March 2003

The Straight Grain
Volume 15, Number 5

In this Issue:
- Events
- Conferences
- Community and Outreach
- Centers & Field Sites
- Forestry Issues in the News
- General Announcements
- Administrative FYIs
- Staff News
- Faculty News

28 March 2003

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

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EVENTS

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SATURDAY, 29 MARCH

--WORKSHOP— 9:30 a.m. – Noon, Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N, Seattle. “Five Voices Calling: An Interactive Workshop For Our Sustainable Future.” Participants will explore ways to engage in the creation of a sustainable future. Registration is $10 before March 29th and $15 at the door. Refreshments will be provided, but please bring your own mug or cup. Call Ann at 553-2589 to register.

WEDNESDAY, 2 APRIL

--STAFF POTLUCK—11:30 a.m., Douglas Classroom, CUH.

TUESDAY – SATURDAY, 8 -12, APRIL

ART/SCIENCE CHAUTAQUA AT THE EVERGREEN STATE COLLEGE
A group of faculty and students from the arts and sciences, as well as invited speakers, will present lectures, theater, dance performances, parades, workshops, and visual art displays to understand and celebrate trees and forests and the relationships humans have with them. The presentations will foster the incorporation of art and science in academic programs and for the enjoyment of the outside community.

A large tent offering informational materials from a variety of organizations will be staffed with volunteers during all five days of the Chautauqua. To submit any informational materials, brochures, or pamphlets to have on display, send materials to: Dr. Nalini Nadkarni, Lab II, Room 2259, The Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA 98505.

For more information on the Chautauqua and its events, go to http://www.evergreen.edu/artscience/ or http://www.evergreen.edu/ican/main/ican.html

MONDAY, 28 APRIL

US-Canada Lumber Trade Forum, 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (reception to follow), Bell Harbor International Conference Center, Seattle. More information at www.cintrafor.org or (206) 543-8684.

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

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*******NEW PRINTERS GO ONLINE IN WINKENWERDER 104********

Due to coming budget cuts, two printers that have long been available for student use without charge have become "self-sustaining" operations. As of Monday, March 24th, there are two printers in WINK 104. One of the printers will be for staff and faculty use and one will be a self-sustaining printer for use by students.

Anyone wishing to print to WINK 104 must install one of these printers to their computers.

THE FOLLOWING ARE THE INSTALLATION DIRECTIONS:

-Go to START
-Go to RUN
-Type in \\CFRBLD170EPRN1:
-Choose one of these printers:
WFS104-ADMIN.PCL (Staff/faculty)
WFS104-PUB.PCL (Student)

The old print queue (WFS104_HPLJ5SiMx.PCL) will remain active for a short time after the conversion. Brad Coston will monitor it and notify people whose jobs appear in that queue.

STUDENTS: Please contact John Shipman/Accounting to establish a prepaid account before you can print to this machine.

Please contact Lynn Catlett at lcatlett@u.washington.edu or Brad Coston at cfrhelp@u.washington.edu, if you have questions or problems with this procedure.

***HAVE SOFTWARE NEEDS? THE CFR IT DEPT CAN SAVE YOU MONEY!!**

Please check with Marc Morrison before making any purchases relating to computers and/or software. One graduate student tracked down what he thought was the best price on a Java program ($399) at the UW Bookstore. Marc was able to get it for $96 in less than 15 minutes.

*******ARE YOU PREPARED FOR EMERGENCIES ON CAMPUS?***********

During this period of international unrest, please take the time to inform yourselves about emergency procedures that apply to your immediate work area. Ask yourself these basic questions:

* Are you familiar with the emergency evacuation plan?
* Do you know where the nearest First Aid Kit is? Are the necessary supplies in it?
* Is there anyone in your area that is CPR / First Aid certified?

The Emergency Procedures for the College's Health and Safety Plan is in need of updating so please contact Building Coordinator, Greg Brazil, 5-3151 or glbrazil@u.washington.edu with questions regarding your work area.

Your comments are encouraged and will be helpful in revising the plan.

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FACULTY NEWS

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**Research Associate Professor Chuck Henry to go to UW Bothell***

Chuck has accepted a faculty position at UW Bothell in Environmental Science. Chuck will begin his new position on September 1, 2003.

Congratulations Chuck!!

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WEBSITES FOR SEMINARS IN RELATED DEPARTMENTS

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Applied Physics Laboratory
http://www.apl.washington.edu/Research/seminars.html

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

Atmospheric Sciences
http://www.atmos.washington.edu/cgi-bin/calendar.perl

Geological Sciences
http://www.geology.washington.edu

JISAO
http://tao.atmos.washington.edu/seminars/

PMEL
http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/home/seminars/index.html

PMEL/FOCI
http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/foci/seminar.html

QRC
http://depts.washington.edu/qrc/index.cgi


The Straight Grain
Volume 15, Number 4

In this Issue:
- Events
- Conferences
- Student Examinations and Defenses
- Community and Outreach
- Centers & Field Sites
- CUH
- Pack Forest
- Olympic Natural Resources Center
- Wind River Canopy Crane Facility
- Forestry Issues in the News
- General Announcements
- Administrative FYIs
- Staff News
- Faculty News
- Student News

21 March 2003

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

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FRIDAY, 21 MARCH
-- SEMINAR - Roger A. Rosenblatt M.D., M.P.H., M.F.R. (candidate), 3:30 p.m., Forest Club Room. "Healthy Trees - Healthy People: The Relevance of Forestry to Human Health."

SATURDAY, 22 MARCH
--LECTURE - Howard Doughty, 2:00 p.m., The Museum of Flight. "Earth From Orbit." The Museum of Flight's new temporary exhibit, "Space Art: The Earth from Orbit," displays 48 photographs which reveal the "familiar" Earth in startling and compelling ways. For more information go to www.museumofflight.org

MONDAY, 24 MARCH
--SEMINAR- Masami Fukuda, Institute of Low Temperature Science, Hokkaido University. 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m., Quaternary Research Center (QRC) room 154. "Siberian Forest Fire Impacts to Global Warming"

SATURDAY, 29 MARCH
--WORKSHOP- 9:30 a.m. - Noon, Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N, Seattle. "Five Voices Calling: An Interactive Workshop For Our Sustainable Future." Participants will explore ways to engage in the creation of a sustainable future. Registration is $10 before March 29th and $15 at the door. Refreshments will be provided, but please bring your own mug or cup. Call Ann at 553-2589 to register.

TUESDAY - SATURDAY, 8-12 APRIL
ART/SCIENCE CHAUTAQUA AT THE EVERGREEN STATE COLLEGE
A group of faculty and students from the arts and sciences, as well as invited speakers, will present lectures, theater, dance performances, parades, workshops, and visual art displays to understand and celebrate trees and forests and the relationships humans have with them. The presentations will foster the incorporation of art and science in academic programs and for the enjoyment of the outside community.
A large tent offering informational materials from a variety of organizations will be staffed with volunteers during all five days of the Chautauqua. To submit any informational materials, brochures, or pamphlets to have on display, send materials to: Dr. Nalini Nadkarni, Lab II, Room 2259, The Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA 98505. For more information on the Chautauqua and its events, go to http://www.evergreen.edu/artscience/ or http://www.evergreen.edu/ican/main/ican.html

MONDAY, 28 APRIL
US-Canada Lumber Trade Forum, 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (reception to follow), Bell Harbor International Conference Center, Seattle. More information at www.cintrafor.org or (206) 543-8684.

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*****************************CFR ALUMNUS WINS AWARD***********************

Daniel John Hinkley, M.S. in Urban Horticulture (1985), was awarded the 2003 Scott Garden and Horticulture Medal Award at the Spring Garden Festival given by the Associates of the Scott Arboretum at Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA on Sunday, March 9, 2003. This award, established in 1929, recognizes individuals who, in the opinion of the selection committee, have made outstanding national contributions to the science and art of gardening. It is given to an individual as an acknowledgement of "achievement of great merit, a recognition of work in creating and developing a wider interest in gardening." Dan joins a prestigious list of horticulturalists who have been given this award over the years. Professor John Wott directed his graduate work at the University of Washington on the maple collection of Washington Park Arboretum. He then taught horticulture at Edmonds Community College and was nominated six consecutive years as teacher of the year. He established the world famous Heronswood Nursery in Kingston, WA with his partner, Robert Jones. His plant collection explorations, his plant
introductions, and lectures are widely known. Dan is a UW alumnus extraordinaire!

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*******FOREST SERVICE FUNDING COMES THROUGH FOR ONRC******

Good news for the Olympic Natural Resources Center (ONRC) research programs. Included in the USDA Forest Service funding is an earmark of $250,000 for ONRC within the Pacific Northwest Research Station budget. This funding was not a sure thing by any means. Many ONRC supporters
helped to lobby Congress on ONRC's behalf to ensure continued funding. This is the eighth consecutive year ONRC has been successful in obtaining the earmark on the Forest Service budget to support research programs. Final appropriations were significantly delayed this year as Congress struggled with major changes in government that has put the request for proposal (RFP) and award process behind schedule. Nevertheless, ONRC expects to circulate RFPs for these funds by April 1, 2003.
Contact John Calhoun, Director at (360) 374-3220, Ext. 225 or jcalhoun@u.washington.edu for more information.

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*******EDUCATIONAL VISITS RAMP UP FOR SPRING AT WRCCRF******

Spring is the busy season for educational visits to the Wind River Canopy Crane Research Facility. The season started off with the ESC 441 class led by Professor Jerry Franklin. Twenty-eight students came to the Wind River area for quite an educational experience (and lift!). This week hailed the start of a new program for field biology at Falls City, OR schools with a visit to the crane from a high school group from that city.
*******RECENT ADDITIONS TO THE WRCCRF PUBLICATION LIST******

To see a full list, visit www.depts.washington.edu/wrccrf
Braun, D. M., B. Runcheng, D. C. Shaw, and M. VanScoy. 2002. Folivory of vine maple in an old-growth Douglas-fir-western hemlock forest. Northwest Science 76: 315-321.

Ishii, H., E. D. Ford, and C. E. Dinnie. 2002. The role of epicormic shoot production in maintaining foliage in old-growth Pseudotsuga menziesii (Douglas-fir) trees: basal reiteration from older branch axes.
Canadian Journal of Botany 80: 916-926.

James, S. A., F. C. Meinzer, G. Goldstein, D. Woodruff, T. Jones, T. Restom, M. Mejia, M. Clearwater, and P. Campanello. 2003. Axial and radial water transport and internal water storage in tropical forest
canopy trees. Oecologia 134: 37-45.

Kennedy, M. C. 2002. A Geometric Simulation Model of Foliage Regeneration in Abies grandis and Pseudotsuga menziesii. D. Ford (Maj. Prof.). University of Washington.

Lindenmayer, D. B., and J. F. Franklin. 2002. Conserving forest biodiversity a comprehensive, multi-scaled approach. Island Press, Washington, DC.

Meinzer, F. C. 2003. Functional convergence in plant responses to the environment. Oecologia 134: 1-11.

McDowell, N., H. Barnard, B. J. Bond, T. Hinckley, R. M. Hubbard, H. Ishii, B. Kvstner, F. Magnani, J. D. Marshall, F. C. Meinzer, N. Phillips, M. G. Ryan, and D. Whitehead. 2002. The relationship between
tree height and leaf area: sapwood area ratio. Oecologia 132: 12-20.

Shaw, D. C., E. A. Freeman, and C. Flick. 2002. The vertical occurrencesof small birds in an old-growth Douglas-fir-western hemlock forest stand. Northwest Science 76: 322-334.

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**************REVAMPING OF CFR CURRICULUM FEATURED IN THE P-I.**********
The article features quotes from several CFR faculty of the college and their perspectives on the curriculum changes occurring at CFR. See http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/112734_horticulture15.shtml

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

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GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS
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***********************COFFEE SERVICE RECOVERS****************************
Update on the status of the dean's office coffee fund: thanks to all the people who care about continuing to have coffee available and who are ready to pay their share, there has been an infusion of funding to keep
the coffee flowing, at least for now. For those of you who would like to pay on a weekly or monthly basis, or who want to charge coffee for meetings to a budget, see Sally Morgan, who will be the money collector.

*********************FLOOD IN FOREST RESOURCES LIBRARY********************
On the morning of Thursday, March 20, a broken sprinkler head cause major flooding in the Forest Resources Library and surrounding labs and offices. Please report any damages caused by this accident to Greg Brazil, Building Coordinator.

*************FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO RECONCILE BARS OR USE PROCARDS********
The February processing cycle for ProCurement Card purchases ran with errors that produced multiple charges on the BAR for the same transaction. The system automatically catches any errors and has offset
the duplicate charges with credits.

*******TRAVELING OUT OF THE COUNTRY WITH COMPUTER EQUIPMENT?***********
If you will be traveling with UW computer equipment outside of the US, you must first contact the UW Equipment Inventory Office. They can be reached at http://www.washington.edu/admin/finacct/eio/office/. If you contact them the nice folks there will give you a notarized authorization for use of UW-owned equipment. The purpose of this letter is to facilitate departure from and re-entry to the US of UW/WA-owned equipment. This is especially critical upon re-entry to the US for reason of national security and to avoid any unnecessary duty charges. If you will be doing any foreign travel, contact Marc Morrison,
marc@cfr.washington.edu, or the EIO office for assistance.

**********************WINTER QUARTER GRADES DEADLINE*****************
Please note that grades for winter quarter are due on Monday, March 24 at 10:00 a.m. Any grades received in Student Services by 9:45 a.m. on the 24th will be walked up to Schmitz Hall.

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***KUDOS TO DISTINGUISHED GRADUATE MENTOR AWARD NOMINEES********
Each year the Graduate School selects one recipient for the UW Distinguished Graduate Mentor Award. Although the winner for 2003 was not from our College, Professors Robert Gara and James Agee were nominated for this award. Thank you for your excellent work and congratulations for being nominated!

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***********CFR HAS THREE DISTINGUISHED STAFF AWARD NOMINEES**********
A reception was held March 19th at Kane Hall to honor UW staff who received a Distinguished Staff Award nomination. Congratulations to Bert Hasselberg of the Precision Forestry Cooperative, Larry Mason of RTI, and the CFR Information Technology group (IT), Marc Morrison, Shane Krause, and Brad Coston for this great accomplishment!

********NEW EDUCATION COORDINATOR AT THE ARBORETUM*****************
Christine (Chris) Berry of Woodinville, WA has been hired as Education Coordinator for the Washington Park Arboretum's Children and School programs. Chris will begin work on Wednesday, March 19th, working from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm (3/4 time). She previously has worked for PEPS (Program for Early Parent Support), Homegrocer.com, and assisted with educational seminars and special events and conducted children's tours for Molbak's Inc. For the last two years, she led the volunteer effort,
creating and managing the $100,000 Cottage Lake Elementary Outdoor Classroom Project. We are pleased to welcome Chris and know you will want to do so too.

*****STORK PAYS VISIT TO FORMER EDUCATION ARBORETUM COORDINATOR*******
Monica Ravin, former Education Coordinator at the Arboretum, gave birth to a baby boy, Orion Kai Ravin on March 17th. Mother and son are doing very well. Congratulations Monica and family!

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**********************CRR STUDENT IS GATES SCHOLAR***********************
Morris Johnson, CFR Ph.D. student in the silviculture and forest protection program, is featured in the March issue of UW Columns Magazine for being a Gates Millennium Scholar. The full article can be seen at http://www.washington.edu/alumni/columns/march03/millennium02.html

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WEBSITES FOR SEMINARS IN RELATED DEPARTMENTS AND COLLABORATORS
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Applied Physics Laboratory
http://www.apl.washington.edu/Research/seminars.html

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

Atmospheric Sciences
http://www.atmos.washington.edu/cgi-bin/calendar.perl

Geological Sciences
http://www.geology.washington.edu

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

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

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

Quaternary Research Center
http://depts.washington.edu/qrc/index.cgi


The Straight Grain
Volume 15, Number 3

In this Issue:

- Events
- Conferences
- Student Examinations and Defenses
- College Socials
- Community and Outreach
- Centers & Field Sites
- CINTRAFOR
- Pack Forest
- Olympic Natural Resources Center
- RTI
- Forestry Issues in News
- General Announcements
- Administrative FYIs
- Staff News
- Faculty News

14 March 2003

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

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EVENTS

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THURSDAY and FRIDAY, 13 – 14 MARCH

--SYMPOSIUM, “Tools & Techniques to Manage the Urban Forest.” CUH. For more information: http://depts.washington.edu/urbhort/html/tootufweb/homepage.htm

FRIDAY and SATURDAY, 14 – 15 MARCH

Regional logging sports competition at Pack Forest.

FRIDAY, 14 MARCH

--MASTER’S DEFENSE, Jason Niebler, 12:30 p.m., Winkenwerder 107. “The Veracruz Agroforestry Transect: A methodological and classification pilot investigation of regional agroforestry practices along an altitudinal gradient for future agroforestry research and development in Veracruz State, Mexico.”

--DEAD ELK GATHERING, 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., Forest Club Room.

All CFR graduate students and their guests are welcome. A student poster session will begin at 4:45 p.m. Refreshments will be provided.

SATURDAY, 15 MARCH

--LECTURE, Judy Zugish, Fishsticks Basketry, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Douglas Classroom, CUH. “Turning Twigs into Trellises.”

MONDAY, 17 MARCH

-- PROPOSAL PRESENTATION - Michael Case, 9:00 a.m., Anderson 22. “A dendroecological study of Douglas fir and lodgepole pine along altitudinal gradients within the North Cascades National Park.”

THURSDAY, 20 MARCH

--PANEL DISCUSSION - 4:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., Kane Hall 130. A panel of sitting university presidents will discuss the search for a president which will be moderated by John Byrne, President Emeritus, Oregon State University.

FRIDAY, 21 MARCH

-- SEMINAR – Roger A. Rosenblatt M.D., M.P.H., M.F.R. (candidate), 3:30 p.m., Forest Club Room. "Healthy Trees – Healthy People: The Relevance of Forestry to Human Health."

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SATURDAY, 22 MARCH

--LECTURE – Howard Doughty, 2:00 p.m., The Museum of Flight. “Earth From Orbit.” The Museum of Flight's new temporary exhibit, "Space Art: The Earth from Orbit," displays 48 photographs which reveal the "familiar" Earth in startling and compelling ways. For more information go to www.museumofflight.org

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*********CINTRAFOR TO HOST LUMBER TRADE FORUM IN APRIL**********

The US-Canada lumber trade dispute represents, by value, the world’s single largest current trade dispute. This workshop, featuring industry and government leaders from both sides of the border, will highlight impacts and present possible solutions. Government to government negotiations are ongoing and vigorous. Come hear experts on all sides discuss their views on this issue.

Monday, 28 April – US-Canada Lumber Trade Forum, 1:00 pm to 6:00 (Reception to follow), Bell Harbor International Conference Center, Seattle. More information at www.cintrafor.org or contact CINTRAFOR at 206-543-8684.

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**********CFR LOGGER SPORTS TEAM TO HOST COMPETITION************

The CFR Logger Sports Team will host a regional logging sports competition on March 15th and 16th at Pack Forest. Teams from Montana, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, and California will compete in the two-day event. Please come on down to Pack Forest and support the students!

--LOGGING RESUMES AT PACK FOREST FOR LOG SALE

Logging has commenced for Pack Forest Log Sale 03.1. Although delivered log prices are at significantly depressed levels, logging costs are also depressed, allowing Pack to maximize revenue. Pack Forest is able to do this by utilizing a timber sale bidding process almost unique in the state system.

The system involves two contract procedures for each sale. The logs themselves are offered by bid sale to companies buying delivered logs. A separate contract providing the logging and hauling service is then offered for bid.

Both contracts are handled in a conventional manner, and are subject to UW policies and processes. This process permits Pack Forest to design its harvest areas according to physical and biological requirements, instead of having to yield to economic requirements. The result is that small sales can be made, even under depressed market conditions. Revenue is also generally higher because the basic marketing is borne by Pack Forest, not the logger. This results in greatly reduced logging bids, leaving a larger percentage of the log-selling price with Pack Forest.

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--UW TO RECEIVE EDUCATIONAL GRANT

UW will receive an educational grant to develop and present continuing education for secondary education teachers on the Olympic Peninsula. The grant moneys emanate from the No Child Left Behind federal program and are administrated by the Higher Education Continuing Board in Washington. The project, entitled “Teaching for Understanding: Inquiry-Based Mathematics Curriculum Development for Teachers in High-Need Local Educational Agencies on the Olympic Peninsula,” will integrate innovative math education techniques with local natural resource applications in forestry and fisheries. The instructional team is Dr. Bob Lee (CFR), the PI, Dr. Mark Windschitl and Dr. Rebekah Elliott (College of Education), and Dr. Fred Johnson (Peninsula College). The format will be a symposium held at ONRC in Forks this summer along with three weekend sessions held throughout the following school year. Thirty secondary education teachers from the Olympic Peninsula will participate.

For more information, contact Ellen Matheny, Director, Education and Outreach (Project Manager), at UW ONRC at (360) 374-3220 Ext 228 or ematheny@u.washington.edu

****Regional Forester Linda Goodman To Present at UW ONRC Forum******

Regional Forester Linda Goodman, USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Region, will present comments and information on the Healthy Forest Initiative at the next monthly public forum at UW ONRC in Forks. The forum will be Wednesday, April 9th at 7:30 p.m. The public is welcome.

For more information, contact Ellen Matheny at (360) 374-3220 Ext 228 or ematheny@u.washington.edu

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****RTI RECEIVE KUDOS FROM GREEN RIVER COMMUNITY COLLEGE*****

Kevin Cedar, Forest Technology Specialist, and Jeff Comnick, Senior Computer Specialist, received accolades from the students at GRCC for their interesting, informative, and fun training session to the Silviculture class.

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

SNOQUALMIE LAND TRUST DEAL FALLS THROUGH – a deal once touted, as a nationwide model for land preservation is a no go. For the complete article: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/businesstechnology/134650400_hancock11.html

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GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

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----HOW TO MAKE A ROOM RESERVATION AT CFR

Reservations for the Forest Club Room, Anderson 22, and a few classrooms in Winkenwerder are scheduled through the schedulers at the following link:

http://www.cfr.washington.edu/Internal/Facilities/Anderson22/MeetingRms.html

Additional information on room availability, remote sites and room rules can be obtained at http://www.cfr.washington.edu/Facilities/index.htm . The basic rules are: 1) leave the room as you left it and 2) lock up after you are done.

** Laboratory Safety System (LSS) **

The Laboratory Safety System (LSS) is a University-wide computer system used by UW staff, students, and faculty to protect research, maintain a safe work place, and comply with various local, state, and federal regulations.

To comply with local and state regulations, all Principal Investigators, supervisors, and faculty who store hazardous materials are required to maintain an on-line chemical inventory and have access to Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs). For additional information and system access visit, http://www.ehs.washington.edu/services/lssinfo.htm

**********************WINTER QUARTER GRADES DEADLINE*********************

Please note that grades for winter quarter are due on Monday, March 24 at 10:00 a.m. Any grades received in Student Services by 9:45 a.m. on the 24th will be walked up to Schmitz Hall.

--CLIMBING SPRING COURSE ENROLLMENTS!

As of March 12th, the following courses have at least 100 students enrolled:

CFR 101 has 148 enrolled.

CFR 181 has 185 enrolled.

ESC 110 A has 100 enrolled.

ESC 110 B has 577 enrolled. (WOW!)

PSE 104 has 126 enrolled.

PSE 309/CHEM E has 244 enrolled.

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FACULTY NEWS

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The Acting Provost has approved the following faculty promotions effective September 16, 2003:

Clare Ryan promoted to Associate Professor with tenure.

John Marzluff promoted to Professor.

Kern Ewing promoted to Professor.

CONGRATULATIONS CLARE, JOHN, AND KERN!!

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--ADVISING TO LOSE VALUABLE STAFF MEMBER

Russ Posten, CFR's undergraduate adviser, is leaving the UW. There will be a farewell reception for Russ in Anderson 116 at 2:00 p.m. on March 20th, his last day.

--PACK FOREST’S JANICE SIPES RECOVERING

Janice Sipes, Office Assistant at Pack Forest, is recovering from surgery and will be out of the office for up to two weeks. Join us in wishing Janice a speedy recovery!

--UPDATE ON DEBRA NICKELS-CARDOZA’S SURGERY

Debra went through major surgery on March 11th and the prognosis is good. The cancer has not spread as much as expected so the surgery was less drastic. Let's keep positive thoughts and wish her well.

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WEBSITES FOR SEMINARS IN RELATED DEPARTMENTS

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Applied Physics Laboratory
http://www.apl.washington.edu/Research/seminars.html

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

Atmospheric Sciences
http://www.atmos.washington.edu/cgi-bin/calendar.perl

Geological Sciences
http://www.geology.washington.edu

JISAO
http://tao.atmos.washington.edu/seminars/

PMEL
http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/home/seminars/index.html

PMEL/FOCI
http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/foci/seminar.html

QRC
http://depts.washington.edu/qrc/index.cgi


The Straight Grain
Volume 15, Number 2

In this Issue:

- Events
- Conferences
- Seminars
- College Socials
- Centers & Field Sites
- Wind River Canopy Crane
- Pack Forest
- Olympic Natural Resource Center (ONRC)
- GIS Lab
- Center for Water and Watershed Studies (CWWS)
- Forestry Issues in News
- General Announcements
- Dean’s Office Coffee Service to End
- Arbor Day Fair 2003
- New Course for Spring
-Administrative FYIs
-Staff Training Trip to Publication Services
- Staff News
- In Next Week’s Issue

7 March 2003

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

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EVENTS

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--MARCH 11, Tuesday Morning Get-Togethers Series

“Ecology of the Cedar River watershed before colonization by Pacific salmon,” Peter Kiffney, National Marine Fisheries Service, affiliate professor, Forestry. Sponsored by CWWS.

--University of Washington Presidential Search – Open to the Public

MARCH 10, 4:00 pm – 6 pm, in Kane Hall 210

Panel with Council of Former Faculty Senate Chairs: Faculty Perspectives on the Future of the University. The moderator will be Sandra Silberstein, Chair of the Faculty Senate.

MARCH 20, 4:30 pm – 7 pm, in Kane Hall 130

A panel of sitting university presidents will discuss the search for a president which will be moderated by John Byrne, President Emeritus, Oregon State University.

JUNE 9TH - JUNE 11TH, Wind River Canopy Crane Science Conference(see section on Field Facilities for further information).

SAVE THE DATES

--The Annual Salmon BBQ: Friday, October 3.

--The Holiday Party: Friday, December 12.

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CFR FIELD FACILITIES, RESEARCH CENTERS AND GROUPS

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***********FEATURED GROUP OF THE WEEK: GIS LAB **********************

The GIS Lab is staffed by Phil Hurvitz (CFR's GIS Specialist), Luke Rogers (RTI's GIS and Database guru), and Matt McLaughlin (Data Control and Webmaster for RTI). The lab also has an undergraduate, Andrew Cooke, doing LIDAR data processing work for Precision Forestry.

The work is focused on the analysis of spatial data in the context of natural resource management. This varies from simply producing poster and publication quality maps for clients, to building software customizations that help people analyze their spatial data.

Some examples of current and recent work are:

Small Forest Landowner Database (SFLO) Project (Luke Rogers). A DNR grant through RTI, this project created a single database of small forest landowner holdings across the entire state. This project generated numbers such as the number of SFLO holdings, the number of owners and acreage by parcel size, watersheds with substantial NIPF ownership, watersheds with substantial riparian NIPF ownership, and can be used for monitoring these trends over time.

LMS Analyst (Phil Hurvitz). An ArcView GIS plug-in for preparing data to be used in LMS. The growth models in LMS require stand-level attributes such as mean elevation, slope, and aspect. The GIS tool uses stand boundaries and digital elevation models to generate these values on a stand-by-stand basis.

Forest Mensuration Conversion Calculator (Luke Rogers). This is an online web-based tool for converting all types of forest measurements, such as cubic meter to Scribner board-foot volume. The web-based application is based on Dave Briggs' original compliation of these conversion routines.

Walkable and Bikeable Communities (WBC) Project (Phil Hurvitz). The WBC project, funded by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) through the department of Urban Planning, is designed to measure the walkability and bikeability of communities and neighborhoods. Phil has been working on an ArcView GIS plug-in that quantifies the structure of the urban landscape (for example, within 3 km of a household, how many different land uses exist? How many restaurants, theaters, hospitals, etc. exist, and how far away is the closest of each of these facilities, both in a straight-line distance and along a street network?). Urban Planning has conducted a survey that will determine how people use the urban environment near their homes, and coupled with the objective measures obtained within the GIS, our hope is that we will be able to predict the walkability and bikeability of any neighborhood based solely on the configuration of the urban environment.

Pegger (Luke Rogers). Luke's Master’s degree project is an ArcView GIS plug-in that allows engineers to create rough-cut road layouts based on topographic data. Traditionally done with dividers, pencils, and erasers at great cost and tedium, Luke's tool is used with great ease and saves a tremendous amount of design and planning time for forest engineers.

RTI Image Archive (Luke Rogers, Matt McLaughlin). The RTI Image Archive is an online repository of forestry related images. Included are topics ranging from harvest systems to recreation. All of the images are free to use and download. Visit the archive at http://www.ruraltech.org/projects/image_archive.

Online Map Machine (Luke Rogers). The Map Machine (in development) will allow users to view map data for their area of interest. Not only will users be able to view and print maps, they will be able to package data for download, create riparian and road buffers, and to display GPS data points.

Culvert Sedimentation Modeler (Florentiu Damian, Master’s degree student). Flo's CulSed is an ArcGIS Extension design tool that allows planners to design culvert locations. Users can add, remove, or move culverts within the GIS, and get instantaneous visual feedback indicating the amount of sediment passing through the culvert. It uses the Washington State Watershed Analysis Surface Erosion Model for modeling the amount of sediment flow.

****************** IT’S RAINING CATS AND DOGS AT ONRC **********************

After what is usually a long, wet winter, Forks celebrates its abundant rainfall each April. The theme of this year’s RainFest is “Raining Cats & Dogs”. The event will be held at different locations around Forks on April 11th –13th. There will be a quilt show and classes, an umbrella parade featuring adorable umbrellas decorated by our local children, and entertainment. ONRC is coordinating the Environmental Education tables. Information on local natural resources from various sources will be displayed and experts will be on hand to answer questions. To date, the Olympic Coast Marine Sanctuary, Olympic National Park, Pacific Coast Salmon Coalition, US Forest Service, Washington State Department of Ecology, Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife, Olympic Coast Clean-up, and Wild Salmon Center have signed up for tables. Many more organizations are expected to join as the event draws near.

You are all invited to attend RainFest. Come to Forks and celebrate one of our most treasured resources – rainfall. Or reserve a table, if you have information you would like to share with the public.

Contact Ellen Matheny, Director of Education & Outreach, for more information at (360) 374-3220 Ext 228 or ematheny@u.washington.edu.

*******PACK FOREST PLAYS ROLE IN CONSERVATION CORRIDOR******

The Nisqually River Council, Pack Forest, the Nisqually River Basin Land Trust, the Nisqually River Interpretive Center Foundation, the Nisqually Indian Tribe, the National Park Service Rivers and Trails Program and other stewardship partners have joined forces to develop a conservation corridor that links Mount Rainier National Park to the Nisqually River Wildlife Refuge.

The Conservation Corridor will:

--Provide a Habitat Management Plan for terrestrial and aquatic species and help landowners voluntarily implement the plan on their property.

--Work with landowners to conserve water quality and habitat.

--Conserve working forests and agricultural lands.

--Provide landowners with incentives to protect designated view/landscape areas.

--Help counties, towns, landowners, and Associated General Contractors of Washington develop voluntary best management practice standards and architectural guidelines and develop incentives for those who adopt these standards.

Pack Forest is well positioned to demonstrate the role of working forests in watershed management and habitat conservation in the Nisqually Watershed. Current interpretive programs and new demonstration areas will help to educate the public and provide a setting for stakeholders to see best management practices in action.

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

*************WIND RIVER CANOPY CRANE RESEARCH FACILITY***************

The 9th Annual Wind River Canopy Crane Science Conference is set for

June 9th - 11th. Science presentations will be on Tuesday, June 10th & Wednesday, June 11th. All are welcome and encouraged to join in and learn about canopy research taking place at Wind River in the beautiful Columbia River Gorge.

Interesting weather note for Wind River:

February microclimate at the crane site came in cooler and dryer than typical.

Average air temperature was 2.66 C; long-term (23 yr) average is 5.7 C

Total precipitation was 182.53 mm; long-term average is 320.6 mm

*************CENTER FOR WATER AND WATERSHED STUDIES***************

--Researchers seek assistance with Forest Vegetation Simulator (FVS)

A couple of watershed researchers at UW-School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences are looking for help with learning the Forest Vegetation Simulator (FVS). They conduct research in coastal Washington and have a specific interest in the PNW-Coast variant of FVS. If you are familiar with the simulator and are willing to help with a brief introduction, they would be very appreciative of the assistance. There is some appropriate form of compensation. Contact Steve Rentmeester, UW-SAFS at sar3@u.washington.edu or 206-221-5455.

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FORESTRY IN THE NEWS

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

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GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

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**************** COFFEE SERVICE TO BE ELIMINATED *************************

The *self-sustaining* coffee service, located in the Dean’s office, will be eliminated if users continue to not pay for the coffee and associated supplies. The coffee budget is seriously in debt and cannot continue to be in the red. Please pay your bill!

************ ARBOR DAY FAIR 2003 NEEDS VOLUNTEERS ******************

The 2003 Arbor Day Fair is right around the corner. This has been a wildly successful event, bringing over 2,000 first through third grade students to the College each year. CFR faculty and staff are needed to work the various learning stations that let children participate in the many aspects of forestry and related sciences. Please contact Ellen McKinley at arborday@u.washington.edu or (206) 685-4486, ext. 242. You can also go to the Arbor Day Fair website http://www.cfr.washington.edu/Outreach/ADF/AD-Fair.html

*************NEW COURSE OFFERING - SPREAD THE WORD******************

CFR 181, Wilderness, designed as a "large class," will be offered spring 2003. It will meet the UW Natural World requirements. In addition to covering the history, designation, stewardship, and management of wilderness areas, it will introduce students to the College. Al Wagar and TA Brian Zwiebel are coordinating the course, with guest lectures by Jerry Franklin, Sarah Reichard, Jim Agee, Kern Ewing and speakers from outside the UW.

-- ATTENTION ALL RAs AND TAs: WANT TO MAKE SURE YOU GET PAID THIS SPRING?

Spring Quarter for 2003, is 03/16/2003 - 06/15/2003. If you are employing a graduate Research Assistant, Teaching Assistant or Stipend for Spring Quarter 2003, please make sure the authorization information is provided to Sandra Scott by MARCH 21, 2003.

Graduate Students and Stipends, in order to be paid accurately, without any delays, and any late tuition fees, must provide appointment information to Sandra Scott prior to the deadline.

Please make sure the correct Appointment Title is given, if Appointment is Schedule 1 or Schedule 3, and that the grant or budget number does not expire before the appointment ends.

--STAFF TRAINING TRIP TO PUBLICATION SERVICES IS A SUCCESS

The Department of Publication Services provides print, copy, mail, and design services for UW's campuses and medical centers. Dave McCroskey, publications coordinator for CFR, Katy Folk/Copy Services, and Kathy Hoggan/Client and Creative Services, hosted seven CFR staff last week for an orientation and a tour of the printing facility.

In addition to CLIENT PRINT PROJECT management and DESIGN services, WEB PUBLISHING CONSULTANTS can brainstorm with clients who plan to do their own implementation, and provide free estimates for those who are willing to pay for design/build services. For your groundbreaking special project, large or small, the new CREATIVE CONSULTANTS NETWORK provides access to more than 160 pre-qualified regional designers, illustrators, photographers, writers, and editors under contract at preferred rates while Pub Services handles the otherwise onerous university administration.

Letterhead and business card ordering has been online for several years; now an online "Request for Printing" for general work ordering is being tested. A "LUNCH BOX TALKS" series addresses current issues in communications; up next (3/28): Picking the Program and Platform for your project.

For "Lunch Box" time/place info as well as for more detail on these and the many other functions, see Pub Services' website at http://www.pubserv.washington.edu or contact coordinator Dave McCroskey (davidmac@u.washington.edu or 3-3118).

SYNERGY: Mark Lewis/Paper Science Lab manager and Katy Folk/Assistant Director of Copy Services started a discussion about recycled content in copy paper and what kinds of handmade and lab-made papers might run in copiers. Katy made plans to attend a student session in Mark's lab to continue the conversation.

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--IMPROPER LABELING DELAYS MAIL

MAILING TIP: Don't write on or attach anything to your outgoing mail below or to the left of the last two lines of address (street, city/state/zip). Anything on the envelope in this area confuses the autosorting equipment, which kicks the item out, delaying and maybe mangling it. Always attach bar codes, air mail labels, etc, ABOVE the address.

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STAFF NEWS

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Debra Nickels-Cardoza, Program Specialist for the Urban Ecology Group, will have major surgery on March 11th. Please keep her in your thoughts for a fast recovery.

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IN NEXT WEEK’S ISSUE

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--Features on other centers

--Mail Services dos and don’ts

--Other interesting CFR news that *you* submit


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