College of Forest Resources

Campaign Statement-An Overview

Prepared by: Dean B. Bruce Bare

The College of Forest Resources is committed to international leadership in providing knowledge and solutions for environmental and natural resources issues. To achieve this vision, the College draws on two themes: 1) sustainable forest enterprises and 2) land and ecosystem management in an urbanizing world. Sustainability is our key-integrating concept. While no single word can capture all we do (or may do in the future), the concept of sustainability guides our educational, research, outreach and development programs.

Sustainability implies a rational and dynamic continuation of a set of activities or processes that produce desired products or amenities over a long period of time. It also implies an interdisciplinary systems approach - that integrates the social, ecological and economic sciences -- to understand; actively and passively manage; and use the products and amenities of managed forests, natural wild lands and urban and suburban ecosystems so that they remain productive over the long term. Designing, understanding and managing these systems on a sustainable basis over an entire life cycle is a challenge facing society. We believe that the concept of sustainability captures the essence of contemporary and evolving societal demands and is the proper focus of the College's endeavors.

Societal expectations for both commodities and amenities on managed forests, natural wild lands and urban and suburban landscapes have dramatically shifted in recent years. This shift in demand began after World War II and has grown steadily ever since. Rapidly increasing human populations, the growth of economic prosperity, mobility and technology, as well as a continuing evolution from an industrial to an information-based society, have accelerated the shift. Humans continue to need and consume products and amenities of forests and other wild land ecosystems. However, society's perception and understanding of these consumption patterns continually evolve. People now demand that both producers and consumers eliminate negative effects generated by their respective activities. This has led to an increasing demand for the use of environmentally friendly technologies, sustainable production processes and the protection and restoration of ecological functions and services so that future generations may enjoy the same products and amenities that now exist. Environmental protection and restoration are key components of our vision for the College.

The College's vision and priorities are consistent with the shift towards a sustainable society. We must anticipate the future so that we can provide teaching and learning environments that will enable resource professionals, scientists, decision makers and informed citizens to take leadership roles and use the best, most appropriate science to solve future problems. We must partner with society to define and initiate new academic, research and outreach programs, modify existing programs and discontinue programs that do not effectively respond to the new challenges bestowed upon us. These will be challenging tasks to accomplish, but our vision and goals must respond to all of them in a timely manner.

Funding for transformational change

The following key elements must be present if the College of Forest Resources is to meet its growing challenges: a) a well-educated and diverse faculty with opportunities to continue to grow professionally, b) well-prepared and motivated students, c) state-of-the-art facilities and infrastructure and d) ample opportunities for enhanced student learning. To achieve our vision and to provide these critical elements, the College community has identified the following five development goals for the capital campaign.

  • Enhance student learning opportunities

    As a state-funded research university, we rely heavily on the legislature to provide adequate funds to support student learning opportunities. We seek support to enhance these opportunities by providing experiences that will allow students to be better educated and prepared to enter the professional work force upon graduation. Chief among these are support for: experiential learning; integrated capstone case study courses; regional, national and international field trips, conferences and symposia; study abroad and field research, provision of state-of-the art computers and other types of electronic equipment; unrestricted scholarships and graduate fellowships; and discretionary funds.

    Potential funding goals include:

      Graduate student fellowships - four endowments @ $340K = $1.36 million

      Unrestricted undergraduate student scholarships - ten endowments @ $50K = $500K

      Travel support for regional, national and international field trips, conferences and symposia ($15K per year) - one endowment @$300K or $15K current use funds per year over seven years of campaign

      State-of -the -art computers and other electronic equipment (see section on infrastructure)

      Experiential learning and integrated capstone case study courses providing teacher training for graduate students and quality learning experiences for undergraduates -$60K per year current use funds over seven years of campaign = $420K

      Total = $2.7 million

  • Promote faculty research and development activities

    Maintaining a well-educated and motivated faculty is critical to the long-term success of an educational institution. Although self-motivated, faculty benefit from new opportunities to undertake research and to develop new capabilities. We seek funds to: endow faculty chairs and professorships; provide seed money for proposal preparation; develop unrestricted funds for travel to regional, national and international meetings, conferences and symposia; support the publication of unsupported research; and provide increased opportunities for graduate research seminars, honored seminar speakers and faculty sabbaticals or other leaves for re-tooling to face new challenges.

    Potential funding goals include:

      Four endowed professorships @ $500K = $2 million

      Two endowed chairs = $2.5 million

      Unrestricted funds for travel to regional, national and international meetings, conferences and symposia @ $80K per year over seven years of campaign = $560K current use funds

      Discretionary funds for:

        Seed money for proposal preparation - $20K per year

        Support for publication of unsupported research - $5K per year

        Support for graduate research seminars - $10K per year

        Support for honored seminar speakers - $5K per year

        Support for faculty sabbaticals or other leaves for re-tooling to face new challenges and opportunities - $75K per year over seven years of campaign = $525K

      Total = $5.6 million

  • Improve College facilities and associated infrastructure

    We seek funding to complement that provided by the state legislature to enhance and improve selected facilities and the associated infrastructure. For example, we need to: modernize classrooms; connect to the internet as well as other electronic media; update laboratory facilities for functionality; keep library collections current and complete; provide and maintain student computer facilities throughout the College's units; maintain the plant collections at the Washington Park Arboretum; and provide funds to expand the College's buildings on the Seattle campus.

    Potential funding goals include:

      Enhancements to the rebuild of the Center for Urban Horticulture (CUH) - $1.8 million

      Biotech lab - $1 million

      New facility for the Northwest Environmental Forum at CUH - $3 million

      Funds for pre-design to expand the College's buildings on the Seattle campus - $100K

      New building for sustainable resource sciences (20C on UW Master Plan) - $25 million

      Computer and network hardware - $2 million

      Support to keep library collections current and complete - $12K per year over seven years of campaign = $84K (or an endowment of $280K)

      $6K per year for Forest Resources Library

      $6K per year for Elisabeth C. Miller Horticulture Library

      Update College laboratories, curation and public outreach facilities and maintain plant collections at the Washington Park Arboretum - $500K

      Total = $34.2 million

  • New Initiatives

    New research and teaching initiatives that will allow the College to achieve its vision of sustainable urban and wild land environments include the following:

      Sustainable forestry: Sustaining and protecting forest resources is key to achieving a sustainable society. An increase in population with increasing standards of living and leisure time will result in a greater demand for goods and services produced by managed forests, natural wild lands and urban and suburban ecosystems -- all from a declining available land base. We propose to develop research, learning and outreach programs utilizing exciting technologies and an interdisciplinary approach involving economic, ecological and social sciences to find solutions to these problems. Areas we will focus on include: active silviculture in managed forests (including forest protection); precision forestry, plant biotechnology and ecological engineering to produce forest products sustainably; conservation and restoration of forested lands and their wildlife; and amenities management to help extend the forest resources of Washington State for the benefit and enjoyment of future generations.

      Sustaining urban environments: An inherent conflict exists in developed societies -- a desire for technological advancement and a high standard of living, as well as ready access to natural wild lands and sustainable urban and suburban environments. Population growth and increased consumption with their resulting by-products leave no corner of the globe untouched. We propose to study and solve problems regarding the sustainability of urban environments by focusing on urban ecology, urban and community forestry, urban horticulture, public gardens and issues at the urban-rural interface. We envision taking an interdisciplinary approach involving the ecological, biological, social, economic and policy disciplines to find solutions to these problems. Issues to be studied and solved include how to better utilize horticultural science to solve plant related problems in urban areas, urban wildlife, the practice of forestry on the urban-rural fringe, fire protection in suburban areas, the management of arboreta, green belts, parks and gardens and a variety of similar urban challenges.

      Sustainable forest enterprises: Washington State's managed forests support a forest products industry that constitutes an important economic asset. Solid wood, pulp and paper and secondary manufacturing contribute to this dynamic industrial sector. Technological change and increased levels of environmental protection are not new to this industry. Efforts to reduce the stresses (or the "footprint") that forest products conversion processes place on the planet is now demanding that each of its activities be more sustainable and environmentally sensitive. Additionally, opportunities exist to develop our non-timber forest products as well as non-commodity uses of the forest such as eco-tourism, outdoor recreation and scenic amenities. We propose to develop research, learning, and outreach programs that include finding solutions related to: environmental chemistry, life-cycle analysis, recycling, biosolids disposal and reuse, restoration of contaminated sites and phyto-remediation.

      Potential funding goals include:

      Creation of new programs and centers of excellence that will contribute to the concept of sustainability and the College's leadership in providing knowledge and solutions to environmental and natural resource issues.

      Total - $4 million

  • Program Support

    Increased program support is required to maintain current key programs and is necessary to produce opportunities for the advancement of research and knowledge. Current interdisciplinary programs and centers in the College of Forest Resources, include the following:

      Center for International Trade in Forest Products (CINTRAFOR)

      Center for Streamside Studies (CSS)

      Center for Urban Horticulture (CUH)

      Olympic Natural Resources Center (ONRC)

      Pack Forest

      Precision Forestry Cooperative (PFC)

      Rural Technology Initiative (RTI)

      Stand Management Cooperative (SMC)

      Washington Park Arboretum

      Wind River Canopy Crane

      Potential funding goals include:

      Basic program support - 2 million

      Total - $2 million

    March 27, 2002

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