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August 2009

The Straight Grain
Volume 31, Number 7

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

The STRAIGHT GRAIN is a weekly newsletter for the School 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 online.

EVENTS FOR WEEKS BEGINNING AUGUST 30. Check out the CFR events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

SUNDAY, 30 AUGUST VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY MT RANIER NAT'L PARK 8:30 AM
Washington Trails Association Work Party, Mount Rainier National Park's Glacier Basin Trail.

MONDAY-FRIDAY, 31 AUGUST-4 SEPTEMBER SALMONID CONSERVATION SEATTLE,WA
NW Environmental Training Center workshops on Salmonid Conservation: "The Ecology of Pacific Salmonids"; "Pacific Salmonid Spawning Habitat"; and "Fish Passage." I

WEDNESDAY, 2 SEPTEMBER WA BUTTERFLY ASSOCIATION UWBG, CUH 7-9 PM
Washington Butterfly Association meeting, "Sniffing out Kincaid's Lupine," David Vesely, Oregon Wildlife Institute, and
his dog "Rogue." Vesely has trained five Belgian sheepdogs to sniff out specific plants for his research on Kincaid’s
lupine, a rare (threatened) native plant closely associated with the Fender’s Blue (endangered) butterfly, which uses the
plant as a place to lay its eggs and later as a food source.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEAD'S UP FOR
Sunday-Wednesday, September 13-16, 2009, Seattle, WA, 24th Annual Water ReUse Conference. SFR participants include Soo Kim.
Monday-Wednesday, September 14-16, 2009, Portland, OR, World Forest Institute, "Who Will Own the Forest?."
Monday-Thursday, September 14-17, 2009, San Juan Island, WA, UW Friday Harbor Laboratories, Program on Climate Change Summer Institute, "Pacific Northwest Climate: Past, present and future."
Tuesday-Friday, September 15-28, 2009, Vancouver, WA, Natural Area Conference, "Living on the Edge: Why natural areas matter." A keynote speakers is alum Robert Michael Pyle (MS 1973).
Thursday, September 17, 2009, 7:30-9 p.m., Meany Hall, Elisabeth Carey Miller Memorial Lecture, "Mad About Plants -- A Plantsman's Garden," Roy Lancaster.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009, Hold the Date for the SFR Strategic Planning Retreat at the Washington Rowing Club in Fremont. .
Wednesday, September 23, 2009, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Shelton, WA, Stand Management Cooperative Annual Meeting

UW BOTANIC GARDENS ADMINISTRATIVE APPOINTMENTS
Chair Tom Hinckley writes, "Interim Associate Director Sandra Lier continues her 40 percent appointment as the Interim Director at UW Botanic Gardens. Given the reduction in staff and administration at UWBG, I have worked with Sandra and I am pleased to announce the appointment of Fred Hoyt and Sarah Reichard to the newly created positions of Associate Directors of the UW Botanic Gardens as of September 1, 2009. Fred will continue in his role managing the horticulture, facilities, rentals, capital planning, and curation and representing UWBG in the SR520 negotiations. Fred will also take on the signage and manage public relations for UWBG. Sarah will continue with her faculty responsibilities as well as overseeing the Hyde Herbarium, Rare Care Program, and curation and will now take on the Adult and Youth education programs. The Associate Directors will co-chair the Curation Committee and will represent UWBG with the School of Forest Resources and the College of the Environment. As Associate Directors, they will report to Executive Director Sandra Lier. Both individuals have accepted these responsibilities without any change in appointment or salary in keeping with the present economic circumstances. I am particularly pleased with the energy and expertise that both individuals will bring to their respective assignments. Please join me in congratulating these dedicated members of our community as they assume their new roles."

SFR FACULTY AND STAFF PARTICIPATE IN MEETINGS, CONFERENCES
Rob Harrison and Darlene Zabowski will be presenters in a September 22, 2009 workshop in Shelton, WA, "Best Management Practices for Maintaining Soil Productivity in the Douglas-fir Region." Rob will speak on "How Can I Improve My Soils? Nutrient
Deficiencies and Fertilization, " and Darlene will speak on "Not All Soils Are Equal: Soil characteristics that affect productivity." The workshop is sponsored by Northwest Forest Soils Council and Western Forestry and Conservation Association.
SFR faculty, staff, and students scheduled to present at poster and workshop sessions in the upcoming SAF National Convention include Dave Briggs, Andrew Cooke, Jerry Franklin, Jim Fridley, Rapeepan Kantavichai, Bruce Lippke, Larry Mason, Jim McCarter, Elaine Oneil, Luke Rogers, and Clare Ryan. Alumni presenters include James Dooley (PhD 2000), Dale Johnson (PhD 1975, Morris Johnson (PhD 2008, MS 2001), Roger Ottmar (BS 1977, MS 1980), David Shaw (PhD 1991), Helga Van Miegroet (PhD 1986, MS 1980), BS 1969), and Jerry Williams (MS 1978), among others.

UW GAINS RECOGNITION FOR SUSTAINABILITY EFFORTS
The UW was ranked #2 in the country by Sierra Magazine for sustainability efforts. Sierra Magazine, the official publication of the Sierra Club, judged each institution on eight factors: efficiency, energy, food, academics, purchasing, transportation, waste management, and administration. The UW achieved a score of 98 out of 100 points, moving up from ninth place last year. The top 10 schools named in order of ranking are University of Colorado, Boulder; University of Washington; Middlebury College; University of Vermont; College of the Atlantic; Evergreen State College; UC Santa Cruz; UC Berkeley; UCLA, and Oberlin College. See http://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/200909/coolschools/.
The Princeton Review -– known for its education services helping students choose and get into colleges –- recently reported its second annual Green Ratings of colleges: a measure of how environmentally friendly the institutions are on a scale of 60 to 99. The company tallied its Green Ratings for 697 institutions based on data it collected from the colleges in 2008-09 concerning their environmentally related policies, practices, and academic offerings. The Princeton Review also named 15 colleges to its "2010 Green Rating Honor Roll" –- a list that salutes the institutions that received the highest possible score –- 99 -– in this year's rating tallies. The University of Washington received the top score of 99 and was recognized in the Honor Roll.

SAF LAUNCHES ALL-NEW ONLINE CAREER CENTER
The Society of American Foresters (SAF) has launched an online career center. If you're looking for a new job or just curious about a career move, visit the career center on the SAF website. You can post your resume, get job alerts, find job-hunting tips and tools, and search for forestry and natural resources jobs in the public and private sectors, academia, nonprofit organizations, and more.

PARTICIPATE IN NATIONWIDE BUMBLEBEE NEST SURVEY
Bumblebees are important pollinators for both agricultural and wild plants, but little is known about their natural history in North America. Anecdotal evidence and preliminary research suggest that bumble bee species are declining throughout the continent, but much more research is needed. University of Georgia doctoral student Athena Anderson is trying to fill this knowledge gap by conducting a bumble bee survey asking people throughout the U.S. to provide information. The goal of this survey is to compile nest site and habitat features for bumble bees throughout North America and make this information available to anyone at no cost. Survey results and a narrative report will be available for viewing after each survey season is over, usually in November or December. By filling out this short survey when a bumble bee nest is found, participants will contribute to a growing body of knowledge that will help the scientific community understand and conserve these important pollinators. Fill out the survey online.

OLYMPIC EXPERIMENTAL STATE FOREST PARTICIPATES IN USFS NETWORK
The U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest Research Station and the WA Department of Natural Resources have announced the
designation of the Washington State trust lands within the Olympic Experimental State Forest as participating in the Forest Service’s Experimental Forest and Range Network. The network is a collection of 80 research sites across the country that represents nearly every forest and ecosystem type in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. See
http://www.dnr.wa.gov/ResearchScience/News/Pages/nr09_143.aspx.

ALUMNI UPDATES
Sue Joerger (MS 1979) was recently appointed executive director of Richard Hugo House, a nonprofit center for the literary arts in Seattle, WA. She was previously the executive director of the Puget Soundkeeper Alliance, a nonprofit working to protect and preserve the Puget Sound.
Matthew Pendry Dore (MS 1981) is a wildlife scientist who has been working on crocodile research in Nigeria for many years. He has served as director of biodiversity for Nigeria’s Ministry of the Environment and director of biosafety in the Ministry for Housing.
Anya Levysmith (MS 2002) has a website development consulting business, Anya Lynn Consulting, in Seattle, WA.
Constance Mehmel (MS 2002) is an entomologist for the USDA Forest Service’s Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest in Wenatchee, WA.
Marcia (Nachtigal) Milam (BS 2002) is an agricultural inspector for San Diego County’s Office of Education in San Diego, CA.

KUDOS
Send in those kudos!

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FORESTRY IN THE NEWS For recent articles featuring SFR faculty, staff, students, and alumni, go to the SFR homepage for "SFR in the News" or use this link: http://www.cfr.washington.edu/aboutTheSchool/inTheNews/index.shtml.

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WEBSITES FOR SEMINARS IN RELATED DEPARTMENTS
Aquatic & Fishery Sciences http://www.fish.washington.edu/news/fishline/fishline.html
Biology http://www.biology.washington.edu/index.html?sdiv=news&navID=34
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) http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/foci/FOCI_seminars.html
Program on the Environment (POE) http://depts.washington.edu/poeweb/news/poe_events.cgi
Quaternary Research Center (QRC) http://depts.washington.edu/qrc/events.htm



The Straight Grain
Volume 31, Number 6

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

The STRAIGHT GRAIN is a weekly newsletter for the School 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 online.

EVENTS FOR WEEKS BEGINNING AUGUST 23. Check out the CFR events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public event

SUNDAY, 23 AUGUST TREE CLIMBING CHAMPIONSHIP WPA 3 AM
2009 Puget Sound Regional Tree Climbing Championship, Washington Park Arboretum.

SUNDAY-THURSDAY, 23-27 AUGUST SER INTERNAT'L PERTH AUSTRALIA
Society for Ecological Restoration International 2009 World Conference, "Making Change in a Changing World." SFR participants include Jon Bakker, Kern Ewing, Justin Howell, and alum Cara Nelson (PhD 2004).

WEDNESDAY, 26 AUGUST LECTURE SERIES NISQUALLY WILDLIFE REFUGE 7-8 PM
Nisqually Wildlife Refuge Summer Lecture, The Many Worlds of the Naturalist, "Nature Through the Lens," Paul Bannick, nature photographer.

WEDNESDAY-FRIDAY, 26-28 AUGUST NW FOREST SOILS MEETING FORKS, WA
NW Forest Soils Council Summer Meeting. Contact scott.holub@weyerhaeuser.com.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEAD'S UP FOR
Sunday-Wednesday, September 13-16, 2009, Seattle, WA, 24th Annual Water ReUse Conference. SFR participants include Soo Kim.
Monday-Wednesday, September 14-16, 2009, Portland, OR, World Forest Institute, "Who Will Own the Forest?."
Monday-Thursday, September 14-17, 2009, San Juan Island, WA, UW Friday Harbor Laboratories, Program on Climate Change Summer Institute, "Pacific Northwest Climate: Past, present and future."
Tuesday-Friday, September 15-28, 2009, Vancouver, WA, Natural Area Conference, "Living on the Edge: Why natural areas matter." A keynote speakers is alum Robert Michael Pyle (MS 1973).
Thursday, September 17, 2009, 7:30-9 p.m., Meany Hall, Elisabeth Carey Miller Memorial Lecture, "Mad About Plants -- A Plantsman's Garden," Roy Lancaster.

RAIN GARDEN INSTALLED AT PACK FOREST
Staff of the Center for Sustainable Forestry at Pack Forest collaborated in a summer project with partners Nisqually Tribe Stream Stewards, Washington State University Native Plant Salvage, Tacoma Power and Stewardship Partners, LeMay, Inc., and Waste Connections, Inc. to install a 450-square foot rain garden at Macbride Hall. Duane Emmons and Terri McCauley helped coordinate and plan the project. Other Center staff, including Dale Halvorson, Pat Saunders, and Alvin Sharpe also were involved in the project, working on site preparation, moving plants, greeting volunteers, and providing coffee and snacks. The tasks to complete the project include preparing the gutters to drain into the garden and re-seeding the prep area. The rain garden is an important element of the Low Impact Development and Sustainable Building program for the Nisqually Watershed Stewardship Plan. For photos of the rain garden project in progress see http://picasaweb.google.com/dhymel/UWPackForestRainGardenMacbrideHall#.

NEW MILLER LIBRARY HOURS
UW Botanic Gardens has announced reduced hours for the Elisabeth C. Miller Library, starting after Labor Day. The new open hours are:
Monday 4–8 p.m. Tuesday-Friday 9-5 p.m.
Saturday 9–3 p.m.
The reduction in hours is the result of budget cuts and will remain in effect for the foreseeable future

NOMINATIONS SOUGHT FOR DAN DAVID PRIZE
The Graduate School is accepting nominations for the Dan David Prize. Three prizes of US$ 1 million each are annually awarded for achievements having an outstanding scientific, technological, cultural, or social impact. Each year fields are chosen within the three Time Dimensions -- Past, Present, and Future. The Dan David Prize annually awards 20 scholarships of US $15,000 to outstanding doctoral and post doctoral students. The deadline for receipt of nominations is November 30, 2009. If you have any questions about this competition, contact the Dan David Foundation directly via their website.

SFR IN THE MEDIA
See "Save Washington's forests for public and environmental benefit" for a Seattle Times op ed piece by Brian Boyle.
A University week article and UW News and Information press release reports SFR research on using woody biomass for
biofuels; see "Washington forests may be solution to state's green-energy quest."
.See "Cougar on Leavenworth trail baffles Forest Service officials," for a Seattle Times article quoting alum Janet Millard (BS 1996).
For another alum in the news, see New York Times article, "Clash over rebirth of Mt. St. Helens," featuring Peter Frenzen (BS 1980), who went on to get a master's at Oregon State University and is the USDA Forest Service "monument scientist" for Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument.

ALUMNI UPDATES
Tessa Francis (BS 2002) went on to get a PhD in zoology from the UW. She is a post-doctoral researcher at NOAA’s NW Fisheries Science Center in Seattle, where she is studying the effects of lakeshore urbanization.
William Gaines (PhD 2002) is a wildlife biologist with the USDA Forest Service’s Wenatchee-Okanogan National Forest. He lives in Leavenworth, WA.
Elizabeth Bickford (BS 2003) is a PhD student in wildlife ecology and management at the University of Freiburg, Germany, where her research interests focus on bat species and small mammals.
Kristopher Buitrago (BS 2003) is a crew supervisor for the WA Department of Ecology’s Washington Conservation Corps.

KUDOS
Kudos to Dean Glawe and his WSU co-authors for the paper, "Erysiphe trifolii Causing Powdery Mildew of Lentil (Lens culinaris)" which was the August issue of Plant Disease Editor's Pick. Although it is considered a minor disease of lentil, powdery mildew can be severe in some parts of the world, particularly India. Because four species of powdery mildew have been reported from this host, the correct name for isolates from North America was unknown until they were identified at Washington State University.

Send in those kudos!

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FORESTRY IN THE NEWS For recent articles featuring SFR faculty, staff, students, and alumni, go to the SFR homepage for "SFR in the News" or use this link: http://www.cfr.washington.edu/aboutTheSchool/inTheNews/index.shtml.

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WEBSITES FOR SEMINARS IN RELATED DEPARTMENTS
Aquatic & Fishery Sciences http://www.fish.washington.edu/news/fishline/fishline.html
Biology http://www.biology.washington.edu/index.html?sdiv=news&navID=34
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) http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/foci/FOCI_seminars.html
Program on the Environment (POE) http://depts.washington.edu/poeweb/news/poe_events.cgi
Quaternary Research Center (QRC) http://depts.washington.edu/qrc/events.htm