University of Washington College of Forest Resources Alumni Association
Happy Autumn! As the deciduous leaves start to turn color and fall to the ground, it is a time to reflect on the summer past. I took a break from my own schooling this summer and explored the spruce/pine/fir forests of the Canadian Rockies with my husband and three children. The beautiful sub-alpine forests and the bountiful wildlife of Jasper and Banff national parks were enjoyed by all. My first family car trip was a huge success.
And Happy New School Year! The signs of autumn also mark the start of a new school year and all the excitement that goes along with it. This school year my youngest child started kindergarten and my oldest child started junior high. It was one of those special moments in the life of a parent. I wish all the CFR faculty, staff, and students a happy and productive school year.
I look forward to reconnecting with all of you at our annual meeting and banquet on Friday, November 1st. After electing our new officers and Position 2 trustees at the annual meeting, a CFR research showcase will provide an opportunity to learn about research being conducted at the College. With the social hour, dinner, and presentation filling the evening, November 1st promises to be a great day. Please join us.
Stan Humann Retires
Stan Humann, ’60, forest management, has retired following 20 years with the University and 22 years with predecessor companies to Plum Creek Timber Company. He and his wife Kay, ’59, education, have relocated to Issaquah, WA. Stan intends to continue active affiliation with the CFRAA and will also continue to support the Society of American Foresters through participation on the Accreditation Committee.
On August 11th, a salmon barbecue, roast, and general good time was held at Pack Forest, in Stan’s honor.
Please join Dean Bruce Bare, fellow alumni, and CFR faculty and students at the 2002 CFRAA Annual Meeting/Banquet (see registration form). CFR faculty and students will again provide a stimulating discussion forum, a Research Showcase, where you can hear first-hand about initiatives CFR faculty and graduate students are undertaking in paper science and engineering. This year the showcase will be held at the UW Faculty Club preceding the social, dinner, and program. The traditional social hour will provide alumni with plenty of time to renew acquaintances. Paul Boardman, Director of CFR’s Center for International Trade in Forest Products (CINTRAFOR), will be this year’s featured speaker after the evening banquet; Paul will speak on “Forest Products in the Housing of China and Japan.” Honored and honorary alumni will also be recognized at the event. To attend, please complete the banquet reservation form below and mail it along with your check. Tickets are $35 for members and $42 for nonmembers. However, the UWAA is offering a special rate of $65 for individuals interested in attending the banquet and joining the UWAA. (A one-year membership is $45.) Contact Joel Domingo at (206) 543-0540, 1-800-AUW-ALUM, or www.UWalum.com.
1 p.m. Annual CFRAA meeting
3 p.m. Research showcase: CFR’s Paper Science and Engineering
5 p.m. Social
7 p.m. Buffet Dinner
8 p.m. Program—Paul Boardman
Alumni Presentations—Dale Cole
CFRAA Banquet Reservation Form
• Benton Williams, ’39, reports, “When I graduated in forest products in 1939 and didn’t get a high enough grade on the JF Exam, in the middle of the depression, and there were no jobs, and I was taking pears off a tree in an alley to survive, I found a job at Boeing. They were turning the model 299 planes into what was later called The Flying Fortress, the B-17. I was glad to help them in the seven years I was there to turn out 6,335 of them. It was, of course, far distance from a lumber yard, which was my goal. So now, 55 years later, I am directing a choir of senior citizens. Our time is spent going to retirement homes and day care centers to spread a little cheer. I’m the pianist who used to play in the Forest Club Room many years ago.
• Bill Fuller, ’62, BS, ’67, MS, was awarded the first Outstanding Alumni from the Paper Science and Engineering program Award, at the 2002 Annual Conference of the WA Pulp and Paper Association. Bill was the first graduate of the program in 1967. He has worked at the Weyerhaeuser Company for 35 years and is currently a scientific advisor in the pulp, paper, and packaging R&D group.
• Ben Harrison, ’66, and his wife will travel with the Alumni Association to China in October, a trip highlighted by the Three-Gorges Dam on the Yangtze River.
• George E. Moore, ’68, updates us: He is married with two children and two grandchildren. His address is Kelso, WA, but he and his wife live in Rose Valley, which is east of downtown Kelso. George retired from International Paper Company in 1998 and reports that, “Retirement is great—everyone should try it!” He and his wife raise thoroughbred horses (they have seven at present). For a few years, they raced them in Washington, Oregon, and California. They are both active in the Longview Pioneer Lions Club and George has served on the Cowlitz County Fair Board for 30 years. Earlier this year, he was appointed by the County Commission to be a director on the newly formed Public Facility District. The PFD is working to build a new conference/special events center. In July, George finished 20 years serving as either a Trustee or on the Executive Committee (served two year as Chairman of the Board) of the Northwest Lions Foundation for Sight and Hearing.
• Bob Dick, ’74, reports that John Warness, ’75, retired from Champion International in 2001 and now works for Boise in LaGrande, OR as that region’s land manager.
Will Miller, ’78, is currently a forester with Miller Shingle Company in Granite Falls, WA. He spends roughly two to three days a week in the field working on cruising timber, contract compliance, and quality control. Office days consist of log buying, data processing, and other paperwork. He also runs the full gamut of forestry responsibilities on the company properties in eastern Washington. Will is married with four children. They are adults now, the last one starting college this fall. He is an assistant scoutmaster for a troop in Marysville, WA and has used the opportunity to educate both youth and adults in forestry issues. Will’s hobbies are fishing, hiking, biking, woodcarving, and gardening, to name a few.
• Robert L. May (Bob), ’80, reports, “I am working
with wood fiber, pushing paper as an insurance agent since 1983.
I am married with two children, live in Puyallup, WA but work in Tacoma.”
• Claudia Ross, ’81, writes in, “It’s been about 25 years and I thought I’d send this update ... So much has happened in that time. My favorite logger, Arny Peterson, died. That’s one forestry story—he was an honest dollar if there ever was one and he knew how to party, too. One of the highlights of that time was when I had the honor of joining him and his cronies in a night of blackjack. Seems like I could never take him on a piece of property where he hadn’t already been! Then there’s Ben Harrison, ’66. You all probably know him, but did you know how good he is with a compass? Many a time he found a buried corner, pushing leaves and debris around where he knew it had to be. One more of many good memories is Joe Greenhall up in North Bend. He knows about anything you’ll ever need to know in the woods. I still do a little forestry now and then as a private consultant, usually doing management plans for private landowners so they can get forest land designation or “spiff” up their land value with some trees. “Marking for thinning” is another favorite. And there are stories behind Professors Barney Dowdle, Chad Oliver, and Dave Scott, and many more good memories. Now I have a wonderful son, 11 years old, and a good husband. I am blessed. If anybody out there who knows me or has land and is wanting to tromp around it with a forester, you can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org I hope your life has been full and good!”
• Pramit Gupta, ’98, went on to do another master’s degree in computer science and has recently joined Microsoft Corporation in Redmond, WA. He’s glad to be back in the area and can be reached at email@example.com.
• Juliet Spence Haloulos, ’98, is currently a math tutor. Juliet will probably be moving and changing paths again in September since her husband, Dimitri, is in the process of switching careers.
• Amy W. Jennings, ’99, worked at Pack Forest for two summers as a naturalist and wildlife technologist. Now after 15 years of marriage, Amy and her husband have a baby girl, and she gets to stay home with her and play. Amy will be teaching childbirth classes this fall. She feels her degree has been put on the back burner, but not the valuable lessons she learned.
• Heidi Watters, ’01, received a double major in environmental horticulture and urban forestry and landscape architecture and recently was awarded the prestigious Garden Clubs of America Interchange Scholarship/Martin McLaren Fellowship to study plants and design in the UK. Heidi writes of her experiences during last spring: “I am loving the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh (RBGE). My activities are extremely varied, from sketching and learning new plants and attending lectures, to meeting with botanists to discuss their work and teaching local kids about propagation. I am also spending time researching Phlomis with the aim of writing an article. I may undertake the verification of RBGE’s collection to augment my familiarity. Their herbarium is fascinating and I love spending time just browsing. I have seen original Darwin collections and plants from every part of the globe! I am continuing my study of subtropical plants and micro-climates (in addition to every other kind of plant). The number of species in cultivation in Britain is quite incredible. The landscape is so different, as are gardeners’ attitudes towards it. I am still surprised when I ask (even professionals!) about invasive species and so many respond with, “well it’s all just trashed now anyway, there is no native.” It’s an interesting issue, with a long history. When I begin my garden-travel period, after the Chelsea Flower Show, I will visit many National Collections, urban ecology projects, and nurseries as well.”
• Stephen Brueggerhoff, ’01, has accepted a position as native plant information specialist at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, TX.
In Memoriam ...
John R. Host, ’54
Editor’s Note: This is a new section that gives CFR alumni a place to respond to current topics of the day. The questions will relate to CFR, its alumni, the UW, or the greater CFR community. Thank you to the individuals who responded, and I hope to hear from more alumni in the future.
The following responses are not endorsed or supported by the CFRAA. They are personal responses, written by the individuals listed who care enough about CFR to share their thoughts.
--- Todd Score
Question: Should the College of Forest Resources at the University of Washington change its name?
No, College of Forest Resources should not change its name. “Forest” indicates that the College studies forestry. “Resources” is an inclusive word that should say we are about all resources: air, water, wildlife, aesthetics, wood products. What more is needed?
N. Rogers Scott, ’59
In 1935, “Forestry College” said it all. The word “forestry” implies a whole host of scientific branches such as ecology, engineering, products, research, management, wood structure, recreation, animal and plant species, fire protection, and so on. So, if the name is to be changed, I would suggest “Forest Sciences.”
Benton Williams, ’39
Why is this even a question? An organization’s name should be easy to remember and quickly communicate its function. In terms of recruiting new students and educational outreach, our current name accomplishes both. Each of the College’s majors is equally represented by the two words, “Forest Resources.” We, as foresters, extract wealth from the forest. That wealth is in the form of resources such as wood products, water quality, wildlife habitat, and recreation. Forest managers and forest engineers efficiently and safely harvest trees, regrow forests, maintain water quality, and maximize the product yield from harvest. Paper science engineers find methods to maximize the recovery of wood chips and other wood residues in the production of paper, paperboard, and tissue. Wildlife scientists ensure that human activities in habitat areas are conducted in such a way as to preserve native fauna populations for ecosystem health and their use by recreationists and hunters. Conservation and ecosystem scientists ensure that the resources of the forest are managed to be enjoyed in perpetuity. Urban foresters bring the benefits of the forest to the city and restore ecosystem health to urbanized areas. Forest economists analyze product usage and trade and forest marketers educate the consumer about forest produts, explaining their benefits over alternative materials. All of these disciplines and resultant careers are based on the use and preservation of “forest resources.” The College of Forest Resources is a catchy name that accurately and simply conveys what we do. That’s every marketer’s dream.
J. Cameron Crump, ’97, BS, ’01, MS
(Cameron Crump is currently working in Baltimore, MD, for New Zealand-based Fletcher Challenge Forests as a market analyst.)
I will not support a change in the name of CFR to anything other than a return to “College of Forestry”.
What is in a name? In my view, a name is flashback to your roots. Why do spouses retain their married identities? Why do we carry our family surname?
That said, what is this college about? Our roots are in the history of providing education to students about principles primarily associated with forestry. Some will argue that we should modify that, but the general foundation for our existence is forestry. We should be proud of that legacy and should build on its framework to produce curricula that provide educational advantage to students of the environment, if that is where we want to go.
We should ask ourselves, what, besides a long term, solid legacy in forestry, do we have that other schools on the environment do not have. Unless we can demonstrably show a clear advantage, there is little to gain from a new name. Yet there is significant potential for loss, for we may lose the connection with our basic proficiencies.
Stanley D. Humann, ’60
The “College of Forest Resources” embraces a spectrum of forest ecosystem studies that range from clear cutting on one side of a scale to tree hugging on the other. Where the median is today may be distinctly different compared to where it was when I left the “U” in 1972.
The University traditionally has been made up of colleges—the College of Engineering, the College of Architecture, the College of Atmospheric Sciences, and so on. The words “The College of” therefore seems to be completely appropriate and consistent with the University concept.
The words “Forest Resources” could arguably be changed to “Forestry”. It would seem almost a given that some allusion to “Forest” needs to be included in the name, as any hope of clarity without it would disappear. “Forestry” alone has a tendency to diminish some of the values of multiple use by itself. The inclusion of the word “resources” attempts to recognize the multiple benefits from a forest ecosystem.
My official degree was called forest engineering, which at one time was called logging engineering. “Logging engineering” by itself implies “take,” where the recreation studies today are generally more directed to “preserve.” The remainder of the college studies seem to fall somewhere in between these limits.
With a little time for retrospection, all of the studies and pursuits still can be classified as “resources” from whatever viewpoint the observer may have. Our very presence in a forest causes some kind of impact, whether simply walking and crushing things with our footsteps, or actually doing some kind of “take.” The key is understanding the balance that any impacts make and the benefits received from the decision to make an entry into a given forest.
I like the name “College of Forest Resources” in that it supports my own goals and efforts to achieve what may be the appropriate balance for the respective forest ecosystem under review at the moment. Further, tradition is meaningful in a long established institution. So, my vote is to retain the present name—and at least you have my attempt at trying to explain why.
Dale Danell, ’72
WA Department of Natural Resources
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