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Our school, established as one of the first natural resource programs in the country, has been "creating futures since 1907." On July 1, 2009, the College of Forest Resources became the School of Forest Resources within the University of Washington's new College of the Environment, and on January 1, 2012, the school became the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences. Our vision is to provide world-class, internationally recognized knowledge and leadership for environmental and natural resource issues. Our programs focus on the sustainable development of products from natural resources and the sustainable management of environments that include wilderness and park-like ecosystems, intensively managed planted forests, and urban environments. Our new name acknowledges the increasingly integrative and interdisciplinary challenges in environmental and natural resources management throughout the world, and the need to educate professionals to meet these challenges.

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Ellen Hooven: 1924-2016

Seventy-two years ago, a young woman named Ellen Johnson arrived on the UW campus to begin her studies. She didn’t realize it when she applied, but Ellen would be one of the first two women ever enrolled in the College of Forestry, and four years later, in 1948, she would become the very first to earn an undergraduate forestry degree from UW.

We were very sad to learn that Ellen passed away last December, a couple weeks shy of her 92nd birthday. We were enormously grateful to have had a chance to catch up with her the previous year, and some of her memories of college—nearly 70 years after graduating—were still as poignant as the day she got tossed into Frosh Pond on Garb Day.