Challenges to Forestry in the Northwest

November 25, 2013

In the spring of 2009, the Denman Forestry Issues Series was presented by the College of Forest Resources (now the School of Forest Resources in the new College of the Environment) at the University of Washington. The series featured 10 professors and a post-doctoral scientist from Forest Resources exploring the “Future of Forestry in the Pacific Northwest.”
Session 2 tackles the Challenges to Forestry in the Pacific Northwest, including presentations by Professor of Land Use Planning Gordon Bradley on population increase and forest conversion, post-doctoral scientist in Forest Ecology Jim Lutz on climate change effects on Washington’s forests, Professor of Forest Pathology and Associate Dean for Research Bob Edmonds on forest health and Professor of Wildlife Science and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Steve West on protection of wildlife habitats.
The Denman Forestry Issues series is intended to educate the public about topical issues in forest resources in the Pacific Northwest, as well as provide information to natural resource specialists and students.
More than half of Washington state is forested, so trees are a familiar sight for its residents, particularly in western Washington. Our forests provide lumber and other forest products, clean water for drinking, salmon and wildlife habitat, as well as aesthetic and recreational opportunities. Forests must continue to fulfill these needs for society, but how can we ensure they do so in a way that is sustainable for future generations in the face of population increase, increasing urbanization, declining forest health, global warming and other threats to the forest? The science and practice of forestry is very complicated and multifaceted, and is always changing. The dynamics of land ownership further complicates forest management.
Forests and forestry will continue to be important in the future of Washington state, but both must be managed sustainably. Research and education conducted by faculty and students at the University of Washington will help us accomplish this.
Robert L. Edmonds|,Robert L. Edmonds, associate dean and professor of Ecosystem Sciences, College of Forest Resources, University of Washington Steve West|,Steve West, professor of wildlife science and associate dean, University of Washington College of Forest Resources Gordon Bradley|,Gordon Bradley, professor of forest planning, college of forest resources, University of Washington Jim Lutz|,Jim Lutz, post-doctoral scientist, Forest Ecology, University of Washington