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February 2005


The Straight Grain
Volume 13, Number 8

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

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

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

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EVENTS FOR THE WEEK BEGINNING FEBRUARY 27. Check out the CFR events calendar at
http://www.cfr.washington.edu/events/ for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, and other events.

SATURDAY, 26 FEBRUARY VOLUNTEER OPPPORTUNITY ISSAQUAH, WA 9 AM-3 PM
" Tract D" Invasive Plant Removal. Sign up at http://www.mtsgreenway.org/Volunteer/signup.htm.

SATURDAY, 26 FEBRUARY CUH PUBLIC EDUCATION SEATTLE 10:30AM AND 1:30 PM
" Arbors and Trellises." Tom Penticoff, Garden View Landscaping. Map provided at registration -- register at http://depts.washington.edu/urbhort/html/education/register.html.

MONDAY, 28 FEBRUARY WILDLIFE SEMINAR/MS THESIS DEFENSE SMITH 304 3:30 PM
" Variable Density Thinning, Legacy Retention, and Winter Wren Habitat in Managed Forests of Western WA," Nicholas Palazzotto, wildlife science program; Advisor: Dave Manuwal.

TUESDAY, 1 MARCH CWWS SEMINAR ANDERSON 22 8:30-9:30 AM
" Interaction Between Vegetation Patterns, Social Preferences, and Stream Biological Conditions: An integrated approach to watershed planning," Vivek Shandas, CFR graduate student.

TUESDAY, 1 MARCH PEACE CORPS DAY PARRINGTON COMMONS 5:30-7:30 PM
Peace Corps Day Celebration, sponsored by UW's Peace Corps Master's International Programs in Public Affairs, Forest Resources, and International Health. For information, contact Jeff Carter, 206.543.0190.

TUESDAY, 1 MARCH CUH PUBLIC EDUCATION CUH,DOUGLAS 7-8:30 PM
" Our Watershed Web," staff from People for Puget Sound. Register at http://depts.washington.edu/urbhort/html/education/register.html.

WEDNESDAY-THURSDAY, 2-3 MARCH GIS WORKSHOP PT. HADLOCK, WA
WSU Learning Center For registration, agenda, directions, see http://www.ruraltech.org/training/gis/index.asp.

SATURDAY, 5 MARCH CUH PUBLIC EDUCATION CUH, DOUGLAS 9 AM-NOON
" These Are Not Your Grandmother's Rhododendrons: Rhododendrons for the urban garden," Steve Hootman, Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden. Register at http://depts.washington.edu/urbhort/html/education/register.html

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

CFR WELCOMES ALICIA ROBBINS TO PACK FOREST
A warm welcome to Alicia Robbins, the new continuing education specialist at Pack Forest. Alicia is a UW 2004 graduate of CFR (MS) and Arts and Sciences (MA). She can be reached at astr@u.washington.edu.

NEW FACULTY VICE-CHAIR
Gordon Bradley was voted the new faculty Vice-Chair at the February 22 faculty meeting. Professor Bradley will serve as Vice Chair from March 1, 2005 through June 15, 2006, at which time he will become Chair.

SCHOLARSHIPS AND POSTER COMPETITION FOR RED ALDER SYMPOSIUM
SMC's Megan O'Shea reports that scholarships for students to attend the symposium have been provided by the College. Apply in either of two ways: (1) Submit an abstract and display a poster at the conference; or (2) submit a written paragraph of no more than 200 words addressing your interest in red alder. Preference will be given to students presenting posters. Scholarships will cover the full registration fee, including field trip. All other travel and lodging expenses are the responsibility of the applicant. Application deadline has been extended to March 10th. In addition, the Western Hardwood Association has generously provided cash prizes for the four best student posters. All students who are poster first authors are automatically entered into the competition for the cash prizes. Student posters will be judged on subject matter and presentation. Symposium delegates will vote to decide the winners. 1st prize = $350; 2nd
prize = $250; 3rd prize = $125; 4th prize = $75. Submit applications to Megan at moshea@u.washington.edu or 206.543.9744. For symposium
information, see http://www.cfr.washington.edu/research.smc/.

AGENDA SET FOR NEXT DENMAN PROGRAM
The next scheduled Denman Forestry Issues Series program will take place March 17, 2005, 2-5 p.m., in the Lockwood Forest Club Room, Anderson 207. The program will include the following presentations: "Global Climate Change Comes to the Pacific Northwest," by Philip Mote;
" A Warmer Pacific Northwest: Lessons from the Past," by Linda Brubaker;
" Promoting Market Mechanisms in a Greenhouse World," by John Perez-Garcia;
" Individual Plants in a Greenhouse World: Is the Steroid Analogy Appropriate?" by Tom
Hinckley;
" Northwest Forests in a Greenhouse World," by Dave Peterson; and
" Carbon Storage to Solve the Problem: From Forests to Products and Homes," by Bruce Lippke. Attendance at the recording session is free and open to the public, but seating is limited and reservations are required. Contact Ellen Matheny at ematheny@u.washington.edu for information.

GRANTS FUNDED IN JANUARY 2005
Total Amount Funded: $74,036
(1)"GIS and Mapping Support of the Spartina Control Program in Willapa Bay"; sponsor: Coastal Resource Alliance; PI: John Calhoun; new project.
(2) "Field Studies Project 2005 - Development of an Access and Thinning Strategy for Tahoma State Forest"; sponsor: WA Department of Natural Resources; PI: Peter Schiess; new project.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR SOUNDSCAPE CHILDREN'S GARDEN
The former Soundscape Garden located on the western edge of CUH is being transformed into a children's garden that will eventually include innovative and interactive designs. EHUF graduate students originally
designed and installed the garden as part of coursework for EHUF classes. To guide visitors to the garden, located across the street from UW family housing and day care facilities, a new path was cut and new planting beds were installed. Plants were selected according to their soil requirements, water-use, and non-poisonous characteristics. Child- unfriendly plants with toxic plant parts or sharp spines were replaced by
" child safe" plants. Plans include a tunnel through a weeping white pine into a play room encircled by columnar red maples. Volunteers are needed to complete the garden and all levels of gardening expertise are welcome. Contact Barbara Selemon at selemon@u.washington.edu.

INTERESTING ALUMNI CAREER PATH OF THE WEEK
Renee Brooks (MS, '87; PhD, '93) is a research plant physiologist with the EPA National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory in Corvallis. Originally from Salem, Oregon, she received her BS degree at the University of Georgia at Athens. Her research includes work on photosynthetic and morphological acclimation light, plant water relations (including demonstration of hydraulic redistribution in both east- and westside Pacific Northwest forests), canopy nutrient fluxes, tree responses to climate, and the physiological effects of flooding in a Florida swamp. Foremost among her technical expertise is stable isotope analysis, which Renee has applied to a wide range of topics, including paleophysiology Renee was the keynote speaker at the CFR Graduate Student Research Symposium on February 25th.

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KUDOS

Send in those kudos!

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FORESTRY IN THE NEWS

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

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WEBSITES FOR SEMINARS IN RELATED DEPARTMENTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


The Straight Grain
Volume 13, 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 College of Forest Resources community. Please submit notices for THE STRAIGHT GRAIN to Cecilia Paul (cece@u.washington.edu), by 10:30 a.m. Thursdays.

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

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EVENTS FOR THE WEEK BEGINNING FEBRUARY 21. Check out the CFR events calendar at http://www.cfr.washington.edu/events/ for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, and other events.

TUESDAY, 22 FEBRUARY CWWS SEMINAR ANDERSON 22 8:30-9:30 AM
" An 'alternative future' for the Puget Sound region: The political, legal, and institutional practicalities of a landscape approach to conservation," John Lombard, Sustainable Fisheries Foundation

TUESDAY, 22 FEBRUARY BLOEDEL RESERVE LECTURE BAINBRIDGE, WA 10 AM
" Counting Crows," John Marzluff. For information, call 206.842.7631.

TUESDAY, 22 FEBRUARY FACULTY MEETING ANDERSON 22 10:30 AM
Agenda items include voting on faculty Vice-Chair, introduction of new administrator for the Faculty unit, and voting on new course offerings.

TUESDAY, 22 FEBRUARY PUBLIC EDUCATION CUH,DOUGLAS 7-8:30 PM
" All About Roses," Don Morrow, Master Gardener. Register at http://depts.washington.edu/urbhort/html/education/register.html

WEDNESDAY, 23 FEBRUARY DAVID MABBERLEY WELCOME 207 ANDERSON 4-6:30 PM
Please join in welcoming Dr David Mabberley to Seattle, the UW, and CFR

WEDNESDAY, 23 FEBRUARY UWEI LECTURE SERUES KANE 120 7-8 PM
" Using Climate Forecasts for Water Management," Anne Steinemann. Register at http://www.washington.edu/alumni/activities/lectures/2005ocean.html.

THURSDAY, 24 FEBRUARY CFR/UWAA LECTURE SERIES KANE 110 7-8 PM
" Who Shapes the Visual Landscape: And does it matter?," Gordon Bradley. Register at
http://www.washington.edu/alumni/clubs/cfraa/2005cfrlectures.html

FRIDAY, 25 FEBRUARY GRADUATE STUDENT SYMPOSIUM ANDERSON 207 9-5 AM
" Come Share Your Great Notion." For information, see http://www.cfr.washington.edu/cfrgss/ or contact cfrgss@u.washington.edu

SATURDAY, 26 FEBRUARY VOLUNTEER OPPPORTUNITY ISSAQUAH, WA 9 AM-3 PM
" Tract D" Invasive Plant Removal. Sign up at http://www.mtsgreenway.org/Volunteer/signup.htm

SATURDAY, 26 FEBRUARY PUBLIC EDUCATION OFF CAMPUS 10:30 AM AND 1:30 PM
" Arbors and Trellises." Tom Penticoff, Garden View Landscaping. Map provided at registration
Register at http://depts.washington.edu/urbhort/html/education/register.html

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A WARM WELCOME TO NEW UNDERGRADUATES
CFR welcomes new undergraduates: Devin Johnson (new ESRM major transferring from Shoreline Community College with general environmental science interests, including wildlife); Nate Barber and Marcus Jesperson (both new ESRM majors with an interest in forest management and formerly
UW prescience majors); Shannon Carpenter (new PSE major from Eastern Washington); amd Rachel Greenhalgh (new ESRM major transferring from Highline Community College).

IVAN EASTIN APPOINTED CINTRAFOR DIRECTOR
Following a national search last year for a new faculty member to serve as CINTRAFOR's director that did not yield sufficient applicants, and the crafting of a new strategic vision for the center, CINTRAFOR's Acting
Director, Ivan Eastin has been appointed the new Drector of CINTRAFOR. He will work to grow the capacity of the center and to enhance its position as a world-class UW research unit.

PNW CESU AND CFRAA NEWSLETTERS ON LINE
The latest "Cooperative Ventures," newsletter of the PNW CESU, is now at http://www.cfr.washington.edu/research.cesu/newsletters/PNWCV_WNTR05_online.pdf
And, the latest CFRAA e-newsletter can also be found online at
http://www.washington.edu/alumni/clubs/cfraa/200502/index.html

CFR FACULTY 2004 FACULTY PUBLICATIONS
Carol Green reports that she has compiled a listing of all CFR faculty publications for 2004 that were reported to her. Check out the list at http://www.lib.washington.edu/subject/ForestRes/facpubs2004.html
and send Carol corrections and/or additions.
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KUDOS

Kudos to the College's Information Technology Team, which was nominated for Distinguished Staff award for the 3rd time in 5 years.

Send in those kudos!

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FORESTRY IN THE NEWS

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

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WEBSITES FOR SEMINARS IN RELATED DEPARTMENTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


The Straight Grain
Volume 13, 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 College of Forest Resources community. Please submit notices for THE STRAIGHT GRAIN to Cecilia Paul (cece@u.washington.edu), by 10:30 a.m. Thursdays.

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

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EVENTS FOR THE WEEK BEGINNING FEBRUARY 13. Check out the CFR events calendar at http://www.cfr.washington.edu/events/ for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, and other events.

WEDNESDAY-SUNDAY, 9-13 FEBRUARY NW FLOWER & GARDEN SHOW SEATTLE,WA
Northwest Flower and Garden Show at WA State Convention Center. Visit website,
http://www.gardenshow.com/nw02/showinfo.html, frequently for details or call 206.789.5333.

MONDAY, 14 FEBRUARY WILDLIFE SCIENCE SEMINAR SMITH 304 3:30 PM
" Analysis of Habitat Use by Mountain Goats Using GPS Collars," David Wallin, Western Washington University

WEDNESDAY, 16 FEBRUARY MS PRESENTATION ANDERSON 22 8:30 A.M.
" Methods of Inference for the G and K Point Pattern Spatial Statistics," Bert Loosmore, QERM

WEDNESDAY, 16 FEBRUARY PUBLIC EDUCATION CUH,DOUGLAS 7-8:30 PM
" Rose Pruning Workshop," Julie Kintzi, Woodland Park Zoo. Register at http://depts.washington.edu/urbhort/html/education/register.html

THURSDAY, 17 FEBRUARY CWWS ANNUAL REVIEW HUB WEST BALLRM 8:30 AM-6 PM "Water and Sustainability in the Region." For information, contact cwws@u.washington.edu.

THURSDAY, 17 FEBRUARY NWFSC SEMINAR NOAA 11 AM
" Further Factors for Phylogeography in North American Gray Wolves: Reflections from Y, mt and Autosomal DNA", Steven Fain, National Forensics Lab, USFWS. If you would like to view this seminar from a location other than Montlake, please contact Tony Yang at 206.860.3415 to discuss options. Additional information at: http://www.nwfsc.noaa.gov/events/monster.cfm

THURSDAY, 17 FEBRUARY DISSERTATION DEFENSE ANDERSON 22 2:30 PM
" Effect of salmon spawning on seasonal changes in structure and function of the macroinvertebrate community of Kennedy Creek," Jon Honea, ecosystem sciences; advisor: Bob Gara

FRIDAY, 18 FEBRUARY PANEL DISCUSSION ANDERSON 207 3 PM
" Why go to grad school, how much will it cost, how long will it take, how to apply, and how will it affect your life?" Get your questions answered!

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

CFR WELCOMES NAOMI WILSON AND DAVID MABBERLEY
A warm welcome to two new members of the CFR community! Naomi Wilson comes to us from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center where she served as an Administrative Manager for the Public Health Sciences Lab.
Prior to her Hutch experience, Naomi spent three years at the UW Medical
center as an Administrative Coordination and Fiscal Specialist. She earned her BA in Philosophy from the UW. In her new position as Faculty Administrator, she will work closely with Rick Gustafson and Alice Meyer to provide administrative, management, and fiscal support to the Chair and the faculty unit. And, after much anticipation, the College welcomes David Mabberley as Professor and Director of the Center for Urban Horticulture and the Washington Park Arboretum. A welcome reception will be held for
Professor Mabberley on Wednesday, February 23, from 4-6:30 p.m. in 207 Anderson. No rsvp is necessary. Please join us to give a him a warm and enthusiastic welcome!

RTI ANNUAL TECHNICAL REVIEW
Ara Erickson reports on last week's annual technical review sponsored by RTI. "A key theme was the important synergisms between the Cougars and the Huskies -- RTI and CUH's Master Gardener program being examples of successful collaborations by the two institutions. RTI's successes of the last year, shared by both UW and WSU personnel, included the development of the LMS Inventory Wizard, the release of LMS 3.0, a new ArcGIS course, continuation of the Training the Trainer and Coached Planning and
Stewardship programs, the use of LMS by Penn State's Cooperative Extension program, the publishing of a stream stability guidebook for landowners, the migration from ArcView to ArcGIS, the integration of LMS and ArcGIS, the continued production of the Small Forest Land Owner database, and much
more. Also shared were updates on RTI projects, including modeling economic and biologic sustainability in eastern Washington's forests, the social implications of the Alternate Plan option of the Forest Practice
Rules, the response of family forest owners in western Washington to increased development pressures, and the role of non-market values such as clean air or water, habitat and biodiversity, recreation, and aesthetics.
The review included a discussion of long-term development funding and possible new priorities for RTI. Along with the view that RTI is having a positive impact on technology transfer to benefit rural communities and landowners, many agreed that RTI should aggressively and entrepreneurially pursue additional funding sources. In the end, the Annual Review was a success! Information was shared, new ideas were discussed, and RTI will continue moving forward on current projects, while looking for new opportunities to help rural communities. Special thanks go to all the rural advisors, agency personnel, and interested individuals attending the review. For more information, visit http://www.ruraltech.org.

A YEAR OF PROGRESS FOR WPPF
WPPF Director John Hanby reports that 2004 was a great year for the Foundation. Successes included:
* an increase from 46 PSE students to 62, with 25 new students in Autumn 2004
* 39 PSE students received scholarships in Autumn 2004
* Of 16 PSE freshman, 7 were named to the Dean's List, and 11 had 3.0+ grade points averages
* 43 member companies in 2004 vs 34 in 2003
* Third summer institute for high school science teachers
* 15% endowment appreciation; over $2.1M in endowed scholarship funds
* $43,000 received in gifts
* Successful Annual Conference with over 120 attendees
* Five-Year Plan updated for 2005 - 2010

CHECK OUT THE NEW UW EARTH INITIATIVE WEBSITE
The UW Earth Initiative (UWEI) announces its new website at http://www.uwei.washington.edu/. Across all three campuses, UW has about 400 faculty, 1,200 graduate students, and 4,800 undergraduates in degree programs in environmental and natural resource fields. Funding of sponsored programs in these areas at UW adds up to about $150M each year. Although most of this funding is in focused disciplinary projects, UW faculty have also won many large, interdisciplinary grants to tackle a wide range of big problems, from climate change to air pollution to oceanic toxins. UWEI will encourage innovative partnerships to address environmental and natural resource challenges, and help facilitate new funding for those efforts.

INTERESTING ALUMNI CAREER PATH OF THE WEEK
Vicki Christiansen, (BS, '83) has been appointed Washington DNR's Manager of the Pacific Cascade Region, effective February 15. Vicki has worked in DNR since her graduation from CFR. While in school she worked as a firefighter. In her first career position after graduation, she wokred as a forest technician in DNR's Southwest Region and was responsible for the reforestation of trust lands in the Mt. St. Helens
blast zone. All eight of the positions she has held during her career in WA DNR have strongly emphasized operations.
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KUDOS

Kudos to John Wott for his service as Acting Director of CUH and Director of WPA. John was one of the key UW players responsible for the development of the Arboretum's Master Plan and its subsequent implementation. While Director, he spent countless hours in meetings and discussions with the City, the Arboretum Foundation, community and professional groups, and concerned citizens. Throughout the entire process, his loyalty to the ideals for the Arboretum and the UW never wavered. For this, we all owe him a debt of gratitude. As Acting Director of CUH, John was responsible for overseeing the final phase of the construction and subsequent dedication of the new Merrill Hall. During all this time, John continued his normal teaching and research responsibilities at CUH and WPA. We all wish him well as he now returns to his full time professorial duties in the College. To provide continuity, he will remain on both the Arboretum and Botanical Garden Committee and the Arboretum Master Plan Implementation Group.

Kudos to Brian Strahm, PhD student in forest soils, who received "best paper of session" awards for the two papers he presented at the Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) meetings in Seattle in November, 2004. The meetings included 19 sessions with over 200 papers and posters. "The awards are judged only for scientific merit and presentation, and is not a student-only' session," says Rob Harrison. "Student presentations are made in the same sessions as professors and other professional scientists. The awards are very competitive. It's common for CFR students to win awards, but this may be the first time that two papers from a single student received best of session awards at a single scientific meeting of SSSA.
The papers were:
B.D. Strahm and R.B. Harrison. Nitrate sorption in a variable charge soil of the Pacific Northwest.
B.D. Strahm, R.B. Harrison, B.L. Flaming, C.W. Licata, K.S. Petersen and T.A. Terry. Effects of organic matter retention on N mobility on an intensively managed Douglas-fir site.

Send in those kudos!

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FORESTRY IN THE NEWS

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

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WEBSITES FOR SEMINARS IN RELATED DEPARTMENTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


The Straight Grain
Volume 13, Number 5

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

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

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

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EVENTS FOR THE WEEK BEGINNING FEBRUARY 6. Check out the CFR events calendar at http://www.cfr.washington.edu/events/ for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, and other events.

SUNDAY-FRIDAY, 6-11 FEBRUARY STAND DYNAMICS WORKSHOP PACK FOREST
Mid-career workshop for silviculturists, forest managers, forest ecologists, and wildlife biologists; in conjunction with Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Register at
http://research.yale.edu/gisf/events/standdynamics/packforest05_app.pdf

MONDAY, 7 FEBRUARY WILDLIFE SCIENCE SEMINAR BAGLEY 260 3:30 PM
" The Influence of Temporal and Spatial Scale on Factors Affecting Elk Density and Population Growth in Northcentral Idaho," Brian Gilbert, University of Idaho graduate student

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 7 POE LECTURE ALLEN, PETERSON RM 5:30-6:30 PM
" A Conversation with Gifford Pinchot III," featuring the chairman and co-founder of the Bainbridge Graduate Insitute offering an MBA that integrates sustainability and social responsibility with innovation and
profit. For information, contact envirmgt@u.washington.edu

TUESDAY, 8 FEBRUARY CWWS SEMINAR ANDERSON 22 8:30-9:30 AM
" Designing Accountable Ecosystem Restoration and Management Plans: adaptive management and the prospect of enlightenment," Steve Ralph, Stillwater Sciences, Inc.

WEDNESDAY-SUNDAY, 9-13 FEBRUARY NW FLOWER & GARDEN SHOW SEATTLE,WA
Northwest Flower and Garden Show at WA State Convention Center. Visit website, http://www.gardenshow.com/nw02/showinfo.html, frequently for details or call 206-789-5333.

THURSDAY, 10 FEBRUARY CFR/UWAA LECTURE KANE 110 7 PM
CFR/UWAA Lecture Series: Sustaining our Northwest World, "Forests Aflame: Strategies and Challenges for Managing Fire in the West," Jim Agee. A public reception follows the lecture. Register at
http://www.washington.edu/alumni/clubs/cfraa/2005cfrlectures.htm

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

PSE STUDENTS ATTEND CAREER CONFERENCE
With the help and support of the WPPF and the Lockwood Endowment for Program Enhancement, Michelle Font and Edgar Flores, members of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) were able to attend SHPE's annual National Technical and Career Conference in Dallas, Texas. Michelle and Edgar send along this report: "The intensive five-day conference was filled with workshops, networking socials, seminars, and a career fair with over 140 companies. Among the seminars and workshops we
attended were: How to get a 4.0, Career Management, Acheiving Work/Life Balance, Behavioral Interviewing, Business Etiquette, Transitioning from School to the Workplace, How to Master your Job Interview, Making Yourself Marketable, True Leaders, How to Survive a Technical Interview, and Resume
Writing. Edgar successfully landed an interview with Kimberly-Clark and Michelle already has accepted a full-time position contingent to graduation this June with The Boeing Company. At the President's
reception, Michelle won a raffle for a Desktop PC for her chapter! We continue to spread the word about the PSE program, not only within the SHPE Chapter, but across the nation as well. Over 3,000 students from all over the U.S. and Puerto Rico attend the annual conference. It was a great networking experience and we appreciate the financial assistance that made it possible for us to attend."

ARBORETUM MASTER PLAN IMPLEMENTATION UNDERWAY
The Arboretum and Botanical Garden Committee has approved elements of the master implementation plan for WPA. The Interpretive and Wayfinding Plan that will identify major themes and educational messages, interpretive media suitable for NW weather conditions, and an appropriate wayfinding system, will provide an important public connection to the WPA. The South Entry Project is the first of several development clusters associated with implementing the plan. Both of these projects are the result of hundreds of hours of thoughtful planning and ABGC committee work by the UW, Arboretum Foundation, and the City of Seattle. The committee has also reviewed SR 520 plans that will have a major impact on WPA and the surrounding community.

SEARCH COMMITTEE APPOINTED FOR CFR FACULTY POSITION
A search committee has been appointed to identify qualified candidates for a new CFR faculty position (assistant professor level) in landscape plant sciences and sustainable management. The committee is chaired by Gordon Bradley. See http://faculty.washington.edu/bare/plantsci.html for a draft position description and the formal charge to the committee.

ONRC ANNOUNCES RESEARCH FUNDING FOR FY 2005
Jason Cross, ONRC Research Coordinator, reports that ONRC has received federal research funding for FY 2005. These funds are a portion of the overall support provided to the USDA Forest Service for implementation of the Northwest Forest Plan. Funds are being distributed by the Pacific NW Research Station to ONRC as a result of Congressional earmarking. Approximately $180,000 will be allocated to support projects selected through this RFP process. A detailed request for pre-proposals is available in .pdf format on the ONRC website at: http://www.onrc.washington.edu

ORGANIZIZERS OF 2005 LOGGING SPORTS CONCLAVE NEED YOUR HELP!
Student members of CFR's logging sports team say: "2005 Logging Sports Conclave competition is March 23-25, 2005 and we are in desperate need of help from our CFR community! The event requires volunteer timers and judges of logging sports events like cross cut sawing, chopping, and choker races (no experience required). Competition is between several colleges and schools across the western U.S.and lasts for three fun filled days. In addition to timers and judges, we are also in need of personal or business sponsorship so if you are interested in helping out your college logging sports team (or know someone who is) please contact Jessica Larson (jlars@u.washington.edu) or Carrie Spradlin (cspradlin@gmail.com). Information on conclave is available at: http://students.washington.edu/uwlogger/conclave.html

INTERESTING ALUMNI CAREER PATH OF THE WEEK
Edward C. Wolf (MFR, 1994) is an environmental writer and editor whose books include Salmon Nation, The Rain Forests of Home, and A Tidewater Place. He lives in Portland, Oregon. His latest book, published by Ecotrust and distributed by OSU Press, is "Klamath Heartlands: A Guide to the Klamath Reservation Forest Plan." In response to the CFR newsletter's request for alumni information, he writes: "The book introduces general readers to a unique forest management plan proposed by Oregon's Klamath Tribes as part of their effort to have historic reservation lands returned to the Tribes' control. I thought you might like to bring the book to the attention of CFR alumni and other readers of CFR News. In addition to my own involvement as the book's author, another CFR connection is Professor Jerry Franklin, who along with K. Norman Johnson and Debbie Johnson of OSU and Klamath tribal forester Will Hatcher, developed the forest plan that is summarized in the book."
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KUDOS

Kudos to Dave Briggs, Director of the Stand Management Cooperative and the Precision Forestry Cooperative, whose appointment to the Corkery Family Endowed Chair was approved by the Provost and the Board of Regents at their January 2005 meeting. The appointment is effective January 1, 2005and continues through December 31, 2007, at which time a possible two year extension may be granted. Dave will use the Chair to help further the goals of the Precision Forestry Cooperative.

Send in those kudos!

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FORESTRY IN THE NEWS

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

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WEBSITES FOR SEMINARS IN RELATED DEPARTMENTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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