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2009 Science Accomplishments Report > Learning Events >

Learning Events

H. J. Andrews Experimental Forest, Oregon

Symposia, Workshops, and Tours

  • 604 people participated in symposia and workshops
  • 838 people went on field trips
  • 1,813 people participated in conservation education activities

The PNW Research Station sponsors scientific and technical events each year, many with the help of partners, including nongovernmental organizations, state and federal agencies, and universities. Below is a description of some of these events.

Applications of Mount St. Helens Science:

At the request of the University Austral de Chile, two station scientists traveled to Valdivia, Chile, to present their research on the ecological responses to Mount St. Helens' 1980 eruption to 45 participants. The university sought the expertise of the scientists, who have been studying volcanic disturbance at Mount St. Helens for the past 30 years, to help with initial assessments of the ecological impacts at Chaiten volcano, which erupted in Chile in 2008. Sixty people were involved in the ecological assessment. Several months later, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Geological Survey's Alaska Science Center hosted a presentation in which one of the station scientists discussed aspects of Mount St. Helens' 1980 eruption that were relevant to the August 2008 eruption of Alaska's Kasatochi volcano. Twenty people attended the session.

 

ArcFuels and Risk Analysis Workshops:

At these workshops, station scientists taught land managers how to use ArcFuels, a new tool for modeling fuel-reduction treatments, and discussed how formal risk analyses can benefit planning. About 15 managers from the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests attended a workshop in Bend, Oregon, and 35 from the Northern Region attended a workshop in Missoula, Montana.

 

Climate Change Risk Workshop:

More than 80 resource managers, academics, and scientists from across the Pacific Northwest attended a workshop on the management of climate change risk in forests. The event explored silvicultural and genetic approaches to developing forests adapted to climate changes.

 

Constructing Low-Impact Roads:

A station hydrologist led this 1-day course on constructing roads to minimize their impact on the environment. The course was held in the town of Dalat in Lam Dong Province of Vietnam. About 20 people attended, representing various Vietnamese government agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and universities.

 

Dead Yellow-Cedar Utilization Demonstration:

Station scientists held a 2-day workshop in Thorne Bay, Alaska, that discussed utilization options for dead yellow-cedar. As part of the workshop, the group of 30 participants traveled to a demonstration site to examine dead trees, evaluate their wood quality, and estimate recoverable wood volume.

 

Fire Tool Virtual Training Session:

A station scientist held a virtual training session on the use of a key tool for predicting postfire successional trajectories in interior Alaska's black spruce stands. The session was offered to about 40 fire ecologists and managers in Fairbanks and Anchorage using video conferencing technology and was held in conjunction with the Alaska Interagency Fire Effects Task Group's fall and spring reviews.

 

Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) Client Meeting:

FIA shared the status of its activities for the last year as well as the results of its research efforts with 60 of its Washington, Oregon, and California clients. The program also invited its clients to present results from their research based on FIA's inventory data.

 

International Workshop on Ungulate, Forest, and Landscape Management:

Thirteen people from the United States, United Kingdom, Denmark, Sweden, and Estonia attended a week-long workshop that focused on the joint management of ungulates, forests, and landscapes. During the event, attendees worked on research synthesis papers and a prospectus for future research collaboration.

LIDAR for Forest Planning:

Station scientists conducted a 1-day workshop on the use of LIDAR data from the Sherman Pass Scenic Byway pilot LIDAR project. The 25 participants who attended learned about the available data and how to use it in planning forestry activities.

 

Mapping Vegetation Structure in the Pinaleño Mountains Using LIDAR:

A station scientist collaborated with the Forest Service's Remote Sensing Applications Center to conduct a 3-day workshop on the use of LIDAR data collected in Arizona's Pinaleño Mountains for planning forestry activities. The workshop was attended by 40 participants, including specialists from the National Forest System, state agencies, and universities.

 

Mount St. Helens Interpretation Training:

The station's lead scientist at the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument presented key science from his studies at the volcano to 30 interpreters and visitor center staff members at a day-long training workshop.

 

Participatory Action Research Workshop:

During this 2-day workshop, 12 participants learned about participatoryaction research (PAR)—a collaborative nonsurvey approach to gathering information and creating conversation with people in a place-based community. Attendees also worked to identify and develop resources to support PAR practitioners.

 

Silvicultural Research at Capitol Forest:

A station scientist led a day-long field tour for 14 employees of the Bureau of Land Management at Capitol Forest outside of Olympia, Washington. Participants visited study sites and discussed recent findings.

 

Sixth International Integrated Pest Management Symposium:

During a 3-day symposium, 12 attendees learned about the challenges of developing and implementing an integrated pest management program for bark beetles in the Western United States. The event featured six invited speakers from the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

 

Soil Recovery Workshop and Tour:

Seventy participants—including federal and industry resource managers, university faculty, and nongovernmental organization members—participated in a B&B Fire workshop and field tour in the spring. The event explored soil responses to and recovery after wildfire and postfire forest management.

 

Variable-Density Thinning Study:

Thirty-two members of land management and natural resource organizations toured installations of the Olympic Habitat Development Study. During the day-long tour, participants viewed sites and discussed variable-density thinning and the creation of artificial log structures.

 

Variable-Retention Silviculture Tour:

A station scientist led 27 district foresters, regional managers, and regional timber sale administrators from the Washington State Department of Natural Resources in a field tour of Capitol Forest outside of Olympia. The tour was designed to improve reforestation planning and further understanding of the growth and yield trends of different treatments and society's perceptions of these treatments.

 

Western Pine Beetle Workshop:

About 12 people attended a workshop on the Upper Imnaha Western Pine Beetle Management Project. The 1-day event took stock of what has been learned about pine beetle management and how it might be applied by participants.

 

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