26th Annual North American Dendroecological Fieldweek (NADEF)

 Center for Sustainable Forestry

Pack Forest, Eatonville, WA

July 24th – August 1st

*** Registration link: https://goo.gl/NEIDTb***
Download the Information Flyer: https://goo.gl/iE0lCK

The 26th Annual North American Dendroecological Fieldweek (NADEF) will be held at the Pack Forest Conference Center at the Center for Sustainable Forestry in Charles Lathrop Pack Experimental and Demonstration Forest.  The fieldweek will run from July 24th through August 1st and registration fees will be $1300 USD for students and $1500 USD for professionals.  Students should send a photocopy of their student ID with their registration.  Your registration fee includes registration, room, and board for the entire week.  Registration fees are due by June 30, 2016.

If you have any questions about the fieldweek please contact:

Jim Speer

Professor of Geography and Geology

Indiana State University

Terre Haute, IN 47809



Potential topics include:

Introductory Group - Christine Biermann (University of Washington) and Maegen Rochner (University of Tennessee) Dendroclimatology - Bryan Black (University of Texas, Marine Science Institute) and Henri Grissino-Mayer (University of Tennessee) Forest Ecosystem Dynamics - Margot Kaye (Penn State University) and Jim Speer (Indiana State University) Disturbance Ecology/Treeline Dynamics - Aquila Flower (Western Washington University) Dendrohydrology - Grant Harley (University of Southern Mississippi) and Stockton Maxwell (Radford University)


 Sunday, July 24th    Travel Day, Introductions, Introductory Lectures.
 Monday, July 25th  Breakfast.  Tour of the local area; introduction of the projects by the group leaders; lunch; split into groups; Evening lecture/exercise on crossdating/skeleton plotting.
 Tuesday, July 26th  Field day.  Evening lecture: Cleaning and sharpening increment borers.
 Wednesday, July 27th  Laboratory day, Evening lecture: COFECHA
 Thursday, July 28th  Laboratory day, Evening lecture: ARSTAN
 Friday, July 29th  Laboratory day, Evening lecture: Computer resources
 Saturday, July 30th  Laboratory day
 Sunday, July 31st  Laboratory day; 1pm presentation of projects (PowerPoint). Closing celebration.
 Monday, August 1st  Travel day.


Each group will develop and present a PowerPoint presentation to all of the fieldweek participants, starting at 1pm on July 31st.  These presentations will subsequently be posted on the NADEF website.  Each group will also produce a 5-page written report that will be compiled into the final report for the funding agencies and the field station.


North American Dendroecological Fieldweek: https://sites.google.com/site/northamericandendrofieldweek

Pack Forest: http://www.packforest.org/

Registration Page: https://goo.gl/NEIDTb


Pack Forest has overnight accommodations for up to 136 overnight guests. Cozy down comforters, impeccably clean facilities, and good meals will help to make your conference a success. This is the perfect facility for accommodating large groups (ie: students, teachers, and chaperones) under one roof. See http://www.packforest.org/conference/lodging.shtml.


From Seattle: Alternative 1 – Best during high traffic times: (I-5 to Highway 7 -- Through Parkland): Follow I-5 south through Tacoma. Take Exit 127, and follow Highway 512 for about ¾ of a mile. Take the first exit for Steele St and turn left onto Steele St. Steele St becomes Spanaway Lake Loop Road. Continue for about 5 miles on Steele St/Spanaway Lake Loop Road. Turn left where the Spanaway Lake Loop Road ends onto WA-704E/Cross Base Hwy and follow for ¾ of a mile. Turn right onto Highway 7 South. Stay on Highway 7 for about 22 miles through Spanaway and Elk Plain toward Elbe. After you cross the Mashel River, watch for the sign "University of Washington Pack Forest." The entrance to Pack Forest will be on your left.

Alternative 2 – Best during all other times: (I-5 to Highway 161 -- Through Puyallup): Take I-5 south. Take I-405 North “Renton” exit then take the Hwy 167 Kent exit South. Follow Highway 167 to Puyallup, and exit to Highway 161 South. Follow Highway 161 (Meridian Street) through South Hill and Graham, and through the town of Eatonville (approximately 28 miles). Cross the Mashel River exiting town and continue 4 miles past Eatonville until you reach the intersection with Highway 7. Turn left onto Highway 7 South and watch for the sign "University of Washington Pack Forest" approximately 1/4 mile from the Highway 7 : Highway 161 junction. The entrance to Pack Forest will be on your left.

From Portland:

Take I-5 North to US Route 12 (Exit 68, about 1 hour north of Longview). Go east, following US-12 through Morton. Turn left (north) on Highway 7. Follow Highway 7 through Elbe, Alder, and LaGrande. Approximately 1 mile north of LaGrande, you will see the entrance to Pack Forest on your right.


A large wooden sign marks the entrance to Pack Forest at our gatehouse on Highway 7. There is limited parking at the gatehouse and the arboretum for trail users. Main parking areas for visitors and conference attendees are up the hill. Please follow the appropriate signs for your group. Horse trailers should park in the large gravel lot about ¼ mile North of our main entrance near the junction of Highway 7 and Highway 161.

: Fly into Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) which is about an hour and half drive away from the field station.  We will meet you at the baggage claim and have vans to bring you out to the field station.  If you are flying make sure that you arrive on July 24th by 4pm and depart on August 1st after 10am for ease of transport.

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