Sustaining Our Northwest World: From Fire to Flowers

2005 Forest Resources Lecture Series

The beauty and diversity of our Pacific Northwest forests, landscapes, and gardens are integral parts of our lives. Yet natural and human influences such as global warming, wildfires, decisions about resource use and public policy, and landscape and garden design can have a dramatic effect on them. How can we balance the human desire for beauty with sustaining our region's economic, social, and ecological values?

Endless Campus Online: The Sustaining Our Northwest World lectures series is now available to watch online via UWTV. Choose a lecture:
  • Forests Aflame
  • Who Shapes the Visual Landscape ... and Does it Matter?
  • The Importance of Form & Textural Contrast in Garden Design

  •   When:Thursdays, February 10, 24, March 10, 2005
    Where:Kane Hall Room 110, UW Seattle Campus
    Time:Lectures begin at 7 p.m., reception at 8 p.m.
    Cost:Series Pass: UWAA Members/UW Faculty and Staff $9, Non-members $12, Students $7
    Individual Lectures: UWAA Members/UW Faculty and Staff $4, Non-members $5, Students $3
    Online registration for the series is now closed.


    Professor Jim AgeeFebruary 10, 2005
    "Forests Aflame: Strategies and Challenges for Managing Fire in the West"

    Professor Jim Agee, Virginia & Prentice Bloedel Professor of Forest Ecology, College of Forest Resources
    Wildfires in western forests have become uncharacteristically severe, large, and frequent as a result of past forest management practices. Forests that historically benefited from natural wildfire are now being destroyed by these changing patterns. Today, we have the forest management tools to promote healthier, fire-safe forests. But challenges to using these tools at large landscape levels include social acceptance, global warming, and regional carbon balances.

    Professor Gordon BradleyFebruary 24, 2005
    "Who Shapes the Visual Landscape ... and Does it Matter?"

    Professor Gordon Bradley, Professor of Forest Planning, College of Forest Resources
    Forested landscapes are valued throughout the Northwest. However, land-use plans and programs result in the creation of landscape patterns that may not always be pleasing to the viewing public. Do planners and policy makers have an obligation to make decisions more compatible with people's needs? If so, are there ways to foster participation to ensure that people's aesthetic concerns are met? While many land-use requirements focus on economic, ecological and other welfare considerations, they do not have to result in landscapes that compromise our visual preferences.

    Dan Hinkley, '85March 10, 2005
    "Exclamation, Accentuation, Punctuation; the Importance of Form & Textural Contrast in Garden Design & Plant Selection"

    Dan Hinkley, '85, MS Forest Resources, UW 1985, International Plantsman & Horticultural Lecturer
    Of numerous landscape design principles for more visually satisfying gardens, three concepts remain paramount. The use of differing textural qualities of landscape subjects (accentuation), creating depth in plantings by the use of the vertical element (exclamation) and employing repetitive elements for continuity and cohesiveness (punctuation) are easily digested elements of good gardens that can, if employed, provide instant gratification.

    Our Thanks

    This lecture series was sponsored in part by funds from the Rachel A. Woods Professorship in Reforestation in the College of Forest Resources, University of Washington. More...

    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