- 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, firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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.
- Specialized 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
- Usage Fee
- Varies. Current rates and conference information is
available at: http://www.packforest.org/
- Very good condition.
- Telephone 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
- 11 permanent staff.