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The Straight Grain
Volume 21, Number 12

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

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

EVENTS FOR WEEKS BEGINNING March 24. Check out the CFR events calendar at http://www.cfr.washington.edu/events/ for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

SATURDAY, 24 MARCH HORTICULTURE SYMPOSIUM KENMORE, WA 8:30 AM-3 PM
NW Horticultural Society Symposium, " Sustainable Gardening: The green approach."

SATURDAY, 24 MARCH UWBG PUBLIC EDUCATION UWBG, CUH 9 AM-12 PM
"Fruit Tree Grafting." For more information, and to register, see http://depts.washington.edu/urbhort/html/education/register.html.

SATURDAY, 24 MARCH WORLD WATER DAY SEATTLE, ALKI 11 AM
World Water Day's, "Walk for Water: Seattle." Meet at Alki Beach (Statue of Liberty Plaza), 1702 Alki Ave SW, Seattle WA. Register online.

MONDAY, 26 MARCH CFR FACULTY MEETING ANDERSON 22 10:30-11:30 AM
College of Forest Resources Faculty Meeting. Materials will be distributed in advance of the meeting.

MONDAY, 26 MARCH FACULTY CANDIDATE SEMINAR ANDERSON 207 1:30-4 P.M.
"Decision Support Systems for Forest Management," Woodam Chung, Assistant Professor of Forest Operations, University of Montana. Candidate for natural resource economist faculty position. Reception to follow.

MONDAY, 26 MARCH WILDLIFE SCI SEMINAR PHYS-ASTR A1118 3:30-4:30 PM
"Feline Leukemia Virus in Western Washington Cougars: Ramifications beyond the urban-wildland interface," Brian Kertson, PhD Candidate, College of Forest Resources.

TUESDAY, 27 MARCH WATER CENTER SEMINAR ANDERSON 223 8:30-9:20 AM
"Solving Water Issues through Social Entrepreneurship," Craig Mayberry, PhD student, University of British Columbia.

FRIDAY, 30 MARCH-SUNDAY, 1 APRIL ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL KANE HALL
"Hazel Wolf 9th Annual Environmental Film Festival.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEAD'S UP FOR
"International Mountain Logging and 13th Pacific NW Skyline Symposium," April 1-6, 2007, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR.
"The Water Age," the Honorable William K. Reilly, April 5, 2007, Kane 210, 7:30 p.m.,Civil and Environmental Engineering Daniel and Irma Evans Lecture.
.Barbecue hosted by President Mark Emmert and Provost Phyllis Wise, Friday, April 27, 2007, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Enjoy lunch and visit with friends as UW leaders take their turn flipping burgers to say thanks for the work you do.

COLLEGE TO PARTICIPATE IN WASHINGTON WEEKEND EVENTS, APRIL 26-28, 2007
Washington Weekend is an annual event featuring open houses, class reunions, lectures, tours, live entertainment, Husky sporting events, and more for the campus community, and the general public. It's a chance for everyone to come back to campus to enjoy all the UW has to offer, and get a first-hand look at everything that is going on at this premier institution in our backyard. There are events and programs for just about every taste, and everyone is welcome to participate and enjoy the rich academic, athletic and community traditions of the UW. See .
The College has events planned to interest all age groups, including:
*College of Forest Resources Open House, Thursday, April 26, 27, and 28. 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Faculty, staff, and students will be on hand to answer questions and provide handouts (WA Weekend schedules and "Walk UW" packets (campus tree tour booklet, Arboretum trails brochure)) Student research posters; continuous dvd/video showings (general intro to CFR programs and facilities, Costa Rica and Yellowstone field trips; Advising
from 2:30-3:30 p.m. for ESRM and PSE undergraduate curricula.
*College of Forest Resources Papermaking and Bio Products Demonstration, Friday, April 27, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m., Bloedel 14.
*College of Forest Resources Centennial WA Weekend Restoration Ecology Tour and Arbor Day Tree Planting, Saturday, April 2, 10 am - 12 pm. Center for Urban Horticulture - UW Botanic Gardens, Union Bay Natural Area.
*College of Forest Resources Centennial WA Weekend LDAR 3D Demonstration, Saturday, April 28 1 pm - 3:30 pm Anderson 22.
*College of Forest Resources Centennial WA Weekend Precision Forestry Demonstration, Saturday, April 28, 1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m. Anderson Courtyard.
*College of Forest Resources Centennial WA Weekend Small Mammal Demonstration, Saturday, April 28, Winkenwerder 105, 30-minute "small mammal" presentations, beginning at 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30 p.m..

CFR ADMINISTRATION MEETING WITH UW PROVOST
Members of the College administration met with the Provost and her staff on March 20, 2007 to discuss strategic planning for the College and the esources needed for its accomplishment. The information presented to the Provost is available online.

CHECK OUT THE FOLLOWING NEW AND REVISED WEB LINKS
Web pages recently developed or updated of general interest to the College community include links on email etiquette and on the CFR strategic plan.
Email Etiquette. A recent report estimated that over 7 trillion emails were sent worldwide last year. Spam messages are jamming in-boxes across the globe and the average office worker now gets between 60-200 messages a day. While no one denies the obvious productivity gains we've realized from the efficiencies of email communication, many people find themselves drowning in all these messages. Most organizations provide their employees with tips for more effective email communication. Check here for some useful tips and links.
CFR Strategic Planning. Check updates on the College's Strategic Plan. The College Planning Committee's charge for the current academic year includes implementation of the three-year goals and objectives identified at the Autumn 2005 retreat and updated at the autumn 2006 retreat. The updated planning document tracks accomplishments and timelines.

CFR FACULTY, STAFF, ALUMNI IN COMMUNITY OUTREACH
Recent and upcoming lecture and presentation engagements by College faculty, staff, and alumni include:
RTI staff Larry Mason recently spoke at the Washington Contract Loggers Association Annual Meeting at Ocean Shores, WA on the Future of Washington's Forests study. Larry will also participate in a workshop held in conjunction with the upcoming National Indian Timber Symposium in Polson, Montana. Also participating in the symposium is CFR alum Kelly Hetzler ('99 ), GIS and inventory forester with the San Carlos Apache Tribe in San Carlos, AZ.
Professor Jerry Franklin will give a lecture, "Preparing Resource Professionals for an Uncertain World," for the April 5 Starker Lecture at Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR.
Speakers for the April 30 Denman Forestry Issues Series, "Trust and Transition: Perspectives on Native American Forestry," to be held at UWBG, include Professor Jerry Franklin and alum Phil Rigdon ('96), deputy director for natural resources for the Yakima Nation.

GARDEN LOVERS' BOOK SALE SET FOR APRIL 6-7, 2006
Thousands of used gardening, horticulture, botany, and landscape design books will be for sale at the 2007 Garden Lovers' Book Sale on April 6th and 7th at UWBG's Center for Urban Horticulture. The sale is a major fundraiser for the Elisabeth C. Miller Library, the premiere horticultural library in the Pacific Northwest. All proceeds of the sale are used to purchase the best and newest in horticultural books and journals. Be among the first to hunt for that special gardening book at the Wine and Cheese Preview Party on Friday, April 6, from 5 to 8 p.m. Tickets to the Preview Party are $15 each, and benefit the book budget of the Miller Library. Enjoy a glass of wine, mingle with other gardening enthusiasts, and bid on specially selected books in the silent auction. You'll be able to browse and buy to your heart's content, and support the Miller Library in the process! Tickets to the Preview Party are on sale now at the library. On Saturday, April 7, the Book Sale will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free. Stock your shelves with gently used gardening books and find inspiration for your own garden. You'll find a wide range of topics on all things horticultural, at great prices. Cash, checks, Visa, and MasterCard all accepted. The sale will take place in the Commons of Merrill Hall, UWBG, 3501 NE 41st Street, Seattle. For book sale information and to purchase tickets to the Friday evening Preview Party see http://depts.washington.edu/hortlib/index.shtml or phone 206.543.0415.

RECIPIENTS OF UW'S RECOGNITION AWARDS ANNOUNCED
Recipients of the UW's recognition awards have been announced; they will be formally recognized for their outstanding achievement and commitment to the UW at the annual Recognition Ceremony, Thursday, June 7, 2007, in Meany Hall for the Performing Arts. The ceremony will begin at 3:30 p.m. and will be followed by a reception at 4:30 p.m. These events are complimentary and open to the public.

NATIVE PLANT STEWARDHIP PROGRAM
The Native Plant Stewardship Program is now accepting applications, through April 12, 2007, for its 2007 Spring Program. Native Plant Stewards are members of our community who take their interest in urban forestry, native plant identification, landscaping, forest ecology, plant biology, ethnobotany, invasive plant species, and restoration practices to a whole new level. The program offers 10 weeks of training on a wide range of topics useful for volunteers restoring and protecting native plants and natural areas in the lowland Puget Sound region. Each week, trainees will learn to identify the plants growing in our region and to understand the vast range of ecosystems in Western Washington. Trainees will also learn hands-on ways to help improve the open spaces and native plant habitats remaining in our urban areas. The 10-week program is free in exchange for a 100-hour volunteer commitment within King County -- most of which will take place in a Seattle Park. Following the training, teams of stewards will be assigned to one-acre sites in Carkeek, Ravenna, Interlaken, Discovery, Lakeridge, or West Duwamish Greenbelt Parks where they will fulfill their volunteer commitments by designing and implementing native plant restoration plans. For more information, contact Jill Politsch at 206.527.3210 or npsp@wnps.org. Download applications at http://www.wnps.org.

CFR IN THE MEDIA
See the March-April 2007 issue of the Audubon Society magazine for "A Rare Jewel," an article on amphibians flourishing at Oregon's Opal Creek wilderness, that cites work by Professor Jerry Franklin. See also, for references to Jerry's work, "Lifetimes With Fire: A writer learns about living in the woods," in the March-April 2007 Sierra magazine, by poet Gary Snyder, who in the 1950s worked in logging camps, on fire lookouts, and on trail crews. Alum and affiliate faculty member Robert Van Pelt ('91,'95) is featured in the April issue of Martha Stewart Living in an article entitled, "Rediscovering American Treasure: Majestic trees up close." Martha Stewart Living has a circulation of nearly 2 million readers. Hopefully, there will soon be a Lexis link to the article.

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KUDOS
Kudos to alum Lisa Graumlich ('85) who was recently appointed Director of the School of Natural Resources at the University of Arizona.

Send in your kudos!

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

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WEBSITES FOR SEMINARS IN RELATED DEPARTMENTS

Aquatic & Fishery Sciences
http://www.fish.washington.edu/news/fishline/fishline.html
Biology http://protist.biology.washington.edu/bio2/news/seminars/
Earth and Space Sciences http://www.geology.washington.edu/Program/Seminars/
Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO) http://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) lhttp://www.pmel.noaa.gov/foci/FOCI_seminars.html
Program on the Environment (POE) http://depts.washington.edu/poeweb/happening/calendar.cgi
Quaternary Research Center (QRC) http://depts.washington.edu/qrc/events.htm


The Straight Grain
Volume 21, Number 11

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

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

EVENTS FOR WEEKS BEGINNING March 17. Check out the CFR events calendar at http://www.cfr.washington.edu/events/ for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

SATURDAY, 17 MARCH VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY NORTH BEND,WA 8 AM-3 PM
Invasive Plant Removal at Little Si, sponsored by Mountains to Sound Greenway. Volunteers will remove invasive plants, the usual suspects (blackberry and ivy) plus others including butterfly bush.

TUESDAY, 20 MARCH ADAPTIVE MGMT CONFERENCE OLYMPIA,WA 8:45 AM-4:30 PM
WA Forest Practices Adaptive Management Science Conference, WA State Capitol Campus DSHS Office Building 2 Auditorium. Free but registration required; email Teresa Moon at: teresa.moon@dnr.wa.gov.

WEDNESDAY, 21 MARCH BIOFUELS LECTURE SEATTLE,TOWN HALL 6:30-8 PM
2007 Environmental Health Lecture Series, "Seeking Solutions: Biofuels." Sponsored by Sponsored by the Seattle Biotech Legacy Foundation..

THURSDAY, 22 MARCH MASTER'S DEFENSE ANDERSON 22 10 AM
"Fate and Degradation of 4-Nonylphenol in Applied Biosolids," Dana Devin-Clarke.

SATURDAY, 24 MARCH HORTICULTURE SYMPOSIUM KENMORE, WA 8:30 AM-3 PM
NW Horticultural Society Symposium, " Sustainable Gardening: The green approach."

SATURDAY, 24 MARCH UWBG PUBLIC EDUCATION UWBG, CUH 9 AM-12 PM
"Fruit Tree Grafting." For more information, and to register, see

SATURDAY, 24 MARCH WORLD WATER DAY SEATTLE, ALKI 11 AM
World Water Day's, "Walk for Water: Seattle." Meet at Alki Beach (Statue of Liberty Plaza), 1702 Alki Ave SW, Seattle WA.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEAD'S UP FOR
"Decision Support Systems for Forest Management," Woodam Chung, Assistant Professor, University of Montana, March 26, Anderson 22, 1:30 p.m., research seminar by applicant for Natural Resource Informatics faculty position.
"Hazel Wolf Environmental Film Festival," March 30-April 1, Kane Hall, co-hosted by UW and featuring themes of climate change and environmental justice.
"The Water Age," the Honorable William K. Reilly, April 5, Kane 210, 7:30 p.m.,Civil & Environmental Engineering Daniel & Irma Evans Lecture.
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NEW SPONSORED RESEARCH PROJECTS IN FEBRUARY 2007
"Olympic Experimental State Forest Land Planning MOU"; PI: John Calhoun; sponsor: WA State Department of Natural Resources; amount $184,141.
"Urban Forestry Research and Technology Transfer: PNW regional assessment and framework development"; PI:\ Kathy Wolf; sponsor: USDA Forest
Service; amount: $14,315.
"Response of Meadow Vegetation to Experimental Tree Removal and Prescribed Fire"; PI: Charles Halpern; sponsor: USDA Forest Service; amount $17,200.

HISTORICAL CONTEXT FOR ARBORETUM-SR 520 DISCUSSION
UWBG's Elizabeth Loudon sends along the following link to an article on the home page of the Cultural Landscape Foundation, a national nonprofit foundation dedicated to increasing public awareness of the importance and irreplaceable legacy of cultural landscapes. The article, "Washington Park Arboretum Seattle, Washington: Threatened Olmsted legacy," provides background and a historical context for the current highway construction issues.

PROVOST WORKSHOPS ON TEACHING AND LEARNING
UW instructional personnel are invited to participate in the Faculty Workshops on Teaching and Learning. The workshops are sponsored by the UW Teaching Academy in collaboration with the Center for Instructional Development and Research, UW Libraries, UW Catalyst, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Office of Educational Assessment. The workshops are designed by and for UW instructional personnel with the needs of both seasoned professionals and newcomers in mind. They are open to faculty, advanced graduate students (who have served as instructors), and to regular part-time lecturers, that is, those who teach at least two courses per year and have done so for at least the past three years. The workshops have been created and are being facilitated by UW faculty who have received campus-wide recognition for effectiveness in teaching, including many who have been recipients of the UW's Distinguished Teaching Award. Workshops for Spring Quarter 2007 include the topics of writing, learning, mentoring, campus community collaboration, global learning, preventing plagiarism, and information literacy.

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR PROFESSIONAL STAFF ORGANIZATION
The Professional Staff Organization (PSO) is accepting nominations for election to the Board of Directors, and all professional staff are eligible to run. Individuals may nominate themselves or others (with nominee's permission). Terms begin June 1, 2007, and board members serve two-year terms. This year, 10 two-year terms are open (including positions at both the Bothell and Tacoma campuses) and one 1-year term, as well as the Officer position of Secretary. Time commitment is approximately 5 hours per month. Board meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nominations, which must be received by April 6, 2007, must include a one paragraph biographical statement from candidates that contains information about their experience at the UW and why they want to serve on the PSO Board. Send nominations and statements to Alicia Palacio, amp@u.washington.edu and contact her at 1-3958 with any questions. For more information about PSO, see http://depts.washington.edu/psoweb/.

C&C NETWORK MAINTENANCE SCHEDULED FOR MARCH 21
Computing and Communications will be performing network maintenance on March 21st from 4:30-7 a.m. that may affect you. It is expected to disrupt network connectivity in Bloedel, Anderson, Winkenwerder, the Plant Lab, the Plant Annex, and the Botany Greenhouse. The disruptions will affect one "subnet" at a time for approximately five minutes. If you believe this maintenance will affect you and you desire assistance, let CFT-IT staff know of your concerns.

NEWSLETTERS ONLINE
Another recent newsletter available online is the 1st quarter 2007 issue of the Stand Management Cooperative Newsletter.

CFR IN THE MEDIA
See Seattle Times article, "Volunteers returning bluebirds to old nesting grounds," with quotes by CFR alum Mason McKinley ('02), Fort Lewis and McChord project manager for The Nature Conservancy of Washington.

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KUDOS
Kudos to Emeritus Professor Linda Brubaker who has been announced as the winner of the Northwest Scientific Association Outstanding Scientist Award. The award is given to individuals who have made significant contributions to science in the Pacific Northwest throughout their careers.

Send in your kudos!

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

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WEBSITES FOR SEMINARS IN RELATED DEPARTMENTS

Aquatic & Fishery Sciences
http://www.fish.washington.edu/news/fishline/fishline.html
Biology http://protist.biology.washington.edu/bio2/news/seminars/
Earth and Space Sciences http://www.geology.washington.edu/Program/Seminars/
Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO) http://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) lhttp://www.pmel.noaa.gov/foci/FOCI_seminars.html
Program on the Environment (POE) http://depts.washington.edu/poeweb/happening/calendar.cgi
Quaternary Research Center (QRC) http://depts.washington.edu/qrc/events.htm


The Straight Grain
Volume 21, Number 10

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

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

EVENTS FOR WEEKS BEGINNING March 4. Check out the CFR events calendar at http://www.cfr.washington.edu/events/ for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY, 9-10 MARCH SILVICULTURAL CHALLENGE CSF AT PACK
"Grand Silvicultural Challenge," presents student teams from UBC College of Forestry and CFR competing to provide answers to a silvicultural problem. Transportation and lodging at Pack provided. Contact David Ford, edford@u.washington.edu, for information.

SUNDAY, MARCH 11 DAYLIGHT SAVING SAVING TIME STARTS 2 AM
Don't forget to set your clock foward 1 hour!

MONDAY, 12 MARCH CFR FACULTY MEETING AND 22 10:30-11:30 AM
CFR faculty meeting; meeting materials will be distributed in advance of the meeting.

MONDAY, 12 MARCH MS DEFENSE AND 22 11:30 AM
"Bark Beetle - Root Rot Dynamics in Grand Fir," Darci Carlson, Committee Chair: Bob Gara.

MONDAY, 12 MARCH PHD PROPOSAL NHS-A,UWBG 1:30 PM
"Ecology and Conservation of the Island Marble," Amy Lambert, Committee Chair: Kern Ewing.

MONDAY, 12 MARCH DISCUSSION/BOOK SIGNING UW BOOKSTORE 7 PM
"Sky Time in Gray's River," with CFR alum Robert Michael Pyle. The book presents the story of Gray's River, one of the earliest settled communities near the Columbia River. Still isolated, Gray's River stays self-reliant and unspoiled, and Pyle's book is an unabashed love letter to its flora, fauna, and folks. If you missed Robert at our recent Distinguished Alumni Seminar, here's another chance!

TUESDAY, 13 MARCH PHD GENERAL EXAM AND 22 9:30 AM
"Fire and Vegetation Change in Yosemite National Park: 1935-2005," Jim Lutz, Committee Chair: Jerry Franklin.

TUESDAY, 13 MARCH OCEANS/HUMAN HEALTH SEMINAR FISH 108 2:30-3:30 PM
"Human Health Evaluation of Contaminants in Puget Sound Fish," Joan Hardy and Gary Palcisko, WA Department of Health.

TUESDAY, 13 MARCH DISCUSSION/BOOK SIGNING MONTLAKE PUB LIBRARY 6:30 PM
"In the Company of Crows & Ravens," John Marzluff and Tony Angell.

WEDNESDAY, 14 MARCH UW BIZTECH HUB 200ABC 9 AM-3 PM
"Explore BizTech, Discover the Possibilities!", 4th annual business and technology fair for UW faculty and staff. Learn about campus initiatives and technologies designed to make taking care of UW business easier.
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THURSDAY, 15 MARCH MS DEFENSE AND22 10 AM
"Evaluation of Stream Restoration Projects in Washington State," Chris James, Committee Chair: Susan Bolton.

THURSDAY, 15 MARCH STARKER LECTURE OSU, CORVALLIS, WA 4 PM
"Haida Gwaii's Forests: Sustaining culture and long-term islands stability," Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson, White Raven Law.

THURSDAY, 15 MARCH AUDUBON SOCIETY LECTURE KIRKLAND, WA 7 PM
"From the Black Oystercatcher to Black Gold: Challenges and opportunities in Alaska," Taldi Walter, National Audubon Society. Program showcasing some of the brilliant birds and important natural areas found in wild Alaska. Location is Northlake Unitarian Universalist Church, 308 4th Ave. S.

THURSDAY-FRIDAY, 15-16 MARCH KNOTWEED SYMPOSIUM PORTLAND, OR
Western Society of Weed Science presents, "Knotweed Symposium."

FRIDAY, 16 MARCH CROSSING BORDERS CONFERENCE SEATTLE LIBRARY 10:15 AM
Canadian University Student Conference Panel, "Crossing Borders - Issues and Resolutions," 4 student panels, focusing on an issue of importance to Canada and the U.S., including the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Location: Microsoft Auditorium, Downtown Seattle Public Library.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEAD'S UP FOR
"Decision Support Systems for Forest Management," Woodam Chung, Assistant Professor, University of Montana, March 26, Anderson 22, 1:30 p.m., research seminar by applicant for Natural Resource Informatics faculty position.
"Hazel Wolf Environmental Film Festival," March 30-April 1, Kane Hall, co-hosted by UW and featuring themes of climate change and environmental justice.
"The Water Age," the Honorable William K. Reilly, April 5, Kane 210, 7:30 p.m.,Civil and Environmental Engineering Daniel and Irma Evans Lecture.

WIND RIVER CANOPY CRANE SITE SLECTED AS PNW DOMAIN HEADQUARTERS
Jerry Franklin reports, "Neon, Inc. has selected Wind River as the core site and headquarters for NEON in the PNW Domain. In addition, they have assigned this domain the responsibility for looking at forest land uses and changes as part of the larger national-level effort to assess ecological responses to land use change; two other domains -- southeast and lake states -- have also been assigned forest land use change. The UW will be the lead academic instutition working with NEON, Inc., the USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Station, and Gifford Pinchot National Forest on the detailed physical and legal issues associated with the core site. This has the potential to be very beneficial for our educational and research programs, given the size and duration of the NEON deployment, even though NEON, Inc. will be the entity actually constructing and operating the site. Without question, this investment will be a major attractor for funding from NSF and other federal and state agencies. The focus on forest land use and change is very much in sync with both the UW and CFR missions; it is my belief that we will be able to eventually shift a portion of this activity into urbanizing forests. In addition to the core site/ headquarters investment (which includes five tower/sensor systems) the domain will also have three redeployable towers (moved every three-five years) to address different forest land conditions. Initial deployment of these assets will probably include a young harvested forest and a forest burned by wildfire. The specifics of where and what will be worked out with NEON, Inc and our other collaborators in the region, including Oregon State University. These redeployable sites do need to be reasonably close to the core site (no more than three hours travel time). Some mobile laboratory capability will also be assigned to the PNW domain, but it is not clear how much at this point or the details of how it will be managed.
Major NEON funding is expected as part of the FY 07 budget."

UPDATE ON CASCADIA FIELD STATION
The Cascadia Field Station (CFS), a unit of the USGS Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center, is an example of collaborative efforts of the College in partnering with external stakeholders and agencies. CFS is located within the College under the leadership of Assistant Professor Christian Torgersen, who holds a position as USGS landscape ecologist; he also has an affiliate faculty position with Oregon State University . The College welcomed Christian to its faculty last summer as one of the first in its cohort of new faculty hires for this academic year. CSF complements the teaching and research mission of the College by providing the scientific research and technology needed to evaluate impacts of land use and natural disturbance on Pacific Northwest ecosystems. Research areas include landscape ecology, remote sensing, spatial analysis, ecological monitoring, and geographical information science. Christian's research focuses on quantifying and explaining spatial heterogeneity in aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems and identifying how scale of observation influences our understanding of ecological patterns and processes. Much of this work involves the use of geospatial applications, such as remote sensing, spatial statistics, and geographical information systems (GIS). An example of research currently underway by CSF is "Multi-layered, Interdisciplinary Mapping of a Wilderness Watershed: 'The Big Onion' Project," with a research team from Idaho State University and Boise State University, along with the National Park Service, the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the non-profit organization Freshwaters Illustrated. The Big Onion is an interdisciplinary riverine mapping project focused on the Big Creek watershed in the Frank Church - River of No Return Wilderness Area in Idaho. Don't hesitate to contact Christian with questions or collaborative research ideas at cet6@u.washington.edu.

ALUMNI NEWS
Carly Ann Wilson (B.S. Wildlife Science, '06) writes that after spending time working as a wildlife assistant with the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) in Australia, she will be volunteering several months at a sunbear rescue and education center in Borneo. "This is such a critical thing because sunbears are the least researched and most endangered bears in the world. They live in the declining tropical rain forest and are taken into the illegal pet trade constantly because they're so tiny and cute."
Wayne Mayer (M.S., Urban Horticulture, '94) writes that he recently completed a PhD in Conservation Biology from Duke University with certificates in international development and Latin American studies.

NEWSLETTERS ONLINE
Recent newsletters online include the Winter 2007 issue of the CFR News, which also contains the 2005-2006 Annual Report to Contributors, and the UWBG's newly renamed newsletter, The Camas Quarterly, Winter 2007 issue.

PROVOST'S VIDEO,"GLOBAL CITIZENS", INCLUDES COLLEGE'S COSTA RICA AND PCMI PROGRAMS
Provost Wise writes, "We hear the word 'global' every day. The media bring the world to our doorstep, our computer screens, and our daily conversation. From tsunamis to clean water and medical care, to ivory poaching in Africa, global events shape our teaching, research, and service to others. In this month's video, I spend time at the Evans School of Public Affairs, one of our core programs in preparing students for their role as world citizens. The Jackson School of International Studies, the Department of Global Health, and our Office of International Programs and Exchanges play pivotal roles in making this a university where our role in the world, and in shaping future leaders, helps define who we are. Once again, I thank you for taking time to post thoughtful comments on our message board about your discoveries and being public at the UW. This month I invite your comments on what "World Citizens" means to you and how your role contributes to our mission to think globally. Post your comments at ." View the video at and watch for images of CFR students and researchers in Costa Rica and a mention of our PCMI international forestry program.

SMOKE-FREE CAMPUS?
Sally Morgan writes, "You have probably seen signs and articles about the Seattle campus going 'smoke free.' Although the press releases make it sound as if there will not be any smoking allowed on campus, that is an exaggeration. There are actually a number of designated smoking locations. These have been selected to comply with the RCW prohibition against smoking within 25 feet of an entrance OR a ventilation intake. There are three sites close to our buildings: one beside the overpass to the Health Sciences T-Wing, one east of Winkenwerder on Rainier Vista, and one on Garfield Lane about halfway up to the fountain. For additional designated areas see https://www.ehs.washington.edu/psosmoking/index.shtm. Your cooperation in respecting these locations will be appreciated."

CFR IN THE MEDIA
See recent Seattle PI article on WA DNR certification efforts, "DNR seeks green star for logging," in which Dean Bare is quoted.
For an article citing Kathy Wolf's research on urban forest benefits, see "Group urges local tree preservation," Longview, Texas News Journal.

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KUDOS
Kudos to Affiliate Professor and PNW-CESU co-Leader Darryll Johnson, who is the recipient of the 2007 National Park Service Research Award for his outstanding contributions to social science research in the national parks. The award will be presented at the George Wright Society meeting later this year.

Send in your kudos!

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

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WEBSITES FOR SEMINARS IN RELATED DEPARTMENTS

Aquatic & Fishery Sciences
http://www.fish.washington.edu/news/fishline/fishline.html
Biology http://protist.biology.washington.edu/bio2/news/seminars/
Earth and Space Sciences http://www.geology.washington.edu/Program/Seminars/
Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO) http://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) lhttp://www.pmel.noaa.gov/foci/FOCI_seminars.html
Program on the Environment (POE) http://depts.washington.edu/poeweb/happening/calendar.cgi
Quaternary Research Center (QRC) http://depts.washington.edu/qrc/events.htm


The Straight Grain
Volume 21, Number 9

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

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

EVENTS FOR WEEKS BEGINNING March 4. Check out the CFR events calendar at http://www.cfr.washington.edu/events/ for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

MONDAY, 5 MARCH UWBG PUBLIC EDUCATION UWBG,ISAACSON 12-3 PM
"Botanical Drawing Workshop, Part 2," (5-part series, Mondays). Register at http://depts.washington.edu/urbhort/html/education/adulteducation.htm.

MONDAY, 5 MARCH CFR FACULTY MEETING AND22 10:30-11:30 AM
CFR faculty meeting; meeting materials will be distributed in advance of the meeting.

MONDAY, 5 MARCH WILDLIFE SCIENCE SEMINAR BAGLEY 154 3:30-5 PM
"Urban Wildlife Conservation and Management Concerns," Chris Anderson, WA Department of Fish and Wildlife.

TUESDAY, 6 MARCH WATER CENTER SEMINAR ANDERSON 223 8:30-9:20 AM
"Improving Small-Scale Water Catchments for Pastoralist Communities in the Liban Zone of Ethiopia," Ken Ludwa, P.E., Engineers Without Borders - Puget Sound Professional Partners.

TUESDAY, 6 MARCH ENGINEERS W/O BORDERS FUNDRAISER ALLEN CENTER 6-9 PM
UW Student Chapter of Engineers without Borders sponsors "Dessert and Wine Evening with a Silent Auction" to support the chapter's project in Yanayo, Bolivia; $25 suggested minimum donation (students $15); pre-event donations accepted securely online at http://www.engr.washington.edu/ewb and RSVPs appreciated at ewbuw@u.washington.edu.

WEDNESDAY, 7 MARCH CLIMATE CHANGE LECTURE KANE 130 7 PM
"On Thin Ice?" Bob Bindschadler, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. Lecture opens the UW's International Polar Year Activities. See complete Polar Year calendar.

THURSDAY, 8 MARCH UWBG PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION WPA 9 AM-2:30 PM
Pro-Hort Class, "Pruning Shrubs," Bess Bronstein, Certified Arborist and David Zuckerman, UW Botanic Gardens. Register at http://depts.washington.edu/urbhort/html/education/proregister.htm.

THURSDAY, 8 MARCH NWFSC SEMINAR OLD FISHERIES 201 11 AM-12:30 PM
"What are the Past, Present and Future Dynamics of Hypoxia on the Oregon Shelf?" Francis Chan, Oregon State University.

THURSDAY, 8 MARCH CIG SEMINAR JISAO CONFERENCE RM 1:30-3 PM
"Glaciers in the American West: Response to climate change during the past century," Andrew Fountain, Portland State University. JISAO Conference Room is at 1st Floor, Lisa Li Building, 4909 25th Ave. NE Seattle.

THURSDAY, 8 MARCH CFR-UWAA CENTENNIAL LECTURE KANE 110 7-8 PM
CFR-UWAA Centenial Lecture Series, "Sustaining our NW World: Creating Futures since 1907," Bruce Bare, Dean, College of Forest Resources, on sustainability of natural resources and the challenges and opportunities involved in the stewardship of resources for future generations. Free, but advance registration requested.

THURSDAY-FRIDAY, 8-9 MARCH FOREST ROAD WORKSHOP SHELTON, WA
"Forest Road Surfacing: Basic design principles and applied practices."

FRIDAY-SATURDAY, 9-10 MARCH SILVICULTURAL CHALLENGE CSF AT PACK FOREST
"Grand Silvicultural Challenge," presents student teams from UBC College of Forestry and CFR competing to provide answers to a silvicultural problem. Transportation and lodging at Pack provided. Contact David Ford for information.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEAD'S UP FOR
"Hazel Wolf Environmental Film Festival," March 30-April 1, Kane Hall, co-hosted by the UW and featuring the themes of climate change and environmental justice.

NATURE MAPPING PROGRAM
NatureMapping is a biodiversity survey program that allows citizens, school groups, and professionals to enter wildlife observations into a statewide database. Karen Dvornich, Continuing Education Coordinator with the College, works with the Washington Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit unit at the UW as Project Assistant for the Washington NatureMapping Program. The wildlife observations entered are used in natural resource management, scientific studies, and environmental education. The program provides an opportunity for students and volunteers to perform field studies that contribute to the state's biological databases. The first NatureMapping program began in Washington in 1993 when the WA Department of Fish and Wildife (WDFW), in partnership with the Cooperative Research Unit's Gap Analysis Project, initiated a pilot project asking teachers to collect "real" data for a statewide biological database. Their vision was to create a national network that links natural resource agencies, academia, and land planners with local communities primarily through schools. The pilot grew from 23 teachers to more than 200 in two years. The Oregon Biodiversity Project used this model to begin a similar program in 1995. An example of a project in the Puget Sound region is one involving Oak Tree Park in Tacoma. Tacoma School of the Arts sophomore students began a long-term project to inventory the City of Tacoma's Oak Tree Park in an effort to identify the best places to put trails and signs and where to remove non-native species, and to develop materials for nearby schools and community. The students received NatureMapping training as part of the intensive 3-week introduction to learn about wildlife and habitat.

THE WATER CENTER: CURRENT RESEARCH
Among current research activities undertaken by The Water Center is a project titled "Droughts and Water Shortages: Economic Impacts and Reducing Vulnerability." The center is conducting a comprehensive study of drought and water shortages in Washington State to analyze impacts from recent droughts, identify the most vulnerable areas and sectors, develop indicators to monitor and forecast drought conditions, and determine ways to reduce drought vulnerability and impacts in the future. A focus is the economic assessment of drought in the state. An additional contribution is the development of drought indicators and responses. Indicators are important to monitor and forecast drought conditions, characterize and compare drought severity, and provide a basis for triggering drought responses. Responses are important to reduce drought impacts, and include mitigations and adaptations taken before, during, and after a drought. A result of this study will be an economic assessment of drought, and the benefits and costs of taking early action to reduce the widespread and long-lasting effects of droughts. The project is funded by the State of Washington Center for Trade and Economic Development.

SALE OF CENTENNIAL T-SHIRTS AND SWEATSHIRTS BENEFITS FOREST CLUB
Michelle Trudeau reminds the CFR community that CFR Centennial t-shirts and sweatshirts are now available, with all proceeds benefiting the Forest Club. Prices are $30 for hooded wweatshirts, $20 for regular sweatshirts, and $12 for t-shirts. Sizes S, M, L, and XL, are currently available; size XXL is on order. Stop by Anderson 130 to support your Forest Club and celebrate the College's 100th year!

PRESIDENT EMMERT'S "OFFICE HOURS"
President Emmert writes, " One of the most pressing issues we face as a community is having enough space to teach, to conduct research, to serve the public. This month's "Office Hours" was taped at UW Tower (formerly known as Safeco Tower), one of the key elements in addressing our need for space. The purchase of the Safeco properties provides over half a million square feet of office space, enabling the UW to reduce the amount of space we lease in other parts of the city. The savings created from consolidating those leases will pay for the debt service on the property. We are also working closely with the legislature and Governor Gregoire to find ways to finance other new research and teaching space and to maintain and enhance our existing buildings on all three campuses. You can access the streaming video at http://www.uwtv.org/officehours. Many of you took time to email me after the last video, and I appreciate receiving your thoughts and comments. This month, in addition to email, we have set up a message board for you to post your comments. I look forward to hearing from you."

VOLUNTEER YOUR TIME TO BELLEVUE PARKS' NATURAL RESOURCE WEEK
The Bellevue Parks and Community Services Department is hosting Natural Resource Week on Tuesday May 15, Thursday May 17, and Friday May 18 at Mercer Slough Nature Park. Natural Resource Week is an outdoor environmental education event for local 4th and 5th grade students. Each day students rotate through four presentations, where natural resource professionals conduct learning activities on the subjects of forestry, wetlands, history, and wildlife. You can participate in this event by donating your time and expertise to teach children about natural resources. Should you choose to participate, you would deliver the same 30-minute presentation to four different groups of students (groups of 12-16). The event runs from 8:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. and you are invited to participate on any or all three days. Supplies and assistance for need to putting together a 30-minute activity, as well as lunch, will be provided. Fourteen different organizations participated last year, representing federal, state, county, local, and private organizations in the field of natural resources. These organizations contributed by teaching over 550 students about the value of natural resources and the many opportunities in natural resource management. To participate, contact rschafer@bellevuewa.gov.

HUSKY ID CARD PROJECT UPDATE
Effective March 12, 2007 all new UW ID cards will be issued with a photo, and ID cards must be obtained in person. Employees obtaining new ID cards will need to present their EID number and a state or federal issued photo ID. Employees with an existing ID card will not need to replace their ID card at this time; once an implementation date for the new "smart card 'has been confirmed with transit agencies, the recard process for the entire campus will begin (probably during late spring 2008). The ID Center\ is located on the ground floor of Odegaard Undergraduate Library across from By George Cafe. If you were not aware of the Husky Card Project or the\ new\ "smart card" for transit that is on the horizon, see http://hfs.washington.edu/husky_card/default.aspx?id=953> for information.

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KUDOS
Send in your kudos!

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

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WEBSITES FOR SEMINARS IN RELATED DEPARTMENTS

Aquatic & Fishery Sciences
http://www.fish.washington.edu/news/fishline/fishline.html
Biology http://protist.biology.washington.edu/bio2/news/seminars/
Earth and Space Sciences http://www.geology.washington.edu/Program/Seminars/
Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO) http://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) lhttp://www.pmel.noaa.gov/foci/FOCI_seminars.html
Program on the Environment (POE) http://depts.washington.edu/poeweb/happening/calendar.cgi
Quaternary Research Center (QRC) http://depts.washington.edu/qrc/events.htm