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. 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

Jeff Kelly, 253.692.4162, jeffwk9@uw.eduSchool of Environmental and Forest Sciences

Acreage

160 acres – The only improvements consist 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 School of Environmental and Forest Sciences as a gift in 1930s for forest research purposes only

Support

Self-sustaining revenue

Recent Usage

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.

Access

By road.

Unique Environment

Lowland, highly productive forest lands, managed for forest products production, completely surrounded by urbanizing communities.

Faculty/Staff

None.

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