A Message From
the Station Director
a mix of both sadnessand excitement, I’ve embarked on a new
chapter in my life—retirement. After
more than 27 years with the Forest
Service, I retired in December 2012.
My tenure with this agency has been
rewarding beyond my imagination—
and the last 6 years, which I spent
here at the Pacific Northwest Research
Station, were especially memorable.
As Station Director, I commissioned
the newest addition to the Nation’s
experimental forest and range network, Héen
Latinee, in 2009. The station manages Héen
Latinee, a Tlingit name that means “River
Watcher,” in partnership with the Alaska Region.
Its outstanding setting—which reaches from
ridge to reef, from glacier to marine environment—
helps the station conduct nationally
significant research on how coastal temperate
That same year, I was one of the signatories of
a memorandum of understanding that paved the
way for the Alaska Coastal Rainforest Center. The
center now has 18 partners committed to making
it a hub for temperate rainforest education and
research in Juneau.
The station’s commitment to research in Alaska
will be further demonstrated in 2013 when
employees move into the new Juneau Forestry
Sciences Laboratory, adjacent to the University of Alaska Southeast. It,
too, will be primed for
collaboration and will
eventually house station
scientists along with
colleagues from State
and Private Forestry, the
Forest Service’s Alaska
Region, the University of
Alaska Southeast, and the
Alaska Coastal Rainforest
Center. Through these
partnerships, science will support adaptation
to climate change and help develop sustainable
management practices for the Forest Service
In 2012, the renovation of the Corvallis Forestry
Sciences Laboratory was completed and
the station welcomed the Siuslaw National Forest
headquarters and U.S. Geological Survey to share
the new space. This new proximity is creating
synergy among scientists and land managers.
In 2012, we met with stakeholders interested in
the research at the Starkey Experimental Forest
and Range over the years. Agreement on the value
and need for continued research was readily
apparent. This is how the station makes a lasting
contribution: steady systematic learning.
The climate change adaptation guidebook is
another good example of systematic learning.
Forest Service scientists started with one
case study forest, then a second and a third.
The guidebook has been adopted by the
entire National Forest System and other land
management agencies across the country as
they develop adaptation options for responding
to climate change.
Similarly, fire and smoke modeling is becoming
indispensable to fire suppression activities around
the country, contributing to the public’s health
Consistency is key when it comes to data collection.
The forest inventory and analysis presence
in Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California, Hawaii,
and the Pacific Islands yields invaluable information
about the status and trends of forests year
There is so much good work occurring at the
station and with its partners; I am confident that
the station is well positioned to continue providing
timely, high-quality information to clients in
the years to come.
Station Director Bov B. Eav