The station sponsors learning events each
year, often in partnership with other agencies, organizations,
and universities. A few events are highlighted below.
people participated in symposia,
workshops, and webinars sponsored
by the station.
people went on field trips led
by station researchers.
people participated in conservation
education activities sponsored
by the station.
Assessing the Impact of Climate Change in Alaska’s
Forests: The station hosted workshops in Fairbanks,
Juneau, Sitka, Kenai, Haines, Anchorage, and Palmer with
22 key clients and research partners. Participants developed
a conceptual framework to describe the impacts of climate
change across Alaska forests.
Blue Mountains Elk Habitat Modeling Workshop: Station
scientists and partners presented ground-breaking models
depicting elk nutritional resources and habitat selection
in the Blue Mountains of eastern Oregon and Washington.
The models can benefit land management plan revisions and
habitat restoration for elk in this region. The workshop
was held in Pendleton, Oregon, where 140 people participated.
BlueSky Training: Station
scientists led two training session for National Forest System
staff using the BlueSky framework to model fire information,
fuel loading, smoke dispersal, and more. About 50 people
attended the training in Redmond, Oregon, and 45 attended
the training in Missoula, Montana.
Forest and Fire Scenarios Workshops: Station
scientists organized workshops in Klamath Falls and Bend,
Oregon, with 24 representatives from forest management
and nongovernmental organizations. Attendees shared information
about factors affecting forests and fire; scientists provided
a tutorial on how to use scenario planning to address uncertainties
and connections in ecological and social systems.
Density Management in the 21st Century: At
this 3-day conference, 120 natural resource professionals
reviewed 20 years of thinning research in young forests
of western Oregon and Washington. Forty-five people participated
in a related 1-day field trip.
Density Management Study Tours: Station
scientists led two tours through the Green Peak and Delph
Creek study sites for 85 natural resource professionals
and explained the ongoing Density Management and Riparian
Buffer study designs and research findings. The tours were
cosponsored by Bureau of Land Management, Oregon State
Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA)
2012 Client Meetings: PNW-FIA held symposiums
in Portland and Honolulu to discuss current research activities
in the respective regions. The second day featured training
workshops where clients received help with analyzing FIA
data to answer challenging resource questions. Seventy
National Emissions Inventory Workshop: Station
scientists taught 40 people how to use local data to improve
the National Emissions Inventory for Wildland Fire at the
International Emissions Conference in Tampa, Florida.
Next Generation Genetic Sequencing Workshop: This
workshop introduced 54 participants to the essentials of
next-generation sequencing. The workshop was part of the
Botanical Society of America’s 2012 annual meeting in Columbus,
Sudden Oak Death Science Symposium: National
and international leaders in the discipline of forest pathology
and ecology came together to discuss and present their
research findings on Phytophthora ramorum, the pathogen
that causes sudden oak death. About 150 people attended
the event in Petaluma, California.
Station scientists make time to
share their expert knowledge with students and their teachers
through programs ranging from classroom activities to week-long
field camps. A few activities from 2012 are highlighted below.
Forest Camp 2012: Station and Siuslaw
National Forest staff taught roughly 200 sixth graders
about ecology and the role of fungi in forest ecosystems
at Camp Tadmore, Lebanon, Oregon. Forests Inside Out! The
station continued its partnership with the nonprofit World
Forestry Center in Portland to support Forests Inside Out!,
a successful summer conservation education program. This
program is a series of 2-day immersive and unforgettable
indoor and outdoor experiences for 400+ children ages 6
to 10 and family members from diverse and underserved communities
in the greater Portland metropolitan area. The program
promotes active, healthy outdoor lifestyles for young children
and their families and introduces participants to urban
forests, natural areas, and national forests. Eight high
school and college-age students from the Portland area
were hired as mentors for the program.
|Learning on Mount St. Helens: The station
and partners are using the Mount St. Helens landscape as
a living laboratory for teaching middle school teachers
and their students about disturbance ecology and natural
history. Twelve middle school teachers and 40 middle school
students attended this workshop at the Mount St. Helens
National Volcanic Monument. Another 60
students from the Battle Ground School District, Washington,
learned about the life history, reproductive biology, and
general ecology of amphibians of Clark County in classroom,
laboratory, and field settings.
Minorities in Agriculture and Natural Resources
Research: About 25 high school students from
Roosevelt High School, Portland, Oregon, attended presentations
about aquatic ecology research and natural resource management.