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March 2008

The Straight Grain
Volume 25, Number 13

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.

FOR WEEKS BEGINNING MARCH 22. Check out the CFR events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events

SATURDAY, 29 MARCH NHS SPRING SYMPOSIUM BASTYR UNIVERSITY 9 AM-4 PM
NW Horticultural Society Spring Symposium, "The Ornamental Plant: From 3rd century Athens to your garden." Iincludes alum Dan Hinkley (MS 1985).

MONDAY, 31 MARCH FACULTY RESEARCH FORUM ANDERSON 22 10:30-11:30 AM
"Multicriteria Assessment for Models Used in Science and Management," David Ford; and "Bioconversion of Lignocellulosic Biomass to Ethanol," Renata Bura.

MONDAY-WEDNESDAY, 31 MARCH-2 APRIL WOOD COMPOSITES SYMPOSIUM SEATTLE,WA
International Wood Composites Symposium.

TUESDAY, APRIL 1 WATER CENTER SEMINAR ANDERSON 223 8:30 AM-9:20 PM
"The Blue Death: The past, present, and future of drinking water and health," Robert Morris, environmental epidemiologist.

TUESDAY, 1 APRIL JISAO LECTURE SERIES KANE 210 7:30-8:30 PM
Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean Lecture Series, "Climate Change, Sea Level, and Western Drought: Dangerous anthropogenic interference?", Jonathan Overpeck, University of Arizona.

TUESDAY, 1 APRIL WHIDBEY INSTITUTE LYCEUM WHIDBEY IS,WA 7:30-9 PM
Lyceum 2008, The Life and Health of Puget Sound, "Puget Sound and Our Place in It," John Lombard, Steward & Associates.

THURSDAY-SATURDAY, 3-5 APRIL WILDERNESS CONFERENCE UW AND SEATTLE REI
"http://www.wilderness2008.org/," UW Kane Hall and Seattle Mountaineers Building.

THURSDAY, 3 APRIL STARKER LECTURE SERIES CORVALLIS,OR,OSU 3:30-5 PM
"Carbon Sequestration and Biomass Production in Ponderosa Pine Plantations: Does management really matter?," Bob Powers, USDA Forest Service Pacific SW Research Station.

FRIDAY, 4 APRIL WATERSHED SYMPOSIUM TACOMA, WA 9 AM-5 PM
Pacific Rivers Council, "Watershed Restoration and Forest Roads Symposium."

FRIDAY-SUNDAY, 4-6 APRIL OLYMPIC PENINSULA BIRDFEST OLYMPIC PENN,WA
Olympic Peninsula Birdfest includes raptor presentation, Elwha Dam removal project tour, birding field trips, and more.

SATURDAY, 5 APRIL MILLER LIBRARY BOOK SALE UWBG,CUH 9 AM-3 PM
Elisabeth C. Miller Library's third annual book sale, with exhibit and sale by the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the American Society of Botanical Artists.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR:
April 14-16, 2008, The Grant Institute presents "Grants 101: Professional Grant Proposal Writing Workshop," Vancouver, BC. Interested development professionals, researchers, faculty, and graduate students should register as soon as possible; seats will fill quickly.
April 18, 2008, CFR Centers Review of Research, Anderson 207, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. The College's research centers will present current research project methodology and results. Program details and schedule available next week online. Call Ellen Matheny 206.685.9477, XT 228 or email ematheny@u.washington.edu for more information. Everyone is welcome; no reservations required. Snacks provided.
April 23, 2008, UW Community Celebration, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., UW Red Square. Complimentary barbecue hosted by President Mark Emmert and Provost Phyllis Wise. RSVP online by Arpil 16, 2008.
April 24-26, 2008, Washington Weekend on the UW campus. See College of Forest Resources events.
April 26-27,2008, FlorAbundance Plant Sale to benefit the Washington Park Arboretum, Warren G. Magnuson Park Special Events Center, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on April 26th and 10 a.m-3 p.m. on April 27th.

COLLEGE WELCOMES ANDREW HILL AND ROGER CAMPBELL
A warm welcome to new Research Associate Andrew Hill, who will be working with Eric Turnblom; and to Affiliate Professor Roger Campbell, who will collaborate on research involving bioresource refining as well as with the paper science and engineering program.

DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI SEMINAR SERIES ANNOUNCED
The College's Distinguished Alumni Seminar has been announced for the 2007-2008 academic year. Scheduled for May 6, 2008, the seminar will feature College alums Vicki Christiansen (BS 1983), WA State Forester and Executive Director of Regulatory Programs for the WA State Department of Natural Resources; and Cassie Phillips (BS 1976), Weyerhaeuser Company Executive Vice President for Sustainable Forestry. Stay tuned for details. Intended as a bridge for students (from the College and across campus) by helping them to understand and appreciate the kind of real world work and roles they can assume after they have completed a CFR program and engage in full time employment, the seminars are also open to the UW community and the public. The College once again thanks Mack Hogans (MS 1976) for his volunteer efforts in facilitating and raising funds for this seminar series.

COLLEGE FACULTY AND STAFF PRESENT RESEARCH NATIONALLY AND INTERNATIONALLY
On March 7, Elaine Oneil participated in a meeting of the Tapash Sustainable Forests Collaborative, an initiative focused on restoring the health, natural structure, and productivity of forests and shrub-steppe in south central Washington. She has been invited back to participate in a two-day workshop in April on identifying landscape-level strategies for building resiliency into East Cascade forests across multiple ownerships.
On March 12, Larry Mason and College alum Jim Dooley (PhD 2000), visited UBC in Vancouver, BC, where they presented wood-to-energy research to a UBC research group and Canadian ministry representatives. The meeting's purpose was to explore Washington-BC energy research collaboration.
Bruce Lippke represented the College at the biennial Canadian government-sponsored GLOBE 2008 Environmental Conference, in Vancouver, BC, where on March 13, he gave a prsentation on "Carbon from Reforestation through Product Substitution: Science vs. rules; both are important." He had previously made a similar presentation in Portland, OR to a group organized to inform the Western Climate Initiative, a multi-state effort to develop recommended carbon emission cap and offset trade protocols for the five- state region.
On March 14, Jim Agee, Bruce Lippke, and Larry Mason attended the annual meeting in Chelan, WA of the WA Contract Loggers Association. Jim spoke on creating fire safe conditions in the dry forests of the Northwest; Bruce discussed the structural changes occurring over the last decade, as outlined in the College's report to the WA State Legislature on the "Future of Washington's Forests and Forest Industries," and the greater changes we can expect as a result of efforts to mitigate climate change by reducing carbon emissions; and Larry discused the current status of the logging truck industry in Washington and how challenges to that industry may affect the state's renewable energy initiatives.
On March 20-21, Larry Mason and Elaine Oneil presented research on the use of wood biomass for renewable energy at the Annual Meeting of the Inland Empire Society of American Foresters in Moscow, ID.
On March 28, Susan Bolton partcipated in a panel discussion on engineering solutions to public health problems at the Engineers Without Borders International Conference, held at the UW.
From April 2-4, Tom Hinckley is attending an international conference "Mountain Forests in a Changing World," held at the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences om Vienna, Austria. He will speak on "Stewardship of Mountain Environments: Learning from locals, " as well as chairing one of the scientific sessions.
Josh Lawler and affiliate faculty Don McKenzie will participate in the conference, "The Future of Wilderness in a Time of Change," held in Seattle from April 3-5, 2008. Josh will speak on protecting biodiversity in a changing climate and Don will discuss global warming effects on Western wilderness.

ESA STUDENT TRAVEL GRANTS
The Ecological Society of America Student Section is awarding travel grants for students to attend the ESA Annual Meeting, August 3-8, 2008, in Milwaukee, WI. Grants will be awarded to graduate and undergraduate students presenting posters or oral presentations at the meeting. The deadline for application is Friday, May 2, 2008. For the student travel awards application and instructions, see http://esa.org/students/section/. If you have questions, email Jenny Talbot or Matthew Whiteside.

OSU REORGANIZES COLLEGE OF FORESTRY
Oregon State University's College of Forestry is currently undertaking a reorganization of its programs. According to the College of Forestry website, "There are two broad reasons. The primary short-term driver is a need to reduce administrative costs as part of a larger strategy to bring College expenses in line with anticipated revenues and avoid a fiscal train wreck. A second factor is that the world in which the College exists is dramatically changing at multiple levels. Reorganization will position us to create new opportunities and will demonstrate to the Legislature and our stakeholders that we are serious about fiscal responsibility and organizing to better meet their needs. That is critical to any new investment in the College of Forestry." The College of Forestry will reorganize from four academic units into three, dissolving three academic departments and reconstituting two.

ALUMNI UPDATES
Lisa Clemens (BS 1977) went on to get an MA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison's Department of Urban and Regional Planning. She is the media spokesperson for Cargill, Inc. in Minneapolis, MN.
Shan-Tung Hsu (PhD 1977) founded the Blue Mountain Feng Shui Institute in Seattle, WA. He currently teaches and lectures worldwide on matters of spatial and environmental design in accord with natural principles.
Donald Motanic (BS 1978) is a technical specialist with the Intertribal Timber Council in Portland, OR. He also serves as president of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society's professional chapter for Oregon. He has worked for the USDI Bureau of Indian Affairs as regional forester in Billings, MT; forest manager for the Spokane Agency and the Umatilla Agency; and forest engineer for the Yakama Agency.
James Gramann (MS 1978, BS 1975), , went on to get a PhD at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. He is a professor in Texas A&M University's Department of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Sciences.
Cathy (Reidy) Liermann (MS 2004) went on to get a PhD in hydrology at Umea University in Sweden. She is a postdoctoral research associate in the UW's College of Ocean and Fishery Sciences

CFR IN THE MEDIA
For an Everett Herald article citing the work of the UW's Restoration Ecology Network, see "Planting trees to protect wetlands."
.See March/April 2008 issue of the Western Forester for two articles by College faculty: "LiDAR: An emerging tools for multiple resource measuring, planning, and monitoring," by Affiliate Instructors Bob McGaughey and Steve Reutebuch; and "The impact of LiDAR technology on transportation system design," (page 10), by Peter Schiess.
For a Seattle PI article referencing work of Susan Bolton, see "Engineers Without Borders building better lives,"
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KUDOS
Kudos to custodial staff Albert Hyseni and Seare Zerom for exceptional performance for the College. Writes Sally Morgan, "We appreciate their willing participation with our food waste composting and taking personal steps to clean up the area around the dumpster before an important alumni event as well as cheerfully working around our schedules for major cleanings. It makes such a good impression on our visitors, donors, and alums, as well as on our morale, to come to buildings that are maintained to high standards. The College has been very fortunate in receiving such care. Albert and Seare have each been selected to receive a "CFR Star" card (a $5 Starbucks gift card), as a small token of our appreciation."

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


The Straight Grain
Volume 25, 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.

FOR WEEKS BEGINNING MARCH 22. Check out the CFR events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events

SATURDAY, 22 MARCH ARBORETUM WALK WPA 9 AM-4 PM
Join the Emerald City Wanderers for a walk through the Arboretum and Foster Island. This 10K, noncompetitive walk (with a 5K alternative) can be started
anytime between 9 a.m.-1 p.m., with a finish time of 4 p.m. The walk will start at UW parking lot E-5..

MONDAY, 24 MARCH MARINE DEBRIS TALK SEATTLE, REI 7 PM
"Marine Debris and Washington Coast Clean-up: Problems and solutions." Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary and other presenters will talk about risks to wildlife and other impacts of marine debris, and national and regional efforts to combat one of the most widespread pollution problems facing the world's oceans.

TUESDAY, 25 MARCH COSTA RICA ECOLOGY SEATTLE,WIDE WORLD BOOKS 7 PM
"Costa Rica Ecology and Photography," Tom McDonald, Tropical Adventures in Education. Off-the-beaten-path destinations, each showcasing a different environmental focus, including organic, shade-grown coffee plantations, cloud forests, reforestation sites, turtle reserves, and coastal refuges. Ryan Moss will discuss techniques for getting great travel shots, tips for packing your camera gear, and how to use photography to become involved with environmental projects.

WEDNESDAY, 26 MARCH SOUTH SOUND SYMPOSIUM TACOMA,WA 8 AM-4:30 PM
South Sound Science Symposium. Regional scientists presenting on ecosystem issues and questions unique to South Puget Sound.

THURSDAY-SUNDAY, 27-30 MARCH EWB CONFERENCE UW SEATTLE
March 27-30, 2008, Engineers Without Borders International Conference, UW campus. Participants from the College include Susan Bolton.

FRIDAY, 28 MARCH UBC FORUM VANCOUVER, BC 2-3 PM
BC Forum on Forest Economics and Policy, "The Softwood Lumber War: A U.S.-Canadian Trade Dispute."

SATURDAY, 29 MARCH NHS SPRING SYMPOSIUM BASTYR UNIVERSITY 9 AM-4 PM
NW Horticultural Society Spring Symposium, "The Ornamental Plant: From 3rd century Athens to your garden."
. Speakers include alum Dan Hinkley (MS 1985).

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR:
March 31, 2008, CFR Faculty Research Forum, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Anderson 22, "Multicriteria Assessment for Models Used in Science and Management," David
Ford; and "Bioconversion of Lignocellulosic Biomass to Ethanol," Renata Bura.
April 3-5, 2008, Wilderness 2008 Conference, "The Future of Wilderness in a Time of Change," UW Kane Hall and Seattle Mountaineers Building. CFR participation includes presentation by Josh Lawler on protecting biodiversity in a changing climate and by affiliate faculty Don Mckenzie on global warming effects on Western wilderness.
April 5, 2008, UWBG, Elisabeth C. Miller Library, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., third annual Miller Library Book Sale, with exhibit and sale by the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the American Society of Botanical Artists.
April 14-16, 2008, The Grant Institute presents "Grants 101: Professional Grant Proposal Writing Workshop," Vancouver, BC. Interested development professionals, researchers, faculty, and graduate students should register as soon as possible; seats will fill quickly.

GEOSPATIAL CLUB MEETING
Monika Moskal reports that this week's Geospatial Club meeting was a great success. She writes, "The Geospatial Open Source and Remote Sensing meeting hosted by the UW Geospatial Club and co-sponsored by the College of Forest Resources Precision Forestry Cooperative, American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, and the Cascadia Open Source User Group attracted over 50 participants, including attendees from various UW units, WA Department of Natural Resources, Weyerhaeuser, Washington State University, Western Washington University, Pacific University, NOAA, Ecotrust, and LizarTech, and a good student turnout. The two hour meeting generated a lively discussion and sharing of ideas; we look forward to hosting future geospatial event on the UW campus." See photos:
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PROFESSIONAL STAFF ORGANIZATION ELECTIONS; NOMINATIONS DUE
Elections for positions on the Board of Directors of the Professional Staff Organization (PSO) are coming up in May: the deadline for nominations is March 31, 2008. Individuals may nominate themselves or others (with the nominee's permission). Board members serve two-year terms, and terms begin June 1, 2008. In addition to attending board meetings, duties may include:
* Serving on or chairing one of the PSO standing committees (e.g., legislative, events, member engagement, communications)
* Serving on a Faculty Council (e.g., research, academic standards, tri-campus policy) or other UW committees
* Serving on or chairing ad hoc committees as they arise
Nominations must include a one-paragraph statement (up to 250 words) from the candidate that responds to the following questions: Why do you want to be a board member of PSO? What are your skills and background that would make you a good board member? What would you like to accomplish as a PSO board member? Send nomination statement and, if possible, a current digital photo (preferably, a head shot), to Judith Yarrow.

CITY OF SEATTLE TREE FUND APPLICATION NOW AVAILABLE
The 2008 Tree Fund application is officially available from the City of Seatte's Department of Neighborhoods. The Tree Fund, a component of the Neighborhood Matching Fund, provides trees to neighborhood groups to enhance the City's urban forest. The City provides the trees, and neighbors share the work of planting and caring for the trees. Tree Fund projects are a great way to build a stronger sense of community. Trees absorb carbon dioxide emissions and filter air pollution, help soften the edges of the urban landscape and frame residential streets, reduce noise pollution, provide shade and help cool the street in warm weather, and provide habitat for birds and wildlife. Who can apply? Groups of neighbors that represent a minimum of five households on the block can receive trees for planting strips on residential streets.

ALUMNI UPDATES
Shelley McIntyre (MS 1977) served as the assistant attorney general for the State of Oregon for over 20 years. She is currently a senior consultant for Parametrix in Portland OR, working with the firm's environmental planning and policy section.
Samuel Castleman (BS 1978) is president of Thorpewood, a mountain retreat for at-risk youth in Thurmont, MD that promotes sustainable living and encourages environmental stewardship through community and ecology programs, often offered in partnership with local colleges and universities. For example, in 1999, ThorpeWood planted its first generation of chestnut trees, taking part in a scientific endeavor of the American Chestnut Foundation to restore the American Chestnut. Over the past years, the orchard has produced a great bounty of nuts, bred to produce an American Chestnut that has stronger resistance to chestnut blight. In 2008, the ThorpeWood Orchard will be the first in Maryland to be replanted after a generation of trees has grown. Earlier in his career, Castleman worked for the Reagan-Bush administration, first as a political appointee assigned to U.S. Department of State as director of international affairs for the City of Dallas, and then as a career federal employee as deputy general manager of the President's Guest House.
Shannon Greene (MS 1978) is the tribal account executive for Bonneville Power Administration's Business Power Line. She started working for Bonneville Power in 1986 when she was hired by the Energy Efficiency Group as a mechanical engineer. Her current position includes working with tribes that are investigating generation and renewable resource development, and on other conservation issues.
Patricia Griswold (BS 1978) is a science teacher at Walter Strom Middle School in Cle Elum, WA, where she has been using materials from the Project CAT (Cougars And Teaching) program to engage students and give them a chance to meet working wildlife biologists.
Matthew Ramsay (MS 2004) is a restoration ecologist with H.T. Harvey & Associates, ecological consultants in California, where he has worked on preparing the monitoring plan for riparian and freshwater wetland mitigation sites at Brown Ranch, designed to provide habitat for endangered species (California red-legged frogs and California tiger salamanders).

CFR IN THE MEDIA
For a story in the Seattle P-I on the Center for Sustainable Forestry at Pack Forest, see "Teaching park offers wetlands, old growth, and a bit of danger." Center Director Greg Ettl is preparing a clarification for the story's author of the issues regarding trails and trail maintenance in the Pack Forest area.
For a UW Daily story on the UW's Bioenergy IGERT (which includes CFR), see "Graduate students and American Indian tribes work for biofuel solutions."

KUDOS
More kudos to PhD student Akira Kato ... in addition to the scholarship reported in the Straight Grain last week, Akiro has won a second scholarship award from the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) -- a $1,500 Wolf teaching scholarship. Akiro will receive the awards at the 2008 ASPRS Annual Conference in Portland, OR, on April 30th. Other CFR students attending the conference, with travel support from the Lockwood Endowment for Program Enhancement, include Todd Erdody, Jeff Richarson, and Alicia Sullivan. Writes Akiro, "I'd like to thank Monika Moskal for helping student activities and supporting my research, Peter Schiess for providing teaching opportunities in his class, mentor Mark Swanson for showing me his fantastic teaching style when I took his TA class (Landscape Ecology), and Phil Hurvitz for giving me valuable and professional advices for teaching GIS. I also thank the Precision Forestry Cooperative and my wonderful colleagues for supporting my research and the students of my GIS class for their patience in listening to my lectures and giving me a wonderful time being with them. It is my great pleasure to teach in the class and work for students to learn."

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


The Straight Grain
Volume 25, 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.

FOR WEEKS BEGINNING MARCH 16. Check out the CFR events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events

MONDAY, 17 MARCH CFR FACULTY MEETING ANDERSON 22 10:30-11:30 AM

MONDAY, 17 MARCH THESIS DEFENSE BLOEDEL 292 1 PM
"Lessons from the Little Applegate: How the Design of a Consensus Process Affects Agreement over Forest Management," Judy Suing; Committee Chair: Gordon Bradley.

MONDAY 17 MARCH THESIS DEFENSE ANDERSON 22 1 PM
"Effects and Evaluation of Two Erosion Control Materials: Early development and dry mass production at various application rates," Eric Gilmore; Committee Chair: Jim Fridley.

MONDAY 17 MARCH PLANT PATHOLOGY SEMINAR BLOEDEL 292 4:10-5:15 PM
WSU Plant Pathology videoconference, "Green means GO, Red means STOP: Photo sensing and signaling in fungi," Younsig Kwak, Washington State University.

TUESDAY, 18 MARCH THESIS DEFENSE UWBG,CUH,DOUGLAS 2:30 PM
"An Assessment of the Allelopathic Potential of Herb Robert (Geranium robertianum)," Katie Barndt; Committee Chair: Sarah Reichard.

WEDNESDAY, 19 MARCH UW BIZTECH 2008 HUB BALLROOM 9 AM-3 PM
BizTech 2008, the 5th annual business and technology fair for UW faculty and staff, "Your Mission: Discover, Collaborate, Innovate." BizTech is the perfect place to learn about the latest campus initiatives and technologies designed to make taking care of business at the UW easier. It's a great opportunity to find out about new business, teaching, and research tools, talk with the experts, and meet your colleagues.

WEDNESDAY 19 MARCH THESIS DEFENSE ANDERSON 22 10 AM
"Forest Resources and Livelihoods: Evaluating local forest management in Barjomot Village, Tanzania," Erik Peterson; Committee Chair: Ivan Eastin.

WEDNESDAY 19 MARCH UW GEOSPATIAL CLUB ANDERSON 207 5:45-7:45 PM
"Geospatial Open Source and Remote Sensing Seminar," sponsored by UW Geospatial Club, Precision Forestry Cooperative, Cascadia Users of Geospatial Open Source, and Puget Sound Region of American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing.

WEDNESDAY 19 MARCH GLOBAL WARMING TALK SEATTLE,TOWN HALL 7:30 PM
"Earth the Sequel: The race to reinvent energy and stop global warming," Fred Krupp, Environmental Defense Fund.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR:
March 27-30, 2008, Engineers Without Borders International Conference, UW campus.
April 3-5, 2008, Wilderness 2008 Conference, "The Future of Wilderness in a Time of Change," UW Kane Hall and Seattle Mountaineers Building. CFR participation includes presentation by Josh Lawler on protecting biodiversity in a changing climate and by affiliate faculty Don Mckenzie on global warming effects on Western wilderness.
April 5, 2008, UWBG, Elisabeth C. Miller Library, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., third annual Miller Library Book Sale, with exhibit and sale by the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the American Society of Botanical Artists.
April 14-16, 2008, The Grant Institute presents "Grants 101: Professional Grant Proposal Writing Workshop," Vancouver, BC. Interested development professionals, researchers, faculty, and graduate students should register as soon as possible; seats will fill quickly.

CFR WINS SILVICULTURAL CHALLENGE!
A team of CFR students competed in the annual Siviculture Challenge against the University of British Columbia over the weekend of March 9-10, 2008 and won! The objective was to design a community forest for a First Nation, taking into account management objectives that included protection of ecological integrity, enhancement of cultural keystone species (red cedar, fireweed fluff, milkweed, cattail heads, cotton grass, and stinging nettles), and economic opportunities. The challenge further stated that harvesting for timber revenue was to be encouraged and costs and benefits were to be balanced with intangible values. In addition, activities that create employment were considered important, as well as non-timber forest products available for collection.

GOOD NEWS FROM CFR DEVELOPMENT
Development and Alumni Relations Director Tom Mentele is pleased to report on the College's progress in meeting (and exceeding!) its Campaign UW fundraising goals. Tom reports that:
* We are at 109.1% of our goal.
* We have raised a total of $19,303,572 for the campaign.
* We have raised $1,672,757 for the current fiscal year.
* Gifts, private grants, and donor counts are all up.
* February 2008 was the top February in the capital campaign.
* We are over 40 percent ahead of last year's YTD figure for this stage in the fiscal year.
Says Tom, "The College is extremely appreciative of all of the supporters who have contributed and continue to contribute throughout the capital campaign and beyond."

DEAN BARE ANNOUNCES TWO NEW FACULTY SEARCHES
Dean Bare is pleased to announce the formation of two new faculty search committees, one for the human dimensions of natural resource management position, chaired by Associate Professor C;are Ryan, and one for the conservation of wildlife resources position, chaired by Professor John Marzluff. These are two of the five faculty positions the College identified in the faculty recruitment plan submitted to the Provost in December 2007. A description of the positions, a copy of the charge letter to the Committees, and and the Faculty Recruitment Plan are available at http://faculty.washington.edu/bare/humanfac.html and http://faculty.washington.edu/bare/wildlifefac.html.

CFR WINTER 2008 NEWSLETTER AND FY07 ANNUAL REPORT NOW ONLINE
See the College's Winter 2008 newsletter and the FY2007 Annual Report to Contributors online.

TWO NEW STREAMING VIDEOS AVAILABLE
The 2008 CFR Graduate Student Symposium is now available for viewing, as well as the recent annual WA Forest Practices Adaptive Management Science Conference presented by the Cooperative Monitoring Evaluation and Research Committee.

BOTTLED WATER FLUNKS THE EARTH FRIENDLY TEST: CFR TO FOCUS ON REDUCING USE
To further the College's goal of sustainability as an integrating theme in its programs and in its everyday operations, the Dean's Office will purchase a number of insulated water pitchers and recyclable cups (better yet, bring your own mug!) that can be used for College events, including graduate student thesis and dissertation meetings and defenses. Please consider this as an alternative to using individual plastic bottles of water, and reduce your carbon footprint. See http://thedaily.washington.edu/2007/5/3/bottled-water-flunks-the-earth-friendly-test/, http://www.ehow.com/how_2102240_water-help-reduce-carbon-footprint.html, and stay tuned for more information.

NEW GPS FIELD RESEARCH EQUIPMENT AVILABLE FROM STUDENT TECHNOLOGY FUND
The summer field season is coming up quickly. Do you need a high-accuracy GPS for your research? In 2006, the Biology Department, College of Forest Resources, School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences. and the UW Worldwide IGERT obtained ten Trimble GeoXT receivers from the Student Technology Fund. These receivers can be checked out for up to three months (exceptions may be made for longer periods if demand is low). Apply online, following the link to the online form. You should get a response within a week of your form submission. Contact haldre@u.washington.edu with questions or problems with the form.

UWTV PROGRAMS AVAILALBE ON YOUTUBE AND ITUNES U
UWTV has announced that programs (including the College's Denman and Sustaining our NW World series) reach more than 16 million households through UWTV cable and satellite broadcasts and 30 million more through UW's participation in ResearchChannel, a consortium of premier research institutions and organizations hosted here at UW. ResearchChannel is extending its reach even further through new and innovative online outlets. Programs first aired on UWTV are now gaining attention on YouTube and iTunes U; recently five UWTV programs made iTunes Us top 100 downloads list.

NEW NW HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY CURRICULUM AT MILLER LIBRARY
The Northwest Horticultural Society awarded the Elisabeth C. Miller Library a $2,500 grant in Autumn 2007 to plan and purchase a curriculum collection. The Miller Library currently has a collection of some 400 lending books for children ranging from pre-school to high school age. The goal was to expand the collection with more books and other materials to help local educators develop plant-focused curriculum. Now complete, the NHS Curriculum Materials Grant adds 72 items to the collection, including curriculum guides, storybooks, field trip planners, garden design manuals for parents, field guides, and more. The grant doubles the size of the library's Parent/Teacher Resource collection, and more than doubles its usefulness. The additions also support the educational programs of the UWBG, including the Seedlings Preschool and Saplings School programs at the Washington Park Arboretum, which reach 5,000 children a year.

DALAI LAMA TO VISIT UW
The UW will confer an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters on His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama on Monday, April 14, 2008, in the Bank of America Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion. As UW faculty and staff, you are invited to attend this extraordinary event. The event will take place from 3-5 p.m. Doors open at 1:30 p.m., and the audience must be seated by 2:45 p.m. Following the conferral of the honorary degree, the Dalai Lama will address the audience on compassion and civic responsibility and conclude with a question and answer dialogue with students. The focus of the event is on engaging the next generation of leaders -- our students -- and accordingly a limited number of seats are available for faculty and staff. Register online for a complimentary e-ticket. Online registration is on a first-come, first-served basis, and your reservation will be limited to one seat per person. This event is by invitation only and is not open to the public.

ALUMNI UPDATES
Paul Doraiswamy (PhD 1977) is an agricultural meteorologist for the USDA Agricultural Research Service in Beltsville, MD.
David Hagiwara (BS 1977) is deputy executive director of the Port of Port Angeles, WA.
Constance Millar (BS 1977) went on to get an MS and PhD at the University of California, Berkeley. She is a research paleoecologist for the USDA Forest Service's Pacific Southwest Research Station, where she currently focuses on the role of historic climate change in forest development, adaptation, and conservation.
Patricia O'Brien (BS 1977) went on to get a law degree from Willamette University. She is the division chief for the WA Office of the Attorney General's Natural Resources Division.
Anna Skrobecki (BS 1977) is Wausau Paper's vice president of operations in Brainerd, MN.
Jaime Bainbridge (BS 1978) is materials research director for Nau, Inc., a Portland, OR-based outdoor clothing company that is developing environmentally sustainable fabrics.
Rebecca (Becki) Heath (MS 1980) is the forest supervisor for the USDA Forest Service's Okanogan and Wenatchee National Forests. She has had a variety of Forest Service positions in Oregon and Washington, including Leavenworth district ranger on the Wenatchee National Forest and deputy forest supervisor on the Deschutes National Forest. Before her current position, she was the Gallatin National Forest supervisor. In addition to her experience working with large-scale fires, she is interested in managing ecosystems dominated by disturbances such as fire, insects, and disease.

CFR IN THE MEDIA
For a University Week article that includes Professor Susan Bolton, see "Engineers Without Borders hosts conference; Goat is unlikely gift for EWB adviser Bolton."
For a Seattle PI article quoting Affiliate Assistant Professor and alum Robert Van Pelt (PhD 1995) see "The grounded gardener: Wright Park is a fine example of a good city park."
For a Seattle Times Article quoting alum Sterling Miller (PhD 1980, MS 1970), see "Grizzly project bears fruit despite McCain ire."
And for continued coverage of Kathy Wolf's research, see Chicago Tribune article "A changing landscape on home valuations."

KUDOS
Kudos to PhD student Akira Kato who recently was awarded a scholarship by the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS). Founded in 1934. ASPRS is a scientific association serving over 7,000 professional members around the world. The mission of the society is to advance knowledge and improve understanding of mapping sciences to promote the responsible applications of photogrammetry, remote sensing, geographic information systems (GIS), and supporting technologies. Akira Kato, who works with the Precision Forestry Cooperative, was awarded the 2008 Ta Liang Memorial Award, which consists of a cash grant of $500 and a certificate. Presentation of the award will take place during the ASPRS 2008 Annual Conference in Portland, Oregon on April 30th.
Kudos to the CFR team of students who visited the University of British Columbia to compete in the annual Silviculture Challenge ... AND WON!

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


The Straight Grain
Volume 25, 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.

FOR WEEKS BEGINNING MARCH 9. Check out the CFR events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

MONDAY, 10 MARCH CFR FACULTY MEETING ANDERSON 22 10:30-11:30 AM

MONDAY, 10 MARCH WILDLIFE SCIENCE SEMINAR BALMER 110 3:30 pm
"Estimating Age Structure in Beluga Whale Populations from Aerial and Video Photo Data," Roderick Hobbs, National Marine Mammal Laboratory, NOAA.

TUESDAY, 11 MARCH WATER CENTER SEMINAR ANDERSON 223 8:30-9:20 AM
"How to Save Puget Sound," Kathy Fletcher, People for Puget Sound.

TUESDAY, 11 MARCH BC FORUM WORKSHOP VANCOUVER,BC,UBC 1-4 PM
BC Forum Workshop on Climate Change, "Our Changing Climate: What does it mean for BC's forests, communities, and economy?"

TUESDAY, 11 MARCH CoFS-UWAA LECTURE KANE 210 7-8 PM
College of Ocean and Fishery Sciences-UWAA Lecture Series, "Arctic Adventure, Ocean Tales of Currents and Creatures: Some like it cold- extremophiles in the Arctic," Jody Deming, UW School of Oceanography. RSVP online.

WEDNESDAY, 12 MARCH INTERNAT'L FORESTRY MTNG AND 22 11:30 AM-1:30 PM
"Forestry Issues in Northern India," Hannah Dewey and Pat Button. Sponsored by International Forestry Students Association.

WEDNESDAY, 12 MARCH ENVIRON ANTHROPOLOGY SEMINAR DENNY 401 3:30-5 PM
"Rhizomatic Natures: Mushrooms, markets, and governance in the public sphere" with Melissa Poe. See also http://students.washington.edu/mpoe/.

WEDNESDAY, 12 MARCH NW HORT SOCIETY LECTURE UWBG,CUH 7:15 PM
"Behind Every Good Plant Is a Great Story," Alice Doyle.

THURSDAY, 13 MARCH PHD DEFENSE ANDERSON 22 1 PM
"Multi-objective Optimization for Process Models: The role of morphology in the persistence of old-growth Douglas-fir." Maureen Kennedy; Committee Chair: David Ford.

THURSDAY, 13 MARCH CIG SEMINARS JISAO CONFERENCE RM 1:30-3 PM
"Climate Change and Drought," Kostas Andreadis, UW Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

THURSDAY, 13 MARCH BEVAN FISHERIES SEMINAR FISH SCI AUD 4:30 PM
"From Ecology to Ecosystem Management: Practical realities on the West Coast," Phil Levin, NWFSC, NOAA Fisheries.

THURSDAY-SATURDAY, 13-15 MARCH NAT RESOURCE EDUC CONFERENCE CORVALLIS,OR
7th Biennial Conference on University Education in Natural Resources,"Teaching and Learning in Natural Resources." Jerry Franklin will be giving one of the keynote talks on preparing resource professionals for an uncertain world.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR:
March 27-30, 2008, Engineers Without Borders International Conference, UW campus.
April 3-5, 2008, Wilderness 2008 Conference, "The Future of Wilderness in a Time of Change," UW Kane Hall and Seattle Mountaineers Building. CFR participation includes presentation by Josh Lawler on protecting biodiversity in a changing climate and by affiliate faculty Don Mckenzie on global warming effects on Western wilderness.
April 5, 2008, UWBG, Elisabeth C. Miller Library, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., third annual Miller Library Book Sale, with exhibit and sale by the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the American Society of Botanical Artists.
April 14-16, 2008, The Grant Institute presents "Grants 101: Professional Grant Proposal Writing Workshop," Vancouver, BC. Interested development professionals, researchers, faculty, and graduate students should register as soon as possible; seats will fill quickly.

CFR WILL MISS NANCY DAVIS AND DEBI PITZL, WELCOMES CAROL RESNICK
Congratulations to Nancy Davis, who will soon be on her way to one of Seattle's premier conservation organizations, The Cascade Land Conservancy (CLC). As Director of Annual Giving for CLC, Nancy will manage direct mail, web content, key events, and other philanthropic related activities from their main office in Seattle. Since joining CFR in 2005, Nancy has worked with alumni, donors, friends, faculty, and staff, and played a key role in the successful capital campaign at the UW and CFR, which thanks in a large part to Nancy, included a very momentous Centennial Year in 2007. Please plan to attend a celebration for Nancy in Anderson 207 on March 14, 2008 from 4-6 p.m. After many years of dedicated service at Pack Forest, Debi Pitzl has retired from her position as of February 22, 2008. With her newfound freedom, Debi and her husband are looking forward to a period of extended traveling. A warm welcome to Carol Resnick, who will begin on March 12, 2008 as Assistant to the Director at the Center for Sustainable Forestry at Pack Forest. She has been a UW employee since 2003 at the UW Medical Center, where she provided pre- and post-award support in Laboratory Medicine. She has also worked in the private sector and brings with her a wide variety of administrative experience, including project management. She earned both her MPA and BA at the State University of New York and did doctoral work at New York University. A dedicated hiker, she's looking forward to her move to the Eatonville area.

JAMES W. RIDGEWAY ENDOWED PROFESSORSHIP ANNOUNCED
Dean Bruce Bare has announced the establishment of the James W. Ridgeway Endowed Professorship in the College of Forest Resources. This professorship supports the College's programs in sustainable resource management by providing discretionary income to a deserving faculty member in the College. Ridgeway, who died in 2005, was a 1938 graduate of CFR. During his working career he cruised timber, was a fire lookout for the Forest Service, worked for the Seattle Credit Bureau, drove a bus for Seattle Transit, and did construction surveying in Alaska; he then spent over 32 years working for the WA Division of Forestry and the WA Department of Natural Resources, retiring in 1978. In 1998, he gave a gift to the College to establish the James Ridgeway Endowed Scholarship. The endowed professorship is the culmination of a planned gift made before he died.

GRADUATE STUDENT SYMPOSIUM 2008
Paul Footen, graduate student and chair of the 2008 Graduate Student Symposium Committee writes, "The committee would like to thank the College and the greater UW community for supporting this year's event. A special thanks goes out to the graduate students who presented -- their presentations were especially thoughtful and very well done. The committee also thanks CFR alum Erica Cline (PhD 2004), Assistant Professor at UW Tacoma, and the Dean, Student Services Office, and the Long Fund for financial support. Without this support the GSS would not be possible and the great research the College's students are doing may go without recognition. We hope the CFR GSS will continue to be an integral part of the CFR annual events program and that it will continue to grow in both attendance and presenter participation. This year there were twelve oral presentations and five poster presentations. Thanks to all who participated in judging the quality of the presentations. Here are the results of your votes: Oral presentation, 1st prize to Ryan Haugo for "Competitive and Facilitative Interactions between Encroaching Conifers and Herbaceous Vegetation within a Montane Meadow"; 2nd prize to Erik Peterson for "Forest Resources and Livelihoods: Opportunities and obstacles for sustainable forest management in Barjomot Village, Tanzania"; and 3rd prize to Reed Wendel for "Fire History of Geyser Valley in the Elwha River Watershed of Olympic National Park." Poster presentation, 1st prize to Julie\ Mocklin for "Bowhead Whale Feeding Behavior as Evidenced in Aerial Photography"; and 2nd prize to Amy Yahnke for "Environmental Factors Governing Amphibian Reproduction in Stormwater Detention Ponds.""

US CHINA BUILD SALES MISSION AND SEMINAR SERIES
CINTRAFOR's Rose Braden sends along information about the upcoming US-China Build sales mission and seminar series planned for May 12-16, 2008. "Join USCB for its eighth China sales mission and seminar series. This year's mission will visit three of China's growing housing markets and manufacturing and distribution centers: Chongqing, Changsha, and Shenzhen. The mission will include half-day seminars about the benefits of building American-style housing and using American building materials. These seminars will include ten presentations by U.S. companies and a mini-trade show featuring the speaker's products and literature. Ample time will be included for seminar attendees to meet with U.S. company representations. The October 2007 mission was attended by over 400 Chinese developers, architects, and construction professionals. U.S. company participants projected sales to be approximately $27 million."

BNR RAISES DNR FEE FOR MANAGING STATE TRUST LANDS
The state Board of Natural Resources has approved an increase in the funds retained from the gross income produced by state trust lands managed by the WA Department of Natural Resources. The decision to raise the management fee from 28 to 30 percent on federally granted state trust lands, and from 22 to 25 percent on State Forest trust lands, comes in response to lagging timber sales. Timber sales, agricultural and communications site leases, and other pursuits generate the income for trust beneficiaries, such as schools, universities, other institutions, and local services in many counties. For a while, when others in the timber industry felt the slowdown, sales of our diverse high-quality timber, including larger structural materials, continued strongly, said Public Lands Commissioner Doug Sutherland. But with the continued drop in the West Coast housing market and the credit crunch, the deeper slide in timber purchasing has finally affected state trust sales and revenue. Fortunately, he said, these management funds help us invest time and resources in new programs such as leasing trust lands for clean wind energy and high end vineyard and winery complexes. Like our other efforts to find new markets, these revenue sources will help offset timber-based revenue fluctuations and keep a steady flow of funds to our schools.

BEACH NATURALISTS NEEDED!
Care about beaches? Good with people? Sign up to be a volunteer beach naturalist at a Seattle-area beach this summer. Naturalists will receive training from marine and interpretative experts on four weekday evenings (April 29 and May 6, 14, and 20, 2008) and three weekend days (May 4, 10, and 18, 2008). Once trained, volunteers spend three summer weekend days educating visitors about beach ecology and beach etiquette at Carkeek Park, Constellation Park (Alki), Des Moines Beach Park, Golden Gardens, Lincoln Park, Olympic Sculpture Park Beach, Redondo Beach, Richmond Beach, and Seahurst Park. An orientation will be held April 15, 2008, 6:30-8 p.m., at the Seattle Aquarium. To sign up or if you have questions, call Charlotte Spang, 206.245.0143 or email beachnaturalist@seattle.gov.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES AT SEWARD PARK ENVIRONMENTAL AND AUDUBON CENTER
Volunteer opportunities are available at Seward Park Environmental and Audubon Center for field educators, docents, "talking tree" volunteers, and store associates and office helpers. Orientation sessions are scheduled for March 24th and March 25th, 2008, 6-7:30 p.m. Field educators work during the school
year with the center's education te m to conduct inquiry-based, field-science trips at Seward Park for local 5th-12th grade students and special groups. Help conduct research and experiments in biological sampling, water quality testing, ecosystem and watershed concepts, and other field science. Docents need know only a little about park ecology and be willing to learn even more! Hours can vary and are very flexible. Lead outdoor programs for families, such as spring wildflower hikes or owl prowls. "Talking tree" volunteers should be able to laugh and relax as well as read aloud children's books, wear a costume, and be willing to be just a little over-the-top for younger audiences! RSVP to Annie Morton at 206.652.2444, XT 102 or lmorton@audubon.org.

ALUMNI UPDATES
Paul Alaback (BS 1976) also got a BS in Botany from UW and then a PhD from Oregon State University; he is a professor in the University of Montana's College of Forestry and Conservation, where his research centers on structure and function of forests and their relation to biological diversity across a range of scales.
James Bockheim (PhD 1972) is a professor in the University of Wisconsin, Madison's Department of Soil Sciences. His current research focuses on environmental biogeochemistry and pedology. He is also interested in polar regions and land protection in developing countries
Scott Hatch (BS 1975) went on to get an MS at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks and a PhD
at the University of California, Berkeley. He is a research wildlife biologist at the USGS Alaska Science Center in Anchorage, AK where his interest area is the population ecology of North Pacific seabirds. He is the editor of the journal Marine Ornithology.
Sally Nickelson (MS 1993, BS 1976) is a wildlife biologist and watershed ecologist with Seattle Public Utilities Cedar River Municipal Watershed in North Bend, WA.

CFR IN THE MEDIA
For continued coverage of the Merrill Hall arson jury trial and verdict, see coverage by Seattle Times and Seattle PI, "Woman found guilty of arson in 2001 University of Washington fire," and "Waters guilty of arson in UW case."
For a UW Alumni magazine Columns story featuring research by Kathy Wolf, see "Shade crusade: why city trees are good medicine." The article also references CFR graduate student Jenna Tilt and alumni Steve Brueggerhoff (MS 2001), Robert Corletta (MS 2002), Sean Dugan (MS 2004), Mark Mead (BS 1987), and Noel Studer (MS 2003).
For a Skagit Valley Herald article featuring CFR alum Kevin Zobrist (MS 2001, BS 2000) and Dave Peterson, Professor and USFS ecologist, see "Local forest landowners can learn about land management."
And for a Seattle PI article quoting Water Center Director Anne Steinemann, see "The price of free water is a sensible way of managing rain."

KUDOS
Kudos to Dave Peterson and PhD candidates Morris Johnson and Crystal Raymond whose 2007 paper "Guide to fuel treatments in dry forests of the western United States: assessing forest structure and fire hazard. USDA Forest Service General Technical Report PNW-GTR-686. Pacific Northwest Research Station, Portland, OR," was named one of the ten highly influential papers published by the USDA Forest Service in 2007. The paper was completed as part of the Forest Service's national fuels synthesis project. Hundreds of copies of this publication have been distributed to resource managers throughout the West, and they are using it extensively for fuel treatment planning. Says Dave, "This publication is being reported by USDA to the US Office of Management and Budget as an example of a scientific product that is highly relevant for management applications. We are very proud of Morris and Crystal for their accomplishment. Adds Dean Bare, "We are proud of our long and productive association with the PNW Research Station and believe that our collaborative relationship enables graduate students like Crystal and Morris to further their education while simultaneously gaining valuable experience. In short, it is a great example of a win-win-win relationship."
Kudos to the graduate students who presented at the 5th annual Graduate Student Symposium last week. Special congratulations go to Ryan Haugo, Erik Peterson, Reed Wendell, Julie Mocklin, and Amy Yahnke, for their prize winning presentations, but all of the presentations were of very high standard. And kudos to Paul Footen and James Freund for their efforts in organizing the symposium.

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