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The Straight Grain
Volume 22, 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.

EVENTS FOR WEEKS BEGINNING APRIL 28. Check out the CFR events calendar at for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

WEDNESDAY-SATURDAY, 25-28 APRIL WA WEEKEND EVENTS IN ANDERSON, BLOEDEL, UWBG
College of Forest Resources WA Weekend events.

SATURDAY, 28 APRIL FLORABUNDANCE MAGNUSON PARK 10 AM-5 PM
Arboretum Foundation's FlorAbundance plant sale at Warren G. Magnuson Park, 7400 Sand Point Way NE, Building 27-Special Events.

SATURDAY, 28 APRIL UWBE PUBLIC EDUCATION UWBG,CUH,DOUGLAS 10 AM-2 PM
"The Art of Espalier," David Connors, WA Fruit Tree Society.

MONDAY, 30 APRIL FACULTY CANDIDATE SEMINAR AND 22 9:30-11:30 AM "Cost-Effectiveness of Alternative Strategies for Biological Conservation with Two Applications: Finnish nonindustrial private forests and Pacific salmon," Juha Siikamki, PhD, Fellow, Resources for the Future. Candidate for natural resource economics faculty position. Reception follows.

MONDAY, 30 APRIL DENMAN FORESTRY SERIES UWBG,CUH,NHS 1-5 PM
"Trust and Transition: Perspectives on Native American forestry."

MONDAY, 30 APRIL WILDLIFE SCI SEMINAR PHYS-ASTR A1118 3:30-4:30 PM
"Primary Feathers and Secondary Homes: Urban raptors and exurban development," Stan Rullman, PhD candidate, College of Forest Resources.

TUESDAY, 1 MAY WATER CENTER SEMINAR AND 223 8:30-9:20 AM
"Managing Stormwater for Healthy Salmon Populations in Puget Sound," DeeAnn Kirkpatrick, NOAA Fisheries.

TUESDAY, 1 MAY FLEAGLE ENDOWED LECTURE KANE 120 7:30 P.M.
"The Science, Economics, Equity, and Politics of Global Warming," Robert Watson, Chief Scientist/Director for Environmentally and Socially Sustainable Development, World Bank.

TUESDAY, 1 MAY WHIDBEY INSTITUTE LYCEUM CHINOOK, WA 7:30-9:30 PM
"Economic Impacts of Climate Change in Washington State," Yoram Bauman, Program on the Environment.

THURSDAY, 3 MAY NWFSC SEMINAR FISH 201 11 AM-12:30 PM
"Using A 400 Million Year Old Biological Tool To Mitigate The Impacts Of Climate Change On Aquatic And Terrestrial Ecosystems," Rusty Rodriguez, Western Fisheries Research Center, U.S. Geological Survey.

THURSDAY, 3 MAY SAFS SEMINAR FISH SCI AUDITORIUM 4 PM
"Species Invasions in Freshwater Ecosystems: Isn't it time we get smarter with our prevention efforts?," Julian Olden, School of Aquatic & Fishery Sciences.

THURSDAY, 3 MAY STARKER LECTURE OSU, CORVALLIS, OR 4 PM
"Science and the Sustainability Transition," Pamela Matson, Stanford University.

THURSDAY, 3 MAY ETHICS/CLIMATE CHANGE CONFERENCE KANE 210 7-9:30 PM
Keynote presentations, Ethics and Climate Change Conference, "What's Wrong with Climate Change?" by Dale Jamieson, NYU and "Compounding Injustice and Globalizing Harm" by Henry Shue, Oxford University.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEAD'S UP FOR:
Update of Research by the CFR Centers ONRC, RTI, CINTRAFOR, and CSF at Pack Forest, May 17, 2007, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m, Anderson 207. Presentations will include time for questions and discussion. Contact Ellen Matheny at ONRC, ematheny@u.washington.edu. or 206.685.9477, XT 228 with questions. The event is free and open to the public. Snacks provided. Come and go as your schedule allows.
CFR Annual Recognition Event, May 24, 2007, 2 p.m., Anderson 207. The fun starts at 2 p.m. with the dessert contest (life is short -- eat dessert first) and auction preview. The formal program will be 2:30-3:30 p.m., followed by more desserts, wine tasting, and the silent auction. We're starting a little earlier this year, so there will be plenty of time for people to attend the formal program and still have time for fun and socializing before catching their bus home.

COLLEGE MOURNS LOSS OF ALUMNA ('04) AND COLLEAGUE LARA-KARENA KELLOGG
It is with great sadness that we report the death of Lara Karena Kellogg on Monday, April 23, 2007. Lara was a consummate athlete and mountain guide, a passion that took her to climb the highest peaks of the world. The tragic accident that took her life occurred while she was on vacation climbing Mt. Wake in Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska. She died from injuries sustained in a 1,000-foot fall that occurred while rappelling the technical Northeast Ridge. In her professional life Lara was a promising young scientist working on fire research projects in collaboration with the Fire and Environmental Research Team (FERA) of the U.S. Forest Service PNW Research Station, located in Fremont. Lara received excellence awards for her work from the USFS, NASA, EPA and the Joint Fire Sciences Program. Lara first came to the College in 2000 as an undergraduate student research assistant in GIS and remote sensing in forest fires under the supervision of Ernesto Alvarado. Upon her graduation from the UW in geography in 2001, Lara continued working at CFR as a classified staff member supporting cooperative projects in forest fires between the College and the U.S. Forest Service Pacific Wildland Fire Sciences Laboratory (PWFSL). She entered the CFR graduate program in Forest Ecosystems Analysis under the direction of Don McKenzie and Dave Peterson and graduated with a Master of Science degree in 2004 with her thesis on "Quantifying the Spatial Variability Associated with Historical Low-Severity Fire Regimes in Eastern Washington, USA." Upon finishing her graduate degree, Lara continued at the College as a professional staff research scientist with the same forest fire research group. Her death is a great loss to our community. She is survived by family members, including her husband Chad. Our condolences to her colleagues, friends, and family.

PLANS ANNOUNCED FOR CENTENNIAL GARB DAY AT PACK FOREST
The College's student clubs invite the CFR community to Garb Day at Pack Forest, scheduled for May 19, 2007. "Come Saturday, May 19th, anybody who is anybody will be at Pack Forest basking in the warm afterglow brought on by barbecued salmon, good company, live music, logging sport competitions, guided nature hikes, scavenger hunts, a forestry quiz bowl, and more. Garb Day is an annual celebration put on by CFR and the Center for Sustainable Forestry at Pack Forest with help from the Forest Club, Society of American Foresters, and Xi Sigma Pi. This year is a milestone: it is the 100th anniversary of CFR, so come out to mark this year by having a great time with your friends, family, and colleagues! The event starts at noon and anyone who wants to stay the night can reserve a spot in a cabin (bring your own blankets or sleeping bag) or pitch a tent until noon on Sunday. Transportation to and from Pack Forest is provided by vans at no charge, but be sure to RSVP for this. Vans will leave the C-10 parking lot behind Winkenwerder at 11 a.m. on May 19th. Tickets are $15 for students, $20 for other adults, free for age 13 and under -- this covers food, beverages, transportation, camping, activities, everything! RSVP forms available in Anderson 116. Contact jaken@u.washington.edu if you'd like a form sent via email.

CAMAS BLOOMING IN RESTORED PARKING LOT IN UNION BAY NATURAL AREA
Kern Ewing reports that camas is blooming all over the part of parking lot E5 in the Union Bay Natural Area that was part of a restoration ecology project in 1998 and "looks nice." The following report in the Winter 2004 CUH newsletter gives the history of the project, as follows: "In 1995, one third (approximately 0.675 hectare) of parking lot E5 was returned to CUH to be converted back to natural vegetation. Because years of adding gravel to the lot had left a deep\ layer of coarse rock (5-10 feet deep), it was apparent that the area would be droughty and nutrient poor. Because native Puget Sound prairies are naturally found on gravel outwash, it was proposed that native prairie species be installed, and that the area be restored as a prairie. Research had shown that mounding produces soil conditions that are drier in both summer (causing a more stressful environment that favors prairie species) and winter (reducing the drowning of plant roots by the shallow water table of the landfill cap). To simulate the natural mounded prairies of the Puget Sound region, restoration students dug up gravel from the parking lot, piled it up, and planted prairie species over the resulting mounded landscape. The Roemers fescue, potentilla, wild strawberry, and several other prairie species immediately established and have dominated the site to this day. Classes continued to experiment and work with the site for two more years. One problem was that non-native grasses like creeping bentgrass continually invaded from the deeper soil sites around the perimeter of the old parking area. So in 2001, a class planted a native shrub buffer (of snowberries, roses, ocean spray, red-flowering currant) around the edge of the new prairie. Going up one life-form is a common way of dealing with problematic invasive plants (trees beat shrubs, shrubs beat grass), and combined with liberal applications of wood chip mulch as a top-dressing, it is proving to be an effective technique for suppressing grass and blackberries while the native shrubs get established." Take a walk down to UBNA and check it out!

FLOWER AND INSECT MICROSCOPY PHOTO EXHIBIT AT KINCAID
Biology Senior and ESRM minor Tammy Curry is exhibiting her flower and insect microscopy photographs in the first floor of Kincaid Hall through the end of Spring Quarter. Says Tammy, "Insects (other than butterflies) can be beautiful. These animals have been around for hundreds of millions of years since the Devonian Era). Their genetic and physiological versatility, intelligence, stunning specialization, fascinating mutualisms, as well as their sacrifices to science make me absolutely admire them."

PAIGE MILLER JOINS ARBORETUM FOUNDATION AS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Seattle community leader and volunteer Paige Miller has joined the Arboretum Foundation as Executive Director. Miller brings more than 25 years of diverse leadership experience to the Foundation. She was an elected Commissioner at the Port of Seattle for 18 years, leading it through extensive growth and complex initiatives. More ecently, Miller successfully led fundraising efforts for the Seattle Chinese Garden's capital campaign. "Washington Park Arboretum is one of Seattle's special places, a sanctuary in the heart of the city and a living collection of many of he world's woody plants. It's the best place in the city to experience the habitat and wildlife of a freshwater marsh and owland," Miller said. "But it could be an even better place. And, it should be better known and better visited." Miller, in cooperation with the Foundation's Board of Directors, will guide its Pacific Connections Campaign, the first phase of a 20-year master plan to comprehensively restore and improve Washington Park Arboretum and enhance its education and recreation resources. "I am excited to help carry out the visionary plan and to add gardens that reflect the traditions and species of the Pacific Rim, including those of Australia, New Zealand, and Chile, as well as the native Pacific Northwest," Miller said. Miller, who is descended from "a long line of woodsmen and gardeners," is excited by the presence of different horticultural traditions at Washington Park Arboretum. "Like many in Seattle, I am in love with two great garden traditions, English and Asian," she said. "At the Arboretum we have the best of both -- a naturalistic Olmsted park based on the English landscape tradition and a beautifully realized Japanese Garden."

UW PRESIDENT EMMERT'S "OFFICE HOURS" ON THE "OTHER WASHINGTON"
Mark Emmert writes, "Many of you know that every year since 1974, the UW has been the number one public university in America in receiving federal funds for research and training. This is an astonishing track record of accomplishment and more than any other single fact speaks volumes about the quality of our faculty who must compete for this funding year in and year out. It also reflects how important the other Washington is to the life of our University. In this month's "Office Hours," I describe our engagement and presence in our nation's capital and some of the ways in which its influence is felt here."

EARTH PORTAL WEBSITE LAUNCHED
The National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE)announces the formal launch of the Earth Portal, Earth Portal is a comprehensive, free and dynamic resource for timely, objective, science-based information about the environment built by a global community of environmental experts: educators, physical, life, and social scientists, scholars, and professionals who have joined together to communicate to the world. In contrast to information from anonymous sources with no quality control, the Earth Portal is created and governed by individuals and organizations who put their names behind their words and where attribution and expert-review for accuracy are fundamental. The NCSE is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the scientific basis for environmental decision- making. The NCSE specializes in programs that foster collaboration among diverse institutions, communities, and individuals. The NCSE serves as secretariat for a growing Environmental Information Coalition of environmental experts and organizations, which is building the Earth Portal.

BLOEDEL SEMINAR ROOM 292 NOW OPEN FOR BUSINESS
The new Bloedel seminar room (292) is officially open for business. It functions in a similar fashion to Anderson 22 except that it has built-in videoconferencing and laptop projection capability. There are six tables, with ganging hardware for multiple configurations, and 22 chairs. The use guidelines, along with a link to the on-line reservation request system, are at http://www.cfr.washington.edu/Facilities/index.html. Currently access to the room is by physical key; a "smart lock" with multiple access protocols will be installed in the near future. An open house, to be scheduled soon, will include a brief tutorial in operating the equipment. Funding for this project was provided by a reconfigured historical capital allocation.

UW'S WORKPLACE VIOLENCE POLICY
Dean Bare writes, "The vigilance of all members of the UW community is needed to maintain a safe work environment for faculty, staff, and students. Recent events have necessitated a closer look at steps to be taken whenever an immediate or potential threat emerges. I encourage all of you to take a few moments to read the UW's workplace violence policy. A work place violence checklist that all faculty and supervisors must follow is also online and is accessible from the web address. Concerns involving students only may be directed to Student Life at 206.543.4972. Immediate threats of harm to people or property require an immediate call to campus police at 911. In non-emergency situations, individuals should report to their supervisors any incidents of violent, threatening, harassing, or intimidating behavior in the workplace, whether or not those involved are UW employees. Those receiving these reports should notify me or Beverly Anderson who will in turn contact Erin Rice, our Human Resources Consultant (HRC). Domestic violence that intrudes or may intrude into the workplace should be reported along these same lines. Alternatively, anyone at any time may directly report incidents to UW Police (non-emergency dispatch number, 206.543.9331, or our HRC, Erin Rice, 206.897.1670, efrice@u.washington.edu. While it is not possible to provide complete workplace protection, we need to do as much as we can and err, if there's a choice to be made, on the side of caution. Lastly, I wish to encourage any staff or faculty member who may be experiencing a personal difficulty effecting workplace performance to notify me so that we may identify an appropriate course of action to help resolve the issue."

CFR IN THE MEDIA
See "UW Recycling: Now you can recycle used electronic media, too," for a recent University Week article featuring CFR's early role in encouraging UW recycling of electronic media. In another University Week story, see "Real and important work: Keystone projects connect UW grad students to pressing regional environmental issues," featuring PoE's Environment Management Graduate Certificate Program and its faculty director, CFR's Clare Ryan.

KUDOS
Kudos to the staff of the Center for Sustainable Forestry at Pack Forest for completing another "Adopt-a-Highway" road cleanup on April 25th. To celebrate Earth Day the Washington DOT encourages all Adopt-a-Highway sponsors to schedule a road cleanup event. Pack staff collected 15 bags of litter, 8 bags of recyclable materials, 4 tires, 3 computer monitors, and one television along the three miles of road the center has adopted.
Kudos to all at UWBG for their hard work on the April 25th Open House:
From UWBG Director David Mabberley, "Congratulations on putting on a wonderful event! Special thanks to Elizabeth and all her team, including volunteers, for bringing together the wide range of activities at UWBG and particularly for integrating into the whole so cleverly the work of those based at WPA. But well done everyone! I know it was a lot of work. Ciscoe Morris (Guild Member) and Marty Wingate gave very well-received presentations pro bono and the steady stream of visitors was such that we could give them much personal attention. I was very pleased to meet a lot of completely new people. Clearly the publicity machine is working well."
And from Dean Bruce Bare, "I was impressed with the variety of displays and activities that were provided. There was something for everyone to enjoy and learn about. Thanks to all students, staff, faculty and volunteers for a very successful event."

Send in your 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://www.jisao.washington.edu/seminars_list.html
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) lhttp://www.pmel.noaa.gov/foci/FOCI_seminars.html
Program on the Environment (POE) http://depts.washington.edu/poeweb/happening/calendar.cgi
Quaternary Research Center (QRC) http://depts.washington.edu/qrc/events.htm


The Straight Grain
Volume 22, 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 WEEKS BEGINNING APRIL 21. Check out the CFR events calendar at for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY 20-21 APRIL UW LAW SCHOOL CONFERENCE GATES HALL
"Of Salmon, the Sound, and the Shifting Sands of Environmental Law: A national perspective with a look forward at the career of Bill Rodgers and the power of ideas." Free for UW faculty, student or staff.

SATURDAY, APRIL 21 EARTH DAY PROJECT UWBG, WPA 9 AM-3 PM
Student Conservation Association, Seattle Earth Day Project at Washington Park Arboretum.

MONDAY, 23 APRIL FACULTY CANDIDATE SEMINAR AND 22 9:30-11:30 AM "Equilibrium Welfare Impacts of the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments in the Los Angeles Area," Constant I. Tra, PhD candidate at the University of Maryland. Candidate for natural resource economics faculty position. Reception follows seminar.

MONDAY, 23 APRIL CFR FACULTY MEETING AND 22 2:30-3:30 PM
CFR Faculty Meeting. Agenda and materials will be sent in advance of the meeting.

MONDAY, 23 APRIL WILDLIFE SCI SEMINAR PHYS-ASTR A1118 3:30-4:30 PM
"The Role of Zoos in the 21st Century: Conservation and education," Deborah Jensen, President and CEO, Woodland Park Zoo.

MONDAY, 23 APRIL CHERRY BLOSSOM LECTURE UWBG, WPA GRAHAM 6-8 PM
Cherry Blossom Festival Lecture, Flowering Cherry Trees in Japanese Culture," Takanobu Mizumoto and Kazua Mitsuhashi.

MONDAY, 23 APRIL CLIMATE CHANGE LECTURE KANE 120 7 PM
"Global Warming and Ocean Acidification: Double trouble for marine ecosystems?", Richard Feely, NOAA.

MONDAY-TUESDAY, 23-24 APRIL WA BIODIVERSITY COUNCIL BREMERTON, WA
Washington Biodiversity Council meeting at Kitsap Conference Center.

TUESDAY, 24 APRIL WATER CENTER SEMINAR ANDERSON 223 8:30-9:20 AM
"Characterizing Vegetative Structure using Discrete-Return, Airborne Laser Scanner Data," Robert McGaughey, USDA-FS PNW Research Station and Affiliate Instructor, UW College of Forest Resources.

TUESDAY, 24 APRIL PSO SPRING MEETING KANE,WALKER AMES 11:30 AM-1 PM
Professional Staff Organization Annual Spring Meeting.

TUESDAY, 234 APRIL REDWOODS LECTURE SEATTLE, TOWN HALL 7:30 PM
"The Wild Trees: A story of passion and daring," forthcoming book on the biosystem of Sequoia sempervirens, Richard Preston, co-sponsored by University Bookstore. Tickets $5 at the door only.

TUESDAY, 24 APRIL WHIDBEY INSTITUTE LYCEUM CHINOOK, WA 7:30-9:30 PM
"Our Future Climate: The best forecast we have," Cliff Mass, UW Dept. of Atmospheric Sciences.

WEDNESDAY, 25 APRIL FACULTY CANDIDATE SEMINAR AND 22 9:30-11:30 AM
"Searching for Solutions: Cost-Efficient pollution control on a watershed scale," Sergey Rabotyagov, PhD candidate, Iowa State University. Candidate for natural resource economics position. Reception will follow seminar.

WEDNESDAY-SATURDAY, 25-28 APRIL WA WEEKEND EVENTS AND, BLO, UWBG
College of Forest Resources WA Weekend events. See also for detailed list of April 25th UWBG open house.

THURSDAY, 26 APRIL NWFSC SEMINAR FISH 201 11 AM-12:30 PM
"Harmful Algal Blooms: Global spreading or global synchrony?," Ted Smayda, University of Rhode Island.

THURSDAY, 26 APRIL SAFS SEMINAR FISH SCI AUD 4 PM
"Recovery of Freshwater Ecosystems within Mount St. Helens Blast Zone," Robert Wissmar, UW Aquatic and Fishery Sciences. See
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FRIDAY, 27 APRIL UW COMMUNITY CELEBRATION RED SQUARE 11:30 AM-1:30 PM
Barbecue hosted by UW President Mark Emmert and Provost Phyllis Wise. Enjoy lunch and visit with friends as UW leaders take their turn flipping burgers to say thanks for the work you do.

FRIDAY, 27 APRIL GEOGRAPHY SEMINAR SMITH 304 3-4 pm
"Instituting the Scientific Forest in British Columbia: A Royal Commission and the establishment of the Forest Branch, 1909-13," David Rossiter, Western Washington University.

SATURDAY, 28 APRIL FLORABUNDANCE MAGNUSON PARK 10 AM-5 PM
Arboretum Foundation's FlorAbundance plant sale at Warren G. Magnuson Park, 7400 Sand Point Way NE, Building 27-Special Events.

SATURDAY, 28 APRIL UWBG PUBLIC EDUCATION UWBG, CUH, DOUGLAS 10 AM-2 PM
"The Art of Espalier," David Connors, WA Fruit Tree Society. Register at http://depts.washington.edu/urbhort/html/education/register.html.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEAD'S UP FOR:
Denman Forestry Issues Series, April 30, 2007, 1-5 p.m., UWBG, CUH, NHS, "Trust and Transition: Perspectives on Native American Forestry." RSVP to ematheny@u.washington.edu.
Update of Research by the CFR Centers ONRC, RTI, CINTRAFOR, and CSF at Pack Forest, May 17, 2007, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m, Anderson 207. Presentations will include time for questions and discussion. Contact Ellen Matheny at
ONRC, ematheny@u.washington.edu or 206.685.9477, XT 228 with questions. The event is free and open to the public. Snacks provided. Come and go as your schedule allows.
CFR Annual Recognition Event, May 24, 2007, 2 p.m., Anderson 207. It's spring -- the flowers are blooming, the pollen is flying -- that must mean it's time for the annual CFR Recognition event! You'll be getting emails soon, asking for nominations for the different award categories and inviting you to participate in the silent auction, the dessert contest, etc. For now, though, just make sure Thursday, May 24th is on your calendar. The fun starts at 2 p.m. with the dessert contest (life is short -- eat dessert first) and auction preview. The formal program will be 2:30-3:30 p.m.,
followed by more desserts, wine tasting, and the silent auction. We're starting a little earlier this year, so there will be plenty of time for people to attend the formal program and still have time for fun and socializing before catching their bus home.

SILVICULTURAL CHALLENGE AT PACK FOREST
David Ford sends along a report on the "Silvicultural Challenge" held at the Center for Sustainable Forestry at Pack Forest on March 9th and 10th. "The challenge, between teams of students from the UBC School of Forestry and UW CFR, provided a real life practical problem to encourage students to work in teams to obtain an effective solution, to have some fun, and increase contact between students from UBC and UW and, oh yes, to WIN! The College's Alumni Association provided a trophy that will be competed for in alternate years in Washington and BC. The judges were Joe Kane, Nisqually Land Trust; Jeff Madsen, Port Blakely Tree Farm; and Tim McBride, Hancock Forest Management. This year's problem was provided by the Nisqually Land Trust, which manages a tract of steep land along the edge of Mount Rainier National Park. The forest comprises mixed species, much of it in 40-50 year stands. The challenge was to develop a silvicultural plan to provide forest conditions suitable as northern spotted owl and marbled murrelet habitat and, at the same time, provide revenue over successive years for management of the land and to contribute to the local forest industry. Students competed in teams of three, two teams from both UBC and UW. Background information and details of the question were given to the students early in the week so that they could gather important information. Students from UBC traveled from Vancouver in time to gather at Pack at 2 p.m. on Friday, and the rest of the day was spent walking and cruising the forest. Teams developed their solutions in time to make presentations to the judges on Saturday afternoon. Much of the work was identifying those stands that might provide yield and those that would provide effective habitat, deciding how timber might be extracted, and ensuring a plan that would be visually acceptable in an area extensively used by visitors to the Park. And the winner was UBC! The judges were particularly impressed with the winning team's schedule for providing a revenue stream, but all teams were complimented on their innovative approaches to the range of problems posed. UW will need to go and win this trophy from the Canadians next year! We are extremely grateful to our judges for donating their time and experience. We also thank Ann Forest Burns for encouraging this enterprise and the CFRAA for providing the trophy."

NEW PARTNERS JOIN PNW-CESU
New partners have recently joined the PNW Cooperative Ecosystems Study Unit, housed at the College. Minerals Management Service (MMS), U.S. Department of the Interior, anticipates their first PNW CESU task agreement in 2007. MMS is responsible for managing the nation's oil, natural gas, other mineral resources, and alternate energy related uses on the Federal Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). MMS also works with the mineral revenues from OCS, federal, and Indian lands. Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT) is located in Klamath Falls, Oregon, in close proximity to Crater Lake National Park and Lava Beds National Monument. With the advent of the Crater Lake Science and Learning Center, a collaborative relationship between OIT and Crater Lake National Park may emerge. Saint Mary's University (SMU)in Winona, MN has programs in environmental science, resource analysis, and geospatial services of interest to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the National Park Service (NPS). USFWS plans to map wetlands with SMU through the National Wetlands Inventory. Eastern Washington University (EWU) is the PNW CESU's newest partner. NPS and USGS scientists see potential for long-term collaboration with EWU, especially with respect to the Elwha Dam removal project occurring at Olympic National Park. The new partners join the list of current partners, including federal agencies, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, USDA Forest Service- Pacific Northwest Research Station, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation; universities, University of Washington, Heritage University, Oregon State University, Portland State University, Southern Oregon University, Tuskegee University, University of Alaska Anchorage, University of Alaska Southeast, University of British Columbia, University of Idaho, University of Oregon, University of Vermont and State Agriculture College, Washington State University, and Western Washington University; and the State of Alaska Department of Fish and Game. See the PNW-CESU website for more information about\ partners and their ongoing research projects.

NATIVE PLANT APPRECIATION WEEK
Governor Gregoire has proclaimed April 29th through May 5th, 2007 as Native Plant Appreciation Week in Washington. The week is a celebration of the diversity of Washington's over 3,000 native plant species inhabiting deserts, rain forests, high alpine environments, river valleys, and backyard landscapes. Native plant ecosystems are critical to sustaining native wildlife and the quality of Washington's environment. Native Plant Appreciation Week inspires citizens through diverse activities and events to learn more about native plant species and their habitats and how to protect them. The public can participate in talks, walks, hikes, garden tours, and visits to natural areas to active involvement in habitat restoration projects. Native Plant Appreciation Week is an opportunity for governmental agencies, non-profit groups and environmental organizations to highlight their work in protecting native plant species and restoring native plant habitats. The public can learn about the many projects and hard work that enhances their area. The public can also learn how native plant ecosystems provide suitable habitat for birds, fish and other animals and protect water quality. Finally, it is an opportunity to convey the tremendous threat posed by invasive exotic pests insects, plant diseases and invasive plant species. The public can see and learn how invasive species harm native plants and ecosystems. They can learn about work being done in both the public and private sector to combat that threat. See http://www.wnps.org/npaw/events.html for events scheduled throughout the week.

CFR IN THE MEDIA
See the April 9, 2007 issue of the Daily, for an article entitled "Temperatures and treelines rising higher," featuring research by, among others, CFR alums Jeremy Littell ('06), now with the UW's Joint Institute for Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean, and Lisa Graumlich ('85), recently appointed Director of the School of Natural Resources at the University of Arizona.

KUDOS
Kudos to the UW's Program on the Environment, which recently won the UW's 2007 Brotman Award for Instructional Excellence, and to all of the CFR faculty and graduate students who have have invested much time and effort into making POE what it is today.
Kudos to Research Associate Professor Sally Brown and Affiliate Lecturer Chuck Henry for their reserch in the area of using biosolids to further energy independence. Their work is cited in a recent King County press release announcing a "first-of-its-kind partnership that will bring an estimated 2 million gallons of homegrown biodiesel to King County. The biodiesel, made from canola grown on Yakima County farms and fertilized with biosolids from King County's two wastewater treatment plants, will help power Metro Transit buses for nearly a year."

Send in your 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://www.jisao.washington.edu/seminars_list.html
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) lhttp://www.pmel.noaa.gov/foci/FOCI_seminars.html
Program on the Environment (POE) http://depts.washington.edu/poeweb/happening/calendar.cgi
Quaternary Research Center (QRC) http://depts.washington.edu/qrc/events.htm


The Straight Grain
Volume 22, 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.

EVENTS FOR WEEKS BEGINNING APRIL 14. Check out the CFR events calendar at for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

SATURDAY, 14 APRIL VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY ISSAQUAH CREEK 9 AM-3 PM
"Invasive Plant Removal at Issaquah Creek," sponsored by Mountains to Sound Greenway.

SATURDAY-SUNDAY, 14-15 APRIL TREE FARM WORKSHOP OLYMPIA, WA
"How to Inventory and Monitor Small Woodlands," sponsored by Northwest Certified Forestry.

MONDAY, 16 APRIL WILDLIFE SCI SEMINAR PHYS-ASTR A1118 3:30-4:30 PM
"Global Warming and Migrations of Big Cats in Siberia," Evgeniy Kashkarov, Altai University.

TUESDAY, 17 APRIL WATER CENTER SEMINAR ANDERSON 223 8:30-9:20 AM
"Groundwater Contamination Issues at Hanford and the Resulting Legal Issues and Health Risks," Gerald Pollet, JD, Heart of America NW.

TUESDAY, 17 APRIL BIOLOGY SEMINAR PHYS-ASTR A102 4 PM
"Can Forest Hornbills Persist in Fragmented Landscapes?" Margaret Kinnaird, Wildlife Conservation Society.

TUESDAY, 10 APRIL WHIDBEY INSTITUTE LYCEUM CHINOOK, WA 7:30-9:30 PM
"The Life of Birds in a Changing Climate," George Divoky, Friends of Cooper Island.

THURSDAY, 12 APRIL CIG WEEKLY SEMINAR JISAO CONFERENCE RM 1:30-3 PM
"Climate Impacts on Puget Sound Oceanography and Harmful Algal Blooms," Nate Mantua, Climate Impacts Group, and Stephanie Moore, School of Oceanography. 1st Floor, Lisa Li Building, 4909 25th Ave. NE, Seattle.

WEDNESDAY, 18 APRIL HLTH/SAFETY COMMITTEE PRESENTATION AND 22 9-10 AM
"Crime Prevention and Safety," sponsored by the CFR Health and Safety Committee and offered by the Crime Prevention Unit of the UW Police Department.

WEDNESDAY, 18 APRIL ENVIRONMENTAL HLTH LECTURE TOWN HALL,SEATTLE 6:30-8 PM
"Seeking Solutions: Sustainable systems."

WEDNESDAY-THURSDAY, 18-19 APRIL IUFRO CONFERENCE WASHINGTON, DC
"Forest Research Management in an Era of Globalization."

THURSDAY 19 APRIL SOLOMON KATZ LECTURE KANE 110 7 PM
"Climate and Catastrophe: The world crisis of the 17th century," Geoffrey Parker, Ohio State University.

THURSDAY, 19 APRIL NWFSC SEMINAR FISH 201 11 AM-12:30 PM
"Isotopic Dabbling in Oceans and Other Wet Places," Keith Hobson, Canadian Wildlife Service.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY APRIL 20-21 UW LAW SCHOOL CONFERENCE GATES HALL
"Of Salmon, the Sound, and the Shifting Sands of Environmental Law: A national perspective with a look forward at the career of Bill Rodgers and the power of ideas." Free for UW faculty, student or staff.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEAD'S UP FOR:
College of Forest Resources WA Weekend events, April 25-28.
Barbecue hosted by UW President Mark Emmert and Provost Phyllis Wise, Friday, April 27, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Enjoy lunch and visit with friends as UW leaders take their turn flipping burgers to say thanks for the work you do.
The Arboretum Foundation's FlorAbundance, the region's largest plant sale, Saturday, April 28, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Seattle's Warren G. Magnuson Park, 7400 Sand Point Way NE, Building 27-Special Events Center.
"Update of Research" by the CFR Centers ONRC, RTI, CINTRAFOR, and CSF at Pack Forest, May 17, 2007, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Presentations will include time for questions and discussion. Contact Ellen Matheny at ONRC, ematheny@u.washington.edu or 206.685.9477, XT 228 with questions. The event is free and open to the public. Snacks provided. Come and go as your schedule allows.

COLLEGE WELCOMES NEW UWBG STAFF
In a correction to last week's Straight Grain, Alison Warren is the new office assistant in the Washington Park Arboretum. The College also extends a warm welcome to the new Soest Gardener, Riz Reyes, CFR alum ('06).

CHARLES L. PACK ESSAY COMPETITION SUBMISSION DUE ON APRIL 21
The Charles L. Pack Essay Competition awards $500 to a student or students who best demonstrate their writing abilities and express their views on a variety of forest related issues. The competition was established in 1923 through a gift from Charles Lathrop Pack to provide CFR students with a means to "express themselves to the public and write about forestry in a way that affects or interests the public." The competition is open to juniors, seniors, and graduate students enrolled in CFR during Spring Quarter 2007 who have not yet received a graduate-level degree from any institution. Each paper will be considered according to the class year of the author; undergrads and grads will compete separately. Essays must be original and written for a public that is educated but lacking in-depth knowledge of natural resource issues. Essays should emphasize a strong public communications element. Students must be the sole author of their papers (no joint authors) and must personally submit papers for competition consideration; essays submitted by faculty will not be accepted. A judging committee will assess the originality of thought, organization, mastery of subject, objectivity, clarity, forcefulness of writing, literary merit, and conciseness. The committee will reserve the right to withhold the prize if no entry meets acceptable standards. The committee may also award more than one prize for outstanding entries if funds permit. Essay submissions will be accepted through April 21, 2007.

NEWSLETTERS ON LINE
Recent newsletters on line include the Spring 2007 issue of the Stand Management Cooperative (SMC) news,
with an update on SMC's "Tree to Log to Product Non-destructive Testing" study.
The Olympic Natural Resources Center's latest newsletter contains information on the February climate change conference sponsored by the center.
See also for the latest issue of the Rare Plant Care and Conservation program's newsletter, the Rare Plant Press. See story below, from this issue, on volunteer monitoring initiatives in 2007.

NEW MONITORING INITIATIVES IN 2007: VOUCHERS DOCUMENT POPULATIONS
Rare Care is working with Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest botanists to collect vouchers for sensitive plants in the forest. Vouchers document the presence of rare species and provide specimens for research and investigation of taxonomic questions. Rare Care volunteers will collect vouchers during monitoring trips; the vouchers will then be deposited in the UW's Burke Museum Herbarium. Rare Care's first-ever monitoring weekend will take place June 16 17 in Yakima Canyon. Volunteers and staff will survey all known populations of Erigeron basalticus, a candidate species for listing under the federal Endangered Species Act. U.S. Fish and Wildlife biologists will use the data to review and update the listing status of the species. Monitoring will soon expand to national parks. The National Park Service, Natural Heritage Program, and Rare Care are working out the details of expanding Rare Care's award winning volunteer monitoring program to national parks; volunteers will begin working in North Cascades National Park in 2008.

GRADUATE STUDENT SYMPOSIUM 2007 NOW ON STREAMING VIDEO
The College's Graduate Student Symposium, held on February 23, 2007, is now available on streaming video .

COLLEGE WILL PARTICIPATE IN UW TEACHING AND LEARNING SYMPOSIUM In other streaming video news, Bruce Lippke, Matt McLaughlin, and Luke Rogers, will participate in the 2007 UW Teaching and Learning Symposium on April 24, 2:30-4:30 p.m. in the HUB West Ballroom. They will make a presentation on "Streaming Video -- Extending Learning Beyond the Classroom," Other College participants in the symposium include Tom Hinckley, Jim Fridley, and Sarah Reichard, who will be presenting "Supporting Classroom Discussion with Technology: A case study in environmental science,"

POLICY ON FACULTY NON-GRANT AND CONTRACT EFFORT
The UW is concerned with the funding and allocation of faculty effort for UW service, proposal writing, teaching, and administration -- particularly when faculty members are funded almost entirely by grants and contracts. Faculty effort is the time faculty spend on their university activities, including teaching, research, service, and administration. The Provost has requested that each College develop a policy and communication plan for faculty funded on grants and contracts regarding their effort not related to funded grants and contracts. The College has prepared a newly
consolidated policy covering these instances, available online.

REMINDER RE GRANT PROPOSAL SUBMISSIONS
Grants Manager Marivic Jiminez reminds all researchers to submit proposals to her so that she can prepare the eGC1. She says, "Please do not prepare and/or submit any eGC1s on your own through the UW system. When the Office of Sponsored Research receives the eGC1, they automatically call me for any questions/inquiries and much needed information, and if I am not informed of your proposal submission, this creates a huge delay in processing your proposal. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated."

LEVINSON EMERGING SCHOLARS PROGRAM
The UW's Undergraduate Research Program is pleased to announce the Levinson Emerging Scholars Program, which supports accomplished UW juniors and seniors who want to pursue creative and highly independent research in genetics, neuroscience, biochemistry, bioengineering, bioinformatics, and related fields in the life sciences. The first application target date is Monday, April 23, 2007.

CFR IN THE MEDIA
For a Seattle P-I article quoting Rick Gustafson, see "Project looks at trees for biofuel."
.For a pdf file of the article on CFR affiliate faculty alumnus Robert Van Pelt ('95), referenced in last week's Straight Grain, see "Rediscovering American treasure: majestic trees up close." The article appeared in the April 2007 issue of Martha Stewart Living.
See "Students and Farmers become Citizen Scientists" in the January-March 2007 issue of ArcUser. The article is co-authored by Karen Dvornich, CFR continuing education coordinator with the NatureMapping program.

KUDOS

Send in your 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://www.jisao.washington.edu/seminars_list.html
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) lhttp://www.pmel.noaa.gov/foci/FOCI_seminars.html
Program on the Environment (POE) http://depts.washington.edu/poeweb/happening/calendar.cgi
Quaternary Research Center (QRC) http://depts.washington.edu/qrc/events.htm


The Straight Grain
Volume 22, 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.

EVENTS FOR WEEKS BEGINNING APRIL 7. Check out the CFR events calendar at for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY, 6-7 APRIL GARDEN BOOK SALE UWBG, MERRILL 9 AM-3 PM
Sale of thousands of used gardening, horticulture, botany, and landscape design books to benefit the Elisabeth C. Miller Library, the premiere horticultural library in the Pacific Northwest. See http://depts.washington.edu/hortlib/index.shtml or phone 206.543.0415.

MONDAY, 9 APRIL CFR FACULTY MEETING ANDERSON 22 2:30-3:30 PM
Materials will be distributed in advance of meeting.

MONDAY, 9 APRIL WILDLIFE SCI SEMINAR PHYS-ASTR A1118 3:30-4:30 PM
"California Clapper Rails and the Control of Invasive Spartina," Drew Kerr California Coastal Conservancy Invasive Spartina Project.

MONDAY-THURSDAY, 9-12 APRIL URBAN/RURAL INTERFACE CONFERENCE ATLANTA,GA
"Emerging Issues along the Urban Rural Interface II"; for information, and to register see http://www.sfws.auburn.edu/urbanruralinterfaces/.

TUESDAY, 10 APRIL WATER CENTER SEMINAR ANDERSON 223 8:30-9:20 AM
"Saving Puget Sound: A practical, long-term conservation strategy," John Lombard, Senior Policy Analyst, Steward and Associates.

TUESDAY, 10 APRIL FACULTY CANDIDATE SEMINAR ANDERSON 22 1:30 PM
"Modeling Timber and Non-timber Tradeoffs in Spatial Forest Planning," Sandor Toth, Oklahoma State University, candidate for natural resource informatics position. Reception follows.

TUESDAY, 10 APRIL OCEANS/HUMAN HLTH SEMINAR FISH SCI 108 2:30-3:30 PM
Oceans and Human Health Joint Seminar Series, "Puget Soundkeeper Alliance -- Policing the Polluters and Enforcing the Law: Overview/ activities/insights of an on-the-water citizens group devoted to protecting and preserving our waters," Sue Joerger, Puget Soundkeeper. For more information contact Micaela Parker at micaela@u.washington.edu or see http://www.depts.washington.edu/pnwh2o/.

TUESDAY, 10 APRIL WHIDBEY INSTITUTE LYCEUM CHINOOK, WA 7:30-9:30 PM
"Impacts of Climate Change on our Ecosystems," Nate Mantua, UW Climate Impacts Group.

TUESDAY-FRIDAY, 10-13 APRIL WILDLIFE SOCIETY MEETING PENDLETON,OR
Joint Annual Meeting, OR and WA chapters of The Wildlife Society, " Connected by Fire and Water: Wildlife, landscapes, and people."

WEDNESDAY, 11 APRIL FOSEP SEMINAR PHYS-ASTR A102 4 PM
"Climate Change: Do we know enough to take action?-- The use of scientific 'uncertainty' in the policy debate over climate change," Andrew Dessler, Texas A&M University. Sponsored by the UW Forum on Science Ethics and Policy, FOSEP.

WEDNESDAY, 11 APRIL NHS LECTURE UWBG, NHS 7:15 PM
"Pots in the Garden," Ray Rogers, award-winning horticulturist, life-long gardener, and author of the upcoming Timber Press book, Pots in the Garden.

THURSDAY, 12 APRIL CIG WEEKLY SEMINAR JISAO CONFERENCE RM 1:30-3 PM
"Have we been underestimating climate change?", Richard Gammon, UW Department of Chemistry and School of Oeanography. Location is 1st Floor, Lisa Li Building, 4909 25th Ave. NE, Seattle.

THURSDAY, 12 APRIL FACULTY CANDIDATE SEMINAR ANDERSON 22 1:30-3 PM
"My Experiments with Natural Resource Informatics," George Sonney, Ph.D., candidate for natural resource informatics facutly postion. Reception follows.

SATURDAY-SUNDAY, 14-15 APRIL TREE FARM WORKSHOP OLYMPIA, WA
"How to Inventory and Monitor Small Woodlands," sponsored by Northwest Certified Forestry.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEAD'S UP FOR:
"Crime Prevention and Safety," presentation, April 18, 2007, Anderson 22, 9-10 a.m. sponsored by the CFR Health and Safety Committee and offered by the Crime Prevention Unit of the UW Police Department.
UW Botanic Gardens Open House, Wednesday, April 25, 2007, 3-7 p.m., Center for Urban Horticulture. Find out where the Arboretum's plants come from, see how Herbarium specimens are made, learn about cutting-edge ecological restoration and research in the Union Bay Natural Area, and more.
WA Weekend Open House on the UW campus and at the College of Forest Resources, April 26-28, 2007. Washington Weekend is an annual event featuring open houses, class reunions, lectures, tours, live entertainment, Husky sporting events, and more for the campus community, and the general public. It's a chance for everyone to come back to campus to enjoy all the UW has to offer, and get a first-hand look at everything that is going on at this premier institution in our backyard. There are events and programs for just about every taste, and everyone is welcome to participate and enjoy the rich academic, athletic and community traditions of the UW.
Barbecue hosted by President Mark Emmert and Provost Phyllis Wise, Friday, April 27, 2007, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Enjoy lunch and visit with friends as UW leaders take their turn flipping burgers to say thanks for the work you do.
The Arboretum Foundation's FlorAbundance, the region's largest plant sale, will return on Saturday, April 28, 2007, 10 a.m. 5 p.m. at Seattle's Warren G. Magnuson Park, 7400 Sand Point Way NE, Building 27-Special Events Center.

COLLEGE WELCOMES LOUISA WARREN AND MONICA MCGRATH
A warm welcome to Louisa Warren, new office assistant in the Washington Park Arboretum, and Monica McGrath, affiliate staff member from Washington State University, who will be working with Dean Glawe.

VOLUNTEER WITH HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
Phil Chi is looking for some people to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, Saturday April 14th, at their Seattle build site. Phil says, "I have 5 people so far and would like to get at least a couple more. If you're interested please email me at philmc@u.washington.edu."

CFR IN THE MEDIA
Famed CFR alum Dan Hinkley is featured in a PBS NOVA segment called "First Flower." It will air Tuesday, April 17 at 8 p.m. on PBS. Check out http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/flower/ for more details.
See "State might need new nickname,", which concerns Pacific Northwest Environmental Forum work and studies for the legislature. Brian Boyle, Ara Erickson and Jerry Franklin are quoted.
David Mabberley's book, "The Plant-Book: A Portable Dictionary of the Vascular Plants," Second Edition, was reviewed in a recent edition of The New York Review of Books. See http://www.nybooks.com/articles/article-preview?article_id=19872.
And see "National Research Plan for Urban Forestry, 2005-2015," recently published by the National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council and co-authored by Kathy Wolf.

SPAM FILTER TURNED ON FOR UW EMAIL
The high volume of spam coming into the UW now accounts for 70-80 percent of all email and is degrading service for everyone. To help control this junk mail, Computing & Communications (C&C) has made spam (junk-mail) filtering the default for messages delivered to UW Email Inboxes. This is an opt-out service; you can modify or disable it at any time. Details about UW spam filtering are online at http://www.washington.edu/computing/email/spam.html.

SPRING WALK-IN
Sign up for the Spring Walk In Challenge and start counting your commute walks, and your walks for errands, lunch, and meetings. You can get a team together or walk solo. Sign up a team. OR Sign up as an individual. Keep track of your treks -- Use the Walk In tracking form to record your walking activites each week, then report them to your Team Captain or post them online.

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KUDOS
Clare Ryan sends along kudos to to students Andy James, Laura Rickman, Miki Fujikawa, and Patrick Schwartzkopf for helping out as judges at the Laurelhurst Elementary Science Fair. CFR students were paired with Nathan Hale High School students to judge 5th grade science projects on Thursday, March 29th. Participation and special merit ribbons were awarded to all students.

Send in your 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://www.jisao.washington.edu/seminars_list.html
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) lhttp://www.pmel.noaa.gov/foci/FOCI_seminars.html
Program on the Environment (POE) http://depts.washington.edu/poeweb/happening/calendar.cgi
Quaternary Research Center (QRC) http://depts.washington.edu/qrc/events.htm


The Straight Grain
Volume 22, 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.

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

FRIDAY, 30 MARCH-SUNDAY, 1 APRIL ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL KANE HALL
"Hazel Wolf 9th Annual Environmental Film Festival.

SUNDAY-SATURDAY, 1-6 APARIL, MTN LOGGING SYMPOSIUM CORVALLIS, OR
International Mountain Logging and 13th Pacific NW Skyline Symposium.

MONDAY, 2 APRIL WILDLIFE SCI SEMINAR PHYS-ASTR A1118 3:30-4:30 PM
"Legacy Toxics and Flame-Retardants in Marine Mammals: Examples from North Pacific humpback whales," Cristiane Elfes, MS Candidate, UW School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences.

TUESDAY, 3 APRIL WATER CENTER SEMINAR ANDERSON 223 8:30-9:20 AM
"Water From a Tree's Perspective: Climate change, fog, and tension -- what fails first?", Tom Hinckley, Professor, UW College of Forest Resources.

TUESDAY, 3 APRIL WHIDBEY INSTITUTE LYCEUM CHINOOK, WA 7:30-9:30 PM
"Climate Change and Killer Whales," David Bain, Global Research and Rescue.

THURSDAY, 5 APRIL FACULTY CANDIDATE SEMINAR ANDERSON 22 1:30 PM
"Taming the Pixels-Interactive and Adaptive Hybrid Imaging Informatics," Sencer Alkan, Research Scientist, AnthropiCIM Research and Development, Vancouver, BC; candidate for assistant/associate professor of natural resource informatics. Reception follows.

THURSDAY, 5 APRIL CIG WEEKLY SEMINAR JISAO CONFERENCE RM 1:30-3 PM
"Toward a Better Understanding of Soil Respiration in Complex Forested Eecosystems," Ken Bible, Wind River Field Station and Canopy Crane Research Facility, UW College of Forest Resources. Location is 1st Floor, Lisa Li Building, 4909 25th Ave. NE, Seattle.

THURSDAY, 5 APRIL STARKER LECTURE CORVALLIS, OR, WSU 4 PM
"Preparing Resource Professionals for an Uncertain World," Jerry Franklin, UW College of Forest Resources.

THURSDAY, 5 APRIL DANIEL & IRMA EVANS LECTURE KANE 210 7:30 PM
"The Water Age," the Honorable William K. Reilly, Civil and Environmental Engineering Daniel & Irma Evans Lecture.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY, 6-7 APRIL GARDEN BOOK SALE UWBG, MERRILL 9 AM-3 PM
Sale of thousands of used gardening, horticulture, botany, and landscape design books to benefit the Elisabeth C. Miller Library, the premiere horticultural library in the Pacific Northwest. See http://depts.washington.edu/hortlib/index.shtml or phone 206.543.0415.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEAD'S UP FOR:
"Crime Prevention and Safety," presentation, April 18, 2007, Anderson 22, 9-10 a.m. sponsored by the CFR Health and Safety Committee and offered by the Crime Prevention Unit of the UW Police Department.
UW Botanic Gardens Open House, Wednesday, April 25, 2007, 3-7 p.m., Center for Urban Horticulture. Find out where the Arboretum's plants come from, see how Herbarium specimens are made, learn about cutting-edge ecological restoration and research in the Union Bay Natural Area, and more.
WA Weekend Open House on the UW campus and at the College of Forest Resources, April 26-28, 2007. Washington Weekend is an annual event featuring open houses, class reunions, lectures, tours, live entertainment, Husky sporting events, and more for the campus community, and the general public. It's a chance for everyone to come back to campus to enjoy all the UW has to offer, and get a first-hand look at everything that is going on at this premier institution in our backyard. There are events and programs for just about every taste, and everyone is welcome to participate and enjoy the rich academic, athletic and community traditions of the UW.
Barbecue hosted by President Mark Emmert and Provost Phyllis Wise, Friday, April 27, 2007, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Enjoy lunch and visit with friends as UW leaders take their turn flipping burgers to say thanks for the work you do.
The Arboretum Foundation's FlorAbundance, the region's largest plant sale, will return on Saturday, April 28, 2007, 10 a.m. 5 p.m. at Seattle's Warren G. Magnuson Park, 7400 Sand Point Way NE, Building 27-Special Events Center.

NEXT DENMAN FORESTRY ISSUES SERIES SET FOR APRIL 30, 2007
The Denman Forestry Issues Series, scheduled for Monday, April 30, 2007, 1-5 p.m., at the UWBG's Center for Urban Horticulture will focus on "Trust and Transition: Perspectives on Native American forestry." Speakers include: Nolan Colegrove, Sr., President, Intertribal Timber Council; Jerry Franklin, Professor of Forest Ecology, UW College of Forest Resources; Randy Friedlander, Administrative Forester, Colville Reservationl; Guy McMinds, Natural Resources Advisor, Quinault Nation; Cal Mukumoto, Manager, Warm Springs Biomass LLC, Mukumoto Enterprises; Phil Rigdon, Deputy Director, Natural Resources, Yakama Nation; John Vitello, Forester, Bureau of Indian Affairs, John Waconda, Regional Forester, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Southwest Region; and Terry Williams, Commissioner of Fisheries and Natural Resources, Tulalip Tribes.

BICYCLE THEFT IS ON THE RISE ON CAMPUS
Some bicycle safety tips to lessen your risk include: Never leave your bike unlocked even for a minute. Take the time to make sure that your bicycle is properly secured. Register your bicycle with the UW Police Department. Bicycles that are registered have a better chance of being recovered than those that are not. Register at www.washington.edu/admin/police/index.php. Use a U-Lock instead of a cable lock. The U-Locks are solid steel and are very hard to cut. The cable locks are easily cut with a cutting device because they are not solid steel. 98 percent of the bicycles stolen on campus are secured by cable locks. The Wellness Resource Center on the 2nd Floor of Hall Health sells Kryptonite U-locks at a discount. Consider using two locks instead of one. Always secure your bike to an object that is securely bolted or cemented to the ground. Remember that locks are only a deterrent. Check on your bicycle weekly to make sure that it is still there and locked securely.

NEW CSREES GRANT OPPORTUNITY
"Ecological Impacts from the Interactions of Climate Change, Land Use Change, and Invasive Species: A Joint Research Solicitation - EPA, USDA" This is a collaboration between the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Program and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Research Initiative (NRI) Competitive Grants Program. The purpose of this joint solicitation is to quantitatively investigate how climate change, climate variability, and land use change: (1) influence the establishment, abundance, and distribution of invasive species; (2) interact with invasive species to create feedbacks that increase their success; (3) interact with invasive species to cause threshold responses in natural and managed systems; or (4) affect the chemical, biological, and mechanical management of invasive species. The EPA is interested in proposals addressing aquatic ecosystems and the USDA in proposals addressing managed terrestrial systems. For more information see http://es.epa.gov/ncer/rfa/2007/2007_star_ecoimpacts.html. This program will be offered only once with this particular emphasis. It has a deadline of June 26, 2007.

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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://www.jisao.washington.edu/seminars_list.html
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) lhttp://www.pmel.noaa.gov/foci/FOCI_seminars.html
Program on the Environment (POE) http://depts.washington.edu/poeweb/happening/calendar.cgi
Quaternary Research Center (QRC) http://depts.washington.edu/qrc/events.htm