Forest Service to dedicate new Juneau Laboratory with ribbon
cutting ceremony, house post unveiling
May 18 event includes guided tours of the state-of-the-art,
USDA Forest Service
Pacific Northwest Research Station
Juneau, AK: May 14, 2013
JUNEAU, Alaska. May 14, 2013. The Forest Service’s Pacific
Northwest Research Station will officially dedicate its new Juneau
Forestry Sciences Laboratory this Saturday, May 18 during an afternoon
ceremony that includes guided tours and the raising of carved house
posts. The event is free and open to the public.
Our new laboratory will strengthen the station’s Alaska research
program and enhance the partnerships critical for addressing natural
resource issues in the state and beyond,” said Robert Mangold,
Acting Station Director.
Adjacent to the University of Alaska Southeast
campus, the 12,000-square-foot facility includes both office and
specialized laboratory space.
It provides a collaborative environment for Forest Service research
scientists to interact closely with university faculty, students,
agency colleagues, and key regional stakeholders. The building
scientists and staff from the station, the Forest Service’s
Alaska Region, and the Alaska Coastal Rainforest Center and is
home to research on climate change, watershed and young-growth
human values and uses of natural resources, and forest health.
Energy-efficient features—including high-efficiency ground
source heat pumps and a heat recovery ventilation system—and
regionally sourced building materials feature prominently in the
new building. In addition, the building’s entrance will be
flanked by two house posts, carved by Tlingit master carver Wayne
Price, that pay homage to the Eagle and Raven moieties of the Tlingit
People, on whose ancestral land the laboratory is built. The posts
will be unveiled and raised during the ceremony.
Guided tours of
the facility will be available every half hour from 12:00 to 3:00
p.m. on May 18. Signup will be onsite. The formal
begins at 3:00 p.m. and will feature the Woosh.ji.een and Mt. Juneau
Tlingit Dancers and speakers including Acting Station Director
Mangold; former Mayor of Juneau Bruce Botelho; and University of
Chancellor John Pugh.
- What: Juneau Forestry Sciences Laboratory Ribbon-Cutting and
House Post Dedication Ceremony
- When: Saturday, May 18, 2013; Open
house and tours from 12:00-3:00 p.m.; formal program from 3:00-4:00
- Where: Juneau Forestry Sciences Laboratory; 11175 Auke Lake
Way; Juneau, AK 99801
For more information or to RSVP, call (907) 586-7802.
The Pacific Northwest Research Station—headquartered in Portland,
Oregon—generates and communicates scientific knowledge
that helps people make informed choices about natural resources
the environment. The station has 11 laboratories and centers
located in Alaska, Washington, and Oregon and about 390 employees.