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Lee Forest

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Description
The area is primarily flat and tree-covered (mostly mature Douglas fir and red alder) and is completely surrounded by developed and developing residential neighborhoods (upscale). Utility of the property is narrow due to the title restriction and the neighborhood. Research must be relatively passive, due to human intrusion into the site. Protection of installations is difficult. Title requires that research emphasize forest biology.
Location
Snohomish County (between SE 188th Street and SE 197th Street, between SR 9 and SR 522). The closet communities are Maltby (southeast) and Clearview (northwest).
Contact
Duane Emmons, Forest Manager, College of Forest Resources, 360-832-6534 ext 212, FAX: 360-832-3613, emmons@u.washington.edu
Acreage
160 acres.
Buildings
None. The only improvements consists of a logging-standard road, with gates, monumented property lines, and ready availability to power and community water.
Equipment
None.
Housing
No facilities.
Owner
UW College of Forest Resources (gift in 1930s) for forest research purposes only.
Support
Self-sustaining revenue.
Recent Usage
Research: Four long-term projects (3-10+ years): a fibre-yield plantation consisting of red alder and black cottonwood (approximately 10 acres); a conventional clearcut replanted with hemlock and Douglas fir (about 20 acres) whose yield is being compared to a shelterwood harvest system; about 20 acres committed to an evaluation of three sizes of stand-development educational models; and an evaluation of tree stability and mortality within subdivision buffers (about 15 acres). The balance is unused forest land. Instruction: Occasional day field trips to use forest stand types. Non-UW: Recreational (hiking and horseback riding), some firewood cutting.
Usage Fee
Recharge for research support provided by pack Forest staff only.
Condition
Some trash and litter; otherwise, in relatively good condition.
Communication
None.
Access
By road.
Unique Environment
Lowland, highly productive forest lands, managed for forest products production, completely surrounded by urbanizing communities.
Faculty/Staff
Duane Emmons, Forest Manager, Pack Forest.