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UWAA Liaison Zaheeda Ramji



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.


President’s Report

Gene L. Chase, ’67

Dear CFR Alumni,

Another exciting year has gone by! Arbor Day, Garb Day, and graduation were all events in which CFR alums could be involved with the College and its faculty, staff, and students. Arbor Day 1999 was very successful — the interaction of the College community with over 2,100 students provided a unique learning experience about forestry, forest products, and other resource topics. Not enough can be said about the excellent direction provided by Colleen Ponto and the Arbor Day Fair Committee. Plan to volunteer for Arbor Day 2000, which will be held Wednesday through Friday, April 26th, 27th and 28th.

On June 12th, the College graduated a class of 140. It was quite an experience for me as I remembered my own graduation from CFR thirty-two years ago and noted the continuities and changes. The diversity of the student body has changed dramatically, but the students’ sense of accomplishment and celebration has not!

Please note the scheduled dates listed in the Upcoming Events section and mark them on your calendar. And have a wonderful summer!

Gene L. Chase, ‘67

Award-winning Arbor Day Fair Unqualified Success!

Alumnus Tom Friberg, '70, '76, helps children make paper at the Paper Recycling Learning Station which was provided and staffed by Weyerhaeuser Company employees

Arbor Day Fair at the College of Forest Resources took place April 29 through May 1, 1999. In its third year, the free event has now hosted over 5,500 first- through third-graders and their teachers from all parts of Washington. The fair was the creation of the University of Washington Alumni Association and the College of Forest Resources. Together with private industry support and the volunteer labor of College faculty, staff, and students, and alumni, the fair has grown in popularity such that this year a lottery system was devised to address the overwhelming number of applications.

More than 160 volunteers helped to ensure the fair’s success. The collaboration between University resources and private industry partners yielded volunteer time, donated materials, and scholarship funds for use by undergraduates in the College.

The Arbor Day Fair was recognized nationally by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education with the Seal of Excellence award for Alumni Relations for 1998. The event received an additional Silver Medal for Community Relations Programs and Projects from the same organization.

Youngsters create birdfeeders using pinecones and lots of peanut butter at the Forest Products Arts & Crafts Learning Station

The year 2000 Arbor Day Fair will add an additional weekday to the schedule: April 26th, 27th and 28th, allowing as many as 700 more children to attend. Even so, the organizing committee will continue to use the lottery approach since the demand for this event continues to grow.

A web page for the fair can be accessed at:
http://www.cfr. washington.edu/outreach/
. The page includes photos of this year’s event, letters from students and information about the next scheduled fair.

The University of Washington College of Forest Resources
and its Alumni Association sincerely thank
the generous sponsors of the 1999 Arbor Day Fair:

Boise Cascade Corporation
Buse Timber and Sales
International Order of Hoo Hoo
Longview Fibre Company
Merrill & Ring
Pacific Denkmann Company
Pacific Logging Congress
Plum Creek Timber Company
Port Blakely Tree Farms
Rayonier Timber Farms
Simpson Timber Company
Trillium Corporation
Washington Contract Loggers Association
Washington Farm Forestry Association
Washington Forest Protection Association
Western Forestry & Conservation Association
Weyerhaeuser Company
Wild Birds Unlimited–Edmonds
. . . and more than 10,000 hours of volunteer support by UW CFR students,
staff, faculty and alumni.

Alumni Hearsay

Upcoming Events

Wetland Ecology Walks
June 25, 10 a.m. to noon
July 7, 10 a.m. to noon
Washington Park Arboretum

National SAF Convention Sept 11 (begins)
Alumni reception Sept 12 7-9 p.m.
Downtown Hilton, Portland, OR

Alumni Meeting
Nov 19, 12:30 p.m.
Anderson Hall

Alumni Banquet
Nov 19, 5 p.m. Social
7 p.m. Dinner
Faculty Club

Research Showcase Nov 19 3-5 p.m.
Lockwood Forest Club Room

Paul Ringgold, ’88, has taken a position as conservation project manager for Peninsula Open Space Trust and is now based in Menlo Park, CA. Paul is primarily responsible for land acquisition, fund raising, and conservation management planning. Peninsula is a land trust that acquires ownership or easements through purchase or donation. They presently own 10,000 acres and have conservation easements on another 2,000 acres. The primary focus of their acquisitions is recreation and maintaining traditional rural activities, including farming. Paul has been with the Pinchot Institute in Washington D.C., since receiving his master’s degree from Yale University. • Tom Fleming, ’38, reports from Jackson, CA on his busy life since graduating from the College. "I served six years on active duty in the Army, before, during, and following WW II, with many years in the active reserve, retiring as a Lt. Col. I was married in January 1941 and have two daughters, five grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. I’m still married to the same wonderful lady; she is 81 years old and I will soon be 86. We both have some physical limitations but are able to care for ourselves with no difficulty. We used to travel extensively, but can no longer do so. I was Lumber Superintendent for Bendix Forest Products at the time of my retirement, and now enjoy photography and working with my computer." • Sherpa Lhakpa, ’99, returned to his home in Nepal to take a position as senior research associate with the Woodland Mountain Institute, a West Virginia-based NGO. Lhakpa has been employed by the National Parks and Wildlife Conservation Department in Nepal, where he served as superintendent of a number of the country’s national parks. His current focus is on promoting the entire ecosystem around Mt. Everest, working with the Chinese to strengthen conservation in the Tibetan side of Mt. Everest. His research was conducted in two adjacent national parks of Nepal, where the human population has been living for centuries. "The role of the historical use of resources in this area," says Lhakpa, "will hopefully provide a better appreciation of how human use changes forest structure and how this affects the habitat with relation to biodiversity and resource availability for humans."

Wetland Ecology Walks for Kids
and Grandkids

Kids age six to fourteen will enjoy discovering the complex world of a wetland ecosystem and learning about the importance of wetlands in our world. Alumni and their children and grandchildren are invited to attend this two-hour, hands-on scavenger hunt and educational adventure on Foster Island in the Arboretum on June 25 and July 7. The 10 a.m. to noon walk will be followed by a sack lunch. To register for this free event, call (206) 685-6606.

1999 National SAF Convention in Portland, OR

The National SAF Convention begins September 11, 1999, at the Downtown Hilton, Portland, OR, with an alumni reception hosted by the College on September 12, 7-9 p.m. Alumni are encouraged to attend the convention but do not need to be registered to attend the September 12 reception.

In Memoriam
Bob Matthews, ‘59,
President of the Washington Foresters Alumni Association 1984-85 and member of the WFPA, the Firewood Finders, and the All American Association.

Annual Alumni Banquet

Alumni attending the Alumni Banquet on November 19 are also cordially invited to attend the CFR Research Showcase scheduled for that day, from 3-5 p.m. in the Lockwood Forest Club Room.


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