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Pack Forest

  1. 1. Pack Forest Update 10-15-10 Gregory J Ettl Associated Professor and Director Center for Sustainable Forestry at Pack Forest
  2. 2. Pack Forest  UW’s Research and Experimental Forest – 4374 acres – Working forest (harvest 40 ac/yr) – 56,000 ft2 Conference Center – $900,000 annual operating budget – $38,790 state support, 15-25 UW employees  Self-sustaining – Private goods: timber, conference center revenue, grants and contracts, cell phone tower leases, state support, salal and firewood – Potential sale of development rights or property – Potential sale of ecosystem services—conservation easements
  3. 3. SO WHAT HAS CHANGED?
  4. 4. Interim Director, School of Forest Resources Tom Hinckley CSF-PF Director Greg Ettl Forest Manager ½ vacant Woods Utility Lead 0.6 FTE Outreach Specialist Vacant Woods Worker Vacant Trail Maintenance Vacant-lay-off Woods Worker Vacant CSF-PF Program Manager Vacant Conference Manager Terri McCauley Lead Custodian Diane Harris Dining Hall Supervisor Georgainne Crouchet Program Assistant Maintenance Mechanic 0.8 FTE Assistant to the Director Pat Saunders 2 Research Assistantships 4 summer interns Utility Worker Vacant-lay-off 10 Dining Hall Staff Organizational Structure 15-25 Employees 13 students and volunteers this summer Layoffs Added Students
  5. 5. SO WHY THE CHANGE?
  6. 6. Forest Resources  4374 total acres – 461 ac in ecological reserves – 118 ac adjacent to the main campus buildings – 78 ac of forest adjacent to the main entrance, and the junction of state HWY 7 and 161 – 3717 ac of production forest are available to support operations
  7. 7. Harvest History: Sorry but we cut too much Total land base (timber production land) in acres Total acres harvested Total land base harvested (% of 4374 ac) Land production % of what we owned at time harvested 1970’s 2880 (2200?) 644 14.7% 29.3% 1980’s 4073 (3400?) 1105 25.3% 32.5% 1990’s 4374 (3717) 720.7 16.4% 19.4% 2000’s 4374 (3717) 462 10.5% 12.4% Total 1970-2008 4374 (3717) 2932 67.0% 78.9% •Note that under a 35-year rotation we would expect to harvest 1/35th of 3717 ac (106 ac) each year • On a 65-year rotation (57 ac/year) •2932/28 years=104.7 ac/year
  8. 8. Projected harvest and revenue in a good (2007) timber market 5-year harvest period *Standing Initial Volume MMBF Harvested Volume MMBF Stand volume gained in period MMBF Residual volume at end of period MMBF 2010-2015 32.33 7.26 2.14 27.21 2015-2020 27.21 6.29 1.17 32.09 2020-2025 32.09 7.24 6.78 31.63 2025-2030 31.63 7.11 13.34 37.86 2030-2035 37.86 7.72 15.86 46.00
  9. 9. Harvest Plan under good timber market
  10. 10. Projected harvest under poor timber market 5-year harvest period *Standing Volume Beginning MMBF Harvested Volume MMBF Stand volume gained in period MMBF Residual volume at end of period MMBF 2010-2015 26.2 9.90 1.51 14.79 2015-2020 14.79 11.79 10.34 13.34 2020-2025 13.34 12.17 2.47 3.64 2025-2030 3.64 ††9.27 14.46 8.83 2030-2035 8.83 8.83 15.86 10.20 2035-2040 10.20 10.20 12.85 12.85 Stands enter production-sized sorts around 50 years post harvest and therefore volumes increase as stands planted post 1970’s-1980’s harvests mature stand volumes increase. †Assumed net timber revenue: $250/MBF for Douglas-fir, $250/MBF for red alder, $600/MBF for western redcedar, and $3/ton pulp. ††Additional timber volume comes from cutting campus and road buffers.
  11. 11. NOW WHAT?
  12. 12. Steps to Revitalize Pack Forest  Increased State Support?  More students (classes and research)  Grant and contract revenue  Mount Rainier Institute?  Divest of land?  ECOSEL Auction of Management – Looking to hold a stakeholder meeting – It would be great to have support of Nisqually River Council
  13. 13. THANK YOU

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