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Description Nisqually river
The Center for Sustainable Forestry at Pack Forest is used for graduate and undergraduate academic programs, research, conferences, continuing education and public outreach. Terrain ranges from flat to steep (up to 100% slopes). Elevations range from 600 to 2000 feet. Soils range from glacial outwash to andesitic and lacustrian. Forest cover is predominantly Douglas-fir, with some red alder, hemlock and cedar; there are some meadow environments, streams (intermittent to river), wetlands, and ponds. Substantial forest stand diversity, ranging from new plantations to old-growth Douglas firs exists. The main forest is generally secure and reasonably vandal-free, making research investments relatively easy to protect. Users must comply with rules related to the use of University-owned facilities.
South Pierce County. The forest is located 68 miles south of the main UW campus. Access is via SR 7 and SR 161.
Duane Emmons, Forest Manager, College of Forest Resources, 360-832-6534 ext 212, FAX: 360-832-3613, and Terri McCauley, Conference Center Manager, 206-685-4485 ext. 227, FAX: 360-832-3612,
4,250 acres.
45 total: 60,000 gross sq. ft., all frame construction with steel roofs, constructed in 1930s and 1980s. Buildings include garages, houses, apartments, dormitory rooms, cabins, class and conference rooms, laboratory, meeting rooms, dining facility, faculty and staff offices, mechanical and warehouse buildings, and physical plant buildings. In general, all are in good physical and mechanical condition.
Pack campusSpecialized forestry, research and logging equipment; maintenance equipment; and vehicles. Computer lab with 20 computers and ether net access.
10 cabins sleep 80, 10 dorm rooms sleep 32, 6 single occupancy apartments, and 4 houses lodge up to 15 guests.
University of Washington, College of Forest Resources.
Self-sustaining revenue and general operating funds.
Recent Usage
Research: more than 10 active projects, some of which are long-term (more than 10 years). Instruction: Undergraduates in residence each spring quarter (all quarter); other instructional use by UW, other colleges/universities, state and federal agencies. Non-UW: Over recent years 41% of use has been by UW (directly sponsored), 33% by agencies and companies in the forestry business, 11% by local and state government and school districts, and 15% by the general public (community service); forest used extensively for public recreation. Events are scheduled for 71% of the days of the year.
Usage Fee
Varies. Current rates and conference information is available at:
Very good condition.
StudentsTelephone numbers: 206-685-4485, 253-692-4485, 360-832-6534 Administrative Office extension 200, Conference Office extension 227.
By road. The property has about 35 miles of logging-standard roads; generally, no portion larger than 100 acres is without road access. Access to lands can be arranged through on-site permanent management staff.
Unique Environment
Forested environments from recent harvests through dedicated old growth. Two rivers of statewide significance; glacial and parent soils; some meadow, pond, and wetland environments.
11 permanent staff.