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2011 Northwest Environmental Forum

Forest Watershed Services: Forests for Fish, Forests for Faucets

The June 2011 Northwest Environmental Forum (NWEF) is intended to help launch a collaborative initiative to develop and implement a demonstration forest watershed services market project in 2011-12, in order to generate useful transaction evidence, in response to legislative direction in Engrossed Substitute House Bill (ESHB) 2541. The intended outcome of the Forum is to flesh out key aspects of the project and secure commitments to participate in an initial project workgroup or workgroups.

School of Forest Resourced - Graduate Student Symposium

Streaming Video Presentations

8th Annual School of Forest Resources
Graduate Student Symposium

University of Washington, Seattle
February 25, 2011

This collection of short streaming video presentations reflects the wide array of research being done by graduate students at the College of Forest Resources.

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Wood to Energy in Washington:
Imperatives, Opportunities, and
Obstacles to Progress

June 2009

At the request of the Washington State Legislature, a thorough investigation of the potential for utilization of wood for renewable energy in Washington has been conducted by University of Washington scientists. This report represents a synthesis of information and analysis provided from many sources.

Washington State forestlands at risk of conversion

Washington's Resource Lands

The Washington Resource Lands webpage consists of information stemming from the Washington State Forestland Database and the Small Forest Landowner Database. The collection, compilation, and assessment of data derived from these databases is the core of the 2007 Washington State Forestland Database: Final Report . Go to the Washington Resource Lands page for other reports, informative tables, and statewide maps!

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SAF 2008 Convention

Society of American Foresters 2008 National Convention

Forestry in a Climate of Change:
Tribal Forestry

November 5-9 • Reno, Nevada

The Rural Technology Initiative was invited to present at the SAF Convention in the Tribal Forestry session. The complete session was video recorded and can be accessed by following the link above.

Larry Mason represented the College of Forest Resources, and presented during the session. His streaming video presentation is available with the others using the link above. Alternatively, you can view PDF of his presentation Tribal Forestry - Increasingly Important yet Underappreciated. You can reveal the notes for each slide by holding your cursor over the icon in the upper-left corner (PDF narative icon).


Riparian Adaptive Management Symposium

November 3-4, 2008

University of Washington • Olympic Natural Resources Center
1455 S Forks Avenue • Forks, Washington

This two day symposium was hosted at the Olympic Natural Resources Center in Forks, WA. The streaming media include audio and video segments that cover the presentations as well as the questions/discussion.

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Report to the Washington State Legislature

The Washington Log Trucking Industry:
Costs and Safety Analysis

August 2008

The Rural Technology Initiative, University of Washington
The Transportation Research Group, Washington State University

(C. Larry Mason, Kenneth L. Casavant, Bruce R. Lippke,
Diem K. Nguyen, and Eric Jessup)

Here's a related article from the University of Washington News.

Forest Fuels Reductions and Biomass-to-Energy;
Parallel Opportunities for Public Benefit

2008 Bioenergy Conference and Exhibition
Prince George, BC
June 2, 2008

This PDF is the presentation given at the conference by Larry Mason of the Rural Technology Initiative. To see the narrative text that accompanies this presentation, place your mouse cursor over the icon in the upper left corner of each slide.

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Economagic: A Learning Module for Demystifying Forest Economics -

The core of the learning process for this module is a series of targeted, interactive lessons that progressively build on principles and applications of forest economics. *Click here to go to the Economagic web page .

*This site was funded through CSREES and built by Kevin Zobrist and Matt McLaughlin of the Rural Technology Initiative. It is hosted outside of the RTI website at, and requires free registration.

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Basic Hand and Power Forestry Tools

This website is funded by RTI and WSU Department of Natural Resource Sciences. It is intended for the small-scale forest landowner who is faced with the many tasks required to maintain a healthy, productive woodlot. These activities may include: pre-commercial thinning, pruning, fire hazard reduction, snag creation, dead wood placement, herbicide or fertilizer application, seeding roads and trails, tree planting, and other improvement work. You can do much good for your woodlot and at the same time derive great pleasure in doing this work when you know what needs to be done and what tools can best and most economically help you do the job. This web site has been developed to show you some of these tools.

Pursue a higher education in resource sciences:

The use and preservation of our natural resources is an issue of extreme importance. How better to make a difference in this area than to study a natural science at UW or WSU? Both schools work with RTI in the effort of making current technologies available in rural communities. There are a wide variety of scholarships available. If this interests you, please contact the following institutions.

School of Forest Resources
Link to the WSU Department of Natural Sciences Program overview
Department of Natural Resource Sciences

The Student Services office is staffed by:

Undergraduate Contact:
Debra Salas-Haynes, Undergraduate Counseling Services Coordinator

Graduate Program Contacts:
Amanda Davis, Graduate Counseling Services Coordinator;

Student Services Phone # (206) 543-7081

Be sure to ask about available undergraduate and graduate scholarship and financial assistance programs!

The Department of Natural Resource Sciences is well-positioned to serve the educational needs of students with an interest in a wide variety of natural resource and environmental fields, issues and career aspirations.

Go to the link below and navigate to the information that best relates to your desired field of study.

Department of Natural Resource Sciences


EnVision  generates graphic images to depict stand and landscape-scale datasets.
An LMS visual of stand growth over 50 years The Stand Visualization System generates graphic images to depict current and future stand conditions.

Free Forestry Software!

Landscape Management System (LMS), LMS Analyst, LMS Economatic, LMS Inventory Wizard, Pegger, Stand Visualization System (SVS), Environmental Visualization System (EnVision)

Pegging in a road over a topo map using Pegger LMS Analyst visual
EnVision  generates graphic images to depict stand and landscape-scale datasets.

Much of RTI's work requires published documentation. This ranges from short fact sheets to large reports. You can view all of our publications by using the "Publications" link on the menu to the left, or you can go straight to our most recent publications by clicking here.


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USDA Forest Service State & Private Forestry
WSU Cooperative Extension
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