Christine’s Tea Room

Snap Shots of Amazing Places in Washington
by Christine Chen -- June 4th, 2013

From May 3rd to May 10th in 2013, I went on an amazing journey in the state of Washington. Last semester I took the course Western Field Trip, which is a course from Nicolas School that enables students to extract experience from the forestry management practices by visiting these sites in Washington. The course is taught by Nicholas instructor Jeffrey Pippen (experience lies in climate change ecology, identification of birds, butterflies, and plants) and Judd Edeburn (Resource Manager, with 35 years experience in Duke Forest), who are humorous, knowledgeable and easy-going, the best travel companions you can ever expect!

During the 8-day trip, we visited a heck of a lot of cool sites, including the Simpson Tacoma Kraft (pulp and paper mill), the headquarter of Weyerhaeuser (logging and paper industry), Clemens Tree Farm (owned by Weyerhaeuser), Sol Duc Temperate Rain Forests, Salt Creek Tide Pool, Dungeness Spit, Hurricane Ridge, the Elwha dam (after removal) in Olympic National Park, Mount Saint Helens, and Woodard Bay State Conservation Area. The best thing about this trip is that we had contacts who work in these areas, so we were able to arrange private tours or talks from the insiders. We even had the chance to talk to Peter Goldmark, the Commissioner of Public Lands of the state of Washington face-to-face about the state budgeting issues and responsibilities of Department of Natural Resources (DNR). We also contacted the Duke alumni in the area working and they shared their job-hunting tips (how they got their current job??) and their experience in current positions with us.

This amazing trip not only expanded my knowledge of forestry management, but also nourished my spirit with the beauty of its pristine natural scenery. Let me show you some snap shots of these amazing places first.

1.Sol Duc Temperate Rain Forests

2.Salt Creek

It’s like an oasis at the seashore. The water was crystal clear that you can track every move of shrimps^ and fish easily. Species such as mussels, seaweeds, barnacles, anemone, and fish^ constitute a vibrant ecosystem in this area. The best place to observe tide pool nature that I have ever seen.

3.Hurricane Ridge

4.Dungeness Spit

5.Mount Saint Helens

Elk Rock (The problem of rapidly increasing elk herd)

Hummocks Trail (Hills left behind by the May 18th, 1980 landslide)

Mount Saint Helens


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