The University of Washington’s SAF Student Chapter conducted the UWSAF 2014
Student Symposium in late November on the UW campus. Six student presentations
showcased the outstanding quality and diversity of graduate level research at UW’s
School of Environmental and Forest Sciences.
Student presenters included:
Jim Conan (PhD Student) presented results from research he is conducting in Florida
to map fire hazard at Eglin Air Force Base in northwestern Florida. Mapped fuel types
are also placed within pathways that reflect how fuels can change under different
management and natural disturbance regimes.
Luyi Li (MS Student) conducted the research to understand the impact of site
characteristics and management on Douglas‐fir plantations with the focus of evaluating
soil parent material and nitrogen fertilization influences. The study was analyzed with
paired-tree design in the western Washington, Oregon with Stand Management
Cooperative at the University of Washington, Center for Intensive Planted-forest at Oregon State University, and US Forest Service's Pacific Northwest Research Station. The outcomes provide information for wood property model construction and further research in assessing stand conditions on Douglas‐fir plantations. She would be presenting some results in growth parameters and wood property respects.
Emilio Vilanova (PhD Student) presents the results of a collaboration project that took
place between 2011 and 2012 with the Forestry Department of the Food and Agriculture
Organization of the United Nations (FAO), where FAO carried out a review study
entitled “The silviculture in the Amazon rainforest: current status and recommendations
for policy and the practice” to gather updated information about the “state of the art”
regarding the silviculture of natural forests in this region. Emilio presented some results
for Venezuela´s case.
Nichole Studevant (MFR Student) presented an overview of a project management
plan for a 33 acre unit, which is part of a larger ecological thinning project in the Cedar
River Municipal Watershed. The prescription was linked to the objectives of the larger
project and to the watershed’s Habitat Conservation Plan. The steps needed to
complete this project included forest inventory, FVS modeling to predict future
conditions, written documents with maps, field layout, and the development of a Forest
Practices Application and Notification.
Abraham Ngu (MFR Student) exhibited the forest stewardship plan for Henry's Ridge--
‐Black Diamond--‐Ravensdale Retreat, 645 acres of forested land owned by King
County Parks in Black Diamond/Maple Valley. Among alternative treatments,
recommendations include a variable density thin in Douglas-fir stands as they approach
maximum biomass accumulation. This plan was the centerpiece of Applied Forest
Ecology; a 3-credit class offered last Spring (SEFS590E), in partnership with King
Rachel Roberts’ (MS Student) research looked at the natural resource management
conflict in the Olympic Experimental State Forest (OESF). The cognitive psychology
theory of framing views such conflicts to be a result of misalignment between different
stakeholders’ perception of which issues make up this conflict. In order to address this
conflict, we construct different groups’ frames of the problem so that they are clearly
defined and can be compared in order to find common ground and disagreements.
The event was organized by the UWSAF Chapter Committee Sam Israel, Chair; Hollis
Crampo, Co--‐Chair; Marisa Bass, Treasurer; Zach Bass, Secretary; and Colin
Kirkmire, Regional Student Rep. Hollis Crampo served as master of ceremonies.
On behalf of those members in attendance from the North Puget, South Puget, and
Southwest Washington Chapters, we wish to thank the UWSAF Chapter for organizing
this very informative meeting and serving an excellent student prepared meal.