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Student Profile - Jenna Tilt

Jenna Tilt with the Grand Canyon as her backdrop.

Jenna Tilt, who just received her M.S. in CFR's social sciences program, grew up north of Salt Lake City, in Bountiful, UT, where she hiked, skied, and enjoyed the nearby wilderness. In order to incorporate her outdoor interests with work, Jenna spent the summer of 1996 working in Grand Teton National Park which, among other things, she says, "provided a nice illustration of human behavior towards natural resources. My experience in the park was very enlightening, as I observed great disparities in how different groups of people view national parks. I also witnessed first-hand the challenges of communication between the National Park Service and tourists concerning rules and regulations within the park."

Jenna graduated from Utah State University with a degree in environmental history and environmental science. Her thesis, "Looking through a paradox: An environmental history of two Mormon communities," made note of the inherent paradox that comes from the vision of the West as a place of independence and freedom from technology versus the reality of living in the West where survival is dependent upon water, irrigation, and the technology to preserve water resources. In her work, she discovered similarities between the history of Mormon settlement and this paradox and also uncovered several areas in which the paradox theory could not explain the actions of the Mormon settlers. Another aspect of Jenna's undergraduate experience involved a four-month stay in Jerusalem, where she took a class from a participant in the early negotiations between Palestine and the emerging state of Israel. She visited China House (headquarters of the Arab peace process in Jerusalem) the day talks were held in Washington D.C. between Prime Minister Netanyahu and Yasir Arafat and was able to talk to one of Arafat's public relations coordinators. This experience sparked her interest in negotiation processes and conflict management in natural resources issues.

Jenna says, "I came to the UW via Budapest, Hungary, where my husband and I spent a year living and working. I've just finished up my M.S. here at CFR, where my research focused on perceptions of rural character in the context of the state's Growth Management Act's goals and objectives." (Jenna completed the Vancouver marathon this spring while finishing up her thesis—quite an accomplishment!)

"My study explored how rural character is perceived and understood by rural residents, planners, and urban recreationists. Results showed that perceptions of rural character are complex and multi-faceted. While Washington State's Growth Management Act and many planners tend to define `rural' by density level, the premise that low density equates rural character is misleading. For many participants, intangible aspects like community character and how people make their livelihood were in fact more important than density issues in defining rural character. The thesis raises questions about who we are planning for and discusses how rural character may be fostered."

Having finished her thesis, Jenna is off to China for the next four months, where she will "work (and play!)." Then she will return to the Seattle area where she plans to find meaningful work.


Student News

Robert Corletta, MFR student in environmental horticulture and urban forestry, is working on a City of Seattle public tree inventory. For an April 27, 2001 Seattle Times article on this project, see

Jason Smith, undergraduate in conservation of wildland resources, made a presentation on "Forest Fire and Subsequent Growth of Surviving Trees on Orcas Island, WA" at the Fourth Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium on Friday, May 4, 2001. The symposium is an annual UW event.

Jon Honea, Kerri Mikkelson, Kirra Swenerton, and Wilhelm Welzenbach were among CFR students attending the Society for Ecological Restoration, Northwest Chapter's Regional Conference on April 2-6, 2001, held in Bellevue, WA.

Laura Keeley, student assistant in the Forest Resources Library and conservation of wildland resources major, has been awarded a UW Libraries Student Assistant Scholarship, one of 10 student employees of the Libraries to win the $500 award.

Roarke Donnelly, Ph.D. student in wildlife sciences, was recently awarded a UW Huckabay Teaching Fellowship.

Jay Singh, Ph.D. student in social sciences, presented a poster at the Trans-Boundary Protected Areas: The Viability of Regional Conservation Strategies Conference held at Yale University, New Haven, CT, March 30-31, 2001.

Jeff Mathews, graduate student in paper science and engineering, has accepted a position as Visiting Scientist with New Zealand Forest Research. Jeff will work with Pulp and Paper Research Organization staff at the research center in Rotorua, NZ, an opportunity that will
allow Jeff to continue work towards his Ph.D. in the area of single fiber surface charge determination and applications.

Graduate Research Showcase. On April 26, 2001, a special reception hosted by CFR and the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Council of Professional Scientists and Engineers, was held at the UW Faculty Club. The reception showcased research by six CFR graduate students—Mittal Abhishek, Taryn Lynnette Bauerle, Beth Donlon, Ze'ev Gedalof, Kevin Gehringer, Jeffrey Mathews, Kerri Mikkelsen, James Packman, and Dan Peplow.

URSUS. The Urban Sustainability Project (URSUS), a group of graduate and undergraduate students from CFR and other UW units who share a vision of sustainability that will link campus activities with the larger community, sponsored a workshop at CUH on May 2, 2001. The workshop's goal was to bring together UW faculty, staff, students, and organizations in the greater Seattle area to promote the integration of diverse efforts to make urban environments more sustainable.

XI Sigma Pi Inductees. Congratulations to the 2001 initiates of Xi Sigma Pi, Alpha Chapter. Initiates for 2001 included: Mitchell Almaguer-Bay, Taryn Bauerle, Jennifer Brickey, Tessa Francis, Leslie German, Debra Guerrette, Jen Habetler, Morgan Holen, Lena Jones, Mercita Jene Madison-Villar, Lin Robinson, Eric Smits, Noel Studer, David Sund, Nicole Troyer, and Amy White. This was the 94th initiation for Xi Sigma Pi at the UW, where this international forestry honor society had its beginnings.

Student Reports

Cedar Rock Biological Preserve

CFR Ph.D. candidate in environmental horticulture and urban forestry Perry Gayaldo, along with seniors Liz Stevens, Zac Bakke, and Brian Williams, seniors in the forest management program, report on a Spring Quarter 2001 project that developed an inventory and alternative management strategies for the UW's Cedar Rock Biological Preserve in the San Juan Islands. The Preserve was a gift to the UW by the Ellis family and contains island landscapes comprised largely of forestlands and meadows. The project objective was to develop an accurate inventory of the existing forest vegetation and to forecast future forest conditions based on alternative natural and management scenarios. The team combined field and office research to determine stand histories, including past management activities and disturbances. Data was collected to compile tree and stand level information. The Landscape Management Systems program was used to analyze the data. Various silvicultural treatments were projected to observe what stand conditions would facilitate objectives of the donors' intent. Continuous forest inventory plots were also established to monitor changes in the stands over time. Conditions affecting forest health were observed and recorded and recommendations were made regarding the property and future management activities.

In the 1970s, the forest engineering senior class did all of their project work by hand.

Forest Engineering Capstone

Students in the forest and environmental engineering program report on the program's senior capstone design series. "The course has changed dramatically over the last 20 years, but the goals have remained constant—to provide a transition between the theoretical challenges of an engineering education and the practical difficulties of engineering in the real world. Developing technology has done much to help engineers advance in their ability to solve problems, but the new technology brings challenges of its own. The six-student forest engineering class of 2001 faced varied challenges in creating a harvest and transportation plan on 1,200 acres near Clallam Bay, WA, while continuing to build on the advancements of the past.

When the course was first developed by Peter Schiess in 1982, computers had just joined the senior capstone scene. Those computers had similar capabilities to calculators of today, but were an important step toward today's GIS-driven analysis. But, despite the new technology, the analysis is still only as good as the input data. On this year's project, the team ran into problems with poor topographic information in GIS. They were forced to rely on paper maps, using similar technology to that used in the 1980s. The forest engineering program is currently working to improve the quality of GIS topographic information. A new technology called LIDAR is being developed that will create maps with phenomenal resolution by doing little more than it takes to develop aerial photos. Hopefully, this will increase the chance that quality data will exist for future capstone projects, but as this year's class learned, new technology does not remove the need for solid engineering knowledge and skills. After all, you never know when your computer will crash!"

The class made an oral presentation of the project to WA Department of Natural Resources staff at the Olympic Natural Resources Center on June 4, 2001. The presentation included displays, maps, and other materials. For more information on the project, check the class Web site at http://courses.washington. edu/fe450/.

Undergraduate Scholarships
(Spring 2001)

Mekenzie Johnston, Eythor Westman ABB Pulp and Paper Scholarship   Alison Arai, Kathleen Miller, Julie Minnes

Measurex Pulp and Paper Endowed Scholarship

July Groves Ardis and Frank Grunow Scholarship   Erin Horan, David Sund R.D. Merrill Endowed Scholarship
Lorraine Brooks, Tessa Francis CFR Alumni Association Endowed Scholarship   Mark Senger, Elizabeth Stevens

Mackie Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Julie Panike David R.M. Scott Endowed Scholarship   Troy Coleman, Gregory Hostetler, Heidi Watters James Ridgeway Endowed Scholarship
Bryan McMeekin George and Marge Stenzel Endowed Scholarship   Brian Ahshapanek, David Bok, Debra Guerette, James Toole, Jeremy Tryall Hugo Winkenwerder Memorial Endowed Scholarship
Brian Kertson, Karin McMullen, Elizabeth Seminet George H. Wilson Endowed Scholarship   Jesse Craven, Jennifer Dyste, Stacey Harris, Angela Mallon, Rachel Ramos J.H. Bloedel Endowed Forestry Scholarship


Graduate Scholarships/Fellowships (Spring 2001)

Erikka Pearson Agnes Healy Anderson Scholarship
Jason Niebler

Clayton Carlisle Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Graham Mackenzie, Wendy Wayne J.H. Bloedel Endowed Forestry Fellowship
Mark Muir J. Kenneth Pearce Endowed Forest Engineering Scholarship
Kevin Zobrist Lawrence Ottinger Endowed Forest Products Fellowship
Carolyn Alfano, Christopher Ashley, Jeffrey Comnick, Daniel Perrakis, Kirra Swenerton

Lockwood Endowed Fellowship

Deborah Smith Riffe Family Endowed Fellowship
Wilhelm Welzenbach Stanley P. Gessel Endowed Scholarship
Emily Griswold, Jay Singh, Sheri Stephanson William O. Larson Memorial Scholarship
Lyle Almond CFR Alumni Association Endowed Scholarship
Tara Goldsmith, Elissa Ostergaard, Anthony Viggiano College of Forest Resources Scholarship
Michelle Connor, Jean Gauthier Walter B. Nettleton Endowed Scholarship

WPPF Scholarships
Albert Allen Jan Hasbrouck Chris Krumland Deanna Pierce Quan Wang
Leif Backstrom

Jeremy Higgins

Daniel Lee

Josh Pitkin

Bryana Williams
Alexander Buchanan

Tracy Ho

Lenny Lee

Jason Rice

Michael Williams
Edward Draper Aeren Huckleberry Michael McGinty Jamie Schultz Jason Wix
Karen Edwards Jennifer Irvin Eric CR Mildes

Charlie Shonkwiler

Minkyun Flowers Mitchell Johnson Linda Nguyen Michelle Tibayan  
Daniel Halos David Kahler

M. Joseph Percini

William Truemper  

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