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The Straight Grain
Volume 35, Number 7

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 at http://www.cfr.washington.edu/aboutTheSchool/straightGrain/index.shtml.

EVENTS FOR WEEKS BEGINNING AUGUST 29. Check out the SFR events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

JUNE 19-SEPTEMBER  CONSERVATION PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS    BURKE MUSEUM
The Burke Museum presents the winners of the International Conservation Photography Awards in an exhibit of more than 75 images representing the best of conservation photography from around the world. See http://www.washington.edu/burkemuseum/icpa/.

MONDAY, 23 AUGUST-TUESDAY, 7 SEPTEMBER   IUFRO CONGRESS    SEOUL, KOREA
IUFRO World Congress, "Forests for the Future: Sustaining society and the environment."  Participants include SFR alums William Keeton (PhD 2000) and Yeo Youn (PhD 1988).

MONDAY 30 AUGUST     SCIENCE ON TAP      3RD PLACE BOOKS,SEATTLE  7 PM
"Climate Change and the Cost of Beer: Why groundwater will dictate your bar tab, "Matt Bachmann, U.S. Geological Survey.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR
Sunday, September 12, 2010, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., North Bend, WA, Cedar River Watershed Institute, "Aquatic and Riparia Habitat Restoration," David Chapin, Seattle Public Utilities. 
   Tuesday, September 14, 2010, 6:30-9 p.m., Town Hall Seattle, "A Conversation about Sustainable Design," Ash Awad, McKinstry; and Daniel Friedman, UW College of Built Environments.
   Thursday, September 16, 2010, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Meany Hall, The Miller Memorial Lecture, "A Land Apart: New Zealand's remote offshore Chatham Islands," Gordon Collier, creator of New Zealand's Titoki Point garden. Lecture includes images of some of Chatham Islands' 40 endemic plants and information on how the black robin, diminished to five birds, was rescued from extinction. The lecture is free, a gift of the Pendleton and Elisabeth Carey Miller Charitable Foundation. For reservations, phone the Miller Library at 206.543.0415 or email hortlib@uw.edu (subject line: Miller Lecture).
    Saturday, September 18, 2010, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., North Bend, WA, Cedar River Watershed Institute, "Tree Rings and Ecology of Forests," Rolf Gersonde, Seattle Public Utilities.
    Sunday, September 19, 2010, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., North Bend, WA, Cedar River Watershed Institute, "Forest Restoration," Andy Chittick, Rolf Gersonde, Amy LaBarge (SFR alum, MS 1996), and Bill Richards, Seattle Public Utilities.
   Tuesday, September 21, 2010, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Mountaineers Club, SFR Strategic Planning Retreat. See agenda online. The Mountaineers Club is at 7700 Sand Point Way NE and is adjacent to the Burke Gilman Trail; the #75 and #30 bus routes drop off right out front, and there is plenty of free parking. Please RSVP to Nevada Smith.

SFR STAFF AND STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN MEETINGS CONFERENCES
Nate Hough-Snee presented a poster at the 2010 Society of Wetland Scientists (SWS) national conference in Salt Lake City, UT, June 27-July 2, 2010, and appreciates the support for his travel provided by SFR (Lockwood Endowment for Program Enhancement), the UW Graduate School, and the Pacific Northwest chapter of SWS. Writes Nate, "As a graduate student preparing to enter the real world, I'm constantly trying to place my SFR research into applied contexts while concurrently networking. On this trip, the networking began as soon as I boarded my plane and sat directly in front of the past-president of the SWS Northwest chapter. The meeting was more than just networking, however; I presented a poster on wetland restoration in the Union Bay Natural Area and gave a talk on forested wetland restoration that used data collected at Pack Forest. The conference was a great opportunity to discuss collaborations, see great symposia, receive feedback on my work, and of course, meet new people from across the world. I’m also proud to say that both of my research projects occurred on SFR-managed lands, and I am very grateful for the support of SFR in bringing this research full circle from the field to the stage (and onward to publication!)."  SFR authors and co-authors on other posters and talks at the conference included Greg Ettl, Kern Ewing, Rodney Pond, and alum Joe Rocchio (MS 1998).
Elaine Oneil spoke at the University of Talca (Chile) at a seminar entitled "Contra réplica: Reconstrucción de Chile en Madera,"
on July 21, 2010.  The seminar focused on rebuilding Chile after the recent earthquake and was sponsored by by the University of Talca and the Corporación Chilena de la Madera (CORMA), an organization representing Chilean forestry interests. Elaine spoke on environmental performance measures for renewable building materials. She also gave a presentation on the implications of climate change on the mountain pine beetle epidemic in western North America and met with research interests at the University of Talca, CTT (the research arm of CORMA), and the government research organization Instituto Forestal to discuss potential research collaborations in the fields of bioenergy and life cycle analysis of Chilean building construction.
Ryan Haugo, with funds from the UW Graduate School and SFR's Lockwood Program Enhancment Endowment, attended the 95th Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America, "Global Warming: The legacy of our past, the challenge for our future,"  August 1-6, 2010 in Pittsburgh, PA.  Ryan writes, "Thank you very much for providing travel funds. While at ESA I gave an oral presentation on results from one of my dissertation chapters, "Positive and negative biotic interactions regulate conifer invasion of prairie ecosystems."  It was a great opportunity to represent SFR and present my research to a large audience. In addition to fielding insightful and probing questions following my talk, I was also able to make several promising connections for future postdoc opportunities.  Additional SFR poster, workshop, and oral session authors included Jon Bakker, Shelley Evans, Jessica Halofsky, Charlie Halpern, Josh Lawler, Rachel Mitchell, Dave Peterson, Jorge Ramos, Aaron Ruesch, and Kimberly Williams-Guillen; and alums Dan Gavin (PhD 2000, MS 1997), Troy Heithecker (MS 2005), Phil Higuera (PhD 2006, MS 2002), Adelaide Johnson (MS 1991), and Klaus Richter (PhD 1976), among others.

USFS PRESS RELEASE ON FUEL TREATMENTS AND WILDFIRE SEVERITY/TREE MORTALITY
A recent USFS Pacific NW Research Station press release features research by Dave Peterson and Susan Prichard. "A study conducted by U.S. Forest Service and University of Washington scientists has found that fuel treatments—even of only a few acres—can reduce fire severity and protect older trees desirable for their timber, wildlife, and carbon-storage value. The finding is part of a three-year study of the 175,000-acre Tripod Fire and is published in the August issue of Canadian Journal of
Forest Research."

NEWSLETTERS ON-LINE
UW Botanic Garden's e-newsletter, E-flora, is now available online. This issue has information about public education classes for the coming fall, as well as other features on the UW Botanic Gardens.

WA DNR ANNOUNCES RFP FOR FOREST BIOMASS SUPPLY STUDY
The WA State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has released a request for proposals to assess forest biomass availability and sustainable harvest thresholds on forested lands throughout Washington. In July 2010, DNR received a $1 million grant from the USDA Forest Service, with a portion of these funds allocated to the study. See full text of the press release online.

CONTRACT TO REMOVE ELWHA RIVER DAMS FINALIZED
The National Park Service has signed a $27 million contract with a Bozeman, MT company to take out the two dams on the Elwha River in the largest dam removal project in U.S. history, an important milestone in a decades-long process.  See
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2012733909_elwha27m.html. For a video animation, courtesy of Olympic National Park, depicting Elwha dam removal see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dKGlt00PVzE. Alum Joshua Chenoweth (MS 2007), a botanist with Olympic National Park who is helping lead the effort, sees "plenty of good research questions ahead in a
revegetation mission that in some ways bests even the restoration of Mount St. Helens after the 1980 blast." See http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2012495725_elwha31m.html
Over the past years SFR research contributions to the Elwha dam removal project include those by Christian Torgersen, who collaborated with biologists from the USGS, the National Park Service, the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center, Peninsula College, and the Wild Salmon Center on a large-scale survey of adult fish in the mainstem Elwha from its headwaters to the sea; Darlene Zabowksi's research on the sediments of the Elwha River,a preliminary study of the affects of dam removal; and restoration ecology grad student Brooke Sullivan's research on
"Implementing an eelgrass restoration project in the nearshore Elwha River environment following dam removal: strategies for success."

ALUMNI NEWS
Matthew Dahl (BS 1997) is a managing director of Waller Capital in San Francisco, CA, where he is responsible for leading its communications technologies practice.
Joseph DesRochers (BS 1997) is a technical sales engineer for Polydyne in West Linn, OR, a provider of polymers and other chemistries for municipal water and wastewater treatment plants
Angela Kimpo (BS 1997) is a natural resource specialist with the City of Portland, OR.
Jason Niebler (MS 2003) is director of the Sustainable Agriculture Education Program at Seattle Central Community College in Seattle, WA.
Daniel Gavin (PhD 2000, MS 1997, is an assistant professor in the University of Oregon’s Department of Geography in Eugene, OR.

SFR IN THE NEWS
Watch the KING 5 News video, "Menace growing in famous Seattle marsh," featuring Neal Bonham, SFR gardener at the Washington Park Arboretum. For fun, watch the related video on the same page showing KING 5 reporter "falling through" the marsh.
Seattle's Windermere Real Estate neighborhood blog has a story on "honorary" alum Ralph Jenkins, "A Humbling Experience."
 Ralph took forestry classes at the UW before World War II, but his education was interrupted by his service as a fighter pilot.
See Seattle PI story "The plot thickens: Seattle takes to urban farming and then some," featuring alum Jason Niebler (MS 2003).

KUDOS
Kudos to Jason Scullion (MS/MPA 2010), whose thesis was chosen to receive the 2010 Graduate School Distinguished Thesis Award.  Entitled "The Political Ecology of Payments of Ecosystem Services: A Case Study of Coatepec, Mexico," the thesis is in fullfillment of the joint SFR/Evans School MS/MPA degree.  His nominators (co-Committee Chairs Kristiina Vogt (SF) and Craig Thomas (Evans School)) cite the extraordinary rigor and creativity of his interdisciplinary research. See also a video of Jason
presenting his research at the 2010 SFR Graduate Student Symposium.
The dissertation will be forwarded to the Western Association of Graduate School's Distinguished Thesis Award Competition for consideration for their competition.
Kudos to Rob Harrison from Ted Over, high school comparative government teacher and student in Summer Quarter's ESRM 100.  Over writes that Rob was "...interesting and informed in his instruction; I gained a lot from his lectures, his field trip, and his volunteer restoration project where I helped out and learned, with amazement and delight, about the Warren C. Magnuson wetland begun less than a year ago in the footprint of a former jet runway and already teeming with native species!  His walking field trip was a sheer delight; please consider Rob's walking tour as an activity for returning, (financially-supportive) alumni and boosters."
Nate Hough-Snee sends along kudos On behalf of the SFR/Xi Sigma Pi student body "to Jenny Knoth and Dave Hays for organizing the Xi Sigma Pi Social on August 20th (and Brooke Cassell for reminders!).  Secondary kudos to our fearless faculty leader David Ford for his attendance and conversation.  T'was a great day with great folks, food and discussion!"
Kudos to Lakeside School Summer Program students who have devoted 200 service hours to the removal of bindweed, ipplewort, and herb Robert from the Arboretum's Rhododendron Hybrid Bed.

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
College of the Environment
http://myuw.washington.edu/cal/showMain.rdo?date=20091125&viewType=weekView&calendar=coenv
Earth and Space Sciences
http://earthweb.ess.washington.edu/dwp/news+events/events.php
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
Program on the Environment (POE)
http://depts.washington.edu/poeweb/news/events.html
Quaternary Research Center (QRC) http://depts.washington.edu/qrc/events.html


The Straight Grain
Volume 35, Number 6

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 at http://www.cfr.washington.edu/aboutTheSchool/straightGrain/index.shtml.

The Straight Grain will take a break next week.  The next Straight Grain will be August 27th.

EVENTS FOR WEEKS BEGINNING AUGUST 15. Check out the SFR events calendar at http://www.cfr.washington.edu/aboutTheSchool/publicCalendar.shtml for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

JUNE 19-SEPTEMBER 6    CONSERVATION PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS    BURKE MUSEUM
The Burke Museum presents the winners of the International Conservation Photography Awards in an exhibit of more than 75 images representing the best of conservation photography from around the world.

WEDNESDAY, 11 AUGUST   NISQUALLY SUMMER LECTURE   NISQUALLY REFUGE    7 PM
Nisqually Summer Lecture Series, "Understanding Shorebirds: The miracle of migration," Tim Boyer, photographer.

SATURDAY, 21 AUGUST  CEDAR RIVER WATERSHED CLASS  NO BEND,WA  10 AM-4 PM
Cedar River Watershed Institute, "Old Growth Forests of the Cedar River," Clay Antieau (SFR alum, MS 1985), Seattle Public Utilities.  

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR
Sunday, August 22, 2010, 1-3 p.m., Museum of History and Industry, "Pushing Up the Sky: Nature Plays for Kids," a program of audience participation plays for children based on Snohomish tribal legend and folktales from around the world, followed by a naturalist guided nature walk. Presented by Friends of Yesler Swamp, UW Botanic Gardens, and the
Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI).
Monday-Friday, August 23-27, 2010, Friday Harbor Laboratories, Friday Harbor, WA, "Global Ocean Ecosystems and Climate Symposium."
August 23-September 7, 2010, Seoul, Korea, IUFRO World Congress, "Forests for the Future: Sustaining society and the environment."
Thursday, August 26, 2010, 7 p.m., Everett, WA, StreamKeeper Academy, "Predator and Prey: Lynx and snowshoe hare," Aaron Wirsing, UW School of Forest Resources.

ACTING DIRECTOR FROM AUGUST 12-17
Tom Hinckley writes, "I will be in northern California (Agee country) from August 12th-17th. During that time Professor Gordon Bradley will serve as both Acting Interim Director and Acting Associate Director."

COENV PUBLISHES REPORT ON OUTREACH EFFORTS
The College of the Environment has published a report on outreach efforts at the UW that are relevant to the CoEnv mission. The report summarizes SFR outreach programs, as well as those of other CoEnv and UW units. Entitled "Forest to Seas: A Report on Outreach Efforts Aligned with the University of Washington's College of the Environment," the report is available online.

NEWS FROM THE WIND RIVER CANOPY CRANE--OUTREACH EDUCATION HIGHLIGHTS
A recent report on facility activities submitted by the Wind River Canopy Crane Research Facility (WRCCF) included a summary of the site's outreach activities for 2010. By the end of October 2010, the WRCCRF will have hosted over 300 non-research related visitor days, e.g., National Forest Foundation; Bonneville Power Administration; segments filmed for Oregon Public Broadcasting featuring Sarah Jovan, lichenologist; and BBC segments on old-growth forests with Research Associate Jim Lutz. Outreach education lifts with interpretation of research have become a significant portion of total crane use. Such visits may include walks to
see other forest types in comparison with the crane old-growth forest. Members of the general public interested in the program may be given a ground tour with explanation of the program, but access to the canopy crane is restricted, as WRCCRF is not open to the general public as an ecotourism destination.

EXPLORE THE WASHINGTON PARK ARBORETUM BY KAYAK
Thanks to generous sponsorship from the Agua Verde Paddle Club and Café, UW Botanic Gardens will offer kayak tours this August. Explore Foster Island from the water's edge and learn about the history of the island, view wildlife habitat up close, and see part of the Arboretum in a whole new way. See http://depts.washington.edu/uwbg/.

POSTER SYMPOSIUM SPONSORED BY THE SAF SCIENCE FUND
You are invited to present a poster on one of the Science and Technical Program topics such as "Forest Health and Fire" and "Restoration and Resilience" at the upcoming Society of American Foresters National Convention,  October 27-31, 2010 in Albuquerque, NM. The poster astract submission deadline is Sunday, September 12th. The posters will be displayed in the Exhibit Hall where the presenters will have an opportunity to give a brief talk about their posters. Submit poster proposals online. Student poster presenters will be awarded 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place and be featured in the Journal of Forestry.

ANDERSON, BLOEDEL, WINKENWERDER FOOD WASTE COMPOST ALERT!
Sally Morgan writes, "I am thrilled that so many of you are using the food waste toter in the parking lot. I am less thrilled to get a telephone call from the people at UW Recycling reporting that someone is putting regular plastic garbage can liners in the toter. C’mon folks -– you know better! To quote from the UW Recycling page:“Plastic bags [are] not permitted in the food waste toters; if you are using a plastic liner bag, you must empty the material out of the bag into the toter; reuse the plastic bag or throw it away as garbage.” This seems pretty straightforward, but if you have any questions, let me know, or contact UW Recycling.
For information on how to properly dispose of all kinds of stuff (garbage, recycling, reusing, etc.), check out www.uwrecycling.com. More info about the UW food waste program is at:
http://www.washington.edu/facilities/building/recyclingandsolidwaste/procedures/food_waste."

ALUMNI NEWS
Jeff Paschall (BS 1996) is a civil engineer for the City of Springfield, OR.
Lisa Ciecko (MS 2009) is a forest assessment coordinator for the Cascade Land Conservancy in Seattle.

SFR IN THE NEWS
Slowly, for the rest of this summer and maybe into next spring, a crew is circulating through Seattle, assessing city trees one plot at a time trying to answer a fundamental question: What is Seattle's urban forest worth? The study is being undertaken with the U.S. Forest Service, the University of Washington, Cascade Land Conservancy, King County, and City of Seattle. See "Study's goal: Finding out how much Seattle's trees are worth," featuring Research Scientist Kathy Wolf and alums Lisa Ciecko (MS 2009) and Ara Erickson (MS 2004).

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
College of the Environment
http://myuw.washington.edu/cal/showMain.rdo?date=20091125&viewType=weekView&calendar=coenv
Earth and Space Sciences
http://earthweb.ess.washington.edu/dwp/news+events/events.php
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
Program on the Environment (POE)
http://depts.washington.edu/poeweb/news/events.html
Quaternary Research Center (QRC) http://depts.washington.edu/qrc/events.html


The Straight Grain
Volume 35, Number 5

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 at http://www.cfr.washington.edu/aboutTheSchool/straightGrain/index.shtml.

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

JUNE 19-SEPTEMBER 6    CONSERVATION PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS    BURKE MUSEUM
The Burke Museum presents the winners of the International Conservation Photography Awards in an exhibit of more than 75 images representing the best of conservation photography from around the world. See http://www.washington.edu/burkemuseum/icpa/.

THURSDAY-SUNDAY, 5-8 AUGUST    NORTH CASCADES INST     SEDRO WOOLLEY,WA
North Cascades Institute, "Northwest Naturalists Weekend: Weather, wildfire, and biodiversity." Presenters include SFR Research Scientist Susan Prichard.

SATURDAY, 7 AUGUST   CEDAR RIVER WATERSHED CLASS  N BEND, WA  10 AM-4 PM
Cedar River Watershed Institute, "Old Growth Forests of the Cedar River," Clay Antieau (SFR alum, MS 1985), Seattle Public Utilities.

SATURDAY, 7 AUGUST   KING COUNTY OPEN HOUSE   RENTON, WA  10 AM-1 0M
Garden, clean-water facility tour, demonstration garden, compost giveaway, and public art are featured at open house at King County Wastewater Treatment Division’s South Treatment Plant. See http://www.kingcounty.gov/environment/wtd/Education.aspx.

SUNDAY, 8 AUGUST   CEDAR RIVER WATERSHED CLASS  N BEND, WA  10 AM-4 PM
Cedar River Watershed Institute, "Subalpine Ecology in the Cedar River Watershed," David Chapin, Seattle Public Utilities.

SUNDAY, 8 AUGUST    DICK WALKER MEMORIAL SERVICE    ARCH 130    1:30 PM
Memorial gathering for Emeritus Professor Dick Walker, followed by reception at the Botany Greenhouse. Remembrances may be made to the endowment being established in his honor at the UW Department of Biology, Box 351800, Seattle, WA 98195. See memorial about Dr. Walker in the newsletter of the American Society of Plant Biologists.

WEDNESDAY, 11 AUGUST   NISQUALLY SUMMER LECTURE   NISQUALLY REFUGE    7 PM
Nisqually Summer Lecture Series, "Twenty Years on the Trail of Pacific NW Earthquake Hazards," David Yamaguchi (SFR alum, PhD 1986).

THURSDAY, 12 AUGUST   ART SHOW/WINE TASTING   WPA,GRAHAM   5:30-8:30 P.M.
Washington Park Arboretum event, "Summer Art Show and Wine Tasting." The art show is free; $25 suggested donation for the wine tasting. See http://www.arboretumfoundation.org/events_programs/2010artinthepark.cfm.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR
Monday-Friday, August 23-27, 2010, Friday Harbor Laboratories, Friday Harbor, WA, "Global Ocean Ecosystems and Climate Symposium."
Monday-Tuesday, August 23-September 7, 2010, Seoul, Korea, IUFRO World Congress, "Forests for the Future: Sustaining society and the environment."
Thursday, August 26, 2010, 7 p.m., Everett, WA, StreamKeeper Academy, "Predator and Prey: Lynx and snowshoe hare," Aaron Wirsing, UW School of Forest Resources.

SFR WILL MISS TOM MENTELE
Interim Director Hinckley writes, "I am announcing that Tom Mentele has elected to seek new opportunities and will be leaving his position in the College of the Environment, School of Forest Resources, and the UW. I want to acknowledge Tom's significant contributions to our community. As Director of Advancement for SFR, he has had considerable success in engaging alumni, friends, donors, and external organizations across the country.  His enthusiasm and his ability to maintain and steward relationships over time has led to a much more professional and consistent manner of interacting with all of our constituents." See
http://www.cfr.washington.edu/aboutTheSchool/DirectorMemos/TomMentele.txt for full text of message.

NEWS FROM THE YOSEMITE FOREST DYNAMICS PLOT
Jim Lutz sends along the following news from the Yosemite Forest Dynamics research plot, "Thought you might like to know that as of Friday July 9th, we completed the identification and mapping of the trees in the Yosemite Forest Dynamics Plot.  At 25.6 ha and with approximately 34,000 trees and snags, this is the largest permanent plot in the western U.S. We had 57 field participants in 2009 and 60 field participants in 2010, including undergraduate students, graduate students, professional ecologists, and citizens.  Affiliations of the field participants included: University of Washington, University of Montana, Washington State University, Villanova University, USGS, National Park Service, NCEAS, the Smithsonian, and six different surveying companies. We have had no injuries, learned much, and even had a bit of fun!"

WHITEBARK PINE TO BE STUDIED FOR ENDANGERED SPECIES LISTING
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced that it will consider giving federal protection to the whitebark pine, which would become the first tree species in the Northwest and the first broadly distributed tree species to be designated as an endangered species if it is listed. Considered a keystone species because, among other things, it regulates water runoff, thus stabilizing soils, and supplies food and shelter for species that include birds squirrels, and bears, whitebark pine is often the first to colonize the harshest, most inhospitable high altitude environments where it provides shade and creates windbreaks that allow other plants to colonize. Current threats to the species include an invasive fungus, blister rust, that has been weakening it over the past century.  Also, with rising temperatures attributed to climate change, mountain pine beetles have been able to survive previously frigid winters and expand their range into higher elevations where whitebark pine has no defenses to the beetles.
Greg Ettl writes that the work of two of his former graduate students at St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia, PA is cited as key evidence to listing the species under the ESA. See http://docs.nrdc.org/legislation/files/leg_08120801a.pdf for references to
the work of Ettl and Cottone 2004 and Del Prato 1999.

NEWS FROM UW BOTANIC GARDENS
"Cultivating Community Food Security: Recent research in urban/rural food systems," a conference at the UW Botanic Gardens Center for Urban Horticulture on December 4-5, 2010, will increase collaboration among community leaders and residents to create a more sustainable regional food system in terms of production, land use, and equitable access to food. Co-hosted by UW Botanic Gardens and Washington State University Extension, the conference brings together a diverse audience including urban
gardeners, agriculture organizations, and policy-enacting legislators. Nearly three dozen speakers will present emerging research on topics ranging from urban soils, food markets, urban/rural economic interdependence, and public health. Work groups will outline post-conference initiatives. Registration details will be announced soon.
"Botany, Bugs, and the Art of Forensic Science," presented at CUH in February, is now available in an online video.
The July 2010 issue of EFlora, the UW Botanic Gardens e-newsletter is now available online. One of the articles features the Rara Plant Care and Conservation Program's work in documenting endemics during its annual monitoring weekend.

SFR PAYROLL DEADLINES FOR 2010
A schedule of important payroll action dates for the last half of this calendar year has been developed and is available at
http://www.cfr.washington.edu/sfrTools/forms/PayrollDeadlines2010.pdf. If you are an hourly employee (column B) other than Work-Study, if you approve hours for hourly employees (column C), if you are a PI of or manage budgets needing payroll distribution changes (column D), or if you are a PI or other manager of people with overtime or leave without pay (column E), there are dates here for you to put on your calendar. Performing your role in a timely manner is essential to getting people paid correctly from the correct source. Column B and C activity occurs within the electronic UW Timesheet program. Column D information about
payroll distribution changes should be emailed to cfrpay@u.washington.edu, copying authorizing individuals. Column E information should be conveyed via a properly signed staff work-leave form submitted by the supervisor to Beverly Anderson.

ALUMNI NEWS
Gordon Livingston (PhD 1971) is director of the Livi Cytogenetic Biodosimetry Laboratory at the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and
Education in Oak Ridge, TN. He previously held positions as a senior toxicologist in the Health Effects Department of DynCorp of Colorado, Inc., and as a research associate professor in the Department of Environmental Health at the University of Cincinnati, as well as positions at the University of Utah Medical Center Division of Occupational and Environmental Health and Department of Pediatrics Cytogenetics Laboratory.
Nick Wheeler (BS 1973) and Val Wheeler hosted on July 17-18, 2010 a celebration of Emeritus Professor Reinhard Stettler's career at their home near Centralia, WA. SFR alums Gordon Livingston (PhD 1971), Michael Carlson (MS 1974), David Harry (BS 1974), Raymond Guries (PhD 1975) Constance Millar (BS 1977), Vickie Erickson (BS 1982), Alan Ager (PhD 1987, BS 1978), Ruth
Fenn (MS 1987), Deborah Rogers (MS 1987), and Joan Dunlap (PhD 1991) were among attendees.
John Leslie (BS 1996) is president of Immunology Consultants Laboratory, a manufacturer of antibodies for diagnostic, pharmaceutical, and research institutions in Newberg, OR.
Dan Peplow (PhD 2003, MS 1997) is Associate Director of the UW's Community Partnership Program at Heritage University in Toppenish, WA.
Emil Cherrington (MS 1994) writes from Panama, where he is a senior scientist with the Water Center for the Humid Tropics of Latin America and the Caribbean: "You might recall that once upon a time, for my thesis defense I suggested that Belize should use remote sensing to monitor the progress of the US $19 million Debt-for-Nature Swap between the Governments of Belize and the U.S. Six years later, my colleagues and I have completed a study that addresses some of what I was getting at. It goes without saying that without a top-notch thesis advisory committee I might not have arrived at the same conclusions I did, and I likewise might not have stayed interested in the topic six years later..."
And in "almost alumni" news, a former colleague of Tom Hinckley's while both were students here, sent along the following: "For some years I have been interested, though no academic, in Robinson Jeffers, http://www.poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/199, the Big Sur poet who was prolific in the first half of the last century. He made the cover of Time in 1931.  A few weeks ago I took the opportunity to tour his home (Tor House and Hawk Tower) at Carmel, where I learned that among other things he attended the UW Forestry School in 1910-1911.  Is there any recollection of his attendance there?  He planted trees (cypress and eucalyptus) around his lot on a barren Carmel Point..."

SFR IN THE NEWS
See "Volunteers learn about threatened gray squirrel," a Wenatchee World story referencing the work of wildlife science graduate
student Katy Stuart and alum Peter Morrison (MS 1984).
"Ground beetles may not be beautiful but they are beneficial to the garden," a recent Ciscoe Morris column in the Seattle Times has a number of references to UW Botanic Gardens.
"Elwha River's coming dam removal has scientists flooded with unknowns" references the work of alum Joshua Chenoweth (MS 2007).

KUDOS
Kudos to Professor Emeritus of biology, forest resources, and quaternary research Estella Leopold, who recently received Japan's Expo '90 Foundation's International Cosmos Prize, which carries a cash award of nearly $500,000.  The object of the annual award is to further the "harmonious coexistence between nature and mankind."  Leopold has been teaching and conducting research in botany and forest resources for more than 60 years, 35 of them at the UW.  She pioneered the use of fossilized pollen and spores in North America to understand how plants and ecosystems respond over eons to climate change.
Kudos to Brooke Cassell, who was recently selected as the recipient of the International Association of Wildland Fire (IAWF) Masters Student Scholarship for 2010. Brook is investigating the fire regime of Mexico's Sierra de Manantlán Biosphere Reserve.  The IAWF awards two graduate-level scholarships typically valued at $2,500 to Master of Science or PhD students studying wildland fire or wildland fire-related topics. Student submitted essays are evaluated by an international panel of fire science
experts and one award recipient is chosen for the Masters level and one for the Doctoral level.
Kudos to restoration ecology grad student Dave Hays who has been awarded the Elisabeth Carey Miller Scholarship in Horticulture from the Northwest Horticultural Society.  Dave is researching the flooding and drought tolerance of Himalayan blackberry (Rubus armeniacus) in a greenhouse experiment.
Megan O'Shea sends along kudos to Brad Coston and Marc Morrison "for all the support they’ve given me. Brad noticed I was having trouble printing one of my PDF files from the SMC website, and instead of just letting it pass, he said 'Wait a minute, let's figure this out' -- which he did, and as a result solved a longstanding problem I’ve had with this program and taught me something about file management. It was a huge help!"

Send in those kudos!
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