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Alumni Camp

Estate Taxes

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Calendar of Events

Arbor Day Fair
CFR Courtyard
April 25, 26, 27

Garb Day — CFR Courtyard
June 1

CFR Graduation
June 8

Alumni Camp
Pack Forest
July 20, 21, 22

SAF Alumni Social
Denver, CO
Sept. 14

Washington Forester

University of Washington College of Forest Resources Alumni Association

President's Report

The understory sparkles as the sun shines upon the bright green leaves of the Indian plum—the first sign to me each year that spring is just around the corner.  Our neighboring woods are waking up, ready to burst with new foliage and flowers.  The migratory birds are dropping in and, oh, have the woodpeckers been busy.  It is such a wonderful time to explore our many beautiful neighboring parks and forests—especially with children. 

I encourage each of you to take your children or grandchildren on walks through the woods during the next few weeks and let them observe the changes of spring.  Share your College of Forest Resources learning with them.  The more time we all spend in the woods, the happier and healthier we will be.

The Arbor Day Fair is fast approaching.  2,100 children will be attending the fair on April 25, 26, and 27.  If you haven't signed up to volunteer yet, I urge you to do so.  It is such a joy to witness the children of our community, exploring the many aspects of forestry.

The Alumni Family Camp is another fun opportunity for CFR families to learn about our forests. The camp will be held at Pack Forest on July 20, 21, and 22.  My husband, three children, and I had a wonderful time last year and are looking forward to the camp again this year.

Have fun with your children.  Happy Spring!

Colleen Ponto, '81

Thomas Retires from CFRAA Board

After 64 years associated with the UW College of Forest Resources (thirty seven of those as faculty), Dave Thomas, '41, '48 has decided to retire from the UWCFRAA board. In his resignation letter, Dave quoted Tennyson's Morte d'Arthur, "The old order changeth, yielding place to new: and God fulfills himself in many ways, lest one good custom should corrupt the world." Many, many thanks to you, Dave. We wish you good health and happiness.

Alumni Hearsay

Gary Shirley, '55, was honored as Commissioner of the Year by the WA Association of Sewer and Water Districts. Gary has been a Commissioner since 1992 with the Ronald Wastewater District, which serves the Shoreline, WA area.

Don Jordan, '58, and his wife Judy, retired '96 from Weyerhaeuser Co., have moved to Talent, OR (Shakespeare country) for the winter sun.

Douglas Owens-Pike '81, writes: "I was a

In Memoriam ...

Ross Joseph Bowles '37

Franklin Cook '47

Harold Zemke, '50

Lawrence Spencer '51

student of Charlie Driver, Jim Agee, and Lawrence Bliss (Botany). My thesis focused on the impact of introduced mountain goats on endemics of the Olympic Peninsula, and as far as I know, the controversy over eliminating the last of those goats is still being resolved. After completing my degree, I moved into the public policy arena before starting my own company in the Twin Cities of Minnesota eleven years ago. Our company, EnergyScapes, Inc. designs and builds landscapes that benefit the environment using native plants situated to save heating, cooling, and other resources. We have grown to a staff of nearly 10 with annual revenue approaching $500,000. I give many lectures about sustainable principles and would love to do so for the UW and CFR some day when I am out visiting friends, relatives, and clients in the Pacific Northwest.

Dan Hinkley, '85, spoke on "Collecting Plants in Southwest China," part of a series of six lectures co-sponsored by the Seattle Chinese Garden Society and the South Seattle Community College Artist and Speaker Series.

Brian Czech, '88, conservation biologist at U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Wildlife Refuge System headquarters in Arlington, VA, has had two books published in the past six months: Shoveling Fuel for a Runaway Train: Errant Economists, Shameful Spenders, and a Plan to Stop Them All (University of California Press) and The Endangered Species Act: History, Conservation Biology, and Public Policy (Johns Hopkins University Press). In Shoveling Fuel for a Runaway Train, Brian proposes a "steady state revolution" to replace the national goal of economic growth with the goal of a steady state economy. Brian's Web site is

Scott Bodien, '99, forest management, drops us a line in appreciation of the CFR Quarterly. "Now that I am on the other side of the country I enjoy the opportunity to stay informed regarding the progress of the College. I also wanted to let you know I really enjoyed the opportunity to serve on the College's Workplace Quality and Financial Aid committees. I learned a lot more about the workings of CFR while on those committees than in any class I attended. I've also found those skills especially useful on the committees I now sit on at school. I am now into my second semester here at Duke University working on my Master's degree enroute to a Ph.D. in the Nicholas School of the Environment." Scott currently holds the Carl A. Schenck seat in the MF program. He is has begun research into the history of Duke Forest (somewhat like Pack Forest, except it adjoins the Duke campus) which will lead to a book publication. He is also the President of the Duke SAF Chapter.

CFRAA Seeks Nominees for Honored, Honorary, and Distinguished Achievement Alumni Awards

Each year the College of Forest Resources Alumni Association (CFRAA) honors outstanding alumni and friends during the CFRAA Annual Banquet. The Awards Committee would like your help this year in establishing a list of nominees.

David Thomas, '41, '48
Honored Alumnus, 1985
Stan Humann, '60
Honored Alumnus, 1995
Bjorn Hrutfiord
Honorary Alumnus, 1997

The award categories are as follows:

Honored Alumnus Award: first presented in 1947, the award recognizes the contributions of all alumni who live in the Northwest and are able to work closely with CFR administration and its Alumni Association.

Honorary Alumnus Award: the award recognizes non-alumni who have made significant contributions to the development of CFR. These contributions take many forms, including financial.

Distinguished Achievement Award: this award honors CFR alumni who have achieved distinction in their careers but who do not live in the area, making it difficult for them to engage in CFRAA activities and direct development of the College. However, their achievements have and do bring honor and credit to CFR.

If you would like to submit nomination(s), please indicate the category, the name, address, and phone of nominee(s), why the nominee(s) should be considered for the award, along with your name and phone number (in case we have additional questions). Please email all information to Awards Committee Chair Tom Friberg '70, '76 at, mail to Andy Gary, CFR Alumni Relations, Box 352100, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 98195-2100, or call (206) 685-6606. We would like to receive all nominations by May 30, 2001.

Experience the CFR Alumni Camp at Pack Forest, July 20, 21, and 22

Treat your family to a weekend of outdoor adventure at CFR's second Alumni Camp at Pack Forest in Eatonville, WA. Resting beneath spectacular Mt. Rainier, Pack Forest has miles of trails for hiking and biking that feature diverse wildlife habitats, fabulous views, and old-growth and young forest stands.

Alumni of the College of Forest Resources are invited to bring children and grandchildren to a weekend of learning, sharing, and fun. We've scheduled creative, age-appropriate activities for adults and kids that focus on outdoor exploration and education. You can participate in planned activities or do your own exploring on self-guided hikes at Pack Forest.

Alumni Campers, July 2000

This year at camp you can:

• See the forest as you float the Nisqually River

• Take an early-morning wildlife walk guided by wildlife biologist
John Marzluff

• Find forest-related items during a children's scavenger hunt

• Hike the trails guided by Pack's Interpretative Coordinator
Donna Chapman

• Enjoy winetasting with wine connoisseur Bruce Lippke

• Share s'mores, sing, and tell stories around the campfire

• Test your native plant identification with rare plant specialist
Sarah Reichard

• Learn the steps to properly transplant your favorite plants with horticulturist Linda Chalker-Scott

• Experience manipulating a photographic image of the forest onto watercolor paper with Northwest award-winning artist Patrick Haskett

Rest, relax, play, and enjoy Pack Forest with your family! For more details, see our website:
Questions? Contact Andy Gary, CFR Alumni Relations at (206) 685-6606 or email

Arbor Day Fair 2001 Needs You!

Volunteer on April 25 through 27, 2001

Ellen McKinley, Arbor Day Fair Coordinator, at the 2000 Arbor Day Fair, enjoying her daughter Davin's fascination with Smokey Bear (photo by Duane Emmons).

The 2001 Arbor Day Fair is right around the corner. This has been a wildly successful event, bringing over 2,000 kindergarten through 3rd grade students to the College each year. In 1999, the Fair received the National Arbor Day Foundation's 1999 Celebration Award. It is CFR alumni involvement, enthusiasm, and support that make the fair so special.

Volunteer Tasks

Alumni are needed to staff the various learning stations that let children participate in the many aspects of forestry and related sciences. Demonstrations and hands-on activities include papermaking, recreation, wildlife, forest soils, forest products, and forestry careers.

Not only is the fair a positive educational experience, it is an opportunity to get reacquainted with fellow alumni whom you may not have seen in some time!

Volunteer Times

Fair volunteers are needed each day on campus from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. No experience is necessary—we will train you! A sandwich lunch, as well as morning coffee and pastries, will be available to all volunteers.

The CFRAA would very much appreciate any support you can provide, and especially wants to thank those who have been so generous with their time volunteering at the four previous Arbor Day Fairs.

If you can help, please print and fill out the Arbor Day Volunteer Form, and send it to Ellen McKinley, Arbor Day Fair Coordinator.

Estate Taxes Don't Make a Difference.
You Do!

As we all know, predicting the future can be a fool's game. Will the market go up or down? Will estate taxes be repealed . . . or modified . . . or left alone? Some of us are tempted to laugh and repeat that old adage: "The only things that are certain are death and taxes!" But at the College of Forest Resources, we know that even this familiar refrain is only partly right. Because we know for certain that you can make a difference.

Amidst recent speculation about what will become of estate taxes, we ask you to consider this: Does your estate plan show that you want to make a difference?

Supportive alumni and friends of the College have taught us that it isn't the tax savings that means the most to them when they establish a bequest to the College, it's the fact that they will make a difference for future generations of students and faculty.

No matter what happens with estate taxes, you can leave a similar legacy. It's as simple as establishing a bequest in your will or living trust or naming us as beneficiary or a retirement or insurance plan.

If you would like to learn more about how you can establish a bequest for the College, please contact CFR Director of Development Linda Kaye at (206) 543-9505 or email


What’s New?

The Washington Forester would like to be up-to-date on what is new with you, your family, civic, career, or professional activities. We would like to hear from you!

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Washington Forester — Special Note About this Publication

Combining the CFR Quarterly with the Washington Forester for the past few months has proved successful and will continue. However, because of budget limitations, only dues-paying CFR alumni, including life members, will receive all four issues each year. All CFR alumni will receive the winter and summer issues, with dues-paying members additionally receiving the fall and spring issues. And don’t forget!—current and past issues of the CFR Quarterly are available for viewing on the Web at To continue receiving all four issues so you don’t miss out on upcoming CFR alumni events, fill out the form below and return it with your annual dues.

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Enclosed is my check $ _____ for my annual dues to the UWAA.
($45—$35 for seniors 65 and over) Please make out your check
to the University of Washington Alumni Association or UWAA).

Please mail this form and your check to:
UWAA, 1415 N.E. 45th Street, Seattle, WA 98105

Questions: If you are not sure of your dues status you may inquire by calling
the UW Alumni Association at (206) 543-0540 or 1-800-AUW-ALUM.


Editor Andy Gary
(206) 685-6606

UWAA Liaison Joel Domingo
(206) 543-0540/1-800-AUW-ALUM

Washington Forester is published by the College of Forest Resources Alumni Association for its members.

For more information on the College of Forest Resources and University of Washington Alumni Association, please call (206) 543-0540, or 1-800-AUW-ALUM outside the Seattle area.

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