IFR 2013 Progress Report

We wish to provide a brief update on what the UW Institute of Forest Resources (IFR) has been doing during the past several months.

Most recently, we were excited last week to announce the completion of the 2013 Western Washington Hardwood Assessment. With funding from the Washington Hardwoods Commission and IFR, researchers Luke Rogers, John Perez-Garcia and B. Bruce Bare produced a new assessment of Washington State’s hardwood resources, including estimates as of 2010 and projections through 2030.

IFR Progress Report for 2013The hardwood assessment is one of six research proposals IFR is currently funding for 2013 and 2014. In the autumn of 2012, we solicited pre-proposals from SEFS faculty and ultimately selected six projects to fund. During a two-year period, these projects total about $1.5 million in research investment (using a combination of our McIntire-Stennis Cooperative Forestry funds and a 1-1 match from project collaborators). We are very pleased that all funded projects have active partners from across the state and include public agencies, private organizations and NGOs.

In January and February 2013, we presented updates on these projects (in PowerPoint) to the Washington State House of Representatives, Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee, and Washington State Senate, Natural Resources and Parks Committee (download Senate version). And as the five remaining projects produce research reports, we will keep you updated and make them available online.

Thank you for your continued interest and support!

IFR Releases 2013 Western Washington Hardwood Assessment

2013 Western Washington Hardwood AssessmentAs part of an ongoing series of hardwood resource assessments in western Washington, the University of Washington’s Institute of Forest Resources (IFR) just released the latest assessment. Drawing from the Washington State Biomass Assessment database, this study estimated the volume of hardwoods by management zone, owner group, diameter class and species as of 2010, with projections through 2030.

Hardwood tree species grown in the Pacific Northwest comprise an important economic component of the timber resources for the forest products industry in western Washington. In recent years, hardwood consumption by mills has amounted to more than 5 percent of the total log volume consumed in the state. As landowners continue to convert hardwoods into forest products, there is great potential to expand this economic contribution. Increased demand and outlets for the timber harvest, in turn, can increase financial returns for forest landowners and operators—and these economic projections depend on an up-to-date hardwood inventory.

To learn more about the hardwood inventory and the report’s findings, the 2013 assessment is now available for download (PDF). This report was made possible by the generous support of the Washington Hardwoods Commission and the McIntire-Stennis federal cooperative forestry research programIf you have specific questions about the assessment, please contact Luke Rogers, John Perez-Garcia or IFR Director Bruce Bare.