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2019-20 LECTURE  - 01/16/20

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Todd Bates, Forestry Professor, Grays Harbor College

"Unique Management of a Unique Location"

Nobody who drives Washington State Highway 12 between Elma and Aberdeen can miss the massive structures towering above the horizon: the unused cooling towers that mark what is now the Satsop Business Park. There is more to the management of the "old nuke site" than just a bunch of rusting old buildings. In addition to a thriving business enterprise venue, there is a forest that surrounds this industrialized site. This month's presentation will be about the relationship and management of the forested landscape between the Port of Grays Harbor and Grays Harbor College.

Todd Bates graduated in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Management from University of California-Berkeley, and started his career with Potlatch Corporation as an operations specialist in Headquarters, Idaho. Todd worked for the Idaho Department of Lands in Kamiah, Idaho as a resource manager and forest practices forester from 1991 to 2004. He acquired a Master of Forestry degree from Berkeley in 1998. In 2004 he started working for the Washington Department of Natural Resources in White Salmon (and later in Ellensburg) as a forest practices forester and small forest landowner forester. Todd also has teaching experience, including a semester at Reedley College in Reedley, California and one year for Columbia Gorge Community College in Hood River, Oregon. In 2008 he came to Grays Harbor College as the lead (and only) instructor of the AAS Forest Technology program. His current responsibilities are development and implementation of curriculum, student and extracurricular advising (ie SAF student chapter), and administrative coordination. Additionally, he is the Resource Manager at Satsop Business Park, a position which is comprised of development and implementation of resource-related management activities including timber sales and silvicultural projects, coordination of student work crews, and administrative coordination. Todd has been married for 18 years to Brenda Sue, and they enjoy three teenage children (Patricia, Russell, and Tyler).

$10 Admission at the door each Thursday evening. $50 season tickets available at Coastal Interpretive Center or at the first two lectures.

Shilo Inn, Ocean Shores, 6:30 p.m.