February 2003

The Straight Grain
Volume 15, Number 1

In this Issue:

- Events

- Conferences

- Student Examinations and Defenses

- College Socials

- Community and Outreach

- Centers & Field Sites

- Pack Forest

- Forestry Issues in News

- General Announcements

- No water in Anderson Hall

-Administrative FYIs

- Development News

- In Memoriam

- In Next Week's Issue

28 February 2003

The STRAIGHT GRAIN is a weekly newsletter for the College of Forest Resources community. Please submit notices for THE STRAIGHT GRAIN to Patricia Gomez (pagomez@u.washington.edu), by 10:30 a.m. Thursdays. Check out the CFR Event calendar at http://www.cfr.washington.edu/Outreach/cfrevent/cfrevent.htm for seminars, conferences, and other events.





--ONRC Hosts GIS Conference on February 27th & 28th

If you are on the fence about attending, the web site www.onrc.washington.edu/gis/conf2003 should be able to sway you. If you would like that personal touch, the staff at ONRC GIS would be more than happy to answer your questions. Call 360-374-3220 ext. 241.


-- MASTER'S PRESENTATION - Stacey Vigallon, 3:30 p.m. in Bagley 260. "Nest Predation Strategies: How Do Steller's Jays Find Nests?"

-- MASTER'S PRESENTATION - Karen Bergeron, 1:30 p.m. in the Douglas Classroom at CUH. "Effects of Organic Soil Amendments on Native Plant Establishment and Physical Soil Properties on Obliterated Forest Roads.


-- GENERAL EXAMINATION, Ph.D. - David Peter, 9:30 a.m. in Anderson 22. "Effects of Underburning on Oregon White Oak Flowering and Acorn Production."


--The Annual Salmon BBQ will be on Friday, October 3.

--The Holiday Party will be Friday, December 12.




--Botanical Illustration Class - Feb 5,13,27 and March 6 and 13; 7pm - 9pm

Cost $110, Douglas Classroom, CUH

Louise Smith, noted botanical illustrator, will introduce students to drawing and rendering botanical subjects in pencil. This 5-part course includes homework. Students should bring drawing paper, pencil and eraser to the first class where a more complete materials list will be provided. Some supplies are included as part of the course fee.

For more information please contact Jean Robins at 206-685-8033.




--Native Plant Salvage 2003, March 8, 9 a.m. at Redmond Ridge

Join other volunteers digging up native trees and shrubs from a site scheduled to be cleared for homes. The plants salvaged will be potted up and planted at future salmon habitat restoration projects around King County. Help dig or pot or both! Native plants help reduce erosion, shade streams and provide habitat.

Contact Greg Rabourn at 206.296.1923 or greg.rabourn@metrokc.gov if you plan to participate. For more information on King County Dept. of Natural Resources and Parks go to http://dnr.metrokc.gov





On February 5th and 6th, Stan Humann, retired Manager of College Lands, was invited to represent Pack Forest at an event sponsored by Shared Strategy for Puget Sound, the first nonprofit group to contract with the state and federal government to draft an endangered species recovery plan. The group's two-day conference brought together about 400 people from across Puget Sound who are working on restoration projects in the region's 15 watersheds.

Throughout the meeting the 1987 Nisqually River Management Plan approved by the state Legislature, and the dozens of past and present Nisqually River Council members were singled out as shining examples of how to make watershed planning work.

Pack Forest has been a member of the Nisqually River Council since it's inception in 1987, and until his retirement in 2002, Stan Humann was the longest serving member on the Council.

Pack Forest has continued it's role in the Council, which meets monthly, with staff serving on various committees and helping to develop "The Living River" guide to the Nisqually Basin, the "Where the River Meets the Forest" educators guide and other guides in the series and designing the Nisqually River website.

For more information go to http://www.nisquallyriver.org


In honor of Pack Forest's 77th anniversary in January, the Pack Forest display located on the first floor of Bloedel Hall has been updated. These updates reflect the changes to the forest since the 1970's, new efforts in sustainability and the forest's role in serving the CFR Community.

Please stop by the display and let us know what you think by emailing to packfor@u.washington.edu




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

FOREST THINNING - The Puget Sound Business Journal on February 21 included an article about forest thinning proposals regarding fire and disease prone trees in Washington. For the entire article go to http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/stories/2003/02/24/story1.html

LAND TRUSTS - Interested in land trusts issues? Please see the online article in the Journal of Extension at http://www.joe.org/joe/2003february/iw6.shtml




***************NO TOILETS AVAILABLE ON MARCH 5TH*******************

The water will be shut down in Anderson Hall from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. on March 5th. This includes the toilets. Plan accordingly.

***************WE GOTTA GET THIS STUFF OUT OF HERE***************

(A.k.a., Surplus Procedures)

STEP ONE: contact the Building Coordinator, Greg Brazil at glbrazil@u.washington.edu or 5-3151, explain to him what you would like removed.

He will let you know if the items to be removed require any special handling. "Special Handling" refers to items that will need to be moved by UW Moving Services, computer items (containing data), chemicals, lab glass, refrigerators, ovens and items requiring asbestos abatement. These items require additional paperwork and/or notification of an affiliated service to comply with Surplus Property.

That's it!! Just let Greg know. He will explain any additional handling forms, or required procedures, or ask that you take your items directly to one of the two never-ending piles of surplus items. DO NOT TAKE YOUR SURPLUS ITEMS THERE WITHOUT NOTIFYING GREG FIRST. This will allow him to be aware of what's accumulating and where it came from.

A few things to note:

1) Your participation in the process is essential because we no longer have student help to assist.

2) Technically, *ALL* University owned items are to go through Surplus Property regardless of value. The experts at Surplus will decide what to sell, recycle or dispose.

3) For more information on what's going to happen to your tattered filing cabinet after it leaves CFR or if you're interested in buying something from Surplus Property, check out there website at: http://www.washington.edu/admin/surplus/


The University allows temporary hourly staff to work no more than 1050 hours in one year starting from the employee's anniversary date. Employees will not be paid for more than this number of hours in their 12-month period.


Hourly timesheets are due to Sandra Scott in Anderson 216 by 5 p.m. on the first business day following the last day of the pay period. This means the first business day after the 15th of the month and the last day of the month. Failure to comply means that the hours may not be entered into the payroll system in time for the employee to be paid.

If you are a supervisor signing hourly timesheets you must make this a priority and you are responsible for enforcing a timely deadline for your hourly employees to enable you to meet this deadline


Human Resources has two forms available to help employees who may be called to active military duty plan for military leave, and specify how they want their paid leave credited during a military leave of absence.

These forms and additional information about military leave are available at: http://www.washington.edu/admin/hr/timeleave/military.html


Shane Krause has finally moved out of the back corner of Brad Coston's office and into an office of his own. You can now find him in Bloedel 158, which is right across the hall from Brad's office (178A), or at 6-5414. If the door is open, come on in!

********************CFR WEBSITE GETTING FACELIFT***************************

We are re-modeling the CFR website again and so this would be a good opportunity for you to look at the information on your faculty web pages to see that it is correct. Corrections and updates can be made at any time using this webform: http://www.cfr.washington.edu/people/faculty_page_form.asp or send an email to Marianne Elliott at melliott@u.washington.edu




The next Director of the Center for Urban Horticulture and the Washington Park Arboretum will hold the title of the Orin and Althea Soest Chair for Urban Horticulture. This is exceedingly good news for the College and the Center. We are deeply appreciative to the Soests for this gift and for their outstanding dedication to the University of Washington. Thank you very much Orin and Althea!


Thanks to a generous gift from the Miller Charitable Foundation to the Washington Rare Plant Care and Conservation Program (http://depts.washington.edu/rarecare/). Rare Care now has a secure seed lab and vault CUH. This facility will provide space for the processing and long-term storage of rare plant seeds (ex situ conservation), as well as seeds needing storage for other purposes. Users will include researchers at the University of Washington and a number of agencies including the National Park Service, Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, The Nature Conservancy and others.

There will be a dedication and celebration of the Miller Seed Vault on March 7th, at 2 p.m. in the Douglas Conservatory at CUH. All are invited. Please RSVP to lzybas@u.washington.edu or 206.616.0780.


The Annual Giving Winter Appeal Letter was mailed to many of our key supporters. Annual Giving will simultaneously mail out a similar letter to multiple affinity donors (people who support other areas of the UW in addition to CFR).

Please listen closely for feedback from our constituents. We'd like to know how they feel about the College, and the odds are that our faculty and staff will link up with them through conversations, meetings, e-mails and phone calls. If a supporter registers a deepening level of interest or concern, please call Tom Mentele, Director of Development at 543-9505 or tmentele@u.washington.edu so he can help further our relationship with our friends and alumni.

*****************IN MEMORIUM******************

We are sorry to report the recent passing of Emeritus Professor George

Stenzel. George joined the College as Professor of Logging Engineering in 1949 and retired in 1983.

George and Marge Stenzel established an endowment in their names in 1997.

The fund is intended to provide financial assistance to undergraduate students in the field of forest management and forest and ecological engineering. They wanted this fund to express their belief in higher education and the forestry profession, and to repay society as a way of honoring Mr. Stenzel's mentors and in recognition of the great opportunities forest resources presented to them in their lifetimes. His wife, Marge, suggests remembrances to your favorite charity.




-Administrative Procedures group will report back on their tour of Publication Services.