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The Straight Grain
Volume 33, Number 12

Events
Announcements
Kudos

Forestry in the News
Links to other departments

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

EVENTS FOR WEEK BEGINNING MARCH 28. Check out the SFR events calendar at http://www.cfr.washington.edu/aboutTheSchool/publicCalendar.shtml for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

FRIDAY-SUNDAY, 26-28 MARCH   WATER/JUSTICE SYMPOSIUM   PORTLAND, OR
"Confluences: Water and Justice," University of Portland.

FRIDAY-SUNDAY, 26-28 MARCH   SANDHILL CRANE FESTIVAL  OTHELLO, WA
Othello Sandhill Crane Festival, sponsored by the Greater Othello Chamber of Commerce and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Columbia National Wildlife Refuge.

MONDAY, 29 MARCH    ATM SCI SEMINAR     ATG 310C   3:30-4:20 PM
"Climate Science under Attack:  How can we change the narrative?" Melanie Fitzpatrick, Union of Concerned Scientists.

TUESDAY, 30 MARCH     WATER CENTER SEMINAR   MGH 389   8:30-9:20 AM
"Cottonwood: A tree for all reasons," Reinhard Stettler, UW School of Forest Resources, Emeritus.
 
WEDNESDAY, 31 MARCH     FOREST RSOURCES SEMINAR   AND 223  3:30-4:30 PM
"Decisions on Land Use and Natural Resources Use of Family Agriculture in Brazilian Amazonia: Influence of cultural and economical aspects on deforestation and annual family income," Luciano Mattos, Visiting Scientist at Indiana University from the Brazil Agricultural Research Center.

THURSDAY, 1 APRIL    COENV DEAN CANDIDATE   ANDERSON 207    9-10 AM
UW visit by CoEnv Dean Candidate, Mark Abbott, "CoEnv Q&A."  If you are unable to attend this Q&A, another session will be held from 2:30-3:30 p.m. in Fish Sci 203.

THURSDAY, 1 APRIL  ATM SCI SEMINAR  ATG 310C    3:30-4:20 PM
"Climatic Context and Ecological Implications of Summer Fog Decline in the Coast Redwood Region," James Johnstone, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research.

THURSDAY, 1 APRIL     SAFS SEMINAR    FISH SCI 102   4-5 PM
"What's Genetics Got to Do with Alaskan Rockfish Management?" Anthony Garrett, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

FRIDAY, 2 APRIL      COENV DEAN CANDIDATE   HENRY GALLERY  10:30 AM-12 PM
UW visit by CoEnv Dean Candidate, Mark Abbott, "Public Seminar."

FRIDAY, 2 APRIL   BARN BEACH RESERVE LECTURE    LEAVENWORTH, WA   7 PM
"Bear Bells that Bark: Karelian bear dogs on staff at WA Department of Fish and Wildlife," Rich Biausoliel, WA Department of Fish and Wildlife. See http://www.barnbeachreserve.org/events/.

SATURDAY, 3 APRIL    ELISABETH MILLER LIB BOOK SALE  UWBG,CUH   9 AM-3 PM
Elisabeth C. Miller Library's 5th Annual Book Sale. The Library is looking for more books to include in the sale. Take advantage of spring break to review your shelves and bring your gently used books on all topics related to plants to the the Miller Library by Wednesday, March 31st.

SATURDAY, 3 APRIL   SER TREE PLANTING   UWBG, UBNA     10 AM-12 PM
Join the Society for Ecological Restoration at a tree planing work party at the Union Bay Natural Area. Meet at the SW parking lot of Merrill at 10 a.m. or meet in UBNA if you arrive later. Bring friends and family, water, and gloves if you have them.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR
April 5-6, 2010, CoEnv Dean Candidate, Dr. Sanjayan Muttulingam, CoEnv Q&A: Monday, April 5, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Fisheries Science 203 and Monday, April 5, 2:30-3:30 p.m., Anderson 207; public seminar: Tuesday, April 6, 9-10:30 a.m., Henry Art Gallery.
Tuesday, April 6, 2010, 3:30-5 p.m., Corvallis, OR, OSU's Starker Lecture Series: Ecosystem Services from Forests and Farms,
http://starkerlectures.forestry.oregonstate.edu/, "Markets for Ecosystem Services," Bettina von Hagen, Ecotrust Forest Management.
Thursday-Friday, April 8-9, 2010, CoEnv Dean Candidate Dr. Lisa Graumlich (PhD 1985), CoEnV Q&A: Thursday, April 8, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Fisheries Science 203 and Friday, April 9, 2:30-3:30 p.m., Anderson 207; public seminar: Friday, April 9, 9-10:30 a.m., Henry Art Gallery.
Saturday, April 10, 2010, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Washington Park Arboretum, "Early Bloomers Plant Sale." Young shrubs, small trees, conifers, bonsai starts, and early-blooming perennials, featuring plants propagated from specimens in the Arboretum's collection and others donated by area gardeners. Parking/admission free; the sale benefits the Arboretum. See http://www.arboretumfoundation.org or call 206.325.4510.
Friday, April 23, 2010, 2-4 p.m., Anderson 207, SFR Distinguished Alumni Seminar, "On the Shoulders: An interdisciplinary life in
conservation, science, and politics," Gary Machlis, Professor of Conservation in the University of Idaho's Department of Forest Resouces and Science Advisor to the Director, National Park Service.
Saturday, April 24, 2010, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Washington Park Arboretum, Student Conservation Society's Earth Day volunteer projects. Get your hands dirty removing non-native invasive plants, mulching, and trail work to improve the Arboretum

SFR FACULTY PARTICIPATE IN MEETINGS,CONFERENCES
Faculty, staff, student, affiliate, and alum participation in the March 24-27, 2010 Northwest Scientific Association 82nd Annual Meeting, "From Mount St. Helens to Oak-Prairie Lowlands: Disturbances, biological legacies, and conservation" included, among others, faculty Jon Bakker and Dave Peterson; students Eric Delvin and Rachel Mitchell; staff Jessica Halofsky; alums Connie
Harrington (PhD 1984), Peter Homann (PhD 1988), Mason McKinley (MS 2002, BS 1997), Scott Pearson (PhD 1997), Joe Rocchio (MS 1998), and Carson Sprenger (MS 2006); and affiliates Joseph Antos and Bob Bilby.

NEWSLETTERS ON LINE
The March/April 2010 issue of the Olympic Natural Resources Center, "ONRC Update," is now online. This issue features the biomass studies conducted by ONRC Director John Calhoun and SFR colleagues, and a historical perspective on the process
required to demonstrate the feasibility of constructing a woody biomass boiler at Forks Middle School.
The latest isse of "Rare Plant Press," the newsletter of the Rare Plant Care and Conservation program is now online.
This issue includes an article on Rare Care's 3-year effort to collect and bank seeds of rare alpine plants found in Washington's national parks.

UW HUSKY GREEN AWARD
UW's Environmental Stewardship Advisory Committee has announced the establishment of the Husky Green Award, celebrating individuals and teams who have contributed to UW’s leadership and excellence in environmental stewardship, and providing recognition to those who have dedicated their passion, energy, and time to promote sustainability at the UW. The Husky
Green is open to recognize efforts by an individual or group within the UW’s community of faculty, students, and staff at all three UW campuses. Nomination criteria for the Husky green Award will look at the following:
Leadership: Identification of a project or initiative and gathering of support to implement
Initiative: Going above and beyond normal duties to perform the activity
Dedication: Working towards leveraging sustainability efforts on campus through awareness and outreach
Nominations must be submitted by April 5, 2010 and will be reviewed by a sub-set of the Committee. Winners will be announced on Earth Day (April 22nd). Submit a nomination at http://green.washington.edu/green-award.

SURPLUS ITEMS PROCEDURE FOR ANDERSON,BLOEDEL,WINKENWERDER CHANGED
Sally Morgan writes, "Many of you bring your surplus items to Bloedel 110 for storage and/or disposition. We appreciate that spirit of participation and it works well for you, too, in that the excess stuff is out of your way immediately. Recently we have realized that another important use for Bloedel 110 is secure storage. That being the case, we can no longer allow such free access to the space. Happily, the SFRIT Team has offered to assist with surplus storage. Call or email them at cfrhelp@u.washington.edu to arrange a time and they will let you into the woodshop and help you find a place to put it, away from the non-surplus
storage items. If the IT team is not availabkem the alternate contact is cfrbldgs@uw.edu. Tools will still be available for use, as needed by the SFR community; the tool use procedures remain unchanged, see
http://www.cfr.washington.edu/sfrTools/policies/WoodShopUse.shtml.

ALUMNI UPDATES
Errol Nelson (MS 1968) is an environmental consultant in Mill Creek, WA.  He is also the author of the book, The Inevitable Decline and Fall of Empire.
Michael Hammond (BS 1968) went on to get a BS in electrical engineering from the UW. He has been in commercial real estate for 31 years and is founder and president of PICOR Commercial Real Estate Services, in Tucson, AZ.

SFR IN THE NEWS
See "Conservation professor applies his science to national parks," a Chronicle of Higher Education story featuring alum Gary Machlis, alumnus (MS 1975).

KUDOS
Kudos to SFR grad students Keala Hagman, Laurel James, and Lisa Lai for participating in a recent workshop at Seattle University.  Writes Laurel, "This past weekend I led a team of IGERT ladies in presenting a 'pHun with pH' Expanding Your Horizons workshop at Seattle University.  After talking briefly to the girls about what we've done in our respective fields we identified how pH was important within each of our disciplines. We also spoke about why we work as a team within our current interdisciplinary Bionenergy IGERT program. Our team included:  Laurel James [SFR], Lisa Lai [SFR], Amanda Lee [ChemE], Stephanie Candelaria [MSE] and Keala Hagman [SFR]. I also wanted to mention that I recognized many of our UW-SACNAS members as being present and serving as volunteers for the day.  Kudos to them for volunteering for the day." The Expanding Your Horizons Network started in 1974 as an informal group of women scientists and educators in the San Francisco Bay Area who were concerned about low female participation in math courses.
Kudos to Amanda Davis and Michelle Trudeau from Kristiina Vogt, for implementing the on-line graduate applicant review process, Writes Kristiina, "The process worked pretty well this year. It really makes it easier for faculty to review applications and they seem more willing to do it instead of passing files through the mail. I think you did a really good job of transitioning all of this and converting it into a easier job for faculty. Your efforts were really important to move this forward. You should be congratulated for converting this into a smoother process."

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

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WEBSITES FOR SEMINARS IN RELATED DEPARTMENTS
Aquatic & Fishery Sciences
http://www.fish.washington.edu/news/fishline/fishline.html
Biology http://www.biology.washington.edu/index.html?sdiv=news&navID=34
College of the Environment
http://myuw.washington.edu/cal/showMain.rdo?date=20091125&viewType=weekView&calendar=coenv
Earth and Space Sciences
http://earthweb.ess.washington.edu/dwp/news+events/events.php
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
Program on the Environment (POE)
http://depts.washington.edu/poeweb/news/events.html
Quaternary Research Center (QRC) http://depts.washington.edu/qrc/events.html


The Straight Grain
Volume 33, Number 11

Events
Announcements
Kudos

Forestry in the News
Links to other departments

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

EVENTS FOR WEEK BEGINNING MARCH 21. Check out the SFR events calendar at  for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

SUNDAY, 21 MARCH    UWBG PUBLIC EDUCATION   WPA,GRAHAM    11 AM AND 1 PM
Washington Park Arboretum's "Third Sunday" free Arboretum tours. The 11 a.m. walk is a themed walk focusing on wetlands; the 1 p.m. walk is the guide’s choice. Meet at Graham Visitors Center. See
http://depts.washington.edu/uwbg/visit/calendar.shtml.

TUESDAY, 23 MARCH   RAMONA HICKEY CELEBRATION   ANDERSON 207  10-11 AM
Come celebrate with Ramona before she goes on leave.  BYOC (Bring Your Own Cupcake) party; bring a cupcake (and a few to share) or some other mid-morning treat (bagels, muffins, fruit or cheese, etc.) and join us. We’ll have juice and coffee, and a card to sign. This is your chance to share your parental/societal wisdom (haiku length – no treatises, please!) Anita Smith is collecting donations for a gift card, but if you’d rather shop (such fun to baby shop!), they are registered at
http://www.target.com/registry/baby/CORZ0ETEKMWD.

TUESDAY, 23 MARCH  UWBG PUBLIC EDUCATION   UWBG,CUH    7 PM
"A Luxuriance of Bulbs," author and horticulturist Anna Pavord. Admission 15. Pavord, the Independent’s (UK) gardening correspondent since 1986, lives and gardens in Dorset, England. She has written eight books, including the international bestseller The Tulip and her newest, Bulb. For more information and/or to register contact Jean Robins at 206.685.8033 or
jrobins@u.washington.edu

WEDNESDAY-SATURDAY, 24-27 MARCH   NW SCI ASSOC MEETING   CENTRALIA,WA
NW Scientific Association Annual Meeting, "From Mount St. Helens to Oak-Prairie Lowlands: Disturbances, biological legacies, and
conservation."

THURSDAY-SATURDAY, 25-27 MARCH  NAT RES EDUC CONFERENCE  BLACKSBURG,VA
Eighth Biennial Conference on University Education in Natural Resources. SFR alum participants include Thomas Maness (PhD 1989), Maureen McDonough (PhD 1980), Robert Montgomery (MS 2005), and Ben Spong (BS 1994).

FRIDAY, 26 MARCH  STORMING THE SOUND CONF SEATTLE ART MUSEUM 9 AM-4PM
"Storming the Sound Conference, "Restoring Puget Sound: Taking action through education, outreach and service." SFR alum participants include Clay Heilman (BS 1976).

FRIDAY-SUNDAY, 26-28 MARCH   WATER/JUSTICE SYMPOSIUM   PORTLAND, OR
"Confluences: Water and Justice," University of Portland.

FRIDAY-SUNDAY, 26-28 MARCH   SANDHILL CRANE FESTIVAL  OTHELLO, WA
Othello Sandhill Crane Festival, sponsored by the Greater Othello Chamber of Commerce and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Columbia National Wildlife Refuge.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR
April 1-2, 2010, CoEnv Dean Candidate, Dr. Mark R. Abbott, CoEnv Q&A: Thursday, April 1, 2:30-3:30 p.m., Fisheries Science 203 and Friday, April 2, 9-10 a.m., Anderson 207; public seminar: Friday, April 2, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Henry Art Gallery.
April 3, 2010, Union Bay Natural Area, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., UBNA tree planting with the Society for Ecological Restoration. Meet at the SW parking lot of Merrill at 10 a.m. or meet in UBNA if you arrive later. Bring friends and family, water, and gloves if you have them.
April 5-6, 2010, CoEnv Dean Candidate, Dr. Sanjayan Muttulingam, CoEnv Q&A: Monday, April 5, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Fisheries Science 203 and Monday, April 5, 2:30-3:30 p.m., Anderson 207; public seminar: Tuesday, April 6, 9-10:30 a.m., Henry Art Gallery.
Tuesday, April 6, 2010, 3:30-5 p.m., Corvallis, OR, OSU's Starker Lecture Series: Ecosystem Services from Forests and Farms,
http://starkerlectures.forestry.oregonstate.edu/, "Markets for Ecosystem Services," Bettina von Hagen, Ecotrust Forest Management.
April 8-9, 2010, CoEnv Dean Candidate Dr. Lisa Graumlich (PhD 1985), CoEnV Q&A: Thursday, April 8, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Fisheries Science 203 and Friday, April 9, 2:30-3:30 p.m., Anderson 207; public seminar: Friday, April 9, 9-10:30 a.m., Henry Art Gallery.  
Saturday, April 10, 2010, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Washington Park Arboretum, "Early Bloomers Plant Sale." Young shrubs, small trees, conifers, bonsai starts, and early-blooming perennials, featuring plants propagated from specimens in the Arboretum's collection and others donated by area gardeners. Parking/admission free; the sale benefits the Arboretum. See http://www.arboretumfoundation.org or call 206.325.4510.
Friday, April 23, 2010, 2-4 p.m., Anderson 207, SFR Distinguished Alumni Seminar, "On the Shoulders: An interdisciplinary life in
conservation, science, and politics," Gary Machlis, Professor of Conservation in the University of Idaho's Department of Forest Resouces and Science Advisor to the Director, National Park Service.
Saturday, April 24, 2010, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Washington Park Arboretum, Student Conservation Society's Earth Day volunteer projects. Get your hands dirty removing non-native invasive plants, mulching, and trail work to improve the Arboretum.

NEWS FROM THE WASHINGTON PULP AND PAPER FOUNDATION
See the the Washington Pulp and Paper Foundation's (WPPF) March 2010 newsletter, Handsheet Headlines online for information about the upcoming WPPF Annual Conference on May 27, 2010. The conference's theme is "Biomass Conversion: Impacting Pacific Northwest Fiber Supply," and the keynote speaker will be WA State Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark, who will speak on "Added Value on State Foreset Lands." The newsletter also contains information about recent changes in SFR's Paper Science and Engineering undergraduate major, which have recently been approved by the faculty.  The major will be renamed Bioresource Science and Engineering and the concepts of bio-fuels and bio-refining are being introduced into the curriculum to provide knowledge of these important emerging technologies. Topics such as fuel grade ethanol from cellulose are introduced in the freshman year, then covered in more detail in classes in natural products chemistry and Topics in Bioenergy, Bioprocessing, and Biofuels. Last year’s senior design class included the concepts of ultrafiltration, hydrolysis and fermentation, and fuel grade ethanol production in addition to pulping, pulp properties, and lignin recovery of wheat straw.

SFR FACULTY PARTICIPATE IN MEETINGS,CONFERENCES
Clare Ryan has been invited to speak at the U.S. Forest Service’s National Science Forum, part of the US Forest Service’s public discussion on the development of a new Forest Service Land Management Planning Rule. The National Science Forum will be held in Washington, DC on March 29-30, 2010. Clare will be part of Panel 5: Incorporating the best available science into an implementable and durable planning rule. Panelists will discuss how to incorporate the best available environmental science and
monitoring methods into an implementable and durable planning rule using the core principles of contemporary, professional planning. Additional information is available at http://fs.usda.gov/planningrule

YESLER SWAMP TRAIL, A UW-COMMUNITY COLLABORATION
The Yesler Swamp Trail is a cooperative project of the community and the UW to restore the native plants of the Yesler Swamp, located in Seattle at the corner of NE 41st and Surber Drive –- just beneath the tangle of blackberry vines. The trail winds down through the swamp of the Yesler Creek outlet, skirts a lagoon that connects with Union Bay, passes an active beaver hut, and returns near the parking lot of the Center for Urban Horticulture. The area serves as fishing grounds for the nearby resident bald eagles and a breeding ground for water fowl. Invasive flora are present and native flora have been planted, but restoring the swamp with more native flora will encourage more native fauna to return. As part of these restoration efforts, the project supports the creation of a handicap accessible natural wetland trail. The trail would offer views of wetlands, the beaver lodge, and an enclosed lagoon, while directing human foot traffic away from these sensitive areas. The proposed plan was drawn up by UW plant ecology students in 2004, when initial restoration of native species was performed by a team from the UW's Restoration Ecology Network.  SFR faculty Kern Ewing, John Marzluff, and Steve West have contributed expertise to the project. The plan is not finalized, and participants are seeking input and support from the wider community who enjoy the trail. See a You Tube video featuring Kern Ewing leading a January "swamp walk" along the trail.

UW 2010 TEACHING AND LEARNING SYMPOSIUM
The 2010 UW Teaching and Learning Symposium is scheduled for Tuesday, April 20, 2:30-4:30 p.m. in the HUB Ballroom. The symposium provides an opportunity to interact with UW instructors who are actively engaged in examining teaching and learning in their disciplines. The symposium features a keynote address, followed by concurrent poster sessions and presentations on the innovative work of faculty, staff, and TAs on the three UW campuses.

TAX ASSISTANCE FOR J EXCHANGE VISITORS
The UW's International Scholars Office (ISO) sends along the following information regarding tax assistance for J Exchange Visitors: "J-1 Exchange Visitors and each of their J-2 dependents who were in the U.S. at any time during 2009 must file paperwork with the Internal Revenue Service even if they had no U.S.-source income or were covered by a tax treaty, and even if they are no longer in the U.S. Exchange Visitors who were not present in the U.S. during 2009 will not need to file tax forms this year.
The International Scholars Office provides an on-line tax preparation service called CINTAX, a secure web-based program that prepares the appropriate forms and provides step-by-step instructions and assistance for Exchange Visitors who are nonresidents for tax purposes. CINTAX also includes a helpful 'frequently asked questions' section. There is no charge for using CINTAX. All you need to access CINTAX from anywhere in the world is your UW NetID. CINTAX prepares the forms to assist you in complying with your federal tax obligations. Note that Washington State does not have a state income tax. While filing federal tax forms is mandatory, you will not need to file separate Washington State tax forms. To access CINTAX, and for additional tax information, see
http://iso.uw.edu/taxintro.html. Advisers in ISO are not tax experts and cannot give tax advice. Your questions about taxes should be directed to the IRS or a tax professional. If you experience any technical difficulties with the CINTAX program itself, contact support@cintax.us.

POSTER SUBMISSIONS FOR SAF 2010 NATIONAL CONVENTION
All poster submissions for presentation at the October 27-31, 2010 Society of American Foresters National Convention in Albuquerque, NM must be received by September 12, 2010. See more information on proposals at http://www.safnet.org/natcon10/presenters/index.cfm. The 2010 National Convention, "Forests and People: A Watershed Event," will bring together more than 1,500 forestry and natural resource professionals to exchange ideas, share professional expertise, and learn the latest technology and research to help them work more effectively.

PHOTOCITY PROJECT
Computer science researchers at the UW and Cornell are using latest vision algorithms to process a collection of digital photos into 3-D building reconstructions, reports the New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/23/science/23crowd.html. To acquire photos in every part of the world and increase the quality of current 3-D models, people worldwide are playing the PhotoCity game and its iPhone version, a capture-the-flag-type competition. See Mary Gates Hall and more. At last glance, no buildings south of Drumheller Fountain have been "flagged."

WA INVASIVE SPECIES COUNCIL RESOURCES
A hotline for reporting new infestations, eradication success stories, events, and other resources are available on the Invasive Species Council's newly revamped website.

ALUMNI UPDATES
Keith Artz (BS 1968) is a Seattle artist who works in watercolors.  Previous careers included working for non-profit and governmental agencies, including King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks, purchasing land for endangered species and farmland and open space preservation.
William (Bill) Boehm (MS 1972, BS 1968) is a senior ecologist with King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks.
Molly Beck (MS 1982, BS 1968) was the owner of the urban forestry consulting firm Northwest Arborvitae in Seattle, which she founded in 1982, until her retirement in 2000. She also taught classes at Edmonds Community College.
Aaron Rowe (BS 2000) is a fire management officer for the U.S. Forest Service's Wenatchee National Forest.

KUDOS
Send in those kudos!

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

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WEBSITES FOR SEMINARS IN RELATED DEPARTMENTS
Aquatic & Fishery Sciences
http://www.fish.washington.edu/news/fishline/fishline.html
Biology http://www.biology.washington.edu/index.html?sdiv=news&navID=34
College of the Environment
http://myuw.washington.edu/cal/showMain.rdo?date=20091125&viewType=weekView&calendar=coenv
Earth and Space Sciences
http://earthweb.ess.washington.edu/dwp/news+events/events.php
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
Program on the Environment (POE)
http://depts.washington.edu/poeweb/news/events.html
Quaternary Research Center (QRC) http://depts.washington.edu/qrc/events.html


The Straight Grain
Volume 33, Number 10

Events
Announcements
Kudos

Forestry in the News
Links to other departments

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

EVENTS FOR WEEK BEGINNING MARCH 14. Check out the SFR events calendar at http://www.cfr.washington.edu/aboutTheSchool/publicCalendar.shtml for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

MONDAY, 15 MARCH    PHD GENERAL EXAM   ANDERSON 22   1:30 PM
"Landscape Patterns of Subalpine Fir Decline and Balsam Woolly Adelgid Infestation on the Olympic Penninsula, WA," Karen Hutten; committee chair: Christian Torgersen.

TUESDAY, 16 MARCH     MS DEFENSE    UWBG,CUH,DOUGLAS    9:30 AM
"Quantification of the Long-term Effects of Organic Soil Amendment Use: Carbon, nitrogen, bulk density, and water-holding capacity," Katherine Kurtz; committee chair: Sally Brown.

TUESDAY, 16 MARCH   PACIFIC CONNECTIONS PUBLIC MEETING   WPA  6:30-7:30 PM
Public meeting on Washington Park Arboretum's Pacific Connections Garden Phase II: Construction of "Gateway to Chile." The project is situated at the southern intersection of Arboretum Drive and Lake Washington Boulevard
and will begin construction in late spring 2010. It includes restoration of the now overgrown Holmdahl Rockery and creation of a display of colorful Chilean plant species, including the planting of 72 Chilean trees that will contribute to the horticultural collection. Prior to construction, Seattle City Parks will remove 34 mature trees, including some native species, to make way for the new garden. See http://seattle.gov/parks/projects/arboretum/.

WEDNESDAY, 17 MARCH   CFR 502 PRESENTATIONS    ANDERSON 22  8:30-10:20 AM
CFR 502 Analytical Techniques for Community Ecology Presentations include SFR students James Freund, "Structural Development of Early Old-growth Douglas-fir Forests"; Nick Povack, "A Multivariate Classification of Historical Old Forest within the Interior Northwest, USA"; Peter Singleton, "Correlating Barred Owl Habitat Use with Forest Structure within Home Ranges"; Jack Delap, "Avian Response to Urbanization of Puget Lowland Forests: Density and productivity of select passerines"; Jessica Hudec, "The Influence of Fire Severity on Post-burn Vegetation and Fuels in the Cold Springs Fire"; Joe Restaino, "Prescribed Fire and Biomass Consumption in the Longleaf Pine Flatwoods of Northern Florida"; Ziyu Ma, "Multivariate Analysis of Photosynthesis Acclimation Based on Gas Exchange Measurements"; and Michael Case, "Modeling Climate in the Columbia Plateau"; and School of Aquatic and Fisheries Science student Jenny Price, "Geoduck (Panopea generosa) Aquaculture Practices in Southern Puget Sound, Washington: Patterns of impact and recovery in benthic infaunal communities."

WEDNESDAY, 17 MARCH     MFR PROJECT PRESENTATION    ANDERSON 22    11 AM
"Absence of Incentive: Analyzing potential for collective action for the sustainable management of the upland forest of Tubah Subdivision, NWR, Cameroon," Brian Bragg; committee chair: Ivan Eastin.

WEDNESDAY, 17 MARCH    CETACEAN SOCIETY LECTURE     PHINNEY CTR    7:30 PM
"Hawaii's False Killer Whales: Overfished and under appreciated," Robin Baird, Cascadia Research Collective.

THURSDAY, 18 MARCH    SAF PUGET SOUND MEETING   BELLEVUE,WA    6:30 PM
"Urban Forestry in Practice," Ara Erickson (MS 2004), Cascade Land Conservancy.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR
Wednesday-Saturday, March 24-27, 2010, Centralia, WA, NW Scientific Association Annual Meeting, "From Mount St. Helens to Oak-Prairie Lowlands: Disturbances, biological legacies, and conservation."
Friday, March 26, 2010, 9 a.m-4 p.m, Seattle Art Museum, "Storming the Sound Conference, "Restoring Puget Sound: Taking action through education, outreach and service." SFR alum participants include Clay Heilman (BS 1976). 
Tuesday, April 6, 2010, 3:30-5 p.m., Corvallis, OR, OSU's Starker Lecture Series: Ecosystem Services from Forests and Farms,
http://starkerlectures.forestry.oregonstate.edu/, "Markets for Ecosystem Services," Bettin von Hagen, Ecotrust Forest Management.
Saturday, April 10, 2010, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Washington Park Arboretum, "Early Bloomers Plant Sale at the Arboretum." Great selection of young shrubs, small trees, conifers, bonsai starts, and early-blooming perennials, featuring plants propagated from specimens in the Washington Park Arboretum collection, as well as others donated to the Arboretum by area gardeners. Parking and admission are free; the sale benefits Washington Park Arboretum.
Friday, April 23, 2010, 2-4 p.m., Anderson 207, SFR Distinguished Alumni Seminar, Gary Machlis, Professor of Conservation in the University of Idaho's Department of Forest Resouces and Science Advisor to the Director, National Park Service.
Saturday, April 24, 2010, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Washington Park Arboretum, Student Conservation Society's Earth Day volunteer projects. Get your hands dirty removing non-native invasive plants, mulching, and trail work to improve the Arboretum.

SFR WELCOMES NEW STAFF AND AFFILIATES
A warm welcome to new staff member Stephanie Hart, who is working as a Research Consultant with Ernesto Alvarado; she will be based in Portland, OR.  SFR also welcomes new Affiliate Professor Douglas Martin, a fisheries scientist and aquatic ecologist and principal of Martin Environmental in Seattle.

UPDATE ON FORMER PACK FOREST STAFF MEMBER PAUL BAILEY
Greg Ettl sends along information about former Pack Forest hourly employee Paul Bailey, who Greg also knew while on the faculty at Warren Wilson College where Paul was one of his students.  Paul had a serious acccident while climbing in Australia last fall and is still recovering. For a news article on Paul, his community of friends and supporters, and his return home to the Philadelphia area this month, see "Loving hands reach across the sea."

IN MEMORIAM
Al Wagar sends along the following note, "Evelyn Brockman, widow of the late Emeritus Professor C. Frank Brockman, passed away March 3rd at age 100. She was a good friend of the College (now School) and very pleased to see the memory of Professor Brockman kept alive with the Tree of the Week display and the Brockman Tree Tour. She visited the Tree Tour and its refurbished sign recently and was delighted with its website being redone as an ESRM capstone project this academic year, with trees being added to replace those lost since Professor Brockman established the 70-tree tour in 1980."

NEW SPONSORED RESEARCH PROJECTS, JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2010
"Biomass Flexible Bioconversion of Lignocellulose to Ethanol: A robust pretreatment method for processing mixed feedstocks"; PI: Renata Bura; sponsor: Consortium for Plant Biotechnology Research; amount: $77,104.
"Climate Change Monitoring Garden at the University of Washington Botanic Garden"; PI: Soo Kim; sponsor: Chicago Botanic Garden; amount: $6,360.
"WA North Olympic Peninsula Feedstock Study"; PI: John Calhoun; sponsor: Washington State University; amount: $50,000.
"Assessment of Species Representivity in Canada's Protected Areas"; PI: Josh Lawler; sponsor: Canadian Council on Ecological Areas; amount: $14,383.
"Shrub Steppe/Sage-Grouse Habitat Restoration"; PI: Sarah Reichard; sponsor: USDI Bureau of Land Management; amount: $85,000.

SFR STAFF AND ALUMS PARTICIPATE IN MEETINGS, CONFERENCES
Jay Johnson will participe in the Mathematical Association of America Pacific Northwest Section annual meeting, April 9-10. 2010, at Seattle University in April. Writes Jay, "Vince Gallucci and I have put together two sessions dealing with math in ecology, natural resourses, and biology for this conference.  I will be giving a presentation as well as moderating one of the sessions. We will have twelve presentations from folks at the UW working on problems in which math is a crucial part of their projects. I think it will be a nice way to showcase what is going on (mathematically) in the new CoEnv and provide some interaction between our
presenters and folks in the math community in the PNW region."
Bruce Lippke gave a presentation on March 3, 2010 in Boise, ID to the Climate Change, Bioenergy, and Sustaining the Forests of Idaho and Montana Conference, http://www.uidaho.edu/cnr/forestsbioenergyconference.aspx. His talk was on "Forest Biomass: Mitigation and adaption strategies, opportunities, and problems."  The conference was sponsored by the University of Idaho's College of Natural Resources with the support of 13 public, private, professional, industry, and conservation groups.

REPORT OF AD HOC SFR VOLUNTEER COMMITTEE
The SFR Volunteer Committee, created in response to the September 2009 SFR strategic planning retreat, chaired by Pat Saunders, recently submitted its report to Interim Director Hinckley.

SILVICULTURE CHALLENGE 2010
Beginning in 2007, SFR has linked with UBC's College of Forestry to organize an annual Silviculture Challenge.  Alternating locations between British Columbia and Washington each year, teams of students from the two institutions meet over a weekend in early spring to tackle a silviculture problem.  Each team designs a solution and prepares a presentation, which
is judged by professional foresters and natural resource managers, often alumni of the two institutions.  SFR's team is mentored by Greg Ettl and David Ford. The 2010 Silviculture Challenge took place on March 5-6, 2010 in Vancouver, BC, with SFR students Brooke Cassell, Peter Gill, Hannah Litzenberger, Jesse McCarty, Nai Saetern, and Trevor Walter, among others (full list reported in next week's Straight Grain). This year's challenge was based on a 50 ha piece of land in Vancouver’s Stanley Park, with management objectives based on the Vision Statement for the park: "That Stanley Park’s forest be a resilient coastal forest with a
diversity of native tree and other species and habitats, that allows park visitors to experience nature in the city." This vision statement is further developed in a set of generalized target conditions for vegetation. Participants in the challenge were to assume that the area has the following management emphases: public safety; wildlife habitat; development of large, majestic trees (the WOW factor); and minimization of impact of invasive species. The UBC and SFR teams worked diligently on the problem over the two days of the challenge.  UBC's team was voted the winner for this year; now SFR and UBC are tied for two wins each!

FINALISTS FOR DEAN OF COENV ANNOUNCED
The Provost's Advisory Search Committee has recommended three finalists for the position of Dean of the College of the Environment:
* Mark R. Abbott, Dean and Professor, College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences, Oregon State University
* Lisa J. Graumlich, Professor and Director, School of Natural Resources and the Environment, The University of Arizona
* Sanjayan Muttulingam, Lead Scientist for The Nature Conservancy
Candidates' Curriculum Vitae are online at http://www.washington.edu/provost/searches/coenvdean.html. This website also has a link to a Catalyst site for direct communication and feedback to the Advisory Search Committee. The candidates visit in early April and present a public seminar that is open to the UW community. CoENV students, faculty, and staff will also have two opportunities to meet each candidate in a more informal Q&A session. The schedule for these events is:
Dr. Mark R. Abbott Public Seminar: Friday, April 2, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Henry Art Gallery
CoEnv Q&A: Thursday, April 1, 2:30-3:30 p.m., Fisheries Science 203; and Friday, April 2, 9-10 a.m., Anderson 207
Dr. Sanjayan Muttulingam Public Seminar: Tuesday, April 6, 9-10:30 a.m., Henry Art Gallery
CoEnv Q&A: Monday, April 5, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Fisheries Science 203; and Monday, April 5, 2:30-3:30 p.m., Anderson 207
Dr. Lisa Graumlich Public Seminar: Friday, April 9, 9-10:30 a.m., Henry Art Gallery
CoEnV Q&A: Thursday, April 8, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Fisheries Science 203; and Friday, April 9, 2:30-3:30 p.m., Anderson 207

APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED FOR ESA ANNUAL MEETING TRAVEL AWARDS
Grad student Jorge Ramos sends along the following: "Applications are now being accepted for travel awards to the 2010 ESA Annual Meeting, http://www.esa.org/pittsburgh/, on August 1-August 6, 2010 in Pittsburg. Preference is given to applicants who have submitted or plan on submitting an abstract with ESA to present at the meeting. The deadline for application submissions is March 15, 2010. For more information, see http://www.esa.org/seeds/programs/annual_meeting/apply.php.

FOREST BIOMASS INITIATIVE PASSES LEGISLATURE
An effort to build a green forest biomass industry in Washington’s forests took a step forward over last weekend as the Legislature passed the WA Department of Natural Resources' Forest Biomass Supply Agreements Bill. See full text of press release online.

ALUMNI UPDATES
Gretchen Nicholas (BS 1983) has just taken a new job with the USDA Forest Service, Portland Forestry Sciences Lab, as Deputy Program Manager, Resources Monitoring and Assessment. She previously served as the land management division manager for the WA Department of Natural Resources.
Jeffrey Taylor (BS 1989) owns a tree service contracting business, Stump Grinding Northwest, Inc., in Lake Forest Park, WA.
Michael Wolanek (MS 1989) is a water resources planner for the City of Arlington, WA.

SFR IN THE NEWS
See "Cougar reports unnerve some in north county" for Everett Herald article quoting Brian Kertson.
See Seattle Times article, "Group fights Weyerhaeuser's use of 'green' certification," quoting alum Cassie Phillips (BS 1976).
The online newsletter Spatial Sustain has an article referencing research of L. Monika Moskal; see "LIDAR is a Key Tool for the Measurement of Ecosystem Services."

KUDOS
Kudos to Sandor Toth, member of a resarch group on "Protecting Habitat for Grassland Birds in the Face of Development Pressure," which was awarded the USDA Forest Service's 2009 Chief's Honor "Conserving Open Space" Award. The Chief's Honor Awards ceremony was held on March 10, 2010 in conjunction with the USFS's March National Leadership Council meeting in Alubquerque, NM.  See http://www.fs.fed.us/fstoday/100129/02National_News/awards.html.
Kudos to grad student Camila Tejo, who was awarded the 2010 G.A. Harris Research Instrumentation Fellowship sponsored by Decagon Devices based in Pullman, WA.  She was one of six awardees of $5,000 in equipment.  The fellowship supports graduate students studying any aspect of environmental science or geotechnical science. This year's award was focused on studies that propose innovative soil and plant monitoring. Camila's resarch project is "Water-holding Capacity and Temperature Patterns of Canopy Soils in an Old-growth Sitka Spruce Forest of Washington State."

Send in those kudos!

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

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WEBSITES FOR SEMINARS IN RELATED DEPARTMENTS
Aquatic & Fishery Sciences
http://www.fish.washington.edu/news/fishline/fishline.html
Biology http://www.biology.washington.edu/index.html?sdiv=news&navID=34
College of the Environment
http://myuw.washington.edu/cal/showMain.rdo?date=20091125&viewType=weekView&calendar=coenv
Earth and Space Sciences
http://earthweb.ess.washington.edu/dwp/news+events/events.php
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
Program on the Environment (POE)
http://depts.washington.edu/poeweb/news/events.html
Quaternary Research Center (QRC) http://depts.washington.edu/qrc/events.html


The Straight Grain
Volume 33, Number 9

Events
Announcements
Kudos

Forestry in the News
Links to other departments

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

EVENTS FOR WEEK BEGINNING MARCH 7. Check out the SFR events calendar at http://www.cfr.washington.edu/aboutTheSchool/publicCalendar.shtml for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

MONDAY, 8 MARCH    ATM SCI SEMINAR    ATG 310C    3:30-4:20 PM
"Do Trees Snore? Using canopy flow analysis to understand how forests breathe," Christoph Thomas, Oregon State University.  See http://www.atmos.washington.edu/events/.

MONDAY, 8 MARCH     WILDLIFE SEMINAR   3:30 PM   KANE 210
"Effects of Cooper’s Hawk Predation on Songbirds and an Interdisciplinary Approach to Evaluating Ecological Consequences of Second Home Development and Rural Gentrification," Stan Rullman, UW School of Forest Resources.

TUESDAY, 9 MARCH   WATER CENTER SEMINAR    ANDERSON 223  8:30-9:20 AM
"Hydropolitics: What it is and why it matters," Stanley Asah, UW School of Forest Resources.

TUESDAY, 9 MARCH    PHD GENERAL EXAM    ANDERSON 22     11 AM
"Linking Habitat and Hatcheries: Spawning site selection by wild- and hatchery-origin salmon relative to continuous gradients in physical features and resident fishes across spatial scales," Jeremy Cram; committee chair: Christian Torgersen.

TUESDAY, 9 MARCH   MARINE MAMMAL SEMINAR    AK FISH SCI CENTER    12 PM
National Marine Mammal Lab Seminars, "An Observer-based Program for Understanding Cruise Ship–Humpback Whale Interactions in Alaska," Scott Gende, National Park Service Glacier Bay Field Station.

TUESDAY, 9 MARCH    ANDERSON RENOVATION PRESENTATION   SCC 316    1-2 PM
Mahlmum (architectural firm chosen for predesign phase of the Anderson Hall renovation project) presentation to SFR community at South Campus Center. Presentation will give a brief project overview with discussion of opportunities in the predesign phase of the project. Presentation will be posted online following the discussion.

TUESDAY, 9 MARCH     CIG SEMINAR    ACC 120     1:30-3 PM
Climate Impacts Group Seminar, "Large Natural Changes in Tropical Pacific Rainfall Prior to the 20th Century," Julian Sachs, UW School of Oceanography.

TUESDAY, 9 MARCH    BIOLOGY SEMINAR     PHYS-ASTR A102    4 PM
"Evolutionary Genetics and Biomechanics of Spider Silks," Cheryl Hayashi, University of California, Riverside.

TUESDAYS, 9 MARCH-13 APRIL    UWBG PUBLIC EDUCATON  HITCHCOCK 344  7-9 PM
"Plant Identification," David Giblin, UW Herbarium Collections Manager. Basic field identification skills and characteristics of 25 common Washington plant families. Includes all-day field trip to Deception Pass, April 17th. $160, preregistration required, call 206.685.8033. See http://depts.washington.edu/urbhort/html/education/events.php.

WEDNESDAY, 10 MARCH    PHD DEFENSE    ANDERSON 22   1 PM
"Cougar Ecology, Behavior, and Interactions with People in a Wildland-urban Environment in Western Washington," Brian Kertson;
committee chair: Ghristian Grue.

WEDNESDAY, 10 MARCH  ESRM CAPSTONE PRESENTATIONS   ROOM TBA  1:30-2:30 PM
For room location, contact cfradv@u.washington.edu.

WEDNESDAY, 10 MARCH   INTERDISC TCHING SESSION    POE COMMONS  5:30 PM
"Meet, Greet, Teach: An informal conversation about interdisciplinary teaching on environmental issues," Branden Born, UW Department of Urban Design and Planning; Christopher Hoffman, UW Department of Mathematics; Michael Kucher, UW Tacoma; and Elizabeth Wheat, UW Department of Biology.

WEDNESDAY, 10 MARCH   STORMWATER FORUM   GEORGETOWN,SEATTLE  5:30-8:30 PM
Panel discussion and informational forum focusing on natural drainage in the Seattle area; sponsored by Duwamish River Clean-up Coalition and EOS Alliance.

THURSDAY, 11 MARCH   NWFSC SEMINAR    NW FISH SCI CTR    11 AM
"Accounting for Pinniped Predation in Fisheries Stock Assessment: Implications for the recovery of BC inside waters yelloweye rockfish (Sebastes ruberrimus)," Murdoch McAllister, University of British Columbia.

THURSDAY, 11 MARCH   WOODLAND PARK ZOO BROWN BAG  ARC BLDG  12:15-1:15 PM
"Medicine and Conservation on the Frontiers of the Rain Forest: Health care to heal the planet," Kinari Webb, Alam Sehat Lestari Project, Indonesia.

THURSDAY, 11 MARCH  SAF BEVAN SEMINAR SERIES   FISH SCI 102   4:3O PM
The Bevan Series on Sustainable Fisheries, "The History of the Marine Conservation Movement, 1990-2010," Josh Eagle, University of South Carolina School of Law.

THURSDAY, 11 MARCH    SFR-UWAA LECTURE      KANE 120   7-8 PM
Sustaining Our NW World Lecture, "Climate, Forests, and Future: A View from Treeline," Dave Peterson, UW School of Forest Resources.  RSVP at https://go.washington.edu/uwaa/events/2010coenv_cofs_lecture/details.tcl.

THURSDAY, 11 MARCH   STREAMKEEPER ACADEMY     EVERETT, WA    7-8:30 PM
Adopt-a-Stream Foundation's Streamkeeper Academy, "On the Track of the Elusive Wolverine," Keith Aubry, USDA Forest Service biologist and SFR alum (PhD 1983).

FRIDAY, 12 MARCH   CFR 502 PRESENTATIONS    ANDERSON 22  9-10:15 AM
CFR 502 Analytical Techniques for Community Ecology Presentations include SFR students Joy Wood, "Evaluating and Monitoring the Success of Ecological Restoration Sites from the UW Restoration Ecology Network Capstone Project"; Derek Churchill, "Spatial Patterns and Stand Structure of Dry Forests in the Eastern Cascades"; John Burk, "Environmental Variable Associations with Mule Deer Presence on Summer Range in Chelan County, WA"; Kelsey Ketcheson, "Responses of Understory Vegetation to Restoration Thinning"; Lauren Urgenson, "Riparian Understory Response to Bohemian Knotweed (Polygonum x bohemicum) Removal, Olympic Peninsula"; and Urban Design and Planning student Tracy Fuentes, "Evaluating Revegetation Success after Road Decommissioning on the Mt. Baker Snoqualmie State Forest, Washington State."  Another set of presentations is scheduled for Wednesday, March 17th.

FRIDAY, 12 MARCH  ESRM CAPSTONE PRESENTATIONS   ROOM TBA  1:30-2:30 PM
For room location, contact cfradv@u.washington.edu.

FRIDAY, 12 MARCH    SILVICULTURE SEMINAR   ANDERSON 22  2:30-4:20 PM
"Silviculture for Multiple Ecosystem Services," Klaus Puettman, Oregon State University.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR
Wednesday-Saturday, March 24-27, 2010, Centralia, WA, NW Scientific Association Annual Meeting, "From Mount St. Helens to Oak-Prairie Lowlands: Disturbances, biological legacies, and conservation."
Friday, March 26, 2010, 9 a.m-4 p.m, Seattle Art Museum, "Storming the Sound Conference, "Restoring Puget Sound: Taking action through education, outreach and service." SFR alum participants include Clay Heilman (BS 1976).
Tuesday, April 6, 2010, 3:30-5 p.m., Corvallis, OR, OSU's Starker Lecture Series: Ecosystem Services from Forests and Farms,
http://starkerlectures.forestry.oregonstate.edu/, "Markets for Ecosystem Services," Bettin von Hagen, Ecotrust Forest Management.
Friday, April 23, 2010, 2-4 p.m., Anderson 207, SFR Distinguished Alumni Seminar, Gary Machlis, Professor of Conservation in the University of Idaho's Department of Forest Resouces and Science Advisor to the Director, National Park Service.

SFR STAFF AND ALUMS PARTICIPATE IN MEETINGS, CONFERENCES
Larry Mason gave a presentation on "Hopeful Projects for Indian Forestry" on March 4, 2010 at the National Indian Forestry and Wildland Fire Management Conference in Phoenix, AZ. SFR alums participating included Vicki Christiansen (BS 1983) and Robert Deal (MS 1987).

SFR CO-SPONSORS UW'S GRADUATE DIVERSITY FELLOWS DINNER
SFR was among co-sponsors of the UW's Graduate Diversity Fellows Dinner, held on February 18, 2010.  The Fellows Dinner is a program of the Graduate Opportunities and Minority Achievement Program (GO-MAP), which serves the needs of students of color and students from other underrepresented groups, while simultaneously fostering an educational and social environment in which all students can learn and develop through experiences rich in cultural, ethnic, and racial diversity. GO-MAP’s three main areas of focus are: (1) outreach, recruitment, and retention; (2) enhancing scholarship and research; and (3) building community, on and off campus.  In the Graduate School's letter of thanks to sponsors, the importance of the event is affirmed as a "signature event that builds community and highlights GO-MAP's important mission."  For a photo of SFR graduate student Jose Ramos with his poster at the event, see http://www.flickr.com/photos/uwgomap/4379656185/in/set-72157623364505033/.

NEWS FROM WASHINGTON PARK ARBORETUM
Arboretum staff will be assisting Mason Bee hobbyist Dave Richards (JohnnyAppleBeez, LLC) install several Mason Bee boxes in trees throughout arboretum grounds. The gentle, native Mason Bee is a better pollinator than the honeybee, but doesn’t travel nearly as far from its nest. Boxes will be up until June.  Interpretive sign about Mason Bees will soon be posted up at the Arboretum apiary.

STEWARDSHIP PARTNERS HOLD FREE RAIN GARDEN WORKSHOPS
Stewardship Partners  is offering free workshops on rain garden design and construction, with several sessions scheduled throughout King County and the Seattle Metro area. Rain gardens work like native forests by capturing and infiltrating stormwater from rooftops, driveways, and other hard surfaces. Rain gardens reduce flooding by absorbing water from impervious surfaces; filter oil, grease and toxic materials before they can pollute streams, lakes and bays; help recharge the aquifer by increasing the quantity of water that soaks into the ground; and provide beneficial wildlife habitat. Workshop participants will receive a rain garden handbook and other materials. They will also be invited to participate in several full scale rain garden installation workshops scheduled later in the spring and summer. Workshops are free and registration is required. Participants will be sent site-assessment instructions in advance to help maximize their learning at the workshops. Contact Stacey Gianas at Stewardship Partners.

NEW ALCOHOL POLICY NOW ON SFR WEB SITE
Check the SFR website for new information on the UW and SFR's alcohol policy and procedures, including how to request a banquet permit, and the special liability requirements pertaining to faculty or staff sponsoring such events, i.e., the banquet permit applicant must be a faculty or staff member of the School who will be in attendance throughout the entirety of the event.

ALUMNI UPDATES
Claylia (Clay) Heilman (BS 1976) is the president of Nature Vision,a nonprofit in Redmond, WA that fosters environmental appreciation and stewardship through integration of school, community, and nature education. She was awarded the National Association for Interpretation Region 10's 2009 Grant W. Sharpe award for demonstrating excellence in environmental education, see http://www.nairegions.org/10/Winter2009.pdf#page=3.
Marianne Krasny(PhD 1986, MS 1982) is Professor and Chair in the Department of Natural Resources and Director of the Civic Ecology Lab, at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY.  Her work focuses on environmental education and social-ecological systems theory in urban and other settings in the U.S. and internationally.
Patricia Lock-Dawson (MS 1992) sends along the following: "I am an alumnus of CFR and thought you might be interested in the following for the newsletter. I just received a gubernatorial appointment in California and would like to share: 'Patricial Lock-Dawson was appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger as a public member of the California Board of Behavioral Sciences on January in January 2010. She has served the city of Riverside as planning commissioner since 2007 and director of the Santa Ana River Trail and Parkway Partnership for Riverside County Supervisor John Tavaglione since 2005. She has been principal of PLD Consulting since 2003. Previously, she worked for Riverside County’s Executive Office as environmental programs advisor from 2000 to 2006; was an ecologist, ecosystem planner and a wildlife biologist for the U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Geological Survey from 1994 to 2001; and state wetlands coordinator for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources from 1992 to 1994. She is a member of the Riverside Land Conservancy Board of Governors, Raincross Group, and President of the Inland Empire Chapter of CA Women Lead, a statewide women’s leadership organization.'"
Julie Mocklin (MS 2009) is a research biologist with NOAA’s National Marine Mammal Laboratory in Seattle, WA, where she is responsible for bowhead photo-identification work at NMML and maintaining the bowhead whale photographic database.

SFR IN THE NEWS
See "Top 10 gas-storing national parks are in Northwest, study says" for Tacoma News Tribune story quoting Jerry Franklin.
For a story on SFR alum and butterfly enthusiast David Droppers (BS 2009), Woodland Park Zoo and WA Butterfly Association, see "The Butterfly Hunter."

KUDOS
Send in those kudos!

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

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WEBSITES FOR SEMINARS IN RELATED DEPARTMENTS
Aquatic & Fishery Sciences
http://www.fish.washington.edu/news/fishline/fishline.html
Biology http://www.biology.washington.edu/index.html?sdiv=news&navID=34
College of the Environment
http://myuw.washington.edu/cal/showMain.rdo?date=20091125&viewType=weekView&calendar=coenv
Earth and Space Sciences
http://earthweb.ess.washington.edu/dwp/news+events/events.php
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
Program on the Environment (POE)
http://depts.washington.edu/poeweb/news/events.html
Quaternary Research Center (QRC) http://depts.washington.edu/qrc/events.html