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Pacific Northwest Research Station

Pacific Northwest Research Station
1220 SW 3rd Ave.
Portland, OR 97204

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A Message From the Station Director

Bov Eav, Station Director. Photo by Tim LeBarge.With 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 rainforests function.

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 Alaska.

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 and well-being.

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 after 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



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