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The Straight Grain
Volume 31, 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 School of Forest Resources community. Please submit notices for THE STRAIGHT GRAIN to Cecilia Paul (cece@u.washington.edu), by 10:30 a.m. Thursdays. Back issues of the STRAIGHT GRAIN are available online.

EVENTS FOR WEEKS BEGINNING JULY 25. Check out the CFR events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

SATURDAY, 25 JULY VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES VARIOUS LOCATIONS
Restoration volunteer projects sponsored by Mountains to Sound Greenway. See event calendar for information on projects at Lake Sammamish State Park, Snoqualmie River Middle Fork, and Twin Falls (North Bend, WA).

WEDNESDAY, 29 JULY LECTURE SERIES NISQUALLY WILDLIFE REFUGE 7-8 PM
Nisqually Wildlife Refuge Summer Lecture, The Many Worlds of the Naturalist, "Reading the Tidelines," Alan Rammer, WA Department of Fish & Wildlife.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY, 31 JULY-1 AUGUST FAMILY FOREST DAY SKAGIT COUNTY
Western WA Family Forest Owners Field Day.

SATURDAY, 1 AUGUST WATERSHED SUMMER PROGRAM CEDAR RIVER 9 AM-4 PM
Cedar River Watershed Summer Progams, "Old Growth Forests," Clay Antieu, Seattle Public Utilities.

SUNDAY-FRIDAY, 2-7 AUGUST ESA ANNUAL MEETING ALBUQUERQUE,NM
Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, "Ecological Knowledge and a Global Sustainable Society." SFR participants include Betsy Bancroft, Evan Girvetz, Jerry Franklin, Jim Freund, Josh Lawler, Chad Wilsey, and affiliate faculty Bob Van Pelt (PhD 1995, MS 1991).

SUNDAY, AUGUST 2, 2009 WPA TOUR UWBG, WPA 11 AM-1 PM
Join Forest Resources Emeritus Professor Reinhard Stettler, author of the new book, Cottonwood and the River of Time (University of Washington Press, 2009), on this free tour of the oaks and pines in the Arboretum collection. Learn about the evolution of these two tree groups—and their shared and contrasting adaptations. Discover the importance of such traits as leaf size, shape, and orientation, and how a seed’s mode of dispersal can affect the diversity of a forest. No advanced registration required.

SATURDAY, 1 AUGUST WATERSHED SUMMER PROGRAM CEDAR RIVER 9 AM-4 PM
Cedar River Watershed Summer Progams, "Subalpine Ecology," David Chapin, Seattle Public Utilities.

WEDNESDAY, 5 AUGUST LECTURE SERIES NISQUALLY WILDLIFE REFUGE 7-8 PM
Nisqually Wildlife Refuge Summer Lecture, The Many Worlds of the Naturalist, "Weather and Climate Change: Inter-relatedness," Bradley Coleman, National Weather Service.

THURSDAY, 6 AUGUST WATERSHED SUMMER PROGRAM CEDAR RIVER 1-5 PM
Cedar River Watershed Summer Progams, "Rattlesnake Ledge Geology Hike," Pierre LaBarge, Seattle Public Utilities.

SATURDAY, 8 AUGUST NATIVE PLANTS LECTURE DISCOVERY PARK 9 AM-1 PM
"Native Plants in the Dog Days of Summer," Clay Antieau (MS 1985). Join Clay as he checks out what native plants do in these dog days of summer. It's hot. It's dry. It's languid. But there's a lot happening out there ...

WEDNESDAY, 12 AUGUST LECTURE SERIES NISQUALLY WILDLIFE REFUGE 7-8 PM
Nisqually Wildlife Refuge Summer Lecture, "Murrelet Madness," Maria Mudd Ruth, Natural History Author.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY, 14-15 AUGUST WPA KAYAK TOURS UWBG,WPA
Summer kayak tours at the Arboretum celebrate the Arboretum’s 75th anniversary. Thanks to a generous sponsorship from the
Agua Verde Café and Paddle Club, tours will held Friday, August 14, at 3 p.m., and Saturday, August 15, and noon and 2 p.m. Explore the Arboretum’s woods and wildlife from the water’s edge as we paddle along the bay. $25 per person, recommended for ages 12 and up. For information and registration, contact Jean Robins at jrobins@u.washington.edu or 206.685.8033.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

STRAIGHT GRAIN TAKES A BREAK
The Straight Grain will take a break on July 31st and August 7, 2009. The next Straight Grain is scheduled for August 14, 2009.

A CALENDAR HEAD'S UP FOR
Sunday-Thursday, August 23-27, 2009, Perth, Australia, Society for Ecological Restoration International. SFR participants include Jon Bakker, Kern Ewing, Justin Howell, and alum Cara Nelson (PhD 2004).
Monday-Thursday, September 14-17, 2009, San Juan Island, WA, UW Friday Harbor Laboratories, Program on Climate Change
Summer Institute, "Pacific Northwest Climate: Past, present and future."
Tuesday-Friday, September 15-28, 2009, Vancouver, WA, Natural Area Conference, "Living on the Edge:Why natural areas matter." One of the keynote speakers is alum Robert Michael Pyle (MS 1973).
Thursday, September 17, 2009, 7:30- 9 p.m., Meany Hall, Elisabeth Carey Miller Memorial Lecture, "Mad About Plants--A Plantsman's Garden," Roy Lancaster.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009, Hold the Date for the SFR Strategic Planning Retreat at the Washington Rowing Club in
Fremont. Stay tuned for details.

NYT ARTICLE ON BEETLE ATTACKS IN WESTERN FORESTS
The July 7, 2009 New York Times has an article on mountain pine beetles, "Some See Beetle Attacks on Western Forests as a Natural Event." Mountain pine beetles have attacked millions of acres of Western forests. The beetles, the size of a grain of rice, bore into the bark. But some scientists say the beetles have a vital ecological role.

VOLUNTEER NATURALISTS NEEDED FOR CEDAR RIVER SALMON JOURNEY
Interested in fish? Good with people? Sign up to be a volunteer naturalist on the Cedar River this fall. Naturalists will receive training from fish, interpretative, and watershed experts and in return spend three weekend days making riverside presentations to the public about the Cedar River and its spawning salmon.
Training is scheduled for three weekday evenings (September 15, 22, 29) and two Saturdays (September 26 and October 10). Training sessions prepare volunteers to talk about the human and natural history of the Cedar River, the Cedar River Watershed, salmon ecology, and what we can do to protect salmon. Most of the trainings will be held in the Renton area, with one training at the Seattle Aquarium.
Once trained, volunteers commit to work in teams at one of five sites on the Cedar -- Landsburg Park, Cavanaugh Pond, Riverview Park, Cedar River Park, and the Renton Library -- for three of the six "on duty" days: October 17, 18, 24, 25, 31, and November 1.
Sponsors of the program, now in its twelfth year, include Brown Bear Car Wash, City of Renton, Forum for the Lake Washington/Cedar/Sammamish Watershed, Friends of the Cedar River Watershed, King Conservation District, Seattle Public Utilities, Seattle Aquarium, Wal-Mart Foundation, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Interested? Call Charlotte Spang at 206.245.0143 or email her at naturalists@cedarriver.org.

SFR IN THE MEDIA
For BBC News radio and video stories on SFR Yosemite Forest Dynamics Plot research featuring Jim Lutz, Jim Freund, and
Andrew Larson, see "Survey 'must stand test of time'," and "Mapping America's giant trees."
The Issaquan Press has a nice story about alum Ben Harrison (BS 1966); see "Man’s legacy keeps growing with the trees."
Alum Ann Forest Burns (BS 1971) is quoted in the New York Times article, "Limits on Logging Are Reinstated."

ALUMNI UPDATES
Zachary Bakke (BS 2002) is a fire technician with the USDA Forest Service’s Umpqua National Forest in Salem, OR.
Bryan Berkompas (MS 2001) is is a hydrologist and aquatic scientist with Taylor Associates, Inc. in Seattle, WA where he works in a range of surface water and groundwater projects.
Stephani Zador (MS 2001) went on to get a PhD at the UW School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences and is a researcher with NOAA’s Alaska Fisheries Science Center in Seattle.

KUDOS
Send in those kudos!

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

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WEBSITES FOR SEMINARS IN RELATED DEPARTMENTS
Aquatic & Fishery Sciences http://www.fish.washington.edu/news/fishline/fishline.html
Biology http://www.biology.washington.edu/index.html?sdiv=news&navID=34
Earth and Space Sciences http://www.geology.washington.edu/Program/Seminars/
Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO) http://www.jisao.washington.edu/seminars_list.html
Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NFSC) http://www.nwfsc.noaa.gov/events/monster.cfm
NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL) http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/home/seminars/index.html
NOAA Fisheries Oceanography Coordinated Investigations (PMEL/FOCI) http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/foci/FOCI_seminars.html
Program on the Environment (POE) http://depts.washington.edu/poeweb/news/poe_events.cgi
Quaternary Research Center (QRC) http://depts.washington.edu/qrc/events.htm



The Straight Grain
Volume 31, Number 4

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

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

EVENTS FOR WEEKS BEGINNING JULY 18. Check out the CFR events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

SATURDAY, 18 JULY ARBORETUM PICNIC WPA 11:30 AM-2:30 PM
"Olde-Time Picnic in the Arboretum," sponsored by the Arboretum Foundation, UW Botanic Gardens, and Seattle Parks and Recreation.

SATURDAY, 18 JULY PUBLIC DEBATE, GAIA VS MEDEA KANE 110 6 PM
"Gaia vs. Medea: A free public debate on Does Life Stabilize Earth or Destroy It?," Jim Kasting, Pennsylvania State University; and Peter Ward, UW Earth and Space Sciences. See . The debate will also be broadcast online.

SUNDAY-WEDNESDAY, 18-22 JULY URBAN WATERS CONFERENCE VANCOUVER BC
Northwest Aquatic and Marine Educators Urban Waters Conference. Sessions will showcase current and relevant research or
creative ways to inspire and educate audiences on marine and aquatic conservation.

MONDAY-FRIDAY, 20-24 JULY ECOSYSTEM RESTORATION CONF LOS ANGELES,CA
3rd National Conference on Ecosystem Restoration.

MONDAY-FRIDAY, 20-24 JULY FOREST DISEASE WORK CONFERENCE DURANGO,CO
Western International Forest Disease Work Conference. Moderators include alums Holly Kearns (BS 1996), Affiliate Professor Willis Littke (PhD 1982), and Dave Shaw (PhD 1991).

WEDNESDAY, 22 JULY UWBG PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION WPA 8:30 AM-12:30 PM
"Summer Pruning of Trees and Shrubs," Chris Watson, UW Botanic Gardens Arborist, David Zuckerman, UW Botanic Gardens
Horticulture Staff Supervisor; and Bess Bronstein, Certified Arborist and Horticultural Educator. Meet at the Greenhouse
at south end of Graham Visitors Center Parking Lot.

WEDNESDAY, 22 JULY NISQUALLY LECTURE SERIES NISQUALLY REFUGE 7 PM
Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, Summer Lecture Series, The Many Worlds of the Naturalist, "Looking for What Might Not Be There: Rare plants in Washington," Joe Arnett, WA Department of Natural Resources.

SATURDAY, 25 JULY VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES VARIOUS LOCATIONS
Restoration volunteer projects sponsored by Mountains to Sound Greenway.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEAD'S UP FOR
July 31-August 1, 2009, Skagit County, WA, Western WA Family Forest Owners Field ay.
Saturday, August 2, 2009, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Washington Park Arboretum. Join Forest Resources Emeritus Professor Reinhard Stettler, author of the new book, Cottonwood and the River of Time (University of Washington Press, 2009), on this free
tour of the oaks and pines in the Arboretum collection. Learn about the evolution of these two tree groups—and their
shared and contrasting adaptations. Discover the importance of such traits as leaf size, shape, and orientation, and how a
seed’s mode of dispersal can affect the diversity of a forest.
August 2-7, 2009, Albuquerque, NM, 94th ESA Annual Meeting, "Ecological Knowledge and a Global Sustainable Society." SFR participants include Betsy Bancroft, Evan Girvetz, Jerry Franklin, Jim Freund, Josh Lawler, Chad Wilsey, and affiliate faculty Bob Van Pelt (PhD 1995, MS 1991).
Saturday, August 8, 2009, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Discovery Park Visitors Center, "Native Plants in the Dog Days of Summer," Clay Antieau (MS 1985). Join Clay as he checks out what native plants do in these dog days of summer. It's hot. It's dry. It's languid. But there's a lot happening out there ...

A WARM WELCOME TO NEW SFR FISCAL ANALYST ANITA SMITH
Anita Smith joins the SFR staff as budget/fiscal analyst starting next Thursday, July 23rd. Anita has worked for the UW in various departments, including Urology, where she has held her last position as Grants Specialist. When you have a moment, drop by the Financial Services Office, Anderson 216 after next Thursday to introduce yourselves and to welcome Anita.

PUGET SOUND INSTITUTE FOR JOURNALISM AND NATURAL RESOURCES
SFR faculty and staff participated in the July 10-18th Puget Sound Institute for Journalism and Natural Resources, an expedition-style fellowship program of professional development for reporters, editor, and news producers. The Puget Sound expedition examined issues of water, transportation, land development, energy, and aquatic ecology affecting the Puget Sound Basin. While emphasizing connections between the Sound itself and the diverse land areas that drain into it, the program exposed journalists to consequences of population growth and efforts to promote remedial actions. Fifteen fellows from British Columbia, Washington, Oregon and several east coast news producers, including the New York Times, traveled to locations around Puget Sound and met with academic, political, industry, and agency leaders and scientists. Participating from SFR were John Marzluff, contributing to the module on urban sprawl and the management of growth, including its affects on wildlife habitat; and Brian Boyle, contributing to the module on the health, threats, and trends affecting Puget Sound.

REMINDER RE: RFP FROM COLLEGE OF THE ENVIRONMENT INSTITUTE
Interim Director Hinckley writes, "You are encouraged to apply for this CoEnv Institute Funding. Timeline is:
October 1, 2009, Pre-proposals due
October 15, 2009, Selected applicants invited to submit full proposals
November 19, 2009, Full proposals due
December 10, 2009, Selection of proposals that will be funded
See application process online."

UW TOASTMASTERS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT DAY
UW Toastmasters invites all UW staff, faculty, and graduate and undergraduate students to Professional Development Day on Tuesday, July 21, 2009, 12-1 p.m. in HUB 309. Toastmasters is a supportive environment where you can hone your communication skills, practice leadership, and build confidence. 

SEATTLE STREET TREES AVAILABLE TO NEIGHBORHOOD GROUPS
The Tree Fund, a component of the Neighborhood Matching Fund, provides trees to neighborhood groups to enhance the City of
Seattle's urban forest. The City provides the trees, and neighbors share the work of planting and caring for the trees.Trees:
*Absorb carbon dioxide emissions and filter air pollution.
*Help soften edges of urban landscape and frame residential streets.
*Reduce noise pollution.
*Provide shade and help cool the street in warm weather.
*Provide habitat for birds and wildlife.
Groups of neighbors representing a minimum of 5 households on the block can receive trees for planting strips on residential streets. What's new for 2009? In light of the growing interest in food security as a way to increase Seattle's tree canopy, Tree Fund participants who plant neighborhood street trees in a group can also select one fruit tree to plant on their private properties (one per household) Application Deadline is August 21, 2009.

ANN MILLS NAMED DEPUTY UNDERSECRETARY, NATURAL RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENT
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced the appointment of Ann Mills as USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Natural
Resources and Environment (NRE). In this position, Mills will have responsibility for the Natural Resources Conservation
Service (NRCS), the federal agency with primary responsibility for working with private landowners in conserving,
maintaining, and improving their natural resources. The NRE mission area includes NRCS and the U.S. Forest Service, which
manages 193 million acres of National Forest System lands and provides assistance to the more than 10 million
family-forest landowners in this country. See full text of USDA press release online.

ALUMNI UPDATES
Thomas Mohr (BS 2001) is assistant city engineer and public works manager for the City of North Bend, WA.
Joanne Neugebauer-Rex (MS 2001) is a consulting wetland biologist and principal of J.N. Rex Enterprises, LLC in Tacoma, WA.
James Pavey (MS 2001) is a field manager with the Bureau of Land Management in Spokane, WA. He lives In Coeur d’Alene, ID.
Hans Smith (BS 2001) is project manager, conservation scientist, and GIS Analyst with Pacific Biodiversity Institute in Winthrop, WA, where he has participated in and managed projects focused on forest and rangeland health assessments, field surveys for rare plants, vegetation mapping, and studies of invasive species.
Jenna Tilt (PhD 2007, MS 2001) is an instructor in Oregon State University’s Department of Anthropology in Corvallis, OR.
Jennifer Watkins (BS 2001) is a conservation associate/I-90 Wildlife Bridges Campaign coordinator with Conservation Northwest in Seattle, She has a strong interest in community collaborations and wildlife connectivity.

KUDOS
Kudos to Bruce Lippke who has been named the 2009 Environmental Innovator by the Washington Policy Center (WPC) Each year
WPC’s Center for the Environment presents its Environmental Innovator Award to groups or individuals who have helped promote innovative and effective approaches to environmental sustainability.
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Send in those kudos!

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

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WEBSITES FOR SEMINARS IN RELATED DEPARTMENTS
Aquatic & Fishery Sciences http://www.fish.washington.edu/news/fishline/fishline.html
Biology http://www.biology.washington.edu/index.html?sdiv=news&navID=34
Earth and Space Sciences http://www.geology.washington.edu/Program/Seminars/
Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO) http://www.jisao.washington.edu/seminars_list.html
Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NFSC) http://www.nwfsc.noaa.gov/events/monster.cfm
NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL) http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/home/seminars/index.html
NOAA Fisheries Oceanography Coordinated Investigations (PMEL/FOCI) http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/foci/FOCI_seminars.html
Program on the Environment (POE) http://depts.washington.edu/poeweb/news/poe_events.cgi
Quaternary Research Center (QRC) http://depts.washington.edu/qrc/events.htm



The Straight Grain
Volume 31, Number 3

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

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

EVENTS FOR WEEKS BEGINNING JULY 11. Check out the CFR events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

SATURDAY, 11 JULY VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY ISSAQUAH,WA 9 AM-3 PM
Mountains to Sound Greenway Restoration Project at Lake Sammamish State Park. Full Day: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. or Half Day: 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

SATURDAY, 11 JULY SUMMER PROGRAM CEDAR RIVER WATERSHED 9:30 AM-12 PM
Cedar River Watershed Summer Progams, "Native Herbs and their Uses," Mary Preus, Native Herb Specialist.

WEDNESDAY, 15 JULY NATIVE PLANT WALK EVERETT, WA 10 AM-NOON
Streamkeeper Academy Environmental Education, "Native Plant Walk and Identification," Tom Noland and Lori Powlas, Naturalists.

WEDNESDAY, 15 JULY NISQUALLY LECTURE SERIES NISQUALLY REFUGE 7 PM
Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, Summer Lecture Series, The Many Worlds of the Naturalist, "The Secret Life of Lichens," Katherine Glew, UW Burke Museum.

SATURDAY, 18 JULY ARBORETUM PICNIC WPA 11:30 AM-2:30 PM
"Olde-Time Picnic in the Arboretum," sponsored by the Arboretum Foundation, UW Botanic Gardens, and Seattle Parks and
Recreation.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEAD'S UP FOR
July 20-24, 2009, Los Angeles, CA, 3rd National Conference on Ecosystem Restoration.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009, Nisqually Wildlife Refuge, 7-8 p.m., The Many Worlds of the Naturalist, "Looking for What Might Not Be There: Rare plants in Washington," Joe Arnett, WA Department of Natural Resources.
Saturday, August 8, 2009, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Discovery Park Visitors Center, "Native Plants in the Dog Days of Summer," Clay Antieau (MS 1985). Join botanist Clay Antieau as he checks out what native plants do in these dog days of summer. It's hot. It's dry. It's languid. But there's a lot happening out there ...

FACULTY, STUDENT, AND ALUMNI PUBLICATIONS
Read the article on the Union Bay Natural Area by Restoration Ecology and Environmental Horticulture grad students Justin Howell and Nate Hough-Snee, kudo'd in last week's Straight Grain.
Emeritus Professor Reinhard Stettler has a new book, just published by University of Washington Press, entitled Cottonwood and the River of Time: On Trees, Evolution, and Society. "Cottonwood and the River of Time looks at some of the approaches scientists have used to unravel the puzzles of the natural world. With a lifetime of work in forestry and genetics to guide him, Reinhard Stettler celebrates both what has been learned and what still remains a mystery as he examines not only cottonwoods but also trees more generally, their evolution, and their relationship to society."
The latest issue of the journal Quaternary Research has an article by Dave Peterson and Susan Prichard of the Fire and Mountain Ecology Lab; co-authors include alums Ze'ev Gedalof (PhD 2002), now at the University of Guelph, Ontario and Wyatt Oswald (PhD 2002, MS 1998), now at Emerson College in Boston. The article is "Holocene fire and vegetation dynamics in a montane forest, North Cascade Range, Washington, USA."

UW BOTANIC GARDENS STUDENT SPEAKERS BUREAU
Current research at UW Botanic Gardens includes topics such as techniques for ecological restoration, urban horticulture, and plant response to climate change. Due to public requests for student presenters, and the students’ own passion for UWBG’s mission and research, the Student Speakers Bureau was formed to offer the opportunity to hear up-and-coming student researchers present on their area of expertise. For a list of this year’s presentation topics and to request a speaker,
see http://depts.washington.edu/urbhort/html/academic/UWBG_SSB_Request_Form_FINAL.doc.

ALUMNI UPDATES
Clayton Antieau (MS 1985) is a botanist and senior watershed planner for the City of Seattle, WA.
Pamnella Devolder (MS 2001) is an assistant cultural attaché with the U.S. Diplomatic Mission to Germany in Berlin.
Matthew Gough (BS 2001) is a natural resource officer for the Town of Barnstable, MA.
Morgan Holen (BS 2001) went on to get an MS at Yale University. She is the contract arborist for the City of Lake Oswego, OR, and also does arboricultural consulting work in the area.
Gregory Hostetler (BS 2001) went on to get an MS in viticulture at Cornell and is a PhD candidate at Ohio State University’s Department of Food Science and Technology in Columbus, OH.

SFR IN THE MEDIA
See "County hears 1,850-acre rezone plan" for a Tacoma News Tribune article quoting SFR's Karen Dvornich of the Washington NatureMapping Program.
See "Researchers stunned by inmates' success raising endangered frogs" for a Seattle Times article referencing work of alum and Affiliate Associate Professor Nalini Nadkarni (PhD 1983).

KUDOS
Send in those kudos!

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

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WEBSITES FOR SEMINARS IN RELATED DEPARTMENTS
Aquatic & Fishery Sciences http://www.fish.washington.edu/news/fishline/fishline.html
Biology http://www.biology.washington.edu/index.html?sdiv=news&navID=34
Earth and Space Sciences http://www.geology.washington.edu/Program/Seminars/
Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO) http://www.jisao.washington.edu/seminars_list.html
Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NFSC) http://www.nwfsc.noaa.gov/events/monster.cfm
NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL) http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/home/seminars/index.html
NOAA Fisheries Oceanography Coordinated Investigations (PMEL/FOCI) http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/foci/FOCI_seminars.html
Program on the Environment (POE) http://depts.washington.edu/poeweb/news/poe_events.cgi
Quaternary Research Center (QRC) http://depts.washington.edu/qrc/events.htm


 

The Straight Grain
Volume 31, Number 2

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

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

EVENTS FOR WEEK BEGINNING JULY 5. Check out the SFR events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

WEDNESDAY, 8 JULY NISQUALLY LECTURE SERIES NISQUALLY REFUGE 7 PM
Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, Summer Lecture Series, The Many Worlds of the Naturalist, "Darwin Becomes a
Naturalist," Lyanda Haupt, author and naturalist.

SATURDAY, 11 JULY SUMMER PROGRAM CEDAR RIVER WATERSHED 9:30 AM-12 PM
Cedar River Watershed Summer Progams, "Native Herbs and their Uses," Mary Preus, Native Herb Specialist.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEAD'S UP FOR
Saturday, July 18, 2009, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Washington Park Arboretum, "Olde-Time Picnic in the Arboretum," sponsored by the Arboretum Foundation, UW Botanic Gardens, and Seattle Parks and Recreation. Families are invited to pack a picnic and come to the Crabapple Meadow, just a short walk from the Graham Visitors Center. A limited supply of free hot dogs and ice cream will be available to supplement your picnic. At the meadow, visitors will enjoy an array of old-fashioned entertainments including musical performances and field-day games; a display of vintage autos by members of the Evergreen Chapter of the Model A Ford Club; and fun, educational tours for kids of the Arboretum’s new Pacific Connections Garden. The event will evoke America in the 1930s and transport visitors back to the days when the Arboretum first opened to the public. Event staff will be dressed in period picnic garb, and visitors are invited to do the same. Admission and parking are free.

FACULTY AND GRAD STUDENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR BROCKMAN TREE TOUR
Michelle Trudeau writes, "Hello faculty and grad students! We are helping coordinate a special freshmen orientation session for students interested in environmental and biological oriented majors. As part of that session, we'd like to host a Brockman Tree Tour. Would you be able to do a tour on Thursday, July 16th from about 2:15 or 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 or 3:45 p.m.? If so, please let me know, michtru@u.washington.edu, along with the maximum number of students you you'd like in the tour. The student groups would generally range from 10-30 students, but we can cap it at whatever number you're comfortable with. If you're not available, any suggestions of who would be good? I'd really like to get SFR out there early with the freshmen."

RAINGARDEN AT PACK FOREST
See photos of the raingarden recently constructed at the Center for Sustainable Forestry at Pack Forest. Construction was facilitated by David Hymel of Stewardship Partners, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that helps private landowners restore and preserve the natural landscapes of Washington.

SHORTER UW EMAIL ADDRESS NOW OPTIONAL
Anyone with a UW email address may now abbreviate their "u.washington.edu" email extension to "uw.edu". Its use is optional. For example: "jdoe@u.washington.edu" and "jdoe@uw.edu" now work. A shorter email address is often more practical and easier to use in this age of digital communication and mobile technology. And, because the UW is widely known as the UW, the shorter email address reinforces how others already refer to us. This rollout of uw.edu for email is being done in conjunction with the UW's Reputation Building Initiative, a multi-year effort designed to reach our many audiences, and to enhance their appreciation for the UW contributions to the state, region, and beyond. Here are the details about how to use uw.edu:
To receive email at "your_uwnetid@uw.edu" you do not need to do anything, except tell your colleagues that they can use it. The old extensions -- "u.washington.edu" and "washington.edu" -- still work, and email sent there will continue to reach you.
To send email from "your_uwnetid@uw.edu" will take some action on your part. Consult with your departmental computing support for guidance.
Visit http://www.washington.edu/computing/uwedu for answers to frequently asked questions and self-service setup instructions.

ALUMNI UPDATES
Patrick Baker (PhD 2001) is a senior lecturer in forest dynamics at Monash University in Victoria, Australia, where his research focuses on ecology and dynamics of mixed species forests.
Andrea Duvall (BS 2001) is a jewelry and leather accessories designer in San Diego, CA.
Elise Goldstein (MS 2001) is a bighorn sheep biologist with the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish in Santa Fe, NM.

SFR IN THE MEDIA
See "Wolverine caught on camera on Mount Adams" for a story quoting Keith Aubry, Affiliate Professor and alumnus (PhD 1983).

KUDOS
Kudos to SFR students Joowan Park and Laurel James who recently won scholarships from Eonfusion, maker of a 4D software application that provides processing and visualization of time-varying spatial data. Laurel James, of Monika Moskal's Remote Sensing and Geospatial Analysis Laboratory and a UW Bioenergy IGERT Fellow, was the grand prize winner; she will receive the 12 month license of the Eonfusion software as well as $1,000 fellowship to attend a remote sensing conference to present her research on remote sensing analysis of mountain goat habitat. Joowan Park, who is working in the RSGAL lab on assessing canopy shading and interception parameters for urban forests, will receive a free copy of the software. See more about the award at http://eonfusion.myriax.com/news/latest_news/13400424.
Kudos to Restoration Ecology and Environmental Horticulture grad students Justin Howell and Nate Hough-Snee, who just had an article, "Learning from a Landfill: Ecological restoration and education at Seattle’s Union Bay Natural Area," published in the latest issue of the newsletter for the Society for Ecological Restoration International.

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