March 2001

The Straight Grain Vol. 1, Issue 4
SPECIAL EDITION! Earthquake updates from around the College! Student Service employees throwing axes! Illegal dumping behind Winkenwerder Hall! As always, this newsletter is the sum of contributions from staff and faculty all over the College--a big thank-you to everyone who contributed! If you have anything you would like to contribute, please email me at byron@u.washington.edu by Thursday afternoon, and I will be sure to get it in the newsletter the next day.
*****Earthquake Updates*****
Wind River Canopy Crane--The earthquake hit here as a mild tremor, but shook most folks up. Mark Creighton was in the operators cab (245 ft up) reading a book, while Dave Shaw was in the gondola doing bird observation (about 100 ft up). A rhythmic thumping began out on the crane and the gondola began bouncing. Mark thought I was jumping up and down, or doing some other weird science thing, and called down on the radio. The snags began to sway and Annie Hamilton called in on the radio and said the building was swaying too. About the time we all figured out what was up, it was over....maybe 30 seconds. --Dave Shaw.
Graham Visitor's Center--The staff in the Graham Visitors Center had a wild ride during the hurricane. The noise was incredible from the earthquake itself, the wooden building and all the glass shelves. But alas very few things fell and nothing broke. The grounds crew reports a wild ride while trying to stand on the grass or pavement. --John Wott.
Pack Forest-- Pack Forest fared reasonably well during the earthquake. Lots of things from shelves and desks on the floor. The only noted structural damage is the chimney on the "little school house" which will have to be removed. The entrance road got shaken pretty well and about 300 feet of the outside fill is cracking away. Our temporary answer will be to move the road over; it is already cleared and was in grass. We will need to determine if the slope stabilizes before doing much more. This could be a result of past road construction (sidecast) techniques. --Stan Humann.
CUH--We fared very well. Just a few books off the shelves in the library. Rumors of some floor/slab cracks, but I haven't seen them. Tom Hinckley was lecturing on the eruption of Mt. St. Helens when it hit. Excellent choice of subject matter! --Becky Johnson.
CFR Library--The CFR Library is in full operation. Please let us know if you need something and can't get it because a library is closed. We're using Cascade and document delivery to help out. --Carol Green.
*****Events, Seminars, Colloquims etc.*****
Saturday, March 3rd. 1:00-4:30pm--Class offered by CUH titled "Pruning Ornamental Shrubs and Trees" in the Isaacson Classroom. Fee: $27 general public $25 for arboretum foundation members; pre-registration required.
Monday, March 5th. Deadline for submissions to the CFR Quarterly Newsletter (more information below).
Tuesday, March 6th. Wednesday, March 7th. 6:00pm--Free public lecture with Dr. Gene Likens, Director of the Institute of Ecosystem Studies." The lecture is titled "The role of Ecosystem Science in the 21st Century" and will take place in Kane Hall room 120.
Thursday, March 8th. 10:30-12:00--CFR faculty meeting in Anderson 22.
Friday March 9th. 9:30am--Tom Smarr will defend his thesis, titled "Evaluating the Development and Management of Native Plant Display Gardens" in the Isaacson Classroom at CUH.
*****Publicity*****
Christy McDevitt, who is an assistant in CFR Student Services, was featured throwing an axe in a large photograph in Wednesday's Daily. The article, titled "Ready to Cut Down Their Opponents," was a full-length feature on the UW Logger Sports Club. It definitely helped spread some positive publicity for the College.
*****Pack Forest*****
Conference activity for the past week has been
1) the Denman Symposium (video link to campus);
2)GIS class, put on by Phil Hurvitz, Larry Mason and Kevin Ceder, for 18 students and
3) the Chemistry Department Volcano Conference with 109 attendees. --Stan Humann.
Harvesting has commenced with a sale above Murphy Ranch, to the east of the 1000 road. Traffic onto Pack Forest will be directed toward the south until this unit is complete. --Stan Humann.
*****Continuing Education*****
"Denman Program Success Despite Rock 'n Roll"
The February 28th Denman Forestry Issues Series took place despite the 6.8 earthquake that occurred within hours of the scheduled program. It was touch and go for a while as the remote locations in Forks, Eatonville, Colville and Longview regained their phones and electricity. The UW TV crew had to reset all of the lights in the studio and get the rest of the technology back on line in time for the 1PM broadcast. It was no surprise when each location suffered a loss in expected attendees. However the taping of the event went off without a hitch and the teleconferencing to the remote locations was uninterrupted for the four hours of the transmission. An announcement will come in about 30 days on when the series of taped programs will air on UW TV. Our College can be very proud of this accomplishment especially with the little rumble that threatened to cancel it. --Kelly Duffield
To see photos of our faculty in action at the TV studio and on the tube, please visit the web page at: http://www.cfr.washington.edu/outreach/denman/feb28.html
*****Arboretum*****
The Arboretum Foundation's Used Book Sale will be held this Saturday at the Graham Visitors Center from 10 - 4 pm. There will be all kinds of books for sale at great prices. --John Wott.
John A. Wott spoke to two community groups this week concerning the Arboretum Master Plan, one in Mercer Island and one in Ballard. The USGS office on the University of Washington campus will be reinstalling semismograph equipment back into the arboretum. We were one of the study sites when the Kingdom was imploded. --Christina Pfeiffer.
*****Wind River Canopy Crane*****
The BIG news is that a regional group of scientists met in Portland, Oregon last weekend and chose the Wind River Nursery Complex as the focal site for a National Science Foundation field station proposal. A new initiative that may emerge from the NSF is called NEON, or National Environmental Observation Network. NSF would like to see about 10 major NEON sites across the country, with major laboratory, research and teaching facilities at each site. So.....the competition may occur this fall, and our small UW facility could get a pretty big shot in the arm. --Dave Shaw.
*****Ecosystem Sciences*****
HARK! AND BEWARE!! re WINKENWERDER LOADING DOCK An odd assortment of material has accumulated on the Winkenwerder loading dock, including a mattress, old tires, car batteries, and a pair of skis. Please remove anything that belongs to you immediately, as the area is about to be cleared. Material on its way to Surplus may be stored there briefly (Gordon or Carl should be aware of it) but this is NOT an appropriate spot for storage or disposal, especially of private property. Unauthorized dumping is a serious offense!
WHO THE HECK IS RICHARD, ENNYHOW?
In the dark days before Strategic Planning, conflict was upon the face of the College, and, LO, it was a hassle unto all of us. The strategic planning process begat the Ethics Committee, which studied in detail a certain dispute that had damaged working relationships and inflamed feelings throughout the organization the preceding year. The committee observed that conflict had sped past several opportunities for resolution or (at least) more functional outcomes. From those observations, wise and kindly EHUF graduate student and committee member RICHARD ROBOHM abstracted the first draft of simple (if not necessarily easy) dispute resolution guidelines, ever after known as RICHARD'S RULES.
2. DON'T GO OVER SOMEONE'S HEADS
Each of us has a fairly well defined function here: duties prescribed by our job descriptions fit into an overall scheme designed to make the college efficient and productive. If you find yourself at odds with someone over a work-related issue, DO NOT go right to the boss' boss' boss. "Going straight to the top" wastes resolution horsepower: If you and the person you're in conflict with can solve the problem between you, or with help from one level up, complaining directly to the Dean, the Congress and the United Nations is a in fact a form of attack which * weakens * working relationships rather than building them. Give that person a reasonable chance to work it out with you. Note that that's a two-way street: be clear (and calm, and civil) as to what you see as the issue and suggest solutions, but also be open to the other person's explanations and constraints (you may learn better ways to reach your goals). If discussing (emailing, writing about) the problem doesn't solve it, then consult your colleague's supervisor with your documentation. The supervisor may know more about a process and be able to help the first worker learn or relearn correctly--part of a supervisor's duties, after all. --Lynn Catlett
NEXT WEEK: IDENTIFY DISPUTED ISSUES
*****Student Services*****
1. Student Services now has a new newsletter complete with a handy calendar you can post on your wall. We will include important deadlines that relate to students and academics. --Michelle Trudeau.
2. Jeff Aken managed to dodge the Thorud Norfolk Pine when it fell over in the earthquake Wednesday. Both the tree and Jeff were unhurt by the incident. --Michelle Trudeau.
3. The Forest Services is interviewing 16 of our students on Tuesday and Wednesday. --Michelle Trudeau.
4. Our classes are FULL FULL FULL! Our enrollment is looking great this year...ESC 110 is again setting new records. Yippee! --Michelle Trudeau.
*****CFR Quarterly Newsletter*****
We are pleased to receive items of interest for inclusion in the end of quarter newsletter -- publications, public service, outreach, research, awards, projects, class field trips or any other events occurring during Winter Quarter '01 that you'd like to share with the CFR and the wider community. Send items to Cecilia Paul via email cece@u.washington.edu or to 107E Anderson by 3/5/01. Thanks for your help!


The Straight Grain Vol. 2, Issue 1
As always, this newsletter is the sum of contributions from staff and faculty all over the College. If you have anything you would like to contribute, please email me at byron@u.washington.edu by Thursday afternoon, and I will be sure to get it in the newsletter the next day.
*****Events, Seminars, Colloquims etc.*****
Monday, March 12th. Tuesday, March 13th. Wednesday, March 14th. Thursday, March 15th. Friday March 16th.
*****Pack Forest*****
Conferences and activity since the last Straight: Pierce County Search and Rescue conducted a practice last weekend. U of W Molecular and Cellular Biology had a conference and a Landscape Management training workshop was held. Central Washington University, in cooperation with the University of Washington is in the process of installing a seismic monitoring station at Pack. If will include a constantly monitored monument that has precise longitude, latitude and elevation data.
*****Continuing Education*****
On Tuesday, March 6th, Dr. Susan Bolton and two CSS grad students, Tim Brown and Jeff Shellberg met with Ms. Natalie Normandeau, Deputy for Bonaventure, Quebec National Assembly. Joining them was Scott Pinkham, a member of the Nez Perce Tribe and an instructor at the UW American Indian Studies Center. Ms. Normandeau is visiting the United States under the auspices of the United States Department of State's International Visitor Program and being hosted by the World Affairs Council. Dr. Bolton led a conversation designed to give Ms. Normandeau some idea of the nature and complexity of the issues around aquatic habitat health and the competing interests of stakeholders such as tribal interests, private landowners, federal and state agencies and rapidly urbanizing human populations in Washington state and the region. Ms. Normandeau was quite pleased with the outcome of the discussion and had high complements for Dr. Bolton and her grad students.
*****Ecosystem Sciences*****
CFR FACULTY & STAFF STANDARDS AND PRACTICES Sometimes we omit to remember and celebrate good work and hard-won improvements we've achieved in the past, like the time we resolved to try harder to build a "more respectful workplace." No one person or group, no single decision did it, but in the aggregate--by establishing some basic expectations and using ground rules--we DID improve the morale and working efficiency of our community after a difficult period. The CFR Standards & Practices, at http://www.cfr.washington.edu/Internal/Facstaff/wpqual-CFRCode1p.html are the expectations, such as "Treat associates with respect, even when they disagree on theoretical, methodological, or personal approaches." Richard's Rules are linked to that page, at http://www.cfr.washington.edu/Internal/Organization/Richard.htm Both are collections of ideas we would do well to review from time to time.
3. IDENTIFY DISPUTED ISSUES
Freud identified DISPLACEMENT as one of the basic mental defense mechanisms: "When a natural urge is not ventable, and is then repressed, it is often displaced to another, disguised, outlet. A man's anger at his boss, unacceptable because of his position, may be displaced in a later beating of his child. Here the unacceptable urge is vented in a manner which is acceptable to the ego and superego." (http://landow.stg.brown. edu/victorian/science/freud/Defense_Mechanisms.html) When you feel anger and hostility in a work situation, look for an underlying cause beyond the immediate--it may come from an unrelated source, anything from an overdue lunch, to work issues separate from the problem at hand, to pressure or insecurity in your own position. Don't take your worries out on another--it won't help the relationship and it won't solve the problem. Document your problem-solving efforts as you go along; if after reasonable effort the problem is not resolved at the first level, proceed (with your documentation) to the next level and give *that* person a reasonable chance, too. If you encounter anger and hostility in another, especially if the person outranks you, the situation is a little more delicate. Do your best to remain calm; don't respond to anger with anger, or take this person's behavior personally. Do your best to sort out the conflict, calling on your supervisor, another authority, or a mediator for assistance if necessary. At another time, when the atmosphere has cooled, you may want to consider writing about or discussing the interaction with the person. If there is a pattern of such interactions, you may wish to consult a mediator, steward, or ombudsman about how to proceed.
*****Student Services*****
Today is the last day of classes! Hurray! Good job everybody. Professors should have already received their grade sheets.


The Straight Grain Vol. 2, Issue 2
Table of Contents: News from the Dean's Office
News from Human Resources - Clarification of New Hires, Authorization process, Policy updates on workplace violence, domestic violence in the workplace, and UW holidays.
Update from CFR outreach: list of outreach events this spring!
Update from Olympic Natural Resource Center - ONRC seeking projects to support with funds provided by USDA Forest Service PNW Research Station. ONRC releasing conference proceedings.
Update from the Arboretum - Final hearing on Arboretum will be held Wednesday, March 28th.
Forest Club looking for volunteers for logging sports competition.
Financial Services welcomes new employee.
As always, this newsletter is the sum of contributions from staff and faculty all over the College. If you have anything you would like to contribute, please email me at byron@u.washington.edu by Thursday afternoon, and I will be sure to get it in the newsletter the next day.
*****The Dean's Office*****
This week the Dean and members of the administrative staff and the Division offices attended a stimulating and thought-provoking team-building and communications workshop taught by Karen Crowder of the UW Training and Development Office. Also... It is with great pleasure that I introduce Adam Nance as our new permanent Administrative Coordinator within the Dean's Office. Most of you already know Adam. He has been working as a temporary employee in this capacity for approximately 4 months. Adam will continue to provide support to members of the Dean's administrative team and will report to Gordon Hammond.
*****Human Resources*****
Clarification of the New Hire process: Sally says, On 3/5 I sent an email stating the procedure to be followed when hiring new staff (personnel request to Gordon Hammond for approval, fiscal approval from Geetha Sukumaran). Unfortunately, that generated more questions than it answered. Here are the FAQs: Does this apply to student or hourly help? NO, they should be processed as they have always been, UNLESS the funds are coming from a state budget. Does it apply to self-sustaining budgets (cost-centers, Pack Forest, etc.)? YES, in that the request is to be routed through Gordon Hammond; NO, in that the fiscal authorization will remain with the head of the unit. Does it apply to grants and other soft money sources? YES, in that the request is to be routed through Gordon Hammond; NO, in that the fiscal authorization will remain with the P.I. If there are questons I've missed, please let me know. Sally Morgan POLICY UPDATES:
Workplace Violence -- The University's Policy and Procedure on Workplace Violence has been revised to clarify the definition of workplace violence and to provide more detailed instructions for reporting workplace violence incidents. This update is available on the HR Web at: http://www.washington.edu/admin/hr/pol.proc/work.violence/wk.viol.policy.htm l
Domestic Violence in the Workplace -- The University's Policy and Procedure on Domestic Violence in the Workplace previously was only published in the Operations Manual. It is now available on the HR Web at: http://www.washington.edu/admin/hr/pol.proc/work.violence/dom.viol.pol.html Supervisors and Managers should familiarize themselves with both of these policies and their reporting requirements. Questions on either of these policies should be directed to your unit's Human Resources Consultant.
UW HOLIDAYS WEB UPDATE: The Holidays Web Page has been updated to included the holidays for 2002. It can be viewed at: http://www.washington.edu/admin/hr/holidays.html.
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*****Outreach*****
Outreach events sponsored by CFR this spring: Arbor Day Fair April 25 - 27, 2001 Daily - 9AM to 3PM CFR campus
US Office of Personnel Management Council of Scientists and Engineers Spring 2001 Meeting April 26-27, 2001 Daily - 8AM to 5PM CUH & UW Faculty Club
Denman Forestry Issues Series: Effect of Forest Practices Regulations on Private Forests May 30, 2001 4:00 PM - 8:00PM Health Sciences T-239 & 7 teleconferencing sites in WA
Natural Resources Institute, Module 4: Integrated Problem Solving for Natural Resources Professionals June 4-14, 2001 8AM to 9PM daily except Sundays
Pack Forest First International Precision Forestry Symposium June 17-20, 2001 8AM to 5PM Kane Hall & field tour to DNR Capital Forest
LMS for Federal & State Land Managers June 24-28, 2001 8AM to 9PM daily except Sundays Pack Forest
Have a look at this list and visit the web page for details: http://www.cfr.washington.edu/outreach/cecal.html
*****Olympic National Resource Center*****
Next week ONRC will be distributing a "Request for Porposals", seeking projects to support with funds provided by USDA Forest Service PNW Resarch Station, which ONRC has recieved for Federal Fiscal Year 2001. Approximately $200,000 will be allocated in this process. Faculty PI's are encouraged to submit proposals. ONRC is releasing conference proceedings, "The Status of Elk Populations on the Olympic Peninsula, Conference Proceeding January 16-1, 2001" The report will be distributed to stakeholders and conference attendees. A copy of the report can be obtained by contaction ONRC or through ONRC's web site Http://www.onrc.washington.edu
*****Arboretum*****
The final hearing on the Washington Park Arboretum Arboretum will be held Wednesday, March 28th, beginning at 5:00pm. We would encourage anyone who has an interest in the Arboretum, to respond in one of the following methods. You can also contact either Tom Hinckley or John Wott for more specific details. This will also be a good experience for students who may want to see how our goverment really works.
It will take place in the City Council Chambers on the 11th Floor of the Municipal Building, 600 4th Avenue. You may sign up to speak beginning at 5:00 pm All speakers must register. You may also testify by telephone by calling 206-684-8821, or by sending emails to councilive@ci.seattle.wa.us between 5:00 and 5:30 pm. >From now on, you can also send emails to any and all of our City Councilmembers. If you want their email or mailing address, please contact JAW. It is imperative that we have a positive turnout. And each letter, email IS counted by the politicians. We have been told that a City Council vote for approval will then take place in April. It will then go the University of Washington Regents for their May meeting.
*****Forest Club*****
We are looking for volunteers during our logging sports competition March 22nd and 23rd at Pack Forest. Timers and other general help is needed -- we will provide food, housing (if you need it), and you are welcome to be at the banquet on Friday night after the competition is over. Competition days run around 8 am to 4-5 pm. There will be approximately 150 students at Pack from 11 universities through Montana, Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Utah, and Colorado. Any volunteers will be greatly appreciated--please email nwhit@u.washington.edu to participate!
*****Financial Services*****
Simone Nelson has done an exemplary job in the Financial Services Office, working with travel and payroll and going above and beyond the call of duty. Unfortunately, she has reached her 1,050-hour cap as a temporary employee and is moving on to hopefully bigger and better things. She will be sorely missed. Velma Olsen, who has several years of UW experience and has done travel and payroll will be joining the Financial Services staff as a temporary employee, doing many of the things that Simone has been doing. Please give her a warm welcome.


The Straight Grain Vol. 2, Issue 3
Table of Contents:
Calendar of events
News from the Dean's Office
News from Human Resources - New issue of "HR News and Notes" available
Update from CFR outreach - Kelley Duffield to perform two upcoming workshops
Student Services WIN $200!!! (yes YOU--and yes American dollars!)
Words from the Woods
As you know, this newsletter is the sum of contributions from staff and faculty all over the College. If you have anything you would like to contribute, please email me at byron@u.washington.edu by Thursday afternoon, and I will be sure to get it in the newsletter the next day.
*****Calendar*****
Monday March 26th 10:30-11:30 CFR staff meeting in Anderson 22.
Note: If you are aware of any upcoming events that might be of interest to members of the college, please email me with the information, and I will be delighted to list it here.
*****The Dean's Office*****
We have no news to report during this quiet and *stunningly* beautiful Spring Break week.
*****Human Resources*****
The current issue of "HR News & Notes" has been posted on the Web at: http://www.washington.edu/admin/hr/publications/news.notes/news.notes01.3.pd f In this issue:
Resumix Software Upgrade Completed Kudos for Service Innovation
HR Staff Input Invited for HR NEO Program Advisory Group Formed to Review Professional Research Positions
New DOP Director Appointed
New Personnel Request Numbering System
Telephone Scam Alert
Comings and Goings
*****Outreach*****
Kelley Duffield will conduct two workshops as part of the 2001
Making Connections, March 24, 2001, sponsored by the University of Washington Women's Center. Making Connections is a mentoring program designed to ignite young (9th - 12th grade) women's interest in science, math or technology and to make them aware of careers in these areas. Kelley has designed a 60-minute exercise in which the young women will be divided into 4-5 person research groups and assigned two wildlife species. Using species ecological data, recent population data, LMS and GIS, the students will explore species-habitat relationships. A research site in the Olympic National Park will be used as the backdrop to compare the impacts on wildlife from human intervention and non-intervention over time. The exercise will wrap up with the student groups debating the implications of issues like the reintroduction of wolves, urbanization, and removal of dams. In the process of these workshops, Kelley hopes to demonstrate that the study of natural resources sciences, and career paths are challenging, fun, "high-tech" and relevant to our world. Finally, each student will leave with information about the College of Forest Resources and seniors with an interest will be encouraged to contact the CFR about their future.
*****Student Services*****
YOU can win $200 by designing a CFR logo that represents the diversity of the College. Entries must be received by Friday, April 13th, 2001, and all members of the CFR community are encouraged to enter. Did I mention that the person who designs the winning logo will get TWO HUNDRED DOLLARS? Also, the new edition of the student services monthly newsletter "Words From the Woods" will come out early next week. Please notice (and use) the handy calendar on the back of the newsletter filled with important dates.


The Straight Grain Vol. 2, Issue 4
Table of Contents:
Calendar of events
News from the Dean's Office
Congratulations to Gerry Franklin!
Congratulations to Graham Allen!
Minutes from staff meeting
Water & Energy conservation
Center for Urban Horticulture
Announcing two new plant evaluation programs
New classes open to the public this Spring (complete list attached)
Pack Forest Forest Clubs
Conclave a great success
Outreach
Unique Access for CFR Students to Federal Careers
First International Precision Forestry Symposium
Society of American Foresters News
DEADLINE for Washington State Annual Meeting Registration
Student Chapter Holds Fundraiser with Doug Sutherland, Commissioner - DNR.
Arboretum
Update on Washington Park Arboretum Master Plan
Saplings Training
We have a TON of news this week. I'm very excited by the amount of material people sent in. Thank-you very much everyone who contributed. If you have anything you would like to contribute, please email me at byron@u.washington.edu by Thursday afternoon, and I will be sure to get it in the newsletter the next day.
*****Calendar*****
Monday, April 2nd Courses require entry codes...course change fee of $20 starts Friday, April 6th Deadline for MS/MFR students to apply for Spring Graduation Note: If you are aware of any upcoming events that might be of interest to members of the college, please email me with the information, and I will be delighted to list it here.
*****The Dean's Office*****
CONGRATULATIONS DR. FRANKLIN!!! Gerry Franklin has been selected to receive a Leadership in Action Award given by the U.S. Chapter of the International Association for Landscape Ecology. This award will be given to recognize his extraordinary vision, leadership, and action in the application of landscape ecological principles to ensure the continued ecological functioning of forested landscapes. He will be honored at an Awards banquet on Friday, April 27, 2001, in Tempe, Arizona.
CONGRATULATIONS DR. ALLEN!!! Graham Allen was the topic of a UW Daily article about his Creativity and Innovation class (PSE/Chem E 309). The article appeared Tuesday, March 27th, and can be found in The Daily's on-line archive at: http://www.thedaily.washington.edu/thedailyweb/features.lasso?-database=Dail yWeb.fp5&-layout=List&-response=%2fthedailyweb%2ffeaturepage.lasso&-recordID =74&-search
MINUTES OF STAFF MEETING ON MONDAY, MARCH 26: Carl Harrington distributed a handout of the Environmental Health and Safety web page dealing with emergency preparedness. (http://www.ehs.washington.edu/whatsnew/earthquake.htm is the url.) There are links to a great deal of information there that is important and useful for our homes as well as work environment.
Joyce Johnson had a terrific handout listing biennium close cutoff dates for purchasing, accounts payable, and various types of accounting documents. Anyone needing a copy for themselves (or their P.I.) should contact her (joycej@ or 5-7650).
Gordon Hammond talked about his position. In addition to being responsible for personnel and human resources issues, he is oversees space and facilities and is Carl harrington's supervisor in that regard. He also supervises the computer staff. He is also working on the College scholarships. He noted that the university office of Human Resources is continuing the staffing analysis begun by Renee Hanson last fall and he will be working with Jonathan Halperin on that.
Dean Vogt discussed the recommendations made by the Operations Review Team, noting that there were many excellent suggestions, some of which have already been implemented. One important idea is that each employee should have an annual performance review, including an accurate job description and the opportunity to set individualized goals and performance measures. Gordon noted that as part of the staffing analysis, job descriptions will be needed for each position and that the descriptions can also for the basis for the annual reviews. However, there are not descriptions for many CFR employees and the ones that are in the files may not be current. Each person should look at their job description and make it current. The point was made that the Operation Review Team recommendations include planning for training needs during the annual reviews and that there are many ways to gain expertise and many individuals within the College who can be used as resources or trainers in specialized areas.
The next staff meeting (April 23, 10:30 - 11:30) will be at CUH. Becky Johson invited anyone who is interested in knowing more about CUH to come at 10:00 for a tour of the facilities. The meeting will be followed by a lunch (details haven't been finalized yet, watch future issues of the Straight Grain for more news!)
WATER AND ENERGY CONSERVATION It looks like this summer is still working up to be a dry one (yeah for our tans, boo for our lawns). With an eye towards general conservation, the UW is asking everyone to cut back on energy use. Everyone should also try to conserve water at home and and work. Below are some suggestions and web sites you can get conservation information from:
Seattle Public Utilities offers these water-conservation tips: ::
Wash only full loads in washing machines and dishwashers. ::
Repair leaks. ::
Buy a water-efficient washing machine when the old one wears out and install water-efficient toilets. ::
Reduce outdoor water use.
Sweep the driveway instead of hosing it off.
Wash your car at a commercial car wash that recycles water. ::
Dig compost into the garden to help retain water.
For more water-conservation tips, see www.cityofseattle.net/util/
Some UW official suggestions for cutting energy use on the job (and most of these will work at home too) include:
* Shut down computers and peripherals when not in use for more than an hour.
* Close draperies, blinds and other window coverings at night to reduce heat loss.
* Expect campus buildings to feel cool. Wear warm clothing and extra layers. (don't put away those winter clothes yet!)
* Turn-off lights in sports fields when not in use. More info is available at: http://www.washington.edu/newsroom/news/2001archive/01-01archive/k011901.htm l http://www.washington.edu/admin/facserv/conserve.html
And you can use all your utility savings to buy SPF 45 sunblock by the 55 gallon drum at Costco.
*****Center for Urban Horticulture*****
ANNOUNCING TWO NEW PLANT EVALUATION PROGRAMS SUNTORY PLANTS
Bear Creek Gardens, Inc., a Jackson and Perkins Wholesale-owned company, from Medford, Oregon is the exclusive licensor for North America of a complete line of bedding plants from the Suntory Group of Japan. Suntory of Japan was founded in 1899 and pioneered Japans's wine and whiskey industries. Over the years, business operations expanded into soft drink beverages, pharmaceuticals, flowers and health foods. Currently, Suntory is only second to Coca Cola as Japan's leading beverage manufacturer. In 1987, Suntory began a flower breeding program as an effort to enhance the quality of life worldwide. All plants are bred for beauty, vigor, ease of growing, extended bloom time as well as unique and eye catching colors. In November, 2000, Bear Creek Garden, Inc. approached the Center, asking for our participation in trials of their newer varieties. We will be testing nine varities of annuals such as Giant Puple Surfinia Petunia, Trailing Orchid Pink Million Bells Calibracho and Snowfire Angel Earrings Fuchsia. A committee composed of faculty, students and staff will evaluate how these plants perform in our Puget Sound environment. Soon, a new test area will be developed near the entry sign at the intersection of Mary Gates Memorial Drive and N.E. 41st Street to display these exciting new test plants.
VITEX
In June 2000, the Washington Park Arboretum was approached by Chicagoland GrowsO, Inc., a non-profit corporation established by the Chicago Botanic Garden, The Morton Arboretum, and the Ornamental Growers Association of Northern Illinois, to evaluate two clones of Vitex, a shrubby member of the Verbenaceae family. The clones are crosses between Vitex agnus-castus, Chaste tree, represented at Union Bay in the beds just outside of Douglas Research Classroom and Vitex rotundifolia, a much smaller stature plant. The plants went into the ground this past winter at the Center for Urban Horticulture site, where full sun conditions required of this plant exist and will be assessed for three years for their performance in a northwest setting. Chicagoland GrowsO is an active plant introduction program that promotes ornamental plants for northern climates. Their plant introductions are promoted through various publications and are available both to wholesale and retail nurseries. A
A NNOUNCING SPRING CLASSES!
Every quarter CUH teaches many, many classes available to the public. A complete list of classes is attached. As classes approach they will also be listed here in the Straight Grain.
*****Pack Forest*****
The Association of Western Forest Clubs Conclave concluded on Friday, March 23 under clear and sunny skies. Estimated crowd for the last two days of competition is 200. Over 100 students registered for competition. This Conclave was a very good one; students were active, respectful and seriously engaged in the competitive activities. The CFR Forest Club did a good job in organization and carrying out the responsibilities of the host club.
*****Outreach*****
UNIQUE ACCESS FOR CFR STUDENTS TO FEDERAL CAREERS
The CFR is hosting the spring meeting of the US Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) Professional Council of Federal Scientists and Engineers at the NHS Hall, Center for Urban Horticulture, April 26 & 27, 2001. On Friday, April 27th, all interested CFR students are invited to a special recruiting session at CUH from 9AM to 10AM where representatives from nearly every branch of the federal government will provide career information.
FIRST INTERNATIONAL PRECISION FORESTRY SYMPOSIUM
The symposium will be held at Kane Hall from June 17-20, 2001. The web page for the event is located at: http://www.cfr.washington.edu/outreach/prefor/index.html The registration period from the symposium is now open and the form can be downloaded from the web page. A color brochure for the event will be distributed to the college community next week. Some events like the Lake Washington Dinner Cruise and the Capitol Forest Field Tour have limited seating, so do not delay registering.
SOCIETY OF AMERICAN FORESTERS NEWS
South Puget Sound and RTI Larry Mason and Bruce Lippke were the guest speakers at the March meeting of the South Puget Sound Chapter of the Society of American Foresters this week. They gave an overview of RTI, its accomplishments in its first year and the future research that will be coming form the organization. Of particular interest to the SAF members was the research by Kevin Zobrist that reveals important information about non-industrial private forest landowners in Washington. The question and answer period went beyond the 9PM meeting adjourn with no one leaving the meeting early. Since the meeting, the college has received several emails praising the meeting and the work of RTI.
DEADLINE FOR WASHINGTON STATE ANNUAL MEETING REGISTRATION
The Washington State Chapter of the Society of American Foresters holds it annual meeting May 23 - 25, 2001 at the Shilo Inn, Ocean Shores, WA. The early registration period ends on April 2, 2001! To take advantage of the best registration fees for students and professionals, see Kelley Duffield for registration forms that can be faxed ASAP. Or, visit the web page at: http://www.waforestry.org/annual.html
STUDENT CHAPTER HOLDS FUNDRAISER WITH DOUG SUTHERLAND, COMMISSIONER - DNR.
The new student chapter of the SAF @ UW will hold a fundraising dinner/speaker event at the Washington Park Arboretum on Wednesday, April 25, from 4PM to 7PM. Mr. Doug Sutherland, Commissioner of Public Lands with the Washington Department of Natural Resources will be the featured speaker. Following his address will be a casual Italian feast of assorted lasagnas, salads, garlic bread and beverages. This will be a great way for the college to relax after a successful day of Arbor Day Fair - good discussion, good food, beautiful setting! Dinner is $25 for professionals and $15 for students. All proceeds go to the new chapter's fund for attending the SAF National Meeting in Denver, CO. For more information see the web page at: http://www.cfr.washington.edu/outreach/SAFatUW.html
*****Arboretum*****
The public hearing for the Washington Park Arboretum Master Plan was held in the City Council Chambers from 5 -8:45 pm. It was televised live. Each participant had 3 minutes to speak. The Parks Board will meet to make a recommendation on April 12th. After that, it goes back to the Council as a whole on April 25th for a possible vote. Thank you to all you have sent in supportive emails, letters, and/or took time to testify. It is still not too late if anyone still cares to send a response. Saplings Training for this spring's Arboretum program was conducted this past week. Monica Ravin and Shauna Hartung expect nearly 3000 3rd graders to participate in the next two months.


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