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In Memoriam, Dean Emeritus James Bethel, 1915-1999

Gerard Schreuder kindly provides the following tribute to Dean Emeritus James Bethel: "Jim Bethel was an outstanding leader in forestry education and research, recognized both nationally and internationally. He was a 1937 graduate of CFR and received a Ph.D. in forestry from Duke University. Trained in forest engineering and specializing in forest products, his interest and work were wide-ranging. His recognition included appointments as fellow to the Society of American Foresters, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the International Academy of Wood Science. He served on several advisory boards, was a consultant to the National Academy of Sciences, and served on the President’s Council on Environmental Quality. He helped to found the Forest Products Research Society."

"Dean Bethel’s career included faculty appointments at Penn State and Virginia Polytechnic Institute. After receiving his doctorate in forestry (one of the first in the country), he served ten years at North Carolina State University as a professor and director of the Wood Products Laboratory, and as acting dean of the graduate school. After a three-year stint at the National Science Foundation, he became Associate Dean of the UW Graduate School, a professor in the College of Forestry, and subsequently its dean. During his tenure (1964-1981) the College became one of the top ranked forestry schools in the country. Among his many accomplishments were the development of the pulp and paper program; the nurturing of the interdisciplinary Center for Quantitative Science in Forestry, Fisheries, and Wildlife; the construction of two major College buildings (Bloedel and Winkenwerder) and the extensive remodeling of Anderson Hall; attracting some of the College’s first large research projects; and giving the College a strong international focus that reflected his own extensive involvement and work in international forestry."

"Even while an administrator he continued teaching undergraduate courses and kept up his research, including guiding graduate students. He also very early recognized the outreach potential and responsibility of the College. He had an impressive list of publications, including several volumes in the McGraw Hill Forestry Series and the J. Wiley series. But perhaps his greatest impact on the profession is the large number of his graduate students who assumed responsible and prestigious positions. He touched the lives of many through the continuing legacy of his teaching and research."

Contributions for a scholarship in Dean Emeritus Bethel’s honor may be sent to the Bethel Memorial Fund, UW Box 352100, Seattle, WA 98195-2100. A memorial service was held on May 22, 1999, with many of his long-time CFR colleagues and friends in attendance.

Ecosystem Management Research Showcase

The College of Forest Resources has been a leader in research which has as its goal the repair of damage done to the ecosystem and subsequent maintenance of its function, as well as the conservation of intact ecosystems. There is an exciting fusion of applied technologies such as engineering and horticulture with more basic sciences such as ecology and physiology at the University of Washington, and the College has provided a focus for much of the synergy that has developed. Areas such as bioremediation, restoration, materials cycling, invasive species control, and soil modification have evolved using the ideas of diverse disciplines. More traditional applied areas like urban forestry, conservation, and wildlife management have embraced new approaches and have incorporated them in active management procedures.

On May 7, 1999, a group of College faculty, staff, and graduate students doing ecosystem management research presented a showcase on this innovative topic. Featured speakers, Drs. Susan Bolton, Sally Brown, Linda Chalker-Scott, Kern Ewing, Rob Harrison, Chuck Henry, and Sarah Reichard discussed their research and the ways that interactions among disciplines have occurred. Poster presentations by College faculty, researchers and graduate students followed the speakers.


Dr. Susan Bolton is a surface water hydrologist whose main interests are the effects of timber harvest patterns on snowmelt and accumulation, and prioritization of stream restoration using information about sediment production, large woody debris, and fish habitat.

Dr. Sally Brown is a soil scientist who has conducted research on in situ restoration of metal-affected soils. Her work centers on the use of residuals for ecosystem restoration.

Dr. Linda Chalker-Scott is a plant physiologist who conducts research into environmental stress physiology (especially UV-B and cold), ecophysiology of plants in disturbed environments, and identification of stress-resistant trees and shrubs for urban use.

Ms. Jeanette Dorner is a Master’s student working in Kern Ewing’s Restoration Ecology Lab. She is conducting a plant community study of the South Puget Sound Prairies, examining the relationship between the distribution of native and invasive plant species and environmental variables such as disturbance, burn history, and soil characteristics.

Dr. Kern Ewing is a plant ecologist who has conducted research into the community structure of coastal wetlands and ecophysiological responses of component plant species. He is now studying restoration techniques in grassland and thornscrub ecosystems.

Mr. Paul Fabiniak is a second year Master's student in Urban Horticulture. He is currently studying how the production of phenolic compounds as induced by colder temperatures might lead to greater protection from ultraviolet radiation in the leaves of Rhododendron.

Dr. Rob Harrison is a soil chemist who studies the impacts of biosolids, compost, fertilizer, and wastewater on soil and aquatic systems, including the fate of nutrients, trace metals, and pathogens, and the effects on plant growth; he also studies management effects on long-term forest productivity.

Dr. Charles Henry is an engineer and soil scientist who conducts research into materials recycling, life-cycle analysis, and soil amendments.

Ms. Kerri Mikkelsen is a Master’s student in Forest Ecosystem Analysis.
She is researching the establishment of conifers and hardwood trees in riparian forests, and how understanding their differences may impact forest conversion practices and riparian management guidelines.

Ms. Jennifer O’Neal is a Master’s student in the School of Fisheries. She is comparing the biological impacts of the placement of large woody debris and an engineered alternative at two sites in Western Washington. This research may impact the use of woody debris in small scale restoration projects.

Mr. James Packman is a Master’s student in Forest Engineering/Hydrology. He is researching suspended solids in Puget Lowland streams to provide insight for riparian management guidelines into how different land use affects the particulate load in streams.

Dr. Sarah Reichard is a conservation biologist who has research interests in two main areas: the study of biological invasions, including traits of invasives and predictions of invasiveness, and the conservation of rare plant species using horticultural techniques in reintroductions.

Ms. Morgan Reichman is a senior in Conservation of Wildland Resources. She has analyzed the aspects of ecological habitat restoration at Golden Gardens Park. She is presently developing a water quality monitoring program in conjunction with Williams Consulting, Inc., to determine if wetlands are functioning properly.

Ms. Michelle Salemi is a Master’s student in Urban Horticulture studying environmental stress physiology. She is working on a cold hardiness study of deciduous azalea, tracing the formation and destruction of a layer of cells containing phenolic compounds and how that layer relates to the development of bud hardiness.

Ms. Barbara Selemon, a CFR staff member, has been Plant Propagator for the Center for Urban Horticulture/Washington Park Arboretum since 1987. Her focus on plant propagation has been woody perennials, but recently she has begun working with native plants.

Ms. Anne Watts is a Master’s student in Forest Hydrology. She is researching the habitat forming potential of an engineered alternative to large woody debris. The alternative structures may eventually be placed in stream rehabilitation projects in the Pacific Northwest.

Washington Pulp and Paper Foundation Annual Conference

The WPPF 30th Annual Conference was held May 19-20, 1999, at the UW campus. The conference theme was, "The International Business of Global Climate Change — Implications for Making and Selling Wood-Based Products." Conference events included: a series of presentations by private and public sector representatives on the topic of global warming, concluded by a panel discussion; an open house at the Bloedel Pulp and Paper lab; a seminar for students; and the annual Foundation luncheon and business meeting.

Spring Quarter All-College Meeting

The Spring Quarter all-College meeting was held on Friday, June 4, 1999. The meeting included a discussion of College targets for the upcoming academic year, a recognition celebration, and an ice cream social. Many members of the community were nominated for recognition and received "1999 Achievement" certificates, along with a colorful plant. Gift certificates were awarded to: Bruce Bare, Kern Ewing, Gina Gould, Carl Harrington, Linda Hegrenes, Rick Gustafson, the Tech TAs (Richard Robohm, Nakjun Rhee, Jay Singh, and Ke Xue), and John Wott.

Dean’s Birthday Lunch

Dean’s Birthday Lunch participants in Spring 1999 were Michele Berg, Brian Boyle (esteemed friend of the College), Neal Bonham, Chad Oliver, Dorothy Paun, Jean Robins, John Schaefer, Paul Smith, Doug Sprugel, Lou Stubecki, and John Wott. All lunched with Dean Thorud at the Faculty Club on April 22nd. The Summer 1999 Dean’s Birthday was held on June 9th, in order to accommodate those colleagues who will not be around the College during the summer. Participants in this well-attended lunch (that flowed over to two tables!) were: Dave Briggs, Linda Chalker-Scott, Gina Gould, Don Hanley, Carl Harrington, Linda Hegrenes, Kevin Hodgson, Fred Hoyt, Chavonda Jacobs-Young, Jay Johnson, Ray Larson, Heather Laurence, Jim Marra, Sue Olsen, Danielle Orr-Bement, Russ Posten, Dave Stockdale, Fran Trinder, Michelle Trudeau, Adrienne Whitener, and David Zuckerman.

New Concurrent Degree Program Under Development

The College has been working with the Evans School of Public Affairs to establish a concurrent degree program at the master’s level. This is tentatively scheduled to begin Autumn 1999, and will provide opportunities for public affairs and CFR students to receive a concurrent master’s degree—two master’s degrees in three years with a concentration in social sciences/public affairs, economics/public affairs, or wildlife/public affairs.

Pack Forest News

A new parking area and turn-around has been constructed at the primary trailhead for horseback users at Pack Forest. It integrates the old highway location through the biosolids demonstration area so that trailers are no longer required to turn around in confined space next to Highway 7.

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