Sustaining Our Northwest World: When Humans and Nature Collide

Our Pacific Northwest forests and urban ecosystems have long been cherished for their beauty, recreational opportunities, wildlife, and economic value. Today, as our population expands, we face new challenges to ensure that future generations can enjoy the abundance of forest products, plant and wildlife diversity, and recreational opportunities we enjoy today.

Please join the University of Washington College of Forest Resources and the UW Alumni Association for "Sustaining Our Northwest World: When Humans and Nature Collide," a three-part lecture series in which UW faculty members explore the intersections between human consumption and ecological function through findings from their latest research.

Endless Campus Online: The Sustaining Our Northwest World lectures series is now available to watch online via UWTV. Choose a lecture:
  • The Challenges of Forest Stewardship in the 21st Century
  • Are Cities for the Birds?
  • Still Batty After All These Years?
  • Room change: Due to high demand, the room has been changed from Kane 220 to the larger Kane 120.


    Professor Jerry FranklinFebruary 12, 2004
    "A Fork in the Road: The Challenges of Forest Stewardship in the 21st Century"

    Professor Jerry F. Franklin, Professor of Ecosystem Science, College of Forest Resources
    Throughout North America, the need for active stewardship of public forests is already critical and will greatly intensify in the 21st century. Globalization of the wood products industry is creating new and serious challenges to forest stewardship. Our region forces the questions of who will purchase industrial forest lands of departing corporations and what they will do with them. Where will society find the will and resources to carry out forest stewardship? The old timber-environment controversies of the 20th century are no longer relevant, but their echoes obscure the very different challenges of the 21st century.

    Professor Simon WestFebruary 26, 2004
    "Still Batty After All These Years? Contemplating the Future of Bats in the Managed Forests of the Pacific Northwest"

    Professor Stephen D. West, Associate Dean and Professor of Wildlife Ecology, College of Forest Resources
    How have timber management activities altered the use of forests by bats? Can we identify forest conditions that inhibit or promote bat welfare? How can such information be obtained from animals that are small, nocturnal, and use sound frequencies beyond our ability to hear? Information from new field techniques and results of recent research will address these questions and offer a glimpse of alternative futures for bats of the Pacific Northwest.

    Professor John MarzluffMarch 11, 2004
    "Are Cities for the Birds? Balancing Our Needs and Desires with Ecological Function in Urbanizing Regions"

    Professor John M. Marzluff, Professor of Wildlife Science, College of Forest Resources
    As inhabitants of a large metropolitan region, we are familiar with many of the benefits and determinents of urban life, but we sometimes ignore the effects of our increasingly urban lifestyle on wildlife. Learn about recent research in the Seattle area that is determining which birds benefit from and which are extinguished by urbanization. In addition to general patterns of birdlife in and around Seattle, you will investigate American crows in detail to learn why they are so abundant in urban areas and what effects they have on other songbirds. A surprising outcome of this ecological research is that birds such as crows, because of their immense cultural influence on people, might be critical in the future to keep our ties with nature as our cities grow.

    Reading List
    Gain background for the lectures and learn more with the complete series reading list.

    Presented by the
    UW Alumni AssociationCollege of Forest Resources