Health of Puget Sound, Part 1

November 26, 2013

In the spring of 2010, the Denman Forestry Issues Series was presented by the School of Forest Resources in the new College of the Environment, at the University of Washington. The series featured 10 featured speakers to discuss “Forests and the Health of Puget Sound.”
The first session focused on “What is the Problem with the Health of Puget Sound?” Tim Quinn, Biologist and Chair of the Puget Sound Partnership Science Team, provided an environmental overview of the Puget Sound Ecosystem. UW Professor Rob Harrison examined the critical role of soil for growing forests and keeping Puget Sound Healthy. And, Terry Williams the Natural Resource Commissioner for Tulalip Tribes delivered tribal perspectives and solutions.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 Harrison (UW)|,Robert Harrison, professor, Forest Soils, School of Forest Resources, University of Washington Terry Williams|,Terry Williams, commissioner, Natural Resources, Tulalip Tribes, Natural Resources Treaty Rights Office Tom Hinckley|,Tom Hinckley, professor and interim director, School of Forestry, University of Washington Tim Quinn|,Tim Quinn, biologist, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife; chair, Puget Sound Partnership