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January 2009

The Straight Grain
Volume 29, Number 4

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

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

EVENTS FOR WEEKS BEGINNING FEBRUARY 2. Check out the CFR events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

THROUGH 2 FEBRUARY BOTANICAL ILLUSTRATION EXHIBIT SUZALLO 102
"Illustration: Art Meets Science," features illustrated botanical works from the collections of the UW Libraries and the Elisabeth C. Miller Library.

MONDAY-THURSDAY, 2-5 FEBRUARY STREAM SYMPOSIUM STEVENSON, WA
Annual Northwest Stream Restoration Design Symposium.

MONDAY, 2 FEBRUARY FACULTY RESEARCH FORUM ANDERSON 22 10:30-11:30 AM
"Science and Community Change: Technology transfer, urban forestry, and local governmental policy," Kathy Wolf; and "Are Suburbs for the Birds?", John Marzluff.

MONDAY, 2 FEBRUARY WILDLIFE SCI SEMINAR GOWEN 301 3:30-5 PM
"Marine Mammals: Insights into climate change through surveys and song," Sue Moore, NOAA, UW Department of Biology, and UW School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences.

TUESDAY, 3 FEBRUARY WATER CENTER SEMINAR ANDERSON 223 8:30-9:20 AM
"Environmental Innovation and the Theme is....Water," Emer Dooley, UW Michael G. Foster School of Business.

TUESDAY, 3 FEBRUARY THESIS DEFENSE UWBG,DOUGLAS 4 PM
"Assessing the Impacts of Wood Waste on Nearshore Habitat Function in Thatcher Bay, Washington," Joel Breems; committee co-Chairs: Kern Ewing and Sandy Wyllie-Echeverria.

TUESDAY, 3 FEBRUARY SEADOC LECTURE ORCAS IS, WA 7-8 PM
The Seadoc Society Marine Science Lecture, "Fascinating Fishes of the Pacific NW," Gene Helfman, University of Georgia.

WEDNESDAY, 4 FEBRUARY FILM,"ONE WATER" GENOME SCI S-060 7 PM
"One Water," the movie, celebrates water and the myriad ways it washes through the global human experience. Panel discussion (which includes Susan Bolton) follows.

THURSDAY, 5 FEBRUARY NWFSC SEMINAR NWSFS AUD 11 AM-12 PM
"Habitat Use and Bioenergetics of Southern Resident Killer Whales," Dawn Noren, NOAA-NWFSC.

THURSDAY, 5 FEBRUARY ALL-COLLEGE MEETING ANDERSON 207 2-4 PM
All-College meeting to discuss and plan for the February 23-24, 2009 Academic Program Review site visit. The review evaluates both the undergraduate and graduate academic programs. A required component of the site visit is involvement in group meetings with many CFR constituents including undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, staff, and committees. For more information about program reviews and site visits, see http://www.grad.washington.edu/acad/existing_prog_review.htm.

THURSDAY, 5 FEBRUARY SAFS SEMINAR FISH SCI 102 4-5 PM
School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences Seminar, "Ocean Acidification: The other CO2 problem," Richard Feely, NOAA and UW School of Oceanography.

THURSDAY, 5 FEBRUARY PUGET SOUND SPEAKER SERIES REI,SEATTLE 7 PM
Exploring Our Sound Speaker Series,"Kelp, Eelgrass and the Food Web of Puget Sound," Tom Mumford, WA Department of Natural Resources.

THURSDAY, 5 FEBRUARY BARN BEACH LECTURE LEAVENWORTH, WA 7-9 PM
Barn Beach Reserve Lecture Program, "Endemic Plants of the Wenatchee River Watershed," Wendy Gibble, UW Botanic Gardens Rare Care Program.

FRIDAY, 23 JANUARY SILVICULTURE SEMINAR ANDERSON 22 2:30-4:20 PM
"The Impact of Riparian Management Zones on Small Landowners," Kevin Zobrist, Washington State University Extension, and Steve Stinson, Family Forest Foundation.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEAD'S UP FOR
Tuesday, February 10, 2009, Kane 120, 7 p.m., UWAA-CoFS Lecture, "Oceans Above," Miles Logsdon, UW School of Oceanography. From Puget Sound to the Pacific Ocean, fly through the mysteries of space-time in this interactive seminar. Using satellite images of earth, we'll ask how ocean change is measured and if the scale of change informs us about the resiliency of our planet.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009, Town Hall, Seattle, WA, 5:30-9 p.m., Sustainable Path Foundation Seminar Series, "Energy and Water in the West: Priorities for a healthy Washington," Michael Hightower and Joan Crooks.
Thursday, February 12, 2009, WA State Convention Center, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., "Washington Climate Change Impacts Assessment Conference: Evaluating Washington's future in a changing climate."
February 18, 2009, HUB West Ballroom, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m., The Water Center Annual Review of Research. Participants from the College include Demetrius Fletcher, Monika Moskal, and Aaron Wirsing.
February 18-22, 2009, Washington State Convention Center, The Northwest Flower and Garden Show. Washington Park Arboretum's display at this year's show evokes one of the most exciting installations in any public garden in recent decades, the Pacific Connections Garden.
Friday, March 6, 2009, Anderson 22, The 4th Annual College of Forest Resources Graduate Student Symposium. Stay tuned for
details.

ALERT: UW STEAM SYSTEM SHUTDOWN SCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY, JANUARY 31
If you were planning to come in to your office or lab at the UW Seattle campus tomorrow, Saturday, January 31st, see announcement below:
"On Saturday, January 31st at noon, the UW Central Steam Plant (Seattle Campus only) must perform an emergency shutdown and repair of the campus steam system. This shutdown will result in a complete loss of steam supply for building heat, hot water, and other processes that use steam, for up to five hours. This shutdown will impact all facilities on the core Seattle Campus. The
repair is necessary due to a failure in a critical piping system. Be aware what this shut down means to you and your research. Because Facilities will most likely need to shut down the supply air (temperature control) during this process, there will not be the volume of air required at the face of your Biosafety Cabinet nor your Chemical Fume Hood. This means your Biosafety Cabinet and your Chemical Fume Hood will not work properly--IT WON'T PROTECT YOU (and your product). Please plan on not being able to use your Biosafety Cabinet (no aerosol generating procedures) nor your Chemical Fume Hood between these hours, 12 pm to 5 pm, on Saturday Jan. 31st."

NEW FACULTY MEMBER IN HUMAN DIMENSIONS TO JOIN COLLEGE IN AUTUMN 2009
Dean Bare writes, "I am pleased to announce that Dr. Stanley Asah has accepted our offer to join the College as an assistant professor in Autumn 2009. He will fill our open position in the Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Management. I wish to thank search committee chair Clare Ryan and the entire search committee for all of the time they spent in managing the review process. Their work to advertise the position, review applications, interview candidates, and evaluate the finalists is greatly appreciated." Dr Asah received a PhD in water resources science from the University of Minnesota in 2006; his most recent position is in the Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Management section of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

COLLEGE WECOMES NEW STAFF MEMBER JON DVORAK
A warm welcome to forest fire ecologist Jon Dvorak, who will be working with Ernesto Alvarado on the USFS Pacific Wildland Fire
Sciences Laboratory, Fire and Environmental Research Applications (FERA) field crew. See information on FERA, below.

FIRE AND ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH APPLICATIONS TEAM
The Fire and Environmental Research Applications Team (FERA) anchors the USFS Pacific Wildland Fire Sciences Laboratory in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle. Led by Dave Peterson, FERA has approximately 25 employees, roughly half employed by Forest Service Research and half by the College. USFS scientists with CFR affiliations include Don McKenzie, affiliate professor, Morris Johnson, a recent PhD CFR graduate, and Clint Wright, a doctoral student. Members of the College staff who work with FERA are led by Ernesto Alvarado and include, Anne Andreu, Cameron Balog, Paul Campbell, Jim Cronan, Jon Dvorak, Paige Eagle, Travis Freed, Jessica Halofsky, Maureen Kennedy, Rob Norheim, Susan Prichard, and Joe Restaino. FERA staff also includes graduate and undergraduate students and international visiting scientists. Close collaboration between USFS and the College provides strength in the continuity of research and an opportunity to work with team members who possess the up-to-date technical skills. The FERA team conducts field research in wildland fires in Alaska, Hawaii, most of forested regions of the coterminous USA, Brazil, and Mexico.
FERA informs management of natural resources through research and development in fuels and combustion science, fire and
landscape ecology, and integration of the physical and ecological sciences. A current FERA project, "The Fuel Characteristic
Classification System," is responding to the need for a comprehensive software system to build, characterize, and classify fuelbeds to accurately capture the structural complexity and geographical diversity of fuel components across landscapes and
provide the ability to assess elements of human (e.g. logging slash) and natural (e.g. insect and disease) change. The system offers consistently organized fuels data along with numerical inputs to fire behavior, fire effects, and dynamic vegetation
models. For more information about FERA and the fuel characteristic classification system, see http://www.fs.fed.us/pnw/fera/.

WASHINGTON PARK ARBORETUM CELEBRATES 75 YEARS!
The UW Botanic Gardens and partners City of Seattle Parks and Recreation and Arboretum Foundation are celebrating the 75th
anniversary of the Washington Park Arboretum this year. A a series of special programs is planned to celebrate this milestone. To
stay tuned, check the 75th anniversary web page or sign up for the UW Botanic Gardens free electronic newsletter at . For Arboretum history, see http://depts.washington.edu/wpa/history.htm, as well as the 2003 Washington Park Arboretum Historic Review, an illustrated report prepared by BOLA Architecture + Planning and Karen Kiest, Landscape Architect.

NEW SPONSORED RESEARCH FOR JANUARY 2009
"The Effects of Rotovation on Fragmented Biomass of Eurasian Watermilfoil in Box Canyon Reservoir"; PI: Soo Kim; Sponsor: Pend
Oreille County Public Utility District; amount: $2,410.
"Expand and Replace Interpretive and Wayfinding Signage for Union Bay Natural Area"; PI: Sandra Lier; sponsor: Seattle Foundation; amount: $10,000.

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS FOR CFR GRADUATE STUDENT SYMPOSIUM
All CFR graduate students are invited to share research with the greater College and UW community. Submit abstracts for oral
presentations and/or posters to evadr@u.washington.edu by February 17, 2009. Prizes will be awarded for best presentation and
poster!!!

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS FOR SAF 2009 NATIONAL CONVENTION
All individual and panel proposals for presentations at the 2009 SAF National Convention in Orlando, FL must be received by
February 18, 2009. Poster proposals must be received by August 12, 2009. NOTE: All sections highlighted in red must be completed for your submission to be considered. The 2009 National Convention, "Opportunities in a Forested World," will bring together more than 1,500 forestry and natural resource professionals to exchange ideas, share professional expertise, and learn the latest technology and research to help them work more effectively.

CFR ALUMNI-STUDENT NETWORKING SOCIAL
In conjunction with UW Career Discovery Week, CFR hosted an alumni-student networking social in Anderson Hall's Forest Club Room on January 28. Alumni attending included Royce Anderson ('07), Rishelle Gifford ('06), Bob Dick ('74), Larry Maechler ('81), Mark Mead ('87), Alicia Robbins ('04), and Dean Yoshina ('87).

RARE CARE PROGRAM NEEDS VOLUNTEERS FOR RARE PLANT MONITORING
Are you interested in an opportunity to contribute to the conservation of Washington’s rare plants and at the same time visit premier examples of Washington’s native ecosystems? Volunteer as a rare plant monitor with Washington Rare Plant Care and Conservation (Rare Care) and help collect valuable information on status of rare plant populations. Rare Care plant monitors
visit known populations of rare plants all around the state to check and report on the condition of the population and its habitat.
What kind of skills are needed in volunteers? Rare Care is looking for people who can identify native plants in the field, have
a commitment to native plant conservation and good observation skills, can commit a few days during the spring and summer, and can provide their own transportation. Training is mandatory for participation and is offered in 2008 at two locations: Seattle on
February 28, 2009. For more information and to obtain a volunteer application, contact Rare Care at 206.616.0780 or rarecare@u.washington.edu.

ALUMNI UPDATES
Julie Concannon (PhD 1995) is chief of Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s Pacific Region 1 in Portland, OR. She previously was a botanist with the USDA Forest Service’s Monongahela National
Forest in Elkins, WV.
Julie Grialou (MS 1995) is a wildlife biologist and the conservation planner for the Methow Conservancy in Winthrop, WA. Over
the past decade, she has worked on conservation and land management projects with a variety of landowners and agencies throughout the Pacific Northwest and has helped the WA Department of Fish and Wildlife with an amphibian monitoring project in the Methow Valley.
Marcy Harrington (BS 1995) went on to get an MPA at the UW. She manages the UW Department of Environmental Health and Safety’s Pacific Northwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (PNASH), where her responsibilities include all aspects of center
operations. She has served the Center since 1997 in administrative and communications positions and currently sits on the PNASH Internal Advisory Committee and the Outreach Committee for the UW Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences.
Faline Haven (BS 1995) is a management analyst for the USDA Forest Service’s Office of Tribal Relations in Washington, DC. She
previously served as senior project manager for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s Tribal Energy Program, as a forester
for the USDI Bureau of Indian Affairs, as natural resources and forestry manager for the Annette Islands Reserve Metlakatla Indian
Community, and as renewable energy group lead for the USDI Office of Indian Energy.
Mark Grey (PhD 1999, MS 1995) is director of environmental affairs for the Building Association of Southern California and technical director for California’s Construction Industry Coalition on Water Quality.
Jeff Hatten (PhD 2007) will be joining the faculty of the Mississippi State University's Department of Forestry as an assistant
professor of forest soils in August, 2009.
Akira Kato (PhD 2008) joined the faculty of Chiba University, Japan on January 1, 2009.

CFR IN THE MEDIA
For more coverage of Science article on tree mortality, with co-authors Jerry Franklin and Andrew Larson, see KUOW's Weekday
feature, "Western Forest Health," and Seattle Times story "Northwest tree die-off likely due to warming trend, study says."
For story on Boy Scouts of America forest managment, see Seattle PI, "Profit trumps preservation for Boy Scout councils nationwide," quoting Jerry Franklin, and "Once-wooded camps sold off to developers," quoting Brian Boyle, Northwest Environmental Forum. For a contrasting "scouts" story see "Girl Scouts, 4-H stress conservation and sustainability," featuring CFR alum Julie Concannon (PhD 1995).
See "Some of Earth's climate troubles should face burial at sea, scientists say," UWNews.org; "Some climate troubles should face burial at sea and "Global Warming Fix? Some of earth's climate troubles should face burial at sea, scientists say," for stories on recent research by lead author Stuart Strand.
See "Mudslides trigger call for clear-cut answers" for Seattle Times article quoting alum Court Stanley (BS 1983).
See "Sprawl flattens frogs, other amphibians struggling to survive" for Seattle Times article quoting alum Klaus Richter (PhD 1976).
See "Why are the white pines dying?" for Everett Herald story featuring alum Sharon Collman (MS 1972).
Daniela Shebitz (PhD 2006), assistant professor in Kean University's biology depsrtment is featured on a video about
environmental initiatives at Kean.

KUDOS
Michelle Trudeau sends along kudos to Debra Salas-Haynes and Amanda Davis for their "wonderful coordination of another successful UW Environmental Career Fair. I would say this was the most successful we have had, with more employers wanting to attend than we had room -- and all who participated listed internships or jobs!"

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 29, Number 3

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

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

EVENTS FOR WEEKS BEGINNING JANUARY 24. Check out the CFR events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

THROUGH 2 FEBRUARY BOTANICAL ILLUSTRATION EXHIBIT SUZALLO 102
"Illustration: Art Meets Science," features illustrated botanical works from the collections of the UW Libraries and the Elisabeth C. Miller Library.

SATURDAY, 24 JANUARY VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY ISSAQUAH, WA 9 AM-2 PM
Mountains to Sound Greenway restoration project, hosted by the Issaquah REI to restore the wetlands behind the store.

MONDA1Y, 26 JANUARY WILDLIFE SCI SEMINAR GOWEN 301 3:30-5 PM
"Forest Certification Programs: Influence on environmental protection on industrial timberlands," Loren Hicks, Plum Creek Timber.

TUESDAY, 27 JANUARY WATER CENTER SEMINAR ANDERSON 223 8:30-9:20 AM
"Among-individual Niche Variation of a Marine Top Predator Species, the Bull Shark (Carcharhinus leucas) Suggests Diverse Functional Roles within Coastal Food Webs," Aaron Wirsing, UW College of Forest Resources.

TUESDAY, 27 JANUARY PHD GENERAL EXAM ANDERSON 22 10 AM
"Causes and Consequences of Conifer Invasion into Pacific Northwest Grasslands," Ryan Haugo; Committee Chair: Jon Bakker.

TUESDAY, 27 JANUARY CIG SEMINAR FISH SCI 203 1:30-3 PM
Climate Impact Group Seminar, "Evaluating Dynamics of the Puget Sound Groundfish Community: Laying the foundation for climate impacts studies," Tim Essington, UW School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences.

WEDNESDAY, 28 JANUARY ENVIRONMENTAL CAREER FAIR MARY GATES 10 AM-2 PM
Forty employers/organizations available to meet with students and discuss environmental careers. CFR is a co-sponsor. S

THURSDAY, 29 JANUARY NWFSC SEMINAR NWSFS AUD 11 AM
"Changes in Northwest Climate and Their Significance for Aquatic Organisms," Philip Mote, UW Climate Impacts Group.

THURSDAY, 22 JANUARY SAFS SEMINAR FISH SCI 102 4-5 PM
School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences Seminar, "Estimating Trend in Coho Salmon Numbers Using a Multi-period Rotating Panel Sampling Design," Don Stephens, Jr., Oregon State University.

FRIDAY, 23 JANUARY SILVICULTURE SEMINAR ANDERSON 22 2:30-4:20 PM
"Assessing Impacts of Forest Practices on Landslides: Reflections on 40 years of landslide inventories," Fred Swanson, Oregon
State University.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEAD'S UP FOR
Wednesday, February 4, 2009, Genome Sci Bldg S-060, 7 p.m., "One Water," the movie, celebrates water and the myriad ways it
washes through the global human experience. Panel (which includes Susan Bolton) discussion follows.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009, Town Hall, Seattle, WA, 5:30-9 p.m., Sustainable Path Foundation Seminar Series, "Energy and
Water in the West: Priorities for a healthy Washington," Michael Hightower and Joan Crooks.
Thursday, February 12, 2009, WA State Convention Center, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., "Washington Climate Change Impacts Assessment Conference: Evaluating Washington's future in a changing climate."
February 18, 2009, HUB West Ballroom, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m., The Water Center Annual Review of Research. Participants from the College include Demetrius Fletcher, Monika Moskal, and Aaron Wirsing.
February 18-22, 2009, Washington State Convention Center, The Northwest Flower and Garden Show. Washington Park Arboretum's display at this year's show evokes one of the most exciting installations in any public garden in recent decades, the Pacific Connections Garden.

NEWS FROM THE PNW-CESU
A warm welcome to Chris Lauver who will be joining the College next week and comes to us from the Southern Colorado Plateau
Network of the National Park Service, located at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. He will be taking over the responsibilities of Darryll Johnson, who until retirement served as NPS Research Coordinator and Co-Leader of the PNW-CESU since its inception. Chris is an ecologist by training. The College will miss PNW-CESU administrative specialist Joel Siderius, who is moving to Washington, DC, where his wife has taken a job with NOAA. Three finalists will be interviewed next week for the position that Joel is vacating.

CFR ENROLLMENT GROWS AGAIN!
Michelle Trudeau reports the good news on College enrollment for Winter 2009. "The GOOD NEWS is: In undergraduate enrollment, ESRM is up 18.3%, PSE is up 9.4%, and overall UG is at 253, up 13.5% from last Winter Quarter; graduate enrollment is at 160, up 20.3% from last Winter Quarter."

NEWS FROM USGS CASCADIA FIELD STATIION
A USGS research project, "Linking Hydrogeology and Aquatic Communities for Ecological Monitoring of Wadeable Mountain Streams," is looking at how management, conservation, and monitoring of stream systems will benefit from explicit understanding of linkages between aquatic communities and surface-subsurface flows, especially in mountainous systems where these linkages have been largely overlooked. Investigators propose to characterize and map hydrologic regimes in three mountainous national parks in the Pacific Northwest, Mt. Rainier National Park, North Cascades National Park, and Olympic National Park. Using these maps, researchers will test relationships between biota sampled for long-term ecological monitoring and flow regimes. The products from this research will add immeasurably to the long-term goals of the National Park Service's Vital Signs Monitoring Program by providing information on causal mechanisms for observed changes in status and trends of stream biota. Such information will be used to enhance the representativeness of sampling designs used for monitoring stream biota in wadeable mountain streams. For more information, contact Assistant Professor and USGS Research Landscape Ecologist Christian Torgersen at 206.616.1874 or ctorgersen@usgs.gov.

STREAMING VIDEO OF RIPARIAN ADAPTIVE MANAGEMENT SYMPOSIUM
Streaming video of the November 2008 Riparian Adaptive Management Symposium held at the Olympic Natural Resources Center is now available online. The symposium convened 30 leading scientists and policymakers from around the U.S. to explore how our understanding of riparian management and restoration has advanced over the last 15 years. CFR participants in the symposium who gave presentations included affiliate faculty Robert Bilby and alums Lee Benda and Steve Stinson.

NEWS FROM ELISABETH C. MILLER LIBRARY
"Through an Artist's Eye," botanical illustrations by Louise Smith, will be on exhibit in the Miller Library January 5-30, 2009. Also, coming up on April 4th is the 4th Annual Garden Lovers' Book Sale. Find a good home for your gently used gardening books: donate them to the Miller Library for its biggest fundraising event of the year.

CFR IT REMINDER - WHEN CALLING FOR HELP, LEAVE A MESSAGE!
Marc Morrison reminds us that when calling members of the IT staff for help, "please leave a message if the call is not answered.
When a message is left, a paging system notifies the staff." Leaving a message will save time, reduce frustration, and get help to you sooner!

UW TEACHING AND LEARNING SYMPOSIUM SCHEDULED
Members of the UW teaching community are invited to participate in the Fifth Annual UW Teaching and Learning Symposium, scheduled for April 21, 2009, 2:30-4:30 p.m. in the HUB Ballroom. The UW has many excellent teachers, leaders, advisors, and mentors who are actively engaged in examining how their work affects student learning. The symposium will provide a forum where all who share this interest in improving student learning at the UW can learn about the work their colleagues are doing. Participants are invited to present their work on teaching and learning and will be asked to represent their work in a poster session, and to be on hand during the session to talk with people who are interested in learning more about what they have done. Proposals must be received by March 16, 2009; acceptance of proposals will be confirmed by March 30th.

ALUMNI UPDATES
Nicholas Gebelt (BS 1983) went on to get an MS in mathematics from the UW, a PhD in mathematics from UCLA, and a JD from the University of Virginia. He is a bankruptcy attorney in Whittier, CA.
Joseph Roise (PhD 1984) is a professor of forestry and environmental resources at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC, where his research focuses on small diameter woody biomass harvesting and utilization, management science/operations research in forest resources, optimization of simulated processes, management information systems, and integrated planning.
Jody Blecksmith (BS 1996) is a senior gardener with the City of Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation.
Rebecca McLain (PhD 2000) is a policy analyst on the management team of the Institute for Culture and Ecology, in Portland, OR.
Her major areas of focus include participatory natural resource policy processes, community-based forestry, and non-timber forest
products policy. A current project is a long-term comparative case study of plant and fungi gathering in urban ecosystems.

CFR IN THE MEDIA
Media coverage of an article in today's Science, co-authored by Jerry Franklin and Andrew Larson from CFR, among other authors,
has been extensive. The article, "Widespread increase of tree mortality rates in the western United States," is featured in a UW press release, "Tree death rate in Pacific Northwest doubled in 17 years. For media coverage, see Christian Science Monitor, "US forests hold new evidence of global warming," New York Times, "Environment blamed in Western tree deaths," and Washington Post, "Study ties tree deaths to change in climate."

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 29, Number 2

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

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

EVENTS FOR WEEKS BEGINNING JANUARY 17. Check out the CFR events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

THROUGH 2 FEBRUARY BOTANICAL ILLUSTRATION EXHIBIT SUZALLO 102
"Illustration: Art Meets Science," features illustrated botanical works from the collections of the UW Libraries and the Elisabeth C. Miller Library.

SATURDAY, 17 JANUARY VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY IN EVERETT, WA 10 AM-2 PM
People for Puget Sound Union Slough Native Planting Work Party, Union Slough, North Everett.

SUNDAY, 18 JANUARY ARBORETUM GUIDED WALKS WA PARK ARB 1 PM
Free Arboretum tours on first and third Sundays highlight the plant collections, seasonal beauty, and history of Washington Park
Arboretum. The 60- to 90-minute walks are led by trained volunteers. Walks begin at the Graham Visitors Center, 2300 Arboretum
Drive E. No pre-registration required. Call 206.543.8801 with questions.

TUESDAY, 20 JANUARY WATER CENTER SEMINAR ANDERSON 223 8:30-9:20 AM
"The National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON)," Jerry Franklin, UW College of Forest Resources.

TUESDAY, 20 JANUARY CIG SEMINAR FISH SCI 203 1:30-3 PM
Climate Impact Group Seminar, "A spatial analysis of bristlecone pine growth: implications for paleoclimatology," Andrew Bunn,
Western Washington University.

THURSDAY, 22 JANUARY NWFSC SEMINAR NWSFS AUD 11 AM
"Foraging Ecology of Bowhead Whales in West Greenland," Kristin Laidre, UW Polar Science Center.

THURSDAY, 22 JANUARY PHD GENERAL EXAM ANDERSON 22 1:30 P,
"Carbon Dynamics of Forested Landscapes in Washington, U.S., and the Effects of Climate-driven Changes in Fire Regimes," Crystal Raymond; committee chair: Don McKenzie.

THURSDAY, 22 JANUARY CEE SEMINAR BAGLEY 154 3:30 PM
Civil and Environmental Engineering, Water and Environmental Seminar, "Sediment Transport and Particle Dynamics Modeling," Joel Baker, UW Tacoma.

THURSDAY, 22 JANUARY SAFS SEMINAR FISH SCI 102 4-5 PM
School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences Seminar, "The Value of the IUCN Red list for Conservation," Mike Hoffman, International
Union for Conservation of Nature.

FRIDAY, 23 JANUARY SILVICULTURE SEMINAR ANDERSON 22 2:30-4:20 PM
"The Historic and Future Role of Litigation in Improving Forestry on State and Private Land," Peter Goldman, Washington Forest Law Center.

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A CALENDAR HEAD'S UP FOR
Wednesday, February 11, 2009, Town Hall, Seattle, WA, 5:30-9 p.m., Sustainable Path Foundation Seminar Series, "Energy and
Water in the West: Priorities for a healthy Washington," Michael Hightower and Joan Crooks. S
Thursday, February 12, 2009, WA State Convention Center, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., "Washington Climate Change Impacts Assessment Conference: Evaluating Washington's future in a changing climate."
February 18-22, 2009, Washington State Convention Center, The Northwest Flower and Garden Show. Washington Park Arboretum's display at this year's show evokes one of the most exciting installations in any public garden in recent decades, the Pacific Connections Garden.

AD HOC SCHOOL OF FOREST RESOURCES ORGANIZATION COMMITTEE APPOINTED
Dean Bare has appointed an ad hoc committee on School of Forest Resources Organization, writing: "In order to be prepared to join the CoEnv as an inaugural school, we need to initiate discussions about how we propose to internally structure our College when we transition into the new School of Forest resources (SFR). Your mission will be to identify alternative organizational structures and to rank them in order of preference. The College faculty will ultimately vote on the organizational structure they prefer, but your work will inform this decision and recommendation to the CFR and UW administration. We would like to have your report by mid-April to allow time for additional discussion and action." Committee membership includes Steve West (Chair), Rick Gustafson, Sally Morgan, Sergey Rabotyagov, Clare Ryan, and Michelle Trudeau.

NEW MEMBERSHIP ON COLLEGE'S VISITING COMMITTEE
A warm welcome to new members on the College's Visiting Committee, including CFRAA President Tom Hanson ('71), retired Washington State legislator Helen Sommers, and Yakama Nation wildlife manager E. Arlen Washines. The College is grateful for the service of those members whose terms ended in 2008: Bob Dick, Jeff Koenings, Jim Peters, and Doug Sutherland.

NEWSLETTERS ON LINE
Seethe latest newsletters issues from the Olympic Natural Resources Center (ONRC) and Center for International Trade in Forest Product (CIINTRAFOR). The ONRC issue has articles on riparian adaptative management and on using density management diagrams for integrated forest management. The CINTRAFOR issue has an article on ECOSEL, an auction mechanism for forest ecosystem services.

CFR AND UWAA PARTNER ON E-NEWSLETTER
The inaugural issue of the College of Forest Resources E-news is now available online. The E-newsletter is a cooperative project of the College and the UW Alumni Association and is sent to CFR alumni and donors with valid email addresses. The E-newsletter fulfills a strategic objective developed at the 2008 All-College planning meeing last September, "Develop and distribute an external e-newsletter featuring the breadth of CFR activities." This objective was one of several under the three year goal, "Create a positive public image, both on and off campus." The newsletter will be produced at least twice yearly. Your input on potential alumni profiles
and stories about CFR research, teaching, and outreach that help create a positive image for our College is welcome!

NW SCIENTIFIC ASSOCIATION MEETING SCHEDULED
The Northwest Scientific Association will hold their annual meeting at the UW's Seattle campus, March 25-28, 2009. The event provides an opportunity for regional scientists to share their work with colleagues from the Pacific Northwest. This year's theme
is "The Pacific Northwest in a Changing Environment." The meeting is an excellent opportunity for students to present their research results in a friendly and supportive atmosphere. Students may waive their registration fees by offering four hours of their time to help with meeting activities. Highlights for the meeting include a plenary session with Keynote speaker Brian Fagan, renowned archaeologist. Jan Henderson, area ecologist, USDA Forest Service, will discuss vegetation history in the Pacific Northwest.

UW ANNUAL ATTENDANCE INCENTIVE PROGRAM
This is a reminder that each January all employees who accrue sick leave, and who have a year-end sick leave balance exceeding
480 hours may elect to be paid for a portion of the sick leave that was accrued but not used during the previous calendar year. Payment is made at the rate of 25%, and all hours for which payment is made are deducted from the employee's sick leave balance. NOTE: If you are nearing retirement, you may want to consider the Voluntary Employee Beneficiary Association (VEBA). VEBA provides a tax-free medical expense account funded by a 25% sick leave cash-out at retirement.  The Annual Attendance Incentive Program is available ONLY during the month of January. Participants are responsible for ensuring that the completed form is received in the UW Payroll Office no later than the last working day in January (1/30/2009). Program information is available online.

ALUMNI UPDATES
Charlotte Pyle (PhD 1994) is a landscape ecologist with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in Tolland, CT.
Ayn Whytemare (MS 1994) is the owner and founder of Found Well Farm, a native plant nursery and landscape consulting business in Pembroke, NH.
George Hart (MS 1995, BS 1994) is a wildlife biologist for the U.S. Navy Region Northwest and lives in Seabeck, WA. He is also a basketmaker and runs Wilderness Basketry which offers a variety of classes.
Joshua Greenberg (PhD 2000, MS 1994) is a remote sensing analyst for Skagit County in Mt. Vernon, WA.
Thomas Smarr (MFR 2001) is superintendent of horticulture for the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservancy in Boston, MA. He was previously horticulture and botanical garden director for the New England Wild Flower Society.
Eric Sucre (MS 2005) defended his PhD in forest soils at Virginia Tech in October 2008 and is working as a sustainability scientist with Weyerhaeuser Southern Timberlands in New Bern, NC.
Brian Strahm (PhD 2006) is a post-doctoral research associate at Cornell, and has recently accepted a position with Virginia Tech as assistant professor of forest soils beginning in August 2009.

CFR IN THE MEDIA
For articles relating to recent flood events in Washington state, see "Humans to blame for frequent '"100-year floods?," KOMONews.com, referencing research of alum Jeremy Littell (PhD 2006) and "As nature's buffers disappear, flooding becomes routine in Puget Sound region," a Seattle Times article quoting Brian Boyle, NW Environmental Forum and Luke Rogers, Research Scientist.

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 29, Number 1

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

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

EVENTS FOR WEEKS BEGINNING JANUARY 10. Check out the CFR events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

THROUGH 2 FEBRUARY BOTANICAL ILLUSTRATION EXHIBIT SUZALLO 102
"Illustration: Art Meets Science," features illustrated botanical works from the collections of the UW Libraries and the Elisabeth C. Miller Library.

SATURDAY, 10 JANUARY SIBERIAN PHOTOGRAPHY HENRY ART GALLERY 2 PM
Blue Earth Lecture Series, "Looking for the Connections,"Camille Seaman, photographer focusing on Polar Regions. Project concerns natural environments in Siberia. Students-$5, General Admission-$10, Henry Art Gallery and Blue Earth Members-Free.

SUNDAY, 11 JANUARY FILM/WASHINGTON'S WATER FUTURE BELLEVUE,WA 2-5 PM
"For the Love of Water," movie with Rachael Paschal Osborn on Washington's water future (what's new with legislation, litigation,
climate change, and water?), presented by the Center on Environmental Law and Policy. Mercer Slough Environmental Education
Center, 118th Ave SE, Bellevue, WA.

MONDAY, 12 JANUARY WILDLIFE SCIENCE SEMINAR GOWEN 301 3:30-5 PM
"The Status and Management of Wolves in Washington State," Harriet Allen, WA Department of Fish & Wildlife.

TUESDAY, 13 JANUARY WATER CENTER SEMINAR ANDERSON 223 8:30-9:20 AM
"Natural Wetlands in an Unnatural Location: Consequences of urbanizing watersheds on landscape processes and wetland unction," Dyanne Sheldon, Otak.

TUESDAY, 13 JANUARY CIG SEMINAR FISH SCI 203 1:30-3 PM
Climate Impact Group Seminar, "Salmon in Hot Water,"Tony Farrell, University of British Columbia.

TUESDAY, 13 JANUARY MARINE SCI LECTURE ORCAS IS,WA 7-9 PM
Seadoc Society Marine Science Lecture, "Cucumbers and Urchins: Natural history and fisheries," Michael Ulrich, WA Department of
Fish & Wildlife.

WEDNESDAY, 14 JANUARY NHS LECTURE SERIES UWBG,CUH 7:15-9:15 PM
"My Life in Other People's Gardens," Steve Lorton.

THURSDAY, 15 JANUARY NWFSC SEMINAR NWSFS AUD 11 AM
"Learning from POPs: What anthropogenic chemicals might tell us about the Puget Sound ecosystem," Joel Baker, UW Tacoma.

THURSDAY, 15 JANUARY SAFS SEMINAR FISH SCI 102 4-5 PM
School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences Seminar, "Using Bioaccumulative Chemical Contaminants as Probes of Estuarine Food Webs and Fish Behaviors," Joel Baker, UW Tacoma.

THURSDAY, 15 JANUARY GRIZZLY BEAR PRESENTATION BAINBRIDGE,WA 7-9 PM
"An Evening with David Knibb: Grizzly Wars, the Public Fight over the Great Bear," David Knibb, JD. Presented by Islandwood.

FRIDAY, 16 JANUARY SILVICULTURE SEMINAR ANDERSON 22 2:30-4:20 PM
"Development and Evolution of the Forest Practice Rules," Chuck Turley, WA Department of Natural Resources.

FRIDAY, 16 JANUARY GEOGRAPHY SEMINAR SMITH 304 3:30-4:30 PM
"Mobilizing Environmental Responsibility: Governmentality, democracy, and urban highway politics in Seattle," Kevin Ramsay, UW
Department of Geography.

SATURDAY, 17 JANUARY VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY N EVERETT, WA 10 AM-2 PM
People for Puget Sound Union Slough Native Planting Work Party, Union Slough, North Everett.

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A CALENDAR HEAD'S UP FOR
Thursday, February 12, 2009, WA State Convention Center, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., "Washington Climate Change Impacts Assessment Conference: Evaluating Washington's future in a changing climate."
Wednesday, February 11, 2009, Town Hall, Seattle, WA, 5:30-9 p.m., Sustainable Path Foundation Seminar Series, "Energy and
Water in the West: Priorities for a healthy Washington," Michael Hightower and Joan Crooks.
Friday, March 6, 2009, Suzzallo 101, 7 p.m., UW Libraries Blom Endowed Lecture, "On American Soil: How Justice Became a Casualty of WWII," Jack Hamann. The book, an investigative account of one of the largest and most controversial events in American civil rights history -- the 1944 Fort Lawton court-martial that convicted 28 black soldiers of rioting on a night that led to the death of an Italian POW, was also researched by Hamann's wife, Leslie, a CFR alum (BS 1986).

CFR WELCOMES PATRICIA SAUNDERS AND CAIHONG ZHANG
A warm welcome to Patricia Saunders who will be working for Pack Forest as the Assistant to Greg Ettl, CSF Director. A warm welcome also to Visiting Scholar Caihong Zhang, who will be working with Ivan Eastin and CINTRAFOR for the next year. Dr. Zhang is a professor of Forest Investment at Beijing Forestry University.

STREAMING VIDEO AVAILABLE FROM 2008 NW ENVIRONMENTAL FORUM
Streaming videos are now available from the 2008 NW Environmental Forum meeting in October on "Retaining Working Forest Land and Protecting Biodiversity."

PRESENTATIONS FROM FOREST SECTOR MODELING CONFERENCE AVAILABLE ON LINE
Power point presentations by participants in the November Forest Sector Modeling Conference are now available online. The conference featured invited speakers, notable in forest sector modeling, with reviews of state-of-the-art applications in major forest sector regions.

PoE PRESENTS PANELS ON INTERDISCIPLINARY AND TEAM TEACHING
The UW Program on the Environment invites faculty, postdocs, and grad students to two panel discussions on interdisciplinary and
team teaching:
"An Informal Conversation about Interdisciplinary Teaching on Environmental Issues," January 21, 2009, 5:30-7 p.m., Mary Gates
258, discusses field courses in the light of today's budgetary shortfalls. Are there innovative ways to bring students to the field, and the field to students? And what IS "the field," anyway? Panelists include faculty Cheryl Greengrove, UW Tacoma Environmental Sciences; Stevan Harrell, Anthropology; John Marzluff, Forest Resources; and Iain Robertson, Landscape Architecture.
"If Men Are from Mars, and Women Are from Venus, What Planet Are Team Teachers From?", Thursday, February 26, 2009, 5:30-7 p.m., Mary Gates 258, discusses team teaching. Are large courses best delivered by a single individual, or is interdisciplinary and/or environmental material better suited to an instructor team? And what is the most effective method of delivery? Panelists
include faculty Tom Hinckley, Forest Resources; Karen Litfin, Political Science; and David Domke, Professor, Communication.

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY OF SERVICE
Members of the UW community are invited to commemorate the 2009 Martin Luther King Jr. holiday and share in Dr. King's dream of equality and social justice by engaging in service. On Monday, January 19, 2009, the collective commitment of UW students, staff, faculty, alumni, friends, and family will be manifested throughout the greater Puget Sound region. Projects include painting and cleaning community centers, assisting at food banks, preparing crafts for preschoolers, and restoring ecological habitats. This
is an opportunity to work side-by-side with colleagues and friends and to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by contributing to the
improvement of our communities. The 2009 MLK Day of Service will begin at 8 a.m. on January 19th in the HUB Ballroom. Projects
will occur from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in a variety of locations throughout Seattle and the surrounding area. See
http://www.depts.washington.edu/mlkjr to learn more about the project opportunities for 2009. At this site, you can register for a project as an individual or as a group. The final registration deadline is Thursday, January 15, 2009.

THE OLMSTED LEGACY ON THE UW CAMPUS
In 1909, the Alaska-Pacific-Yukon Exposition, a regional world's fair designed to tout a burgeoning Pacific Northwest, was held on
the UW campus. Swathed in forest and containing only three buildings, the University's home was ripe for transformation. And when the fair was over, a new campus was born. See recent UW Libraries E-newsletter for an article, "Olmsted Legacy: Then and now," discussing the legacy of the APYE and Olmsted campus plans.

UWTV AND RESEARCHCHANNEL NOW ON FACEBOOK
UWTV and ResearchChannel launched Facebook pages in December, offering yet another way to explore online technology related and other educational programs from the UW and the ResearchChannel consortium. In addition, a new "SHARE" icon on each program page lets you email a friend or colleague about a favorite program. This is a great way to spread the word about CFR programs like the Denman Series and the Sustaining our NW World Lecture Series!

ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH/EDUCATION NEEDS SENT TO OBAMA TRANSITION TEAM
The National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) has sent the Energy and Environment Transition Team of the incoming Obama Administration a report: Environmental Research and Education Needs: An Agenda for a New Administration. The report presents the collective recommendations of more than 5,000 scientists, engineers, students, and decisionmakers who have participated from 2000-2008 in the first eight annual National Conferences on Science, Policy, and the Environment. It identifies research needed to improve scientific knowledge, and education needed to improve public understanding, professional capacity, and a strong workforce. See also NCSE’s memo to the transition team and the NCSE draft recommendations provided to the Transition Team from its just concluded National Conference: Biodiversity in a Rapidly Changing World.

ALUMNI UPDATES
Warren Tacey (MS 1993) is assistant director for environmental impact assessment for Western Australia’s Department of Environment and Conservation in Perth, Australia.
Craig Shinn (PhD 1993) is associate professor of public administration at Portland State University and assistant director of its Mark O. Hatfield School of Government's Executive Leadership Institute. Previously he led research and development of projects for Crown Zellerbach Corporation.
Larry Vickerman (MS 1993) is director of the Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, one of three sites the garden maintains in addition to its Denver location. He was previously horticulture agent and director of the Colorado State University Cooperative Extension office in El Paso County, CO.
Elizabeth Walker is a consulting arborist with her own business, Sound Tree Solutions, Inc., in Duvall, WA. She is also a City of Duvall Councilmember. She previously held municipal and urban forestry positions in various cities in the region.
Jason McLachlan(MS 1994) went on to get a PhD at Duke University. He is an assistant professor in the University of Notre Dame’s Department of Biological Sciences in Notre Dame IN, where his research focuses on the dynamics of plant populations faced with large scale environmental change.
Christina Robinson (MS 1994) is a research associate in community and family medicine at Dartmouth Medical School in Lebanon, NH.
Nancy Allison (MS 2001, BS 1994) is executive director of the Washington Coast Sustainable Salmon Partnership in Ocean Shores, WA.
Wendy (Fujikawa) Sugimura (MS 2002) is mayor of Mammoth Lakes, CA. She writes "Mayor is a rotating seat among Council members, not a separately elected position. It's just how our system works, so it's not as big of a deal as everyone thinks. I do get to run meetings and bang a gavel, though!"

KUDOS
Kudos to alum Joshua Millspaugh (PhD 1999), University of Missouri associate professor and director of graduate studies in fisheries and wildlife, who was one of two educators nationally honored with the 2008 USDA Sciences Excellence in College and
University Teaching Award. The award is the highest honor bestowed by the USDA for university-level achievement.

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 28, Number 15

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 online.

EVENTS FOR WEEKS BEGINNING JANUARY 4. Check out the CFR events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

MONDAY, 5 JANUARY WILDLIFE SCIENCE SEMINAR GOWEN 301 3:30-5 PM
"Mountain Goats in Washington: Declines, habitat, movements, mineral licks, and genetics," Cliff Rice, WA Department of Fish &
Wildlife.

TUESDAY, 6 JANUARY WATER CENTER SEMINAR ANDERSON 223 8:30-9:20 AM
"Designing and Building Practical Household Water Supply in the Mountains of Southwest China," Stevan Harrell, UW Department of Anthropology and Geoff Morgan, UW Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

TUESDAY, 6 JANUARY CIG SEMINAR FISH SCI 203 1:30-3 PM
Climate Impact Groups Seminar, "Quarterly Climate Update," Todd Mitchell and Philip Mote, UW Climate Impacts Group; and "Surface and Free-air Lapse Rates in the Cascade Mountains of Washington," Philip Mote, UW Climate Impacts Group.

THURSDAY, 8 JANUARY SAFS SEMINAR FISH SCI 102 12-1 PM
School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences Seminar, "Climate Change and Adult Fraser River Salmon: Linking physiological telemetry
with experimental biology to study a growing conservation crisis," Scott Hinch, University of British Columbia.

FRIDAY, 9 JANUARY BIOLOGY SEMINAR PHYS-ASTR A102 3:30 PM
"Global Amphibian Declines: The science, ethics, and policy implications of a modern extinction event," James Collins, Arizona
State University.

FRIDAY, 9 JANUARY ECOLOGICAL FORESTRY SEMINAR EATONVILLE,WA 1-5:30 PM
"Restoring Habitat Complexity in Managed Forests," Andrew Carey, USFS (retired), Kirk Hanson, NW Certified Forestry, and Jake Pool (BS 2006), NW Trek.

SATURDAY, 10 JANUARY SIBERIAN PHOTOGRAPHY HENRY ART GALLERY 2 PM
Blue Earth Lecture Series, "Looking for the Connections,"Camille Seaman, American photographer with focus on Polar Regions.
Current project concerns natural environments in Siberia. Cost: Students- $5, General Admission- $10, Henry Art Gallery and Blue
Earth Members- Free.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR:
Thursday, January 15, 2009, Islandwood, Bainbridge Island, WA, 7-9 p.m., "An Evening with David Knibb: Grizzly Wars, the Public Fight over the Great Bear," David Knibb, JD.

VOLUNTEER GUIDE OPPORTUNITY AT THE ARBORETUM
If you enjoy working with people and have a passion for plants and the environment this is a wonderful opportunity to get outside and share your enthusiasm. The UW Botanic Gardens offers programs for groups ages preschool through adult at the beautiful
Washington Park Arboretum. Youth School Program guides teach K-12 outdoor science education programs for Washington Park Arboretum. Adult Tour guides lead visitors on seasonal tours of the Arboretum’s world-class plant collections. Volunteer guides receive free training, experience in teaching and public speaking, the chance to work for the premier botanical organization in the region, and other perks. School Programs are held Monday-Friday from 10-11:30 a.m. and 12:15–1:45 p.m. Adult Tours are offered seven days a week from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Guides are asked to commit to one 3-hour shift a week for 12 weeks (3/16-6/19) in the spring. Training dates are: Thursdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on January 29; February 5, 12, 26; and March 5, 12, and 19, 2009. For more
information and application forms, call 206.543.8801 or e-mail shlea@u.washington.edu.

NEW SPONSORED RESEARCH GRANTS, DECEMBER 2008
"Corvid Abundance and Recreational Use in PNW National Parks"; PI: John Marzluff; sponsor: USDI National Park Service; amount:
$50,877
"BLM Contract for Ex Situ Seed Conservation"; PI: Sarah Reichard; sponsor: USDI Bureau of Land Management; amount: $10,000.
"Interagency Personnel Agreement"; PI: Kathy Wolf; sponsor: USDA Forest Service; amount: $41,596

AQUATIC WEEDS MANAGEMENT GRANT TO TACKLE PROBLEM OF INVASIVE LOOSESTRIFE
Kern Ewing is the Principal Investigator on a Washington Department of Ecology – Water Quality Program Aquatic Weeds Management Fund grant of $75,000 for research on reducing the population of garden loosestrife, a noxious weed that is covering the shoreline properties of Lake Washington and Foster and Marsh Islands of the Washington Park Arboretum. Garden loosestrife, Lysimachia vulgaris, is a Class B noxious weed in the state of Washington and King County. King County requires control of this weed, which establishes itself in wetland areas, is very aggressive and invasive, and is a serious threat to the native character of area wetlands. It spreads by rhizomes and seeds. The primary goal of the research is to lessen the population to a level at which UW Botanic Gardens' staff can manage this weed on an annual basis.

NORTHWEST ENVIRONMENTAL FORUM PROVIDES RECOMMENDATIONS TO WA LEGISLATURE
In late October 2008, The Northwest Environmental Forum convened 90 natural resources managers and policy leaders from the
forest industry, small private landholders, non-government organizations, tribes, and local, state, and federal governments. The
letter transmitting the recommendations to the legislature, an executive summary of the proceedings, as well as the agenda,
handouts, and attendee lists can be viewed at http://www.nwenvironmentalforum.org/newnews.html. The 2008 Forum report summarizes findings of the participants and makes recommendations for action by the Governor and the 2009 Washington State Legislature. These recommendations are the product of agreements among the participants in the Forum and should be considered in the context of the recommendations of the 2006 and 2007 Forums. These proposals now respond to that challenge and include recommendations regarding:
• Biomass and Forest Health
• Transfers of Development Rights
• Landowner Mitigation Program Funding
• Right to Practice Forestry Legislation
• Enhancing the Land Parcel Data Base
• A Legislative Task Force on Strategic Retention of Working Forests and Forest Industry
This was the fifth Forum to focus on Washington State’s working forests and responded specifically to a Legislative request in 2007 that laid out a challenge to provide recommedations for retaining the highest valued working forest lands at risk of conversion to nonforest uses.

CQS CELEBRATED 40TH BIRTHDAY IN 2008
In 2008, the Center for Quantitative Science was 40 years old. These 40 years represent an unusual, long term, and successful collaboration between the UW's College of Forest Resources and the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences founded in a common understanding that the development of quantitative capability in both undergraduate and graduate students is essential to the development of biological and resource management fields as well as to student success in these fields. In these 40 years, CQS has taught quantitative methods classes, such as courses in statistics and calculus and differential equations, to thousands of students from the biological science departments and resource management colleges. CQS has been interdisciplinary from its very design, because the faculty teaching the courses have been both faculty within the the academic units as well as skilled statisticians and mathematicians. One consequence of their experience and training is that they bring a realistic sense of the methods that are important for students to know and they have the ability to extract from their years of experience relevant problems that are meaningful to large numbers of students in the class. Because the faculty are actual practitioners in the biological and resource management fields, CQS has adapted well to changes in the research and teaching environment of quantitative material.

NOMINATIONS SOUGHT FOR 2009 ALUMNUS SUMMA LAUDE DIGNATUS AWARD
The UW and the UW Alumni Association invite nominations for the 2009 Alumnus Summa Laude Dignatus Award -– the Alumnus of the Year. This award is the highest honor the UW bestows on a graduate. Since its inception in 1938, it is given annually by the UW and the UW Alumni Association in recognition of a lifetime of achievement. Each of you is invited to nominate graduates who best represent the UW’s tradition of excellence. For nomination form and information, see
http://www.washington.edu/alumni/cheer/asld.html.

US ENDOWMENT FOR FORESTRY AND COMMUNITIES ANNOUNCES RFP
The U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities has announced its latest Request for Pre-Proposals. This RFP seeks to determine means and costs for "Developing, Implementing, and Sustaining a National Conservation Easement Database." The RFP opens immediately and will close on February 1, 2009. Publicly-owned lands within a given watershed, county, or state are often depicted on maps as "green" areas, signifying their conservation status. Conservation easements, which also serve to protect certain public aspects of private lands, are held by literally hundreds of different organizations from federal agencies to local land trusts and are rarely available to anyone beyond the organization holding the easement. To aid in better directing economic development and to better target conservation investments – especially as relates to retention of working landscapes -- it is vitally important that these disparate sets of information be accessible at useful scales and in a holistic manner. In February 2008 the Endowment convened a workshop in Washington, DC to scope the need and interest in the topic ("Forest Conservation Easements: Who’s Keeping Track?"} That step was followed by a more in-depth study that led to a recently-released report entitled, "Considerations for Creating a National Conservation Easement Database."

ALUMNI UPDATES
Mallory Lenz (MS 1993) is a wildlife biologist for the USDA Forest Service’s Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest in Chelan, WA.
Alexander Moll (MFR 1993, BS 1990) is a a professional staff employee with the UW’s Department of Biological Structure.
Catherine Richardson Venkatesh (MS 1993) went on to get a postgraduate diploma in economics from the University of Warwick, UK and then graduated from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, CA. She has been a rector at Grace Episcopal Church in Traverse City, MI and St. James Episcopal Church in Great Barrington, MA. Previously she has worked as a research social scientist, a natural resource sociologist, a scientific editor, and a ranger at Olympic National Park. She currently lives in
Arlington, MA and serves as guest celebrant in churches in the area.
Byron Rot (MS 1995, BS 1993) is the habitat program manager for the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe’s Natural Resources Department in Port Townsend, WA.
Heida Diefenderfer (PhD 2007) is a research scientist and diver with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's Marine Science Research Operations in Sequim, WA. She served on the Northwest Maritime Center dock design team and as Battelle's project manager for the site surveys and eelgrass restoration. As a biologist with PNNL's Coastal Assessment and Restoration technical group, Diefenderfer conducts applied research for state and federal agencies and other partners for near-shore, wetland, and watershed assessment and restoration.

KUDOS

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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