The societal demands on forests increase to provide an ever-growing list of ecological services: from habitat conservation and timber to carbon sequestration and recreation. Yet, after the adoption of the ecological forestry practices on public lands in the Pacific Northwest in the 1990s, there has been little change in silvicultural systems. A team of researchers and forest practitioners, led by Washington Department of Natural Resources and University of Washington are implementing a landscape-scale management experiment to test innovative forest management strategies that aim to benefit both communities and forests. The Type-3 Watershed Experiment compares alternative silviculture prescriptions, best management practices currently implemented on state lands, and unmanaged controls in both riparian and upland areas. The interdisciplinary experiment will examine the ecological, economic, and social responses to variation in tree species composition, density and regeneration patterns after harvest. The study takes place in 16 watersheds in the Olympic Experimental State Forest on the Olympic Peninsula and is implemented at the scale of standard forest management operations. To further advance the study goal of increasing the ecosystem sustainability, our project team is engaging the local communities through an approach called learning-based collaboration – researchers, practitioners, stakeholders, and tribes work together to shape the study’s priorities, treatments and monitoring activities.
The Environmental Speaker Series is free and open to the public. Talks are held each Thursday at 4:30 pm in Academic Instructional Center West, room 204. Paid parking is available in lot C. Or join us online on Zoom!