The ways Pacific Northwest forests sequester
carbon, respond to pests and may be managed in the future are topics
June 24 and 25 during a review of nearly 10 years of old-growth
research on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest using a towering
25-story construction crane and many decades of work in surrounding
forests of all ages.
Technical presentations June 24 in Stevenson,
Wash., and a field trip June 25 are free and aimed at forestry
professionals interested in management implications
of what's been learned and in suggesting future research using the Wind River
Canopy Crane. See: http://depts.washington.edu/wrccrf/scicon2004.html.
especially for the public is an opportunity to talk one-on-one
with researchers during a poster session and reception June 24
starting at 4 p.m.,
followed by two public lectures at 7 p.m. Sessions June 24 are all at the Rock
Creek Center in Stevenson.
The University of Washington and two arms of the U.S.
Forest Services – the
Pacific Northwest Research Station and the Gifford Pinchot National Forest – partnered
to erect the canopy crane in 1995 in Southwest Washington near Stevenson. Mapping
and basic research started at the site in 1994, and this year marks the 10th
anniversary of science meetings concerning canopy and forest research there.
crane is the largest of any of the 11 cranes operating in the world today and
has been used by more than 300 scientists from numerous universities, agencies
and institutions to study how old growth forests function and the implications
for managing forests of many ages including timberlands.
Averaging 25 to 35
projects a year, work using the Wind River Canopy Crane has produced
several hundred publications, the 11 most recent going online
a special issue of "Ecosystems," http://link.springer.de/link/service/journals/10021/index.htm.
using the crane is networked with results from surrounding forests where, since
the 1930s, workers and scientists have conducted hundreds of experiments
and field studies into nursery practices, seedling survival and growth, genetics
and the ecology of Douglas-fir forests.
No sign up is necessary for sessions
June 24 but space is limited on the field trip so reserve a place
by contacting Bob Obedzinski, (360) 891-5114. Contact
Obedzinksi or Sarah Greene, (541)750-7360, with questions about the program.
Contact Annie Hamilton, (509) 427-7028, firstname.lastname@example.org,
with general questions.