop where clients were guided through methods for analyzing FIA data and had the opportunity to ask questions. About 100 people attended the event.
Genetic Resource Management
This climate change workshop in Corvallis, Oregon, broughttogether 40 national forest geneticists and others to discuss impacts of climate change on vegetation and genetic resources, and to identify possible strategies to adapt to those impacts within the Forest Service's genetic resource management programs.
Integrating Ecological and Fuel Management Objectives
This workshop brought together 210 practitioners from multiple disciplines to discuss and develop stand-level prescriptions that integrate ecological and fuel management objectives for dry forest restoration and advance conservation of the northern spotted owl in the eastern Cascades of Washington, Oregon, and California.
Keeping Wildlife Wild Day
A station scientist spoke to 30 people at a 1-day event designed to educate visitors at Mount Rainier National Park about the importance of not feeding or interacting directly with wildlife.
Long-Term Ecological Research Field Trip
Sixteen scientists and artists visited Bonanza Creek Experimental Forest in Alaska to describe the effects of a changing climate on Alaskan boreal forests.
Lookout Mountain Field Trip
The 60 people on this field trip learned about planned research at Pringle Falls Experimental Forest aimed at developing and testing silvicultural prescriptions for dry forest management.
Mount St. Helens 30th Anniversary Science Pulse
The station hosted a week-long scientific gathering of researchers and their staff at the volcano. About 140 participants from dozens of universities, national laboratories, and agencies gathered 30-year posteruption benchmark measurements of key ecological parameters, fostered collaboration, and defined future research opportunities. The pulse was also an opportunity to recruit the next generation of researchers as many of the original scientists are approaching retirement age. A concurrent humanities pulse gathered 12 poets and writers who contributed their perspectives on understanding the volcanic landscape.
Natural Resource Expo
The annual meeting of the Association of Oregon Counties, an advocate for county governments and county officials in improving their services, was held in Portland, Oregon. Scientists from the PNW Research Station presented 10 posters, providing an opportunity to showcase applied research, particularly in topic areas relevant to local issues. About 300 people attended the expo.
Northwest Scientific Association Symposium
This symposium, "30 Years of Research at Mount St. HelensóLessons of Local and Global Importance," highlighted several long-term geological and biological studies that have transformed current understanding of volcanic processes and hazard assessment and ecosystem responses to large, intense natural disturbance. About 100 scientists, land managers, and writers attended.
Restoring Oak Woodlands
About 35 landowners and natural resource professionals attended a fieldtrip to the North Bank Wildlife Management Area in the BLM Roseburg District to learn about restoring oak woodlands to improve habitat for Columbian white-tailed deer. Station experts on Oregon white oak led parts of the discussion.
Participants learned from a station hydrologist how climate change will likely alter road construction standards and what effect changing weather patterns will have on forest road systems. The workshop, sponsored by the Western Forestry Association, was attended by about 200 practitioners from industry, government, and non-governmental organizations throughout the Pacific Northwest.
Staney Community Forestry Project
Four workshops were held on Prince of Wales Island, Alaska, to develop a common understanding of the current environmental, economic, and social conditions in the project area and to develop a vision for what the area should be like in 25 to 50 years. The workshops also produced specific desired future conditions for five sectors: timber supply, economic opportunity, terrestrial habitat, aquatic habitat, and subsistence. The 60 participants included scientists and managers from the Forest Service and Alaska state agencies, representatives from the island's communities, and others with interest in the island.
Sensor Network Technologies
A 3-hour workshop was held in Estes Park, Colorado, to exchange information about sensor network development. A series of short talks, followed by a panel discussion specifically focused on identifying gaps in sensor network tool development explored possibilities for coordination of tool development and enhancing adoption of existing tools through training and support. About 45 people attended.
The Power of Nature
About 500 people attended this public lecture, "Reflections on Mount St. Helens 30 Years Post-Eruption." The event was sponsored in part by the PNW Research Station. Guest speakers included ecologist Jerry Franklin, poet Gary Snyder, and writer Ursula Le Guin.
Watershed Management and Research
Station scientists led a research tour on stream and riparian issues in the Capitol State Forest near Olympia, Washington. The seven attendees were students participating in the "Minority Students in Natural Resources" program at Portland State University.
Webinars on Climate Change and Forest Vegetation Models
Two Webinars titled "Integrating Climate Change with Forest Vegetation Models for Adaptation Planning" were hosted at the University of Washington. In total, 300 participants from the United States and Canada learned about the numerous factors that need to be considered when trying to integrate climate change models with vegetation models used in forest planning and management.