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Center to Provide Education, Research on Temperate Rain Forests

Officials sign a memorandum of understanding that paves the way for the establishment of a temperate rainforest education and research center in Juneau.

Official Signing
Left to right: Mike Sfraga, Director, Geography Program, Univ.
of Alaska (signing for Brian Rogers, Chancellor, Univ. of Alaska,
Fairbanks Campus); Bov Eav, Director, USFS Pacific Northwest Research
Station; John Pugh, Chancellor, Univ. of Alaska, Southeast
Campus; Denny Bschor, Regional Forester, USFS Alaska Region;
Bruce Botehlo, Mayor, City of Juneau; Bill Hanson, Field Supervisor,
U.S. Fish & Wildlife (signing for Geoffrey Haskett, Regional Director,
Alaska Region, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service)

August 13, 2009 federal, university, and city officials signed a memorandum of understanding that paves the way for the establishment of a temperate rainforest education and research center in Juneau. The Alaska Coastal Rainforest Center (ACRC), as it is known, will stimulate and develop temperate rainforest education and research.

The ACRC is a collaborative venture of the University of Alaska Southeast, University of Alaska Fairbanks, the Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest Research Station, the Forest Service’s Alaska Region, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Alaska Region, and the City and Borough of Juneau, Alaska. Mayor Bruce Botelho, U.S. Forest Service Alaska Regional Forester Denny Bschor, U.S. Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station Director Bov Eav, and University of Alaska Southeast Chancellor John Pugh were among the signatories in attendance at this morning’s signing, held at the U.S. Forest Service’s Regional Office.

“The three campuses of the University of Alaska Southeast reside in the Tongass National Forest, the largest temperate rainforest in the world,” said UAS Chancellor Pugh. “I am very excited about UAS partnering to provide educational outreach related to the Alaska Rainforest Center and look forward to working with partners on research and education opportunities.”

For more details, please see Juneau Empire, July 10, 2009 “Out the road, a new research forest,Forest Service will invite long-term studies of climate impacts in Heen Latinee” http://juneauempire.com/stories/071009/ loc_461807421.shtml

 
 

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