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Oct 3

The OESF T3 Experiment Collaborative Workspace is now hosting Final Review Maps

The Study Plan is now in the process of being finalized. A link will be provided soon for access and discussion of the latest version.

A set of 20 Final Review Maps, four of the Supplemental Small Scale Study Areas located in four linear drainages and sixteen T3 Watersheds maps are now available online on the Collaborative Workspace.

Sept 5

Long Term Ecosystem Productivity Project: Sappho, WA Framework GIS and Field Data Integration

The Washington Department of Natural Resources and the University of Washington | Olympic Natural Resources Center's Forest Research division has collaborated to bring this project, started in the late 1990s, into the 21st century. The process of generating GIS-accessable framework (geodetic and administrative) data and integrating data collected in the field to enable GIS based analysis, maps, and other products has matured.

The maps and data available at the new SapphoGIS Collaborative Workspace are designed to be used in the field by personnel involved in this effort, streamlinning data collection and integration in future years. Unlike other mapping pojects we've undertaken, the maps here are borderless layered georeferenced PDFs to enable display on GPS capable devices in addition to in-office desktop capabilities.

Apr 20

Announcing The Learning Forest Newsletter Inaugural Issue

Dear Friends,

It is my pleasure to announce the inaugural issue of the newsletter The Learning Forest.  

This publication is a collaborative effort between the Olympic Experimental State Forest (OESF) Research and Monitoring Program at Washington Department of Natural Resources and the University of Washington Olympic Natural Resources Center (ONRC). Through this newsletter, we will share scientific advancements and innovations in managing lands for multiple objectives such as habitat conservation, timber harvest, recreation, long-term productivity, and resilience. Although the geographic focus is the OESF, featured topics will be relevant to land management questions across the Olympic Peninsula, Washington state, and beyond.

The newsletter will be published electronically twice a year and will be distributed via email as an attachment and  posted on DNR’s OESF and ONRC websites. The first issue is attached to this email and is available online here.

If you wish to receive future issues of the newsletter, please subscribe via the following link: http://eepurl.com/cLqmg5 and follow the two-step process of subscription and verification (it take only couple minutes).

The newsletter editorial board would appreciate your feedback on this new publication. Please email comments and questions to the OESF Research and Monitoring Manager, Teodora Minkova at Teodora.Minkova@dnr.wa.gov, the ONRC Director, Bernard Bormann at bormann@uw.edu, or the newsletter editor, Cathy Chauvin at Cathy.Chauvin@dnr.wa.gov.

Best Regards,

Teodora Minkova, Ph.D.
Research and Monitoring Manager for Olympic Experimental State Forest

Mar 25

Large-scale experiment on the rural Olympic Peninsula (T3-OESF) Collaborative Workspace is now being implemented!

We at ONRC are now in the process of implementing an online workspace where participants in the Large-scale experiment on the rural Olympic Peninsula can exchange information, data, and maps.

Access to the T3-OESF Project online workspace by going here.

Feb 25

The OESF Habitat Status Story Map is now up on WaDNR's OESF webpage!

Feb 22

UW News: Large-scale experiment on the rural Olympic Peninsula to test innovations in forest management

Read the news release here!

Feb 2

Proposal for a Watershed-level Experiment Approved - News Release Feb 22

The ONRC has helped develop a landscape-scale forest management experiment planned for the Olympic Experimental State Forest. The study will take place on State trust lands managed by the Washington Department of Natural Resources in western Jefferson County along the outer WA coast.  It will develop, implement and compare a range of sustainable-ecosystem management strategies using a scientific design, and then to apply what is learned to inform management policies on WA DNR and other public forest lands.  The study plan is scheduled to be completed this spring and will include 16 small, fish-bearing watersheds ranging in size from 750 to 3500 acres.  The total area involved is about 24,000 acres.  Three management strategies and a no-action control will be compared including one similar to the U.S. Forest Service’s zoned conservation strategy, one represented by the current DNR land management plan (integrated management), and one that is more aggressive (higher risk and return) than the DNR plan in implementing an un-zoned approach. 

The proposal was discussed with key stakeholders including environmental groups, state trust land beneficiaries, and timber industry representatives.

DNR intends to implement the management treatments as part of their timber sale program. UW will contribute …. Project managers are also seeking outside funding through grants and partnerships.

Read the entire study proposal released to key stakeholders.

The UW office of news will provide a news release on the T3 study in February


ONRC Marine Research Technologist Anthony Odell was quoted in a KOMO news story on August 4, "Toxic algae blooming in warm water from California to Alaska." Odell is part of a NOAA-led team surveying the harmful algae bloom, which was first detected in May.

Marine-Based Economic Resources on the Washington Coast

The Washington Working Coast project is an economic assessment of marine-based resources on the Washington Coast, including Clallam, Jefferson, Grays Harbor, Pacific and Wahkiakum Counties. A group of University of Washington graduate students pursuing the Environmental Management Certificate from the Program on the Environment are taking the lead on this project. Read more.


Anadromous Fish Habitat Intrinsic Potential Modeling

2015 Habitat Intrinsic Potential Maps Now Complete!

As a continuation of our previous IP modeling efforts with Wild Salmon Center (WSC) in 2012-2013, ONRC has partnered with Washington Coast Sustainable Salmon Partnership (WCSSP) to implement Intrinsic Potential (IP) modeling of Chinook, Coho and Steelhead along the entire Outer Coast of Washington State (OWC), and has now added WRIA 19 along the north coast of the Olympic Peninsula to our efforts as Washington State Department of Natural Resources (WaDNR) has joined the effort.

New Habitat Intrinsic Potential maps for Chinook, Coho and Steelhead are now available for all of the following WRIAs. All of the projects, products and documentation for the ongoing salmonid IP modeling project can be accessed by going to the Anadromous Fish Habitat Intrinsic Potential Modeling Portal.

To improve our product, we have revised all 1,428 maps to reflect a new style, which incorporates aerial photography in the base map data and is cleaner and clearer.

TerrainWorks, the architects of NetMap, the software we have been using the last four years, has issued this advisory relating to an overestimate of high IP scores and a resultant underestimate of medium IP scores. As a result, we have taken down all maps related to previous efforts; however, we retaining the documentation, which remains very useful.

Many Thanks!

To Mindi Sheer at Northwest Fisheries Science Center, NOAA, for her invaluable contributions to this effort! She has since moved on to work in the Carolinas, and we wish her well!