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About Us

Program Background

Overview

The Forest Health Watch Program is a co-produced initiative to facilitate research and education about the health of urban and rural forests in the Pacific Northwest.

Objective

We strive to generate actionable information and provide educational opportunities through research conducted by and with communities and partners.

Program Oversight

Program Director

Dr. Joey Hulbert

Joey is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Washington State University. He has a background in forest pathology and he is passionate about public engagement in science.

His initiative to lead this program stems from his experience establishing the Cape Citizen Science program in South Africa during his Doctorate.

Primary Mentor and Advisor

Dr. Gary Chastagner

Gary is a Professor and Extension Specialist at Washington State University. He leads the Ornamental Plant Pathology program at the WSU Puyallup Research and Extension Center. Gary has a robust background in studying and managing insect pests and diseases of conifer species.

Mentor and Advisor

Dr. Marianne Elliot

Marianne is a Senior Research Associate at Washington State University. She manages many plant health research projects and has a strong background in forest pathology. Marianne has also led multiple citizen science projects such as the Volunteer Stream Monitoring Program and the Arbutus ARME.

Funding

Source

Funding for the establishment of this program was provided by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture in the form of a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (Grant Number 2020-67034-31766). Support for this program is anticipated until June 2022.

Budget

We have a small budget for research and educational activities. Research activities can involve sample collection and processing. Educational activities generally include activities such as workshops with professional staff and hikes with youth.

Support this program

We are always looking for additional support to grow and sustain this program, more funding = greater positive impact. Please contact us if you are interested in supporting this program.

Advisory Committee

Please check back again soon for a list of partners that participate as program advisors.