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April 2005

The Straight Grain
Volume 14, Number 5

In this Issue:
Events
Announcements
Kudos
Forestry in the News
Links to other departments

The STRAIGHT GRAIN is a weekly newsletter for the College of Forest Resources community. Please submit notices for THE STRAIGHT GRAIN to Cecilia Paul (cece@u.washington.edu), by 10:30 a.m. Thursdays.

Back issues of the STRAIGHT GRAIN are available at http://www.cfr.washington.edu/news_pubs/straight_grain/index.htm.

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EVENTS FOR THE WEEK BEGINNING APRIL 30. Check out the CFR events calendar at http://www.cfr.washington.edu/events/ for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, and other public events.

SATURDAY, 30 APRIL SOLAR POWER TOUR MEET AT CUH 9 AM-3:30 PM
CUH Public Education, "Solar Power Tour of Seattle," Mike Nelson, Director of NW Solar Center. Leave from CUH parking lot. Register at http://depts.washington.edu/urbhort/html/education/register.html.

MONDAY, 2 MAY WILDLIFE SCIENCE SEMINAR WINKENWERDER 102 3:30 PM
" Distribution and habitat use of the pigmy short-horned lizard (Phrynosoma douglasii) in Washington State," Diane Petersen and students, Waterville Elementary School.

MONDAY, 2 MAY GREEN BUILDING TOUR CUH, MERRILL 7 PM
Elisabeth C. Miller Library and Merrill Hall Green Building Tour. For information, phone 206.543.0415.

TUESDAY, 3 MAY CWWS SEMINAR ANDERSON 22 8:30-9:30 AM
" Trends in fish habitat conditions following logging in Alaska coastal streams," Douglas Martin, Martin Environmental.

TUESDAY, 3 MAY BIOLOGY DEPT SEMINAR PHYS-ASTR A102 4 PM
" Scientific Teaching: Training a New Generation of Faculty" Jo Handelsman, University of Wisconsin.

TUESDAY, 3 MAY CUH PUBLIC EDUCATION CUH,NHS 7-9 PM
" Mediterranean Garden Design for the Pacific Northwest," Phil Wood, Garden Designer. Register at
http://depts.washington.edu/urbhort/html/education/register.html.

WEDNESDAY, 4 MAY CLIMATE IMPACTS GRP SEMINAR LISA LI BLDG 2-3:30 PM
" Salmon Recovery and Agricultural Issues in the Skagit," Sara Jo Breslow, Doctoral Candidate, UW Environmental Anthropology

THURSDAY, 5 MAY SOEST GARDEN 1ST THURSDAYS CUH NOON-1PM
" Ten Great Perennials for Spring." For information, phone 206.685.8033.

THURSDAY, 5 MAY SAFS SEMINAR FISH SCI BLDG 4 PM
" Observed and Predicted Changes in Snowpack and Streamflow in the Pacific Northwest," Phil Mote, UW Climate Impacts Group.

TUESDAY, 3 MAY CUH PUBLIC EDUCATION CUH,DOUGLAS 7-8:30 PM
" The Art of Espalier," David Conners, President of Seattle Tree Fruit Society. Register at
http://depts.washington.edu/urbhort/html/education/register.html.

FRIDAY, 29 APRIL PSE SEMINAR WINKENWERDER 201 1:30 PM
" Handling Change Will Determine Your Futures," Ben Thorpe, Former Agenda 2020 Development Director, Georgia-Pacific Corp. (retired 2004)

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

CFR SURVEY QUESTIONNAIRE IS ON LINE!
The CFR Directions Steering Committee requests all-College participation in a survey questionnaire on future goals for CFR. At our Tuesday, April 26 all-College meeting, the College community discussed the process for updating the College's three-year goals. The process includes:
(1) anonymous online survey; return survey by May 9;
(2) Directions Steering Committee collates survey results and sends to focus groups, including
Visiting Committee, for comments and refinement;
(3) Committee reports survey results and tentative goals at June 3 all-College meeting;
(4) Autumn all-College retreat to finalize goals, assign responsibilities, and set timelines. Please review the documents at http://www.cfr.washington.edu/test/internal/committees/committees/CFRDirections.htm
in preparation for discussion of future goals and directions for the College. The link to the on-line questionnaire has been sent via email to faculty, staff, and students. Thank you for your participation!

RED ALDER SYMPOSIUM
After nearly two years of planning, CFR hosted the International Red Alder Symposium on March 23-25. The symposium had a broad range of sponsors and was the 4th major alder meeting since 1967. The intervening years since the last symposium have seen the transformation of alder from a "weed" species to one of the most valuable regional species, current shortages in supply of alder, and growing recognition of the important role of alder in forested ecosystems. Collectively, these changes have sparked interest in management and silviculture of alder as well as rapid development of alder plantations and demand for alder seedlings. 102 participants attended the symposium field trip to Washington Alder LLC sawmill in Mt. Vernon, followed by a visit to the Clear Lake Hill alder research plots that were established in cocoperation with the OSU Hardwood Silvicilture Cooperative, and a final stop to look at a ripariation environment where riparian regulations for BC, Oregon, and Washington were demonstrated and compared. 170 partiicpants attended the two days of speaker presentations, poster sessions, and discussions. Watch the RTI website for availablity later this spring of streaming video of these presentations. There will also be a published symposium proceedings.

CFR STREAMLINES MINORS
CFR has streamlined from six to two minors, effective Summer 2005. The College now offers minors in streamside studies and environmental science and resource managemment (ESRM). The new ESRM minor is available for non-CFR students only. The College continues to participate in a quantitative science minor through CQS.

CFR IS DEVELOPING SUMMER TEACHING PROGRAM AT PACK
The College is developing a summer teaching program at Pack Forest for Summer 2006. Other UW units and WSU's Department of Natural Resource Sciences have been approached as potential co sponsors. The summer program will offer credit field-oriented courses.

PARTING WORDS FROM GREG BRAZIL
Greg Brazil, departing building coordinator, says," Until a new And/Bld/Wnk building coordinator is hired, here are some contacts to help you manage facilities issues:
* In case of an emergency, dial 9-911.
* For an urgent facilities related issue, dial 5-1411.
* Communication Technologies, http://www.washington.edu/cac/care/
* For a non-urgent work request use the FS Works work order request system: http://www.washington.edu/admin/facserv/workrequest.html.
* Continue to direct your requests for Anderson 22 and the Forest Club Room to reservations@cfr.washington.edu. MAKE SURE YOU GET A CONFIRMATION and check listings at http://www.cfr.washington.edu/Facilities/index.html.
* For keys, print out a key request at
http://www.cfr.washington.edu/Internal/Forms/REQFORM.pdf, complete the form and put it 1) under the door of Anderson #5, or 2) in the box labeled " Greg" in Anderson 107. The request for keys will be filled and the requestor will be notified to pick them up -- Typically, a one day turn-around.
We all wish Greg well in his new endeavors!
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KUDOS

Kudos to Sue Nicol for hosting the CUH Green Building Tours as part of Washington Weekend this past Friday and Saturday. Says Tom Mentele, "On Friday I tagged along for the tour, where Sue represented CUH, CFR, and the UW in splendid fashion. Sue's tour was full of information and very well conducted. Thank you, Sue, for doing such a tremendous job of displaying Merrill Hall and representing the College and Center so effectively!"

Kudos to Ara Erickson who staffed an RTI table and to Kevin Zobrist who presented at a recent WFFA meeting.

Kudos to Brian Boyle, who will be one of the Cascade Land Conservancy's recipients of the 2005 Frank Pritchard Lifetime Achievement Award at the Conservancy's annual Conservation Awards Breakfast on May 19th.

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FORESTRY IN THE NEWS

For recent articles featuring CFR faculty, staff, students, and alumni, go to the CFR homepage for "CFR in the News" or use this link: http://www.cfr.washington.edu/news_pubs/cfr_news.htm

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WEBSITES FOR SEMINARS IN RELATED DEPARTMENTS

Aquatic & Fishery Sciences
http://www.fish.washington.edu/news/fishline/fishline.html

Biology
http://protist.biology.washington.edu/bio2/news/seminars/

Earth and Space Sciences
http://www.geology.washington.edu/Program/Seminars/

Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO)
http://tao.atmos.washington.edu/seminars/

Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NFSC)
http://www.nwfsc.noaa.gov/events/monster.cfm

NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL)
http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/home/seminars/index.html

NOAA Fisheries Oceanography Coordinated Investigations (PMEL/FOCI)
http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/foci/seminar.html

Program on the Environment (POE)
http://depts.washington.edu/poeweb/happening/calendar.cgi

Quaternary Research Center (QRC)
http://depts.washington.edu/qrc/events.cgi


The Straight Grain
Volume 14, Number 4

In this Issue:
Events
Announcements
Kudos
Forestry in the News
Links to other departments

The STRAIGHT GRAIN is a weekly newsletter for the College of Forest Resources community. Please submit notices for THE STRAIGHT GRAIN to Cecilia Paul (cece@u.washington.edu), by 10:30 a.m. Thursdays.

Back issues of the STRAIGHT GRAIN are available at http://www.cfr.washington.edu/news_pubs/straight_grain/index.htm.

************************************************************************ EVENTS FOR THE WEEK BEGINNING APRIL 23. Check out the CFR events calendar at http://www.cfr.washington.edu/events/ for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, and other public events.

THURSDAY-SATURDAY, 21-23 APRIL WASHINGTON WEEKEND UW CAMPUSES
The three UW campuses welcome you to rediscover and reconnect with the UW. See schedule of events at http://www.washington.edu/alumni/weekend/.

SATURDAY, 23 APRIL UW EARTH WEEK EVENT WPA 9 AM-2 PM
UW Earth Week 2005: Restoration Work Party, WA Park Arboretum. Sign up at http://www.thesca.org/alum_rsvp.cfm.

SATURDAY-SUNDAY, 23-24 APRIL ARBORETUM PLANT SALE MAGNUSON PK BLDG 27
Arboretum Foundation's "Florabundance" Spring Plant Sale. Visit http://www.arboretumfoundation.org for a list of participating nurseries and vendors. Saturday 10am-5pm; Sunday 10am -3pm.

MONDAY, 25 APRIL WILDLIFE SCIENCE SEMINAR WINKENWERDER 102 3:30 PM
" Ecosystem Management vs Economic Efficiency: The case of seabirds and salmon in the Columbia River," Julia Parrish, UW School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences.

MONDAY, 25 APRIL SEMINAR HEALTH SCI K450 6-7:30 PM
Forum on Science Ethics and Policy (FOSEP) Seminar, "Binding and Gagging the Inner Nerd: Communicating Environmental Science," David Secord, Co-Director of PoE and Aldo Leopold Fellow. Contact Beth Rowan for information: rowanb@u.washington.edu.

TUESDAY, 26 APRIL CWWS SEMINAR ANDERSON 22 8:30-9:30 AM
" Applying Information Science to Earth Science Integration Issues," Miles Logsdon, UW School of Oceanography.

TUESDAY, 26 APRIL MS THESIS PRESENTATION ANDERSON 22 9 :45 AM
" Automating Contour-Based Route Projection for Preliminary Forest Road Designs using GIS," Luke Rogers, forest engineering and hydrology; Peter Schiess, committee chair.

TUESDAY, 26 APRIL ALL-COLLEGE MEETING ANDERSON 207 10:30-11:30 AM
On behalf of the CFR Directions Steering Committee (http://faculty.washington.edu/bare/strat1.html), you are invited to an all-College meeting to hear and comment on plans for updating the College's 3-year goals.

TUESDAY, 26 APRIL CUH PUBLIC EDUCATION CUH,DOUGLAS 7-9 PM
" Write Your Garden for Publication or Pleasure," Valerie Easton, garden writer. Register at http://depts.washington.edu/urbhort/html/education/register.html.

WEDNESDAY, 27 APRIL QERM SEMINAR MARY GATES 287 4-5 PM
" Pear Tree; No Partridge, " Jay Johnson. For complete seminar schedule, see http://depts.washington.edu/qerm/happening/qerm_seminars.html

THURSDAY, 28 APRIL LECTURE/BOOKSIGNING MARY GATES 258 2-3 PM
" The Street Smart Natualist: Field notes from Seattle," David Williams, writer; sponsored by UW PoE. For informaction, contact 206.616.3310.

THURSDAY, 28 APRIL CUH PUBLIC EDUACTION CUH, DOUGLAS 7-8:30 PM
" Advice from the Tomato Expert," Wally Prestbo, Master Gardner. Register at http://depts.washington.edu/urbhort/html/education/register.html.

FRIDAY, 29 APRIL PSE SEMINAR WINKENWERDER 201 1:30 PM
" Natural Fiber Composite Development for Civil Structures," Michael Wolcott, WSU.

SATURDAY, 30 APRIL CUH PUBLIC EDUCATION 9 AM-3:30 PM
" Solar Power Tour of Seattle," Mike Nelson, Director of NW Solar Center. Leave from CUH parking lot. Register at http://depts.washington.edu/urbhort/html/education/register.html.
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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

LOOK FOR UPCOMING BOOK PUBLICATIONS
Books soon to be published featuring CFR faculty include, "In the Company of Crows and Ravens," by John Marzluff and Tony Angell, available August 2005 from Yale University Press; and "Ecological Responses to the 1980 Eruptions of Mount St. Helens," with chapter by Jerry Franklin, available May 2005, Springer.

THREE CFR STUDENTS WILL SPEND THREE WEEKS IN SOUTH AFRICA
Undergraduate CFR students Joel Randrup, Carrie Spradllin, and Brian Spradlin will spend June 26-July 16, 2005 attending a program of the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. The students are being funded by the Dean's Office, using discretionary gift budget funding. The theme of the three-week program is "Current and prospective contributions of plantation forestry to environmental conservation, supply of wood, and poverty alleviation in South Africa."

CFR WILL MISS STAFF MEMBER GREG BRAZIL!
Greg Brazil is leaving CFR next week to pursue new career directions. Please join the College on Wednesday, April 7, Anderson 22, 3 p.m. to wish Greg well and to thank him for his four years of service to CFR.

2004 ANNUAL REPORT TO CONTRIBUTORS
The 2004 College of Forest Resources Annual Report to Contributors has been mailed to donors and is now available as a pdf file on the College web site at http://www.cfr.washington.edu/news_pubs/AnnRep/AnnRep04.pdf.

FOREST CLUB NEWS
Two upcoming events: Forest Club social on Thursday, April 28th -- come and have a good time, and socialize with your colleagues; and Garb Day at Pack Forest, May 14th. Also, don't forget about the Forest Club's hats, t-shirts, and nalgenes for sale in Student Service.

GREEN BUILDINGS -- ON CAMPUS AND OFF
WA Governor Gregoire signed into law on April 8 a new law requiring public buildings in Washington to be built to the SILVER level of the U.S. Green Building Council's LEEDS standard beginning July 24, 2005. The full bill is available for review at:
http://www.leg.wa.gov/pub/billinfo/2005-06/Pdf/Bills/Session%20Law%202005/5509-S.SL.pdf .F or anyone who has missed the "green building" tour of Merrill Hall, an opportunity is available this weekend as part of "Washington Weekend," sponsored by the UWAA. Enjoy an informative tour of the UW Seattle campus' first "green building" and learn how you, too, can help sustain our Northwest world through simple and effective conservation methods and building practices. Time: 10-11:30 a.m.; Cost: Free; Location: Merrill Hall, CUH; Contact: Sue Nicol, 206-543-3889; Parking: Free parking is available in CUH Lot (E16).

INTERESTING ALUMNI CAREER PATH OF THE WEEK
Mark Wishnie, BS, 1993, co-founded the nonprofit Native Species Reforestation Project (PRORENA) in Panama in collaboration with the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. Wishnie has recently been working with Edwina von Gal, a garden designer based in East Hampton, New York, and a group of like-minded Americans, lured by cheap land and a government aware of the fragility of its natural resources, to reforest eroded grazing lands. They are pooling their funds to buy old cattle ranches before developers buy the land for high-rise resorts, casinos and golf courses. They are reforesting and planning to build with local wood, local labor, and are living off the grid with wind and solar power. See recent article in N.Y. Times at http://www.iht.com/articles/2005/04/18/features/garden.html.

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KUDOS
Kudos to Sally Brown and adjunct faculty Chuck Henry, who are two UW faculty members among winners of King County's Green Globe Awards, given on Earth Day, April 22. The Green Globe Award is King County's highest honor for businesses, organizations, and indivduals who have participated in one or more of the County's Department of Natural Resorurces and Parks programs. They both received the Leader in Biosolids Award for " outstanding work to create a closed-loop recycling system using biosolids to grow canola for biodiesel to be used as fuel for transporting biosolids.

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FORESTRY IN THE NEWS

For recent articles featuring CFR faculty, staff, students, and alumni, go to the CFR homepage for "CFR in the News" or use this link:
http://www.cfr.washington.edu/news_pubs/cfr_news.htm

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WEBSITES FOR SEMINARS IN RELATED DEPARTMENTS

Aquatic & Fishery Sciences
http://www.fish.washington.edu/news/fishline/fishline.html

Biology
http://protist.biology.washington.edu/bio2/news/seminars/

Earth and Space Sciences
http://www.geology.washington.edu/Program/Seminars/

Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO)
http://tao.atmos.washington.edu/seminars/

Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NFSC)
http://www.nwfsc.noaa.gov/events/monster.cfm

NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL)
http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/home/seminars/index.html

NOAA Fisheries Oceanography Coordinated Investigations (PMEL/FOCI)
http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/foci/seminar.html

Program on the Environment (POE)
http://depts.washington.edu/poeweb/happening/calendar.cgi

Quaternary Research Center (QRC)
http://depts.washington.edu/qrc/events.cgi


The Straight Grain
Volume 14, Number 3

In this Issue:
Events
Announcements
Kudos
Forestry in the News
Links to other departments

The STRAIGHT GRAIN is a weekly newsletter for the College of Forest Resources community. Please submit notices for THE STRAIGHT GRAIN to Cecilia Paul (cece@u.washington.edu), by 10:30 a.m. Thursdays.

Back issues of the STRAIGHT GRAIN are available at
http://www.cfr.washington.edu/news_pubs/straight_grain/index.htm.

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FOR THE WEEK BEGINNING APRIL 18. Check out the CFR events calendar at http://www.cfr.washington.edu/events/ for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, and other public events.

MONDAY, 18 APRIL WILDLIFE SCIENCE SEMINAR WINKENWERDER 102 3:30 PM
" Species Concepts and Speciation in the 21st Century: Molecular studies of speciation in ravens and orioles," Kevin Omland, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Maryland.

TUESDAY, 19 APRIL CWWS SEMINAR ANDERSON 22 8:30-9:30 AM
" Designing Recovery Strategies for Chinook Salmon: Scientific analyses and communicating to decision makers," Mary Ruckelshaus, Team Leader, Salmon Risk Evaluation group, NW Fisheries Science Center (NOAA).

TUESDAY, 19 APRIL UW EARTH WEEK EVENT HUB LAWN 10 AM-4 PM
Sustainability Day, featuring displays from the Sustainable UW Alliance, French Fry Fuel Fools, Enviro-Citizen, UW Recycling, and the Earth Club.

TUESDAY-WEDNESDAY, 19-20 APRIL NW FOREST PLAN CONFERENCE PORTLAND, OR
" Conference on Science and the Northwest Forest Plan: Knowledge Gained Over a Decade." For more information, contact Cynthia Miner, USDA Forest Service at 503.808.2135 or clminer@fs.fed.us.

TUESDAY-WEDNESDAY, 19-20 APRIL WILDLIFE SOCIETY MEETING FT.WORDEN,WA
" Wildlife Without Boundaries: A joint meeting for members of The Wildlife Society," Washington and BC chapters. For information, contact Bill Vogel at 360.753.4367 or Bill_Vogel@r1.fws.gov.

TUESDAY, 19 APRIL DANIEL L & IRMA EVANS LECTURE 220 KANE 7:30 PM
" Citizen Engagement and Future of Our Democracy," William D. Ruckelshaus, presented by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

WEDNESDAY, 20 APRIL WSU-KING COUNTY EXTENSION CLASS CUH 7-8:30 PM
" Reap What You Sow: An Introduction to Vegetable Gardening.," For information and (free) registration, see http://www.metrokc.gov/wsu%2Dce/EdNights/index.htm or e-mail
darcy.batura@metrokc.gov

WEDNESDAY, 20 APRIL EVANS SCHOOL SEMINAR PARRINGTON 308 11:30 AM
" Responding to Global Climate Change: A cross country analysis," Nives Dolsak, UW Bothell. For questions, contact evansle@u.washington.edu.

THURSDAY, 21 APRIL UW EARTH WEEK 2005 FIELD TRIP 2:30-5:30 PM
Field trip to UW recycling facilities and Merrill Hall. Meet at McCarty Hall entrance. To sign up, contact uwearth@u.washington.edu.

THURSDAY, 21 APRIL CLIMATE IMPACTS GRP SEMINAR MORE 220 3:30-4:20 PM
" Five Things I Wish Were True About Climate Change," Phil Mote, UW Climate Impacts Group. For complete seminar schedule, see http://www.cses.washington.edu/cig/outreach/seminars.shtml.

THURSDAY, 21 APRIL US FOREST SERVICE FILM KANE 110 5:30 PM
U.S. Forest Service Centennial Film, "The Greatest Good." For information about the film, see http://www.fs.fed.us/greatestgood/.

THURSDAY, 21 APRIL UW SCIENCE FORUM KANE 130 7-8:15 PM
" A Sea of Microbes: How ocean biology shapes the health of our planet,"
Virginia Armbrust, UW CoFS. Free, but space is limited and you must register to attend. Register online at
https://ealumni.washington.edu/events/EventView.asp?ID=67&Private=N.

THURSDAY-SATURDAY, 21-23 APRIL WASHINGTON WEEKEND UW CAMPUSES
The three UW campuses welcome you to rediscover and reconnect with the UW. See schedule of events at http://www.washington.edu/alumni/weekend/.

FRIDAY, 22 APRIL PSE SEMINAR WINKENWERDER 201 1:30 PM
" Surface Chemistry of Earlywood and Latewood Radiata Pine and Douglas-fir Kraft Fibers," Kevin Hodgson. See http://courses.washington.edu/pse450jj/ for seminar information.

FRIDAY, 22 APRIL UW EARTH WEEK 2005 EVENT KANE 220 6-8 PM
Keynote Address by Representative Jim McDermott and K.C. Golden, Climate Solution

SATURDAY, 23 APRIL UW EARTH WEEK 2005 WORK PARTY WPA 9 AM-2 PM
Restoration work party at Washington Park Arboretum. Sign up at http://www.thesca.org/alum_rsvp.cfm

SATURDAY-SUNDAY, 23-24 APRIL ARBORETUM PLANT SALE MAGNUSON PK BLDG 27
Arboretum Foundation's "Florabundance" Spring Plant Sale. Visit http://www.arboretumfoundation.org for a list of participating nurseries
and vendors. Saturday 10am-5pm; Sunday 10am -3pm.


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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

U.S. FOREST SERVICE CENTENNIAL FILM SCREENING SPONSORED BY CFR
The story of the U.S. Forest Service and how it has shaped the debate over land stewardship for 100 years is the subject of "The Greatest Good," a centennial documentary film being screened at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 21, in 110 Kane. The film is free and open to the public. Included in the documentary is CFR/USFS collaboration at the Wind River Canopy Crane Research Facility. The film also focuses on the early days of the conservation movement, inventing the tools and building the system to manage public lands, development of the multiple-use concept to fulfill post World War II demands for wood, and today's new emphasis on the scientific understanding of ecosystems. The College has ties to the U.S. Forest Service going back nearly that full century. Many CFR alums have gone to work for the Forest Service as scientists, managers, and administrators. Just this year, Joel Holtrop, a 1982 graduate of the college, was appointed deputy chief of the national forest system. In 2004, USFS research funding provided nearly 35% of total College research expenditures. The documentary brings together national organizations, renowned historians, political activists, and major corporations to share their perspectives on 100 years of conservation and the prospects for the future. For more information on "The Greatest Good," see http://www.fs.fed.us/greatestgood/.

TEACHING OBSERVATORY PRE-DESIGN PLANS
At the last CFR faculty meeting, reports Faculty Chair Rick Gustafson, Tom Hinckley presented pre-design information about the Teaching Observatory being developed for the basement of Bloedel in the former Forest Resources Library space. During the discussion, several sggestions were made. First, there was a suggestion to develop a steering committee for the facility. Currently there is an extensive email network of collaborators, but the sense was that a committee could have a much more formal and visible role, including finding financial, in-kind, and material support. Faculty are requested to suggest people around and off campus that could best support this endeavor. Second, there was the suggestion that the pre-design plans be sent to the leadership of various agencies and groups around the PNW and state. Third, there was the suggestion that "we do not need the Ferrari to start driving," but that we can work with development and the capital projects office to define phases or stages (clean, chairs, tables, and duct tape might be stage I). Keep tuned for updates.

COLLEGE WELCOMES NEW UNDERGRADUATES!
Debra Salas-Haynes reports that new undegraduates recently transferring into or declaring a major in CFR include: Kwok Ping, transferring from PoE into ESRM, and interested in general conservation; Son Ha Pham transferring from Biochemistry into PSE; Malcolm Lybeck, transferring from Atmospheric Sciences into ESRM; Jennifer Lawson, transferring from Shoreline Community College into ESRM, and interested in riparian zones; Jason Wells, a UW premajor declaring ESRM, and interested in wildlife and environmental education; and Greg Shipe, transferring from Anthropology into ESRM, and interested in natural resource conservation and sustainability issues.

CFR'S ELECTED FACULTY COUNCIL (EFC) SEEKING NEW MEMBERS
Jay Johnson, EFC Vice-Chair, reports that the CFR Elected Faculty Council (EFC) must replace two of its members by June 2005, when their terms expire. The policy governing membership of the EFC prohibits more than one member from each graduate interest group -- for the academic year of 2005-2006, the two new members, one per interest group, can be selected from any interest group except PSE, SRM, EHUF, and Social Science (which all already have an EFC member. Faculty from the remaining interest groups who are interested in serving on the EFC should contact Jay Johnson, jjohnson@u.washington.edu, or Sarah Reichard, reichard@u.washington.edu.

NEED SOME LIBRARY RESEARCH ASSISTANCE?
Carol Green, Forest Resources Librarian, will hold Reference Hours in the Bloedel 311 Computer Lab on Tuesdays from 1:30-2:30 p.m. and Wednesdays from 10:30-11:30 a.m. during Spring Quarter. If these hours don't work for you, make an appointment by calling 206-543-2758 and leaving a message, or e-mailing Carol at ccgreen@u.washington.edu. She is on campus Monday through Wednesday. Her regular Reference Hours at the Natural Sciences Library are Tuesdays 9-10,and Wednesdays 1-2. (She is often in her office in Bloedel 60 all day on Mondays. Come visit!)
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KUDOS

Kudos to graduate student Ryan Haugo, who was recently awarded a Student Research Grant from the Northwest Scientific Association.

Kudos to graduate students Lauren Urgenson and Daniela Shebitz, who were recognized at the Society for Ecological Restoration Northwest Regional Conference for their outstanding presentations. Lauren presented "The Ecological Consequences of Knotweed Invasion into Riparian Areas," and Daniela presented "A collaborative study to restore anthropogenically maintained systems using traditional burning practices."

Kudos to Greg Brazil, CFR Facilities Manager, who received one of five scholarships awarded by the UW's Office of Emergency Management to attend the Partners in Emergency Preparedness Conference in Bellevue, WA, April 19-20.

Kudos to Larry Mason, who recently helped the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) highlight RTI and its work in the December 2004 issue of Forestry Notes newsletter, a monthly NACD communications vehicle. See http://forestry.nacdnet.org/forestrynotes/Dec04/text.htm#r.
The newsletter reaches 4,100 conservation districts and forestry partners at the local, state and national level with information about forestry issues across the country. It is also read by thousands online at www.nacdnet.org/forestrynotes/.
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FORESTRY IN THE NEWS

For recent articles featuring CFR faculty, staff, students, and alumni, go to the CFR homepage for "CFR in the News" or use this link:
http://www.cfr.washington.edu/news_pubs/cfr_news.htm

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WEBSITES FOR SEMINARS IN RELATED DEPARTMENTS

Aquatic & Fishery Sciences
http://www.fish.washington.edu/news/fishline/fishline.html

Biology
http://protist.biology.washington.edu/bio2/news/seminars/

Earth and Space Sciences
http://www.geology.washington.edu/Program/Seminars/

Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO)
http://tao.atmos.washington.edu/seminars/

Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NFSC)
http://www.nwfsc.noaa.gov/events/monster.cfm

NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL)
http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/home/seminars/index.html

NOAA Fisheries Oceanography Coordinated Investigations (PMEL/FOCI)
http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/foci/seminar.html

Program on the Environment (POE)
http://depts.washington.edu/poeweb/happening/calendar.cgi

Quaternary Research Center (QRC)
http://depts.washington.edu/qrc/events.cgi


The Straight Grain
Volume 14, Number 2

In this Issue:
Events
Announcements
Kudos
Forestry in the News
Links to other departments

The STRAIGHT GRAIN is a weekly newsletter for the College of Forest Resources community. Please submit notices for THE STRAIGHT GRAIN to Cecilia Paul (cece@u.washington.edu), by 10:30 a.m. Thursdays.

Back issues of the STRAIGHT GRAIN are available at http://www.cfr.washington.edu/news_pubs/straight_grain/index.htm.

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EVENTS FOR THE WEEK BEGINNING APRIL 10. Check out the CFR events calendar
at http://www.cfr.washington.edu/events/ for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, and other public events.

MONDAY, 11 APRIL WILDLIFE SCIENCE SEMINAR WINKENWERDER 102 3:30 PM
" Winter habitat selection by lynx in northern Washington," Ben Maletzke, WA Department of Fish and Wildlife

MONDAY, 11 APRIL FOSEP SEMINAR HLTH SCIENCES K450 6 PM
UW Forum on Science Ethics and Policy (FOSEP) Seminar, "The Precautionary Principle: A method for dealing with uncertainty in science," Steven Gilbert, UW Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences. See http://www.fosep.org/.

MONDAY, 11 APRIL UW SCIENCE FORUM KANE 130 7-8:15 PM
" The Science Behind the Controversey over Genetically Engineered Foods," Toby Bradshaw, UW Department of Biology. Register at: https://ealumni.washington.edu/events/EventView.asp?ID=67&Private=N

TUESDAY, 12 APRIL CWWS SEMINAR ANDERSON 22 8:30-9:30 AM
" The lingering effect of oil on public health and the environment," Riki Ott, Marine Toxicologist, Dragonfly Sisters Press

TUESDAY, 12 APRIL FOREST MANAGEMENT SEMINAR ANDERSON 22 2:30
" Forest and Fire Management in southeastern Australia," Tony Scherl, World Forestry Insitute Fellow and NSW Forestry Commission

FRIDAY, 15 APRIL PSE SEMINAR WINKENWERDER 201 1:30 PM
" Product vs. Process in Engineering Education: a New Zealand perspective," Michael Walmsley, University of Waikato, New Zealand

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

SPRING RTI NEWS
Check out the Spring 2005 issue of the RTI news, available at: http://www.ruraltech.org/pubs/newsletter/Q2_2005/Q2_2005.pdf

NEXT DENMAN SERIES PROGRAM SET FOR JUNE 2
The next program in the Denman Forestry Issues Series, made possible by the Denman Endowment for Student Excellence, has been set for June 2. The topic will be "The Changing Northwest Forest: Keeping the landscape green." Speakers lined up so far include Michael Andreu, Gordon Bradley, John Calhoun, Roger Hoesterey (Trust for Public Land), Bettina Von Hagen (Ecotrust). Look for announcements of program agenda.

SPONSOR FOR NEW GRANT REPORTED IN LAST WEEK'S SG
Report of new grant funding for March (Darlene Zabowski) in last week's SG did not provide grant sponsor -- it is USDI National Park Service, North Coast and Cascades Research Learning Network.

US CHINA BUILD'S JUNE TRADE MISSION
Rose Braden reports that the US-China Build Program's June missions to China will include (1) a factory tour -- the group will tour factories using hardwood and softwood materials and producing products for the residential and commercial construction markets; and (2) a business development mission that will meet with various groups to develop a better understanding about what imported products are in demand, regulations affecting the import of goods, consumer demand, and market trends, distribution systems, and how to sell your product in China. US-China Build participants include architects, designers, and suppliers of all products used in residential and commercial construction. An information/registration form and draft itinerary can be found at: http://www.uschinabuild.org/Events/missionflyer12.11.04.pdf

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY THROUGH MOUNTAINS TO SOUND GREENWAY
If you've ever wanted to volunteer for the environment, hike to a great viewpoint, and cook a feast in the outdoors -- all with some new friends -- try Mountain Works. This free volunteer program takes young people into the Cascades Mountains for six days of trail maintenance or road removal, camping, environmental education, and fun. For information, see http://www.mtsgreenway.org/volunteer/mtnworks.htm

BLOEDEL HALL WOOD SHOP SAFETY TRAINING
Safety training for Spring Quarter will take place April 14 from 2-3:30 pm in the Wood Shop located in 110 Bloedel. Please bring a pencil for the quiz following the presentation by Ed McKinley, Carpenter Lead for UW Facilities, Maintenance, and Alterations.

NEED SOME LIBRARY RESEARCH ASSISTANCE?
Carol Green, Forest Resources Librarian, will hold Reference Hours in the Bloedel 311 Computer Lab on Tuesdays from 1:30-2:30 p.m. and Wednesdays from 10:30-11:30 a.m. during Spring Quarter. If these hours don't work for you, make an appointment by calling 206-543-2758 and leaving a message, or e-mailing Carol at ccgreen@u.washington.edu. She is on campus Monday through Wednesday. Her regular Reference Hours at the Natural Sciences Library are Tuesdays 9-10,and Wednesdays 1-2. (She is often in her office in Bloedel 60 all day on Mondays. Come visit!)
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KUDOS

Kudos to Miranda Wecker, recently appointed to Washington State's Fish and Wildlife Commision.

Kudos to winners of cash awards for posters at last week's Red Alder Symposium. First place went to Elaine Oneil, silviculture PhD student and RTI research assistant; second place to Mariano Amoroso, CFR alum and silviculture PhD candidate at UBC; and third place to undergraduate Justina Harris, who after graduating in June will become MS student and RTI research assistant. The awards were provided by the Western Hardwood Association.

Send in those kudos!

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FORESTRY IN THE NEWS

For recent articles featuring CFR faculty, staff, students, and alumni, go to the CFR homepage for "CFR in the News" or use this link: http://www.cfr.washington.edu/news_pubs/cfr_news.htm

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WEBSITES FOR SEMINARS IN RELATED DEPARTMENTS

Aquatic & Fishery Sciences
http://www.fish.washington.edu/news/fishline/fishline.html

Biology
http://protist.biology.washington.edu/bio2/news/seminars/

Earth and Space Sciences
http://www.geology.washington.edu/Program/Seminars/

Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO)
http://tao.atmos.washington.edu/seminars/

Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NFSC)
http://www.nwfsc.noaa.gov/events/monster.cfm

NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL)
http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/home/seminars/index.html

NOAA Fisheries Oceanography Coordinated Investigations (PMEL/FOCI)
http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/foci/seminar.html

Program on the Environment (POE)
http://depts.washington.edu/poeweb/happening/calendar.cgi

Quaternary Research Center (QRC)
http://depts.washington.edu/qrc/events.cgi


The Straight Grain
Volume 14, Number 1

In this Issue:
Events
Announcements
Kudos
Forestry in the News
Links to other departments

The STRAIGHT GRAIN is a weekly newsletter for the College of Forest Resources community. Please submit notices for THE STRAIGHT GRAIN to Cecilia Paul (cece@u.washington.edu), by 10:30 a.m. Thursdays.

Back issues of the STRAIGHT GRAIN are available at
http://www.cfr.washington.edu/news_pubs/straight_grain/index.htm.

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EVENTS FOR THE WEEK BEGINNING APRIL 3. Check out the CFR events calendar at http://www.cfr.washington.edu/events/ for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, and other public events.

SUNDAY, 3 APRIL ARBORETUM WALK WPA 1 PM
" Native Plants and Ethnobotany of the PNW." For information, phone 206.543.8801.

MONDAY, 4 APRIL SERNW CONFERENCE SEATTLE,WA
Society for Ecological Restoration Northwest Chapter (SERNW) 2005 Regional Conference, "Sustainability and Restoration: A Practical Partnership for the 21st Century," WA Convention and Trade Center. See http://www.engr.washington.edu/epp/ser or call 206.543.5539/206.547.9641.

MONDAY, 4 APRIL SUSTAINABILITY FORUM SEATTLE,WA 5:30-7 PM
City of Seattle Urban Sustainability Forum "Local Politics of Sustanability," Robert Costanza, University of VT, Seattle Central Library Auditorium. For more information, see
http://www.seattle.gov/dpd/Sustainable_Building/COS_004334.asp

MONDAY, 4 APRIL MILLER LIBRARY/MERRILL TOUR CUH 7 pm
Elisabeth C. Miller Library and Merrill Hall Green Building Tour. For information, phone 206.543.0415.

TUESDAY, 5 APRIL CWWS SEMINAR ANDERSON 22 8:30-9:30 AM
" Washington Forest Practices Habitat Conservation Plan: The science, law, and politics of fifty years of ESA assurances," Paul Kampmeier and Toby Thaler, Staff Attorneys, Washington Forest Law Center.

TUESDAY, 5 APRIL BIOLOGY DEPT SEMINAR PHYS-ASTR A102 4PM
" Symbiotic Bacteria of Global Soil Engineers, the Earthworms: Recent Findings and Future Prospects," Seana K. Davidson, UW Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

WEDNESDAY-FRIDAY, 6-8 APRIL LMS WORKSHOP PORT ANGELES, WA
Landscape Management System (LMS) Workshop, Peninsula College. For registration, agenda, directions, see http://www.ruraltech.org/training/lms/index.asp.

THURSDAY, 7 APRIL SOEST GARDEN CLASS CUH NOON-1 PM
" First Thursdays in the Soest Garden: Spring Perennial Maintenance." For information, phone 206.685.8033.

THURSDAY, 7 APRIL UW SCIENCE FORUM PHYS-ASTR A102 5:30-6:30 PM
UW Forum on Science Ethics and Policy (FOSEP) Seminar, "Politicization of Science," Roger Pielke, University of CO. For information, see http://www.fosep.org/

FRIDAY, 8 APRIL UW SCIENCE FORUM FRED HUTCH CENTER 10:30-11:30 AM
UW Forum on Science Ethics and Policy (FOSEP) Seminar, "Dealing with Scientific Uncertainty in Policymaking," Roger Pielke, University of CO. For information, see http://www.fosep.org/

FRIDAY, 8 APRIL PSE SEMINAR WINKENWERDER 201 1:30 PM
" Paper: Light and Sculpture: a perspective from an industrial designer," Brent Markee. See http://courses.washington.edu/pse450jj/.


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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

CHECK OUT EVENTS AT THE SERNW REGIONAL CONFERENCE
Bridget Lamp, CUH gardner and Society of Ecological Restoration Northwest Chapter Administrator says, "Check out the SERNW conference events at http://www.engr.washington.edu/epp/ser." The conference theme is " Sustainability and Restoration: A practical partnership for the 21st Century." Plenary speakers are Terry Tempest Williams, the Univesity of Utah's first Annie Clark Tanner Fellow in Environmental Studies; Stuart Cowan, co-author of "Ecological Design," an overview of the integration of ecology, architecture, and planning; and UW Professor David R. Montgomery, whose research focuses on landscape evolution, including the impact of erosion and sedimentation on biological systems. SERNW is also hosting a speakers' forum at Town Hall on April 6, 7:30 pm, "Where in the World are we Going? How Nature, Cities, and Culture can Flourish in the 21st Century," featuring Terry Tempest Williams and guests. Tickets for the forum are $15 through Brown Paper Tickets 800.838.3006.

GRANTS FUNDED IN MARCH 2005
" The sediments of the Elwha River: a preliminary study of the affects of dam removal;" PI: Darlene Zabowski; Amount: $14,995.

DEAN BARE TRAVELING TO UC BERKELEY SITE VISIT AND WA NAUFRP MEETINGS
While Dean Bare is participating in UC Berkeley site visit and in National Association of University Forest Resources Programs meetings, Steve West will serve as acting dean through April 4 and Bob Edmonds will serve as acting dean April 5-8. Bruce will return on April 11; he'll be accessing email daily while he's out of town.

NEED SOME LIBRARY RESEARCH ASSISTANCE?
Carol Green, Forest Resources Librarian, will hold Reference Hours in the Bloedel 311 Computer Lab on Tuesdays from 1:30-2:30 p.m. and Wednesdays from 10:30-11:30 a.m. during Spring Quarter. If these hours don't work for you, make an appointment by calling 206-543-2758 and leaving a message, or e-mailing Carol at ccgreen@u.washington.edu. She is on campus Monday through Wednesday. Her regular Reference Hours at the Natural Sciences Library are Tuesdays 9-10,and Wednesdays 1-2. (She is often in her office in Bloedel 60 all day on Mondays. Come visit!)

CFR CENTRAL CAMPUS BUILDING HOURS FOR SPRING QUARTER
From Greg Brazil: "Building hours for Anderson, Bloedel, and Winkenwerder Halls for Spring Quarter are: Anderson and Winkenwerder, Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-5:15 p.m., closed weekends; Bloedel, Monday and Wednesday 7:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m.,Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 7:30 a.m - 5:15 p.m., closed weekends. Occupants can exit but not reenter without a key after buildings close. Requests to alter building hours should be received at least three days in advance."

EARTHQUAKE DRILL COMING UP
And also from Greg: "Your participation is requested in the Washington state-wide DROP, COVER, and HOLD Earthquake drill on April 21, 2005 between 9:45-10 a.m. The instinctive reaction during an earthquake is to flee the building, but stampeding out of a building is unsafe for a number of reasons. To prevent this common reaction please take the time to physically (and mentally) move through this 15 minute drill. At 9:45 a.m. on Thursday, April 21st, DUCK under your desk or similar stable furniture, COVER your head and eyes, and HOLD on to the furniture if possible. If this were a real earthquake you should hold this position until the building stops shaking. After the shaking stops, exit the building in an orderly fashion and proceed to your assembly point as you would during a fire. For this drill we will not be evacuating the building. The CFR community will be asked to participate in this drill annually. More information about earthquake preparedness can be found at http://www.washington.edu/admin/business/oem/

CFR IN THE NEWS
Be sure to take a look at the links below for CFR in the News. Recent news includes an article about CUH/WPA Director David Mabberley, a National Geographic Web News feature that references the research of Kathy Wolf, and an article about Pack Forest's Hugo Peak Trail.

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KUDOS

Kudos to all involved in getting February's Graduate Student Resarch symposium filmed and available on streaming video at http://www.cfr.washington.edu/cfrgss/gss_streaming.htm. Filming was done by Adam Mouton, Amy Ramsey, and Garrett Liles. Streaming video was created by Adam Mouton with the help of the Rural Technology Initiative using Microsoft Producer for PowerPoint 2003.

Send in those kudos!

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FORESTRY IN THE NEWS

For recent articles featuring CFR faculty, staff, students, and alumni, go to the CFR homepage for "CFR in the News" or use this link: http://www.cfr.washington.edu/news_pubs/cfr_news.htm

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WEBSITES FOR SEMINARS IN RELATED DEPARTMENTS

Aquatic & Fishery Sciences
http://www.fish.washington.edu/news/fishline/fishline.html

Biology
http://protist.biology.washington.edu/bio2/news/seminars/

Earth and Space Sciences
http://www.geology.washington.edu/Program/Seminars/

Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO)
http://tao.atmos.washington.edu/seminars/

Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NFSC)
http://www.nwfsc.noaa.gov/events/monster.cfm

NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL)
http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/home/seminars/index.html

NOAA Fisheries Oceanography Coordinated Investigations (PMEL/FOCI)
http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/foci/seminar.html

Program on the Environment (POE)
http://depts.washington.edu/poeweb/happening/calendar.cgi

Quaternary Research Center (QRC)
http://depts.washington.edu/qrc/events.cgi