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    • Dean Lisa GraumlichA scientist known internationally forresearch on climate and ecosystems –and who has a track record of gettingwide-ranging groups of experts tofocus on environmental issues – waswelcomed as the inaugural dean of theUniversity of Washington’s College ofthe Environment on July 1, 2010.Dean Graumlich supports Pack Forestand visited with staff in October.
    •  New Name. New director search underway. Tom Hinckley continues as interim director. Enrollment stands at 355 undergraduates and 167 graduate students, a total of 522. Highest total enrollment for the school in several decades.
    • Impact of funding cuts: Administrative and support staff cuts Increased tuition for students Larger class sizes Increased time to accomplish activities as everyone is doing more Deferred maintenance
    •  Retirements at Olympic National Research Center, Stand Management Cooperative, Precision Forestry Cooperative lead to holes in staffing. Can’t be filled due to budget cuts. GregEttl begins as Director of SMC and PFC in January. Continues as Director of CSF-Pack Forest. Oversees research at ONRC.
    •  We are NOT closing. Reduced permanent staff in forest and conference center operations by three positions. Other positions no longer full- time. Forest ecologist position shared with State Parks. Deferring maintenance on structures and forest road system.
    •  Holding pattern while waiting for timber markets to improve and for the completion of the ECOSEL auction before scheduling a large timber sale. Continuing with pre-commercial thins. Forest ecologist position shared with State Parks.
    •  Activity-based budgeting and staff cuts are bringing students back to Pack Forest. Students are more involved with planting trees, measuring forest inventory plots, and collecting and analyzing data for several research projects.
    •  Summer internships, spring break activities and research assistants. Foreign interns return to Pack Forest. New weather station.
    •  Pack Forest attached to almost $3 million in grants. Future funding uncertain as federal and state funds continue to contract. Increasednumber of students doing grad research projects at Pack Forest.
    •  Vulnerability and adaptation to climate change in Western mountain ecosystems Research Sponsored By: USDI US Geological Survey Multi-objective optimization to evaluate and sell forest ecosystem services Research Sponsored By: USDA Nitrogen fixation in poplar: Increased efficiency of bioenergy crop production. Research Sponsored By: National Science Foundation Endophytes for ecological restoration, climate change mitigation, and improved forest productivity. McIntire-Stennis Funding. S.L. Doty, S-H. Kim, G. J. Ettl, and S. Brown. (Drew Zwart)
    •  Multi-objective Optimization to Evaluate and Sell Forest Ecosystem Services. (Nora Konnyu, Svetlana Kushch, Paul Fischer, Jeff Comnick, and Rachel St. John) Integrating Carbon and Other Ecosystem Services into a Framework for Forest Management. Deschutes National Forest, USFS. S. F. Toth and G.J. Ettl. (Svetlana Kushch) Endophytes for ecological restoration, climate change mitigation, and improved forest productivity. McIntire-Stennis Funding. S.L. Doty, S-H. Kim, G. J. Ettl, and S. Brown. (Drew Zwart) Assessing the role of harvest intensity in improving forest health and providing biodiversity as an ecosystem service. G.J. Ettl, Turnblom, E., Wirsing, A., and S. F. Tóth. McIntire-Stennis Funding. (Kevin Ceder)
    •  Providing forest ecosystem services with ECOSEL auction mechanism in experimental settings. S.F. Toth, S.S. Rabotyagov and G.J. Ettl. (Gabrielle Roesch). Influence of soil moisture on Alnusrubraectomycorrhizal fungal community distribution throughout a growing season. G.J. Ettl (Kate Galligan). Physiological responses, survival, and growth of Douglas-fir and western redcedar seedlings in a variable overstory retention silviculture system. G.J. Ettl (Cockle, A., Walter, T., Hough-Snee, N.) Nitrogen Fixation in Poplar: Increased Efficiency of Bioenergy Crop Production. Doty, S.L., Kim, S-H, Ettl, G.J., and R. Bura. National Science Foundation. (Jenny Knoth)
    •  Is self-sustaining although some maintenance has been deferred. New clients have discovered the center as a cost-effective venue for retreats and workshops. State agencies have increased use. More weddings and private stays.
    •  Summer interns maintain trails. Eagle Scout project restores Hugo Peak puncheons. Increased usage related to fees at State Parks. Surveys completed over the summer to determine level and type of use.
    •  Upper Level Education UW Seattle-Tacoma, Evergreen State College, Green River CC, PLU, and others use Pack as for classes/field trips. Delegations from S. Korea, China, Chile, Brazil, Japan and France visit last year as well as US groups.
    •  K-12 Schools Over 750students/teachers have toured Pack Forest in past two years. FFA – Pack Forest prepares and hosts FFA Forestry and Natural Resources competitions.
    •  Conference Center offers forest tours for groups such as Seattle Young Peoples Project, Ritsumekian-Humans and the Forest, Women Evolving-Biological Sciences, Sierra Club, ESA-SEEDS, Russell Family Foundation. Scouting Groups – Use the forest for outings and badge work. Pierce County Search and Rescue – Uses the forest for training, 8 weekends per year.
    •  EOSEL forest management modeling complete. Website created. Need final UW approvals. Mount Rainer Institute concept moves forward. Business plan and curriculum development. Increase student participation Student interns from other forestry schools
    • ―Legacy and change, tradition and transition— all have been part of our daily experience this year at SFR. Budget shortfalls require transformative thinking. We must be attentive to new and innovative directions as we implement goals to keep us in the top rank of schools offering forestry research and education. Our legacy and traditions of strategic planning, interdisciplinary collaboration, strong donor support, and public engagement help us in this task. ‖ --Tom Hinckley