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The Straight Grain
Volume 37, Number 13

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 THE WEEK BEGINNING MARCH 26. Check out the SFR events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

FRIDAY-SUNDAY, 25-27 MARCH   SANDHILL CRANE FESTIVAL   OTHELLO,WA
Sponsored by the Greater Othello Chamber of Commerce and the Columbia National Wildlife Refuge. SFR alums participating include Chris Bonsignore (MS 1998).

SATURDAY, 26 MARCH    BURKE MUSEUM PUBLIC EDUC  BURKE MUSEUM  12-3 PM
"Citizens, Science, and Seabirds," Jane Dolliver, UW Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team.

MONDAY, 28 MARCH       ATMOS SCI SEMINAR     JOHNSON 75   2-3 PM
"Ecoclimate Teleconnections: Remote effects of the interactions between ecosystems and climate," Abigail Swann, Harvard University.

MONDAY, 28 MARCH    WILDLIFE SCI SEMINAR    JOHNSON 102   3:30 PM
"Effects of Anthropogenic Disturbance on Landscape Ecology of Cougars," Ben Maletzki, Washington State University.

MONDAY, 28 MARCH    SAFS SEMINAR     102 FISH SCI    4-5 PM
School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences Seminar, "Spatial Competition with Changing Market Institutions," Harrison Fell, Resources for the Future.

TUESDAY, 29 MARCH    WATER SEMINAR    ANDERSON 223     8:30-9:20 AM
"The Watershed Report: An innovative, applied-learning partnership among cities, schools, and nonprofits," Sue Rooney, Friends of Cedar River Watershed.

TUESDAY, 29 MARCH   GLOBAL FORESTRY SEMINAR    207 ANDERSON   9-10 AM
"Global Forest Resources and Markets Developments," Ed Pepke, U.N. Economic Commission for Europe and Food and Agriculture Organization. Sponsored by the Center for International Trade in Forest Products and the
International Forestry Students Association.

TUESDAY, 29 MARCH  EQUIPMENT INSURANCE BROWN BAG  GERB 142  12 PM
Find out about insuring equipment (it's not automatically insured) at the UW. RSVPs not required but appreciated at
http://f2.washington.edu/treasury/riskmgmt/insure/EIS/brownbag.

TUESDAY, 29 MARCH   BIOLOGY SEMINAR    HCK 132    4 PM
"Turning Off the Colorado Tap: Establishing baselines in natural history through geochemical logs of the Sea of Cortez," Kirsten Rowell, UW Department of Biology.

TUESDAY, 29 MARCH  CLIMATE ADAPTATION PANEL  SEATTLE,TOWN HALL  6-7:30 PM
Island Press Thought Leaders Panel on Climate Adaptation, "Discussion of the Built Environment," Anthony Barnosky, Heatstroke; Jennie Hoffman, Climate Savvy; and Matt Kuharic, King County Climate Change Program. Program moderator is Josh Lawler, UW School of Forest Resources.

WEDNESDAY, 30 MARCH      ECOSYSTEM MANAGEMENT WEBINAR    10 AM-12 PM
Demonstration of Ecosystem Management Decision Support (EMDS), Keith Reynolds, USDA Forest Service.

WEDNESDAY, 30 MARCH   ENGAGE SCI SPEAKER SERIES   JOHNSON 75   6:45 PM
Engage Science Speaker Series, "Making Pictures of Numbers: The invention, use, and misuse of Graphs," Melissa Clarkson, UW Division of Biomedical and Health Informatics.

THURSDAY, 31 MARCH    BSE FACULTY CANDIDATE SEMINAR   AND 22  3:30-4:30 PM
"Atomistic Insights into the Design of Electrocatalysts for CO2 Reduction," Andrew Peterson, Stanford University.

THURSDAY, 31 MARCH   STARKER LECTURE SERIES  CORVALLIS,OR   3:30-5 PM
"Oregon's Place in World Forests and Forestry, Global Forest Resources, and Market Developments," Ed Pepke, UN Economic Commission for Europe and Food and Agriculture Organization.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR
Tuesday, April 6, 2011, Freeland, WA, 7-8:30 p.m., Whidbey Institute Lyceum 2.0, Energy Futures for Puget Sound, "What's Up with Biofuels?," Rick Gustafson, UW School of Forest Resources.
Thursday, April 7,2011, Kane 120, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Sawyer Seminars, "Next Eco-Cities: Imaginations and futures," Pierre Bélanger, Harvard University; Karen Seto, Yale University; and Kongjian Yu, Peking University.
Saturday-Sunday, April 16-17, Bainbridge Island, WA, Bloedel Reserve Open House and Plant Sale. Includes lectures by noted plantsmen Dan Hinkley (MS 1985) and Kelly Dodson.
Tuesday-Thursday, April 26-28, 2011, Kennewick, WA, Columbia Basin Landscapes Workshop, "Integrating Science and Management to Improve Restoration in the Shrub Steppe."  SFR participants include Jon Bakker.

SFR WELCOMES NEW AFFILIATE FACULTY ROBERT DEAL
A warm welcome to Robert Deal, recently appointed Affiliate Associate Professor. He is a SFR alum (MS 1987), who went on to get a PhD at Oregon State University.  Currently a USDA Forest Service research silviculturist at the Pacific NW Station in Portland, OR, he is lead scientist for Ecosystem Services, one of the station’s issues of focus for its program on goods, services, and values. He also serves on the executive board of SFR's Precision Forestry Cooperative, and has ongoing collaborations with SFR research on silviculture and ecosystem services.

UW BOTANIC GARDENS DIRECTOR APPOINTMENT ANNOUNCED
Tom Hinckley writes, "I have offered Professor Sarah Reichard the position of Interim Director of UWBG from the present to June 30, 2011. On July 1, 2011, Sarah will be the Orin and Althea Soest Director of UWBG and she will hold that position for one year, until June 30, 2012.  At that time, the SFR Director and CoEnv Dean will evaluate institutional and budgetary factors and decide on the future of UWBG. I am appreciative that Sarah has accepted this position in these very uncertain times.  I believe that Sarah may be the first person to hold this position who has the combination of skill sets, innovative ideas, community connections, and stakeholder trust not only to adjust to current financial realities, but also to move UWBG forward.
For several years now, Sandra Lier as served as Interim Director. Sandra has provided this service through some very trying times, both personally and institutionally.  Although the position was only 40%, Sandra has accomplished several important milestones for UWBG.  Her service is greatly appreciated.  In a recent email to Sandra, Paige Miller, Executive Director of the Arboretum Foundation, wrote: 'Thank you for your service to UWBG and to the Arboretum.  When you started, there was a legacy of strain and mistrust among the partners that had been left by our predecessors.  You worked with purpose and dedication to repair the damage and to build structures to increase our chances for success going forward. And, you reached out to me and others to build the personal relationships without which no structure, however beautifully crafted, can succeed. Your efforts carried us a long way forward and will be an important legacy of your tenure here.'  As noted by others, Sandra brought heavy lifting to a number of the significant issues and opportunities that UWBG faced during her tenure.  Sandra continues in an advisory role until June 30, 2011 when she can truly retire.  Having worked with Sandra for almost a decade (first in her role as UW representative to the Arboretum and Botanical Garden Committiee and then as Interim Director), I am extraordinarily appreciative of her work ethic and effort to work on behalf of UWBG and UW."

NEWSLETTERS ON LINE
The PNW CESU 2011 Spring newsletter, "Cooperative Ventures," is now available online. This issue contains news about new CESU partners, funded projects, and upcoming events.  It also features the article, "Colonization, Succession, and Exotic Species Invasion on Sediment Deposits Associated with Dam Removal, Olympic National Park," co-authored by SFR alum James Helfield
(PhD 2001).

WILDLIFE SCIENCE AND WATER SEMINARS SCHEDULED FOR SPRING 2011
Both open to the public, quarterly Water and Wildlife Science Seminars schedules have been finalized for Spring Quarter.

REMINDER -- SFR VIDEO CONTEST!
SFR announces its first video competition! Sponsored by the External Relations and Communications Committee, the competition’s objective, under SFR’s Strategic Planning goal "Create a positive public image, both on and off campus," is to enhance SFR’s image, increase public awareness of its importance to the state of Washington and beyond, recruit students, and/or highlight research or program initiatives. See competition details.

INPUT NEEDED ON WA STATE ENVIRONMENTAL AND SUSTAINABLE LITERACY PLAN
The WA Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and E3 Washington led the development of a Draft Washington State Environmental and Sustainability Literacy Plan. They are soliciting input on the Plan, including a brief feedback survey, from a variety of stakeholders. The Plan and Survey are available online. The Plan will build on and leverage programs and initiatives already underway in Washington; ensure that students in Washington have ample opportunities to increase their environmental literacy and enhance their academic achievement through real-world, integrated, project based learning; and to
ensure that Washington is well-positioned to obtain private and public funding to support this work.

ALUMNI NEWS
Monika Panfiglio (BS 2007) is an actor and videographer in Honolulu, HI.
Ming Qiao (PhD 2007) is a researcher for Virent Energy Systems in Madison, WA.
Lillian Cross (MS 2008) is the NEPA Coordinator for the USDA Forest Service’s Deschutes National Forest in Bend, OR.

SFR IN THE NEWS
See "New studies raise doubts about greenness of biomass," a Seattle Times article quoting Rick Gustafson.
"Hummingbirds: A tiny sign that spring is here," quotes John Marzluff.
Science Café brings local scientists face-to-face with the general public in Seattle, the Eastside, and Tacoma. All Science Café events are free to the public, open to all ages, and no science background is required. Science Cafés are presented in partnership with Pacific Science Center and Science on Tap. See video archives, which include a January 2011 program, "The Surprising Behavior Of Crows," featuring John Marzluff.

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/news/events
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 37, 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 THE WEEK BEGINNING MARCH 19. Check out the SFR events calendar,for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

FRIDAY-SUNDAY, 18-20 MARCH   ENV EDUC CONVERENCE    POULSBO, WA
Environmental Education Association Conference, "Science and Sustainability: Making connections in a diverse world." Presenters include SFR alum Coleen Ponto (BS 1981).

SATURDAY, 19 MARCH  0WL & WOODPECKER    UW BURKE MUSEUM    10 AM-2 PM
Burke Museum exhibit opening featuring photographs by Seattle photographer and author Paul Bannick.

SUNDAY, 20 MARCH    FRUIT TREE PRUNING     CITY PEOPLE'S    2-3 PM
City People's Garden Store sponsors free class on "Fruit Tree Pruning Basics," Ingela Wanerstrand, Green Darner Garden Design.

WEDNESDAY, 23 MARCH   EARTHQUAKE PREPAREDNESS  FOEGE AUD  11 AM AND 1 PM
The devastating earthquake that occurred in Japan last week is a reminder to all living in the Pacific Northwest to get prepared. Spend your lunch hour with Siri McLean, UW Emergency Management Plans and Training Manager, and learn about the similar risks we face and how you can become better prepared. See http://www.washington.edu/emergency/files/documents/EarthquakeFlyer.pdf.

WEDNESDAY, 23 MARCH    USFS OPEN HOUSE   SEATTLE SHERATON  6-8 PM
The USDA Forest Service is now considering new rules that will determine how National Forests are managed, including more than nine million acres in Washington. Attend the only open house that will be held by the Forest Service in Washington. See
http://mntrs.blogspot.com/2011/03/national-forest-management-planning.html
and http://www.govcomments.com/ProjectInformation.aspx?a=25&b=20800.

FRIDAY, 25  MARCH   PUGET SOUND CONFERENCE   SEATTLE ART MUSEUM  9 AM-4 PM
Storming the Central Sound Conference, "Making Connections for Puget Sound: Building on the past, looking toward the future."

SATURDAY, 26 MARCH    BURKE MUSEUM PUBLIC EDUC  BURKE MUSEUM  12-3 PM
"Citizens, Science, and Seabirds," Jane Dolliver, UW Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team. See

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR
Tuesday, March 29, 2011, Anderson 207, 9-10 a.m., lecture, "Global Forest Resources and Markets Developments," Ed Pepke, Forest Products Marketing Specialist, U.N. Economic Commission for Europe and Food and Agriculture Organization. Sponsored by the Center for International Trade in Forest Products and the International Forestry Students Association.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011, Gerberding 142, 12 p.m., UW Equipment Insurance Brown Bag. Find out about insuring equipment (it's not automatically insured) at the UW. RSVPs not required but appreciated at http://f2.washington.edu/treasury/riskmgmt/insure/EIS/brownbag.
Thursday, April 7, 2011, Kane 120, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Sawyer Seminars, "Next Eco-Cities: Imaginations and futures," Pierre Bélanger, Harvard University; Karen Seto, Yale University; and Kongjian Yu, Peking University.
Saturday-Sunday, April 16-17, 2011, Bainbridge Island, WA, Bloedel Reserve Open House and Plant Sale. Includes lectures by noted plantsmen Dan Hinkley (MS 1985) and Kelly Dodson.

SPRING 2011 DENMAN FOREST ISSUES PROGRAM FINALIZED
The May 10, 2011 Denman Forestry Issues program on "Celebrating The International Year of Forests 2011" has been finalized, with faculty, staff, and student speakers from SFR.  Topics will range widely on conservation and forest ecology in a global context. For details and RSVP information see http://www.wnps.org/npsp/king/program.html.

XI SIGMA PI'S ANNUAL RFP; DUE DATE IS APRIL 1, 2011
Xi Sigma Pi'S annual research grant call for proposals is underway. One undergraduate and one graduate student will receive up to $500 each to help fund their research. All students in schools and programs in the College of the Environment are eligible and should apply by April 1, 2011 for consideration. For application requirements and details, see http://students.washington.edu/xsp/ or email Brooke Cassell at xsp@uw.edu.

SFR FACULTY AND STUDENTS PRESENT AT CONFERENCES, SYMPOSIA
During March 8-11, 2011, SFR masters student Trevor Walter and QERM students Eileen Burns and Rachel Krieg joined faculty Sándor Tóth and Bruce Bare at the Symposium on Systems Analysis in Forest Resources, held at Maitencillo, Chile. Writes Trevor, "Operations researchers gathered from all over the world to present their work with foreign colleagues and many a Swedish forestry song was sung. All of our representatives from SFR presented research. My presentation was on 'Harvest Optimization Modeling of Eucalyptus globulus Plantations in the Context of Native Forest Restoration in Coastal Southern Chile' (co-authored by Gret Ettl, Sándor Toth, Eric Turnblom, and Antonio Lara); Eileen presented her research 'A Modeling Framework for Life History based Conservation Planning' (co-authored by Sándor Toth and Robert Haight). Rachel presented her work titled 'Using Adaptive Volume Coefficients in Multi-harvest Forest Planning Models' (co-authored by Sándor Toth). Sándor, who had supported these students in their research, presented his work on 'Dynamic Reserve Selection in the Presence of Land Price Feedback Effects: Sensitivity analyses and computational performance' (co-authored by Luke Rogers and Robert Haight). Bruce Bare presented a paper on 'Valuation of Timber and Carbon Sequestration: An American call option' (co-authored by Stanislav Petrasek and John Perez-Garcia). The symposium was a great success; participants enjoyed their stay on the Chilean coast." Trevor will stay on to complete his work in Chile and thanks those who made this trip possible, including the SFR Director's Student Travel Fund. SFR alums presenting at the conference included Alan Ager (PhD 1987, BS 1978) and Mark Finney (MS 1986).
Sally Brown pesented a seminar on "Efficacy and Additional Benefits of Mine Site Restoration with Residuals," on March 8, 2011 at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, NY.  Sally will be a keynote speaker at the upcoming April 11-14, 2011 Biocycle Global Conference in San Diego, CA.
Christian Torgersen will be participating in the U.S. chapter of the International Association for Landscape Ecology annual symposium, "Sustainability in Dynamic Landscapes" in Portland, OR on April 3-7, 2011. He and USGS co-authors will speak about landscape patterns of exotic insect and subalpine fir mortality; with SFR graduate student Aaron Ruesch and co-authors will present preliminary information about how changes in summer air temperature may isolate suitable habitat patches for coldwater fishes; and with SFR graduate student Jeremy Cram will deliver preliminary information about tradeoffs between homing and habitat quality for Chinook salmon spawning sites. Other SFR participants in the symposium include Keala Hagmann, Stephanie Hart, Maureen Kennedy, Josh Lawler, Chad Wilsey, and John Withey; and alums including Alen Ager (PhD 1987, BS 1978), Lee Benda (BS 1981), Robert Deal (MS 1987), Dan Donato (BS 1998), Lucy Hutrya (BS 1998), Morris Johnson (PhD 2008, MS 2001), John Lehmkuhl (PhD 1989), and Jeremy Littell (PhD 2006).

OVER 100 NEW ACCESSIONS ADDED TO WASHINGTON PARK ARBORETUM IN 2010
UW Botanic Gardens Collection Manager Randall Hitchin reportS that the majority of new plants added to Washington Park Arboretum collections in 2010 represent plants that have never grown at the Arboretum before and that one-third of the specimens grew from wild collected seeds. The annual Curatorial Report for 2010 gives a summary of the plant collection statistics, including the total number of specimens and number of plant families represented.

UPDATED SOUND STUDIO AVAILABLE FOR USE BY STUDENTS, FACULTY, STAFF
A professional audio recording and editing facility in Odegaard was recently updated by UW-IT with industry-standard hardware
and software, thanks to support from the Student Technology Fee. The Sound Studio is available by reservation at no charge to current UW students, faculty, and staff. You can attend a workshop to familiarize yourself with the new capabilities.

ALUMNI NEWS
Paul Wagner (BS 1980) went on to get an MBA at the UW.  He is a project manager with Aterbury Consultants, providing professional forestry services in Darrington, WA.
Cynthia Ziobron (BS 1980) is a fish hatchery specialist with the WA Department of Fish and Wildlife in South Bend, WA.
Melissa Dawes (MS 2007) went on to get a PhD at the University of Basel in Switzerland. She is a researcher at the WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research in Davos, Switzerland, where she is studying responses of alpine treeline vegetation to simulated environmental change.
Shawnee Hinman (BS 2007) is a special uses administrator with the USDA Forest Service’s Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest in Sparks, NV.
Neal Jander (BS 2007) is GIS manager and energy auditor for the Snoqualmie Tribe in Snoqualmie, WA.

SFR IN THE NEWS
"Plant Talk | Opinion: speak up to help save the Washington Park Arboretum threatened by state budget cuts encourages those concerned about the Arboretum and potential state budget cuts to contact state legislators and UW leaders.
"The tsunami that rocked Japan 300 years ago" features research by alum David Yamaguchi (PhD 1986).
And for an update on the 60-something albatross story from last week's SG; although there were reports that the tsunami from Japan's recent earthquake devastated albatross nests on Midway Atoll, it appears "Wisdom" survived: see "Albatross named Wisdom survives tsunami."

KUDOS
SFR alum Kevin Zobrist (MS 2001, BS 2000) sends along kudos to Rick Gustafson "for organizing and leading an outstanding and well-received presentation to the USDA Bioenergy Cap Grant review panel in Washington DC."

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/news/events
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 37, 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 THE WEEK BEGINNING MARCH 12. Check out the SFR events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

SATURDAY, 12 MARCH    NHS PLANT SALE    UWBG,NHS   9 AM-5 PM
Northwest Horticultural Society Plant Sale, with proceeds to benefit the Elisabeth C. Miller Library.

SATURDAY, 12 MARCH   DAN HINKLEY LECTURES  UWBG,CUH  10 AM AND 12 PM
Dan Hinkley (MS 1985) will be giving two lectures during the NHS plant sale (limit 90 per lecture; donation to benefit Elisabeth C. Miller Library). "Hellebores and Companion Plantings," 10 a.m.(tickets available at 9 a.m. at the sale); and "The Early Spring Garden," 12 p.m. (tickets avilable at 11 a.m. at the sale.

MONDAY, 14 MARCH   UW TACOMA   ENV SEMINAR    SCI 309   12:30-1:30 PM
Environmental Seminar, "Marine Conservation in East Africa--Lessons from Watamu Turtle Watch," Nelly Kadagi, Watamu Turtle Watch, Kenya.

MONDAY, 14 MARCH   EASTSIDE SCIENCE CAFE    KIRKLAND,WA    7 PM
Pacific Science Center's Science Cafe, "Tiny Plastic Debris in Puget Sound," Julie Masura, UW Tacoma.

WEDNESDAY, 16 MARCH   CFR 502 PRESENTATIONS   ANDERSON 22  8:30-10:30 AM
CFR 502, Analytical Techniques for Community Ecology, student presentatations: "Assessing change in species and structure composition in three different Montana watersheds with a focus on whitebark pine," Jeromie Gritts (8:35 a.m.); "Composition dynamics of forest overstory types and stand structure classes in three sub-basins of the Interior Columbia River Basin," Spus Wilder (8:52 a.m.); "Effect of dwarf mistletoe spp. on basal area growth for one plant association group on the Colville Indian Reservation," Douglas Marconi (9:09 a.m.); "Conceptualizing spatial pattern of burn severity in the Northern Cascade Range, WA, USA," Alina Cansler; (9:26 a.m.); "Predicting forest metrics through multiple regressions," David Stephens (9:43 a.m.); and "Spatial analysis of recreational impacts in Mount Rainier National Park," Meghan Halabisky (10 a.m.)

FRIDAY-SUNDAY, 18-20 MARCH   ENV EDUC CONVERENCE    POULSBO, WA
Environmental Education Association Conference, "Science and Sustainability: Making connections in a diverse world." Presenters include SFR alum Coleen Ponto (BS 1981).

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR
Sunday, March 20, 2011, City People's Garden Store, 2-3 p.m., "Fruit Tree Pruning Basics," Ingela Wanerstrand, Green Darner Garden Design.
Friday, March 25, 2011, Seattle Art Museum, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Storming the Central Sound Conference, "Making Connections for Puget Sound: Building on the past, looking toward the future."
Tuesday, March 29, 2011, Gerberding 142, 12 p.m., UW Equipment Insurance Brown Bag. Find out about insuring equipment (it's not automatically insured) at the UW. RSVPs not required but appreciated at http://f2.washington.edu/treasury/riskmgmt/insure/EIS/brownbag.
Thursday, April 7, 2011, Kane 120, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Sawyer Seminars, "Next Eco-Cities: Imaginations and futures," Pierre Bélanger, Harvard University; Karen Seto, Yale University; Kongjian Yu, Peking University.
Saturday-Sunday, April 16-17, 2011, Bainbridge Island, WA, Bloedel Reserve Open House and Plant Sale. Includes lectures by noted plantsmen Dan Hinkley (MS 1985) and Kelly Dodson.

SEARCH COMMITTEE SEEKS INPUT FOR SFR DIRECTOR SEARCH
John Schaufelberger, SFR Director Search Committee Chair, writes: " We have finally received approval of our ad for the Director of the School of Forest Resources, and it has been placed in numerous media. In addition, the Search Committee requests your help in identifying strong candidates for the position. You may provide us with the names and contact information or forward the attached ad to them and encourage them to apply for the position. We have created the following catalyst site for you to provide input to the Search Committee,  where you may nominate candidates, suggest criteria for evaluation of candidates, and provide any other ideas.  In addition, members of the Search Committee will conduct three open meetings for SFR members to provide input.  Anyone may come to one of these meetings; no appointments are needed. The meetings will be held in Anderson 107A on the following dates and times:
Friday, March 11, 2011, 9-11 a.m.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011, 1-3 p.m.
Thursday, March 31, 2011, 9-11 a.m.
If you have concerns about the process, please feel free to contact me at jesbcon@uw.edu." For the position description, charge letter, and committee membership, see http://www.sfr.washington.edu/aboutTheSchool/dirSearch.shtml.

GEOSPATIAL CANOPY COVER ASSESSMENT WORKSHOP
L. Monika Moskal's Remote Sensing and Geospatial Analysis Laboratory (RSGAL) held a "Geospatial Canopy Cover Assessment Workshop" on March 3, 2011 at SFR. RSGAL is an applied science research lab affiliated with the Precision Forestry Cooperative, and techniques developed there are applied to real world issues through pilot studies, hands-on workshops, and presentations to community focus groups. Through the workshop, RSGAL aimed to educate personnel from small local government and public organizations, who are an underrepresented audience in the field of remote sensing technologies, and to provide technical training in remote sensing and landscape ecology approaches that can be used in sustainable urban forest management. The target audience was urban foresters, city planners, and parks personnel interested in learning more about their city’s forest
resources but lacking the budget to do so. Each workshop attendee received training in one of the most technologically advanced image analysis techniques (GEOBIA), which is valuable for both critically evaluating subcontracted work or conducting agency assessments, now and in the future. Agencies represented by workshop participants included: Cascade Land Conservancy, City of Auburn, City of Bainbridge Island, City of Lakewood, City of Kent, City of Spokane, City of Tacoma, International Forestry Consultants, Inc., King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks, Metro Parks Tacoma, Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, and the WA Department of Natural Resources. The workshop module (step-by-step workbook, exercise, and report template), the project report, and the comparative analysis will be freely available to the general public on the web.
Funding for the workshop was provided through a grant from the WA Department of Natural Resources, Urban and Community Forestry Program, Urban Initiative Grant. Materials from the workshop are available at http://depts.washington.edu/rsgalwrk/canopy/.

PREDICTING THE SPREAD OF INVASIVE PLANTS FOLLOWING ELWHA DAM REMOVAL
The U.S. Geological Survey has released information about a project report whose co-authors include Christian Torgersen and SFR alum Josh Chenoweth (PhD 2001, MS 2006): "In 2011, the National Park Service (NPS) will begin removal of two dams on the Elwha River in Olympic National Park, WA, which have been in place for more than 90 years. Specific goals for the project include restoring native anadromous fish runs and sediment transport to the coast, maintaining water quality, and restoring native vegetation on soils of the dewatered reservoirs. The native vegetation will support the goals for fish and water quality, such as providing shade and stabilizing sediment. The potential for dispersal of exotic plants into the dewatered reservoirs is of great concern because it would inhibit restoration of native vegetation. USGS scientists Andrea Woodward and Christian Torgersen, and NPS colleagues recently completed a report that identifies high-priority areas for NPS staff to treat prior to dam removal and areas
at risk after dam removal. The team used a variety of methods and focused on long-distance dispersal vectors. Woodward, A., Torgersen, C.E., Chenoweth, J., Beirne, K., Acker, S., 2011, "Predicting Spread of Invasive Exotic Plants into De-watered Reservoirs Following Dam Removal on the Elwha River, Olympic National Park, WA."

NEWSLETTERS ONLINE
The April issue of E-Flora, the e-newsletter of the UW Botanic Gardens, is now online. This issue announces the upcoming May 9, 2011 Urban Forest Symposium to be held at UW Botanic Gardens; provides information on the McVay Courtyard facelift; and more!

ALUMNI NEWS
Paul Alaback (BS 1976) also got a BS in botany from the UW and went on to get a PhD from Oregon State University; he is a professor emeritus in the University of Montana’s College of Forestry and Conservation. He is a member of the Society of American Foresters (SAF) Task Force on Educational Programs in Terrestrial Ecosystem Management, which recently sent a report discussing the potential accreditation of such programs to the SAF Council for its consideration.
Thomas McNeil (BS 1980) was one of the founders of Phoseon Technology, a designer and manufacturer of high-powered light sources and light-powered equipment for industrial processes.  He is currently an engineer with Crane Aerospace in Portland, OR.
Michael Menzies (PhD 1980) is a senior scientist with Scion in Rotorua, New Zealand, a Crown Research Institute focusing on biomaterials and the forest industry.
Harold Mottet (BS 1980) went on to get an MBA at Stanford University. He is president of Robert Mann Packaging in Gilroy, CA and chief financial officer of Empire Packaging in Carson, CA.  Previous positions included nearly 20 years as a general manager for Willamette Industries. He lives in Lake Oswego, OR.
Jeanne Pincha-Tulley (BS 1980) is the chief of fire and aviation management for the USDA's Tahoe National Forest and is the incident commander in charge of California Interagency Incident Management Team 3, one of 17 such teams under Forest Service leadership on call nationwide to direct the response to major disasters.  A Forest Service firefighter since 1979, she was only the second woman in Forest Service history to achieve the rank of fire chief, when in 1990 she was named fire chief at Mendocino National Forest.  She lives in Grass Valley, CA.

SFR IN THE NEWS
See "Oldest known U.S. albatross hatches new chick," a Chicago Tribune story that features alum John Klavitter (MS 2000). And
for a You Tube video that will hopefully make you think twice about throwing away a plastic bottle cap, see John demonstrating the tragic consequences of plastic debris in the world's oceans in "Midway Journey II -- Bottle Caps." 
A current Columns magazine artticle, "Sink to Sound," features the Rare Plant Care and Conservation Program along with other
citizen science volunteer initiatives at the UW.
See two new urban forestry pieces by Kathy Wolf -- "Can a tree make you happy?," and "Green cities for good health: A tool for urban forestry" (article is on page 8).

KUDOS
Dave Peterson sends along kudos to Jan Cranfield "for her work in support of the agreement between USGS and UW that supports the Western Mountain Initiative (this one does contribute indirect costs!). Difficult issues periodically arise, mostly related to how USGS requirements connect with the UW financial system.  During the past few months we have been dealing with a no-cost extension request, changing UW budget numbers, and slow communications on both federal and UW sides. Jan mediated these communications effectively, keeping the PI (Greg Ettl) and me informed of technical details.  We could not have made this work without her professional and diplomatic assistance.  It's really a pleasure to work with Jan."
Dave also sends kudos to the conference services at the Center for Sustainable Forestry at Pack Forest: "Last week we convened a climate change workshop for Mount Rainier National Park at Pack Forest.  Nearly 100 people at Scott Hall, including lunch service. Terri and crew did a great job on the event and pre-event communications. Mount Rainier National Park is using Pack quite a bit because it works well for them in terms of location and moderate cost.  Pack is still a great option for many kinds of events."
Kudos from colleagues and and expressions of gratitude for Sandra Lier include: "I would like to express my deepest appreciation to Sandra for the leadership and quality she has contributed to the work of the Arboretum. Sandra is one of those amazing women who carries off great competence with grace, style, and patience.  She is a role model.  I wish her the best in her retirement and time with her family.  And, looking forward to seeing her return to celebrate the completion of projects she set in motion."

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/news/events
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 37, 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 THE WEEK BEGINNING MARCH 5. Check out the SFR events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

SATURDAY, 5 MARCH  VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY  YESLER CREEK RAVINE   10 AM-2 PM
UW-REN capstone and Green Seattle Partnership habitat restoration work party at Yesler Creek Ravine (adjacent to Burke Gilman Trail directly south of Sand Point Metropolitan Market). Wear sturdy footwear, dress for the weather, and bring your own water; snacks, warm drinks, tools, and gloves will be provided. RSVP or questions at caitling@uw.edu.

SATURDAY, 5 MARCH    UWBG PUBLIC EDUCATION     UWBG,CUH   10 AM-12 PM
UW Botanic Gardens Public Education, "Vegetable Garden Planning and Planting," Colin McCrate, Seattle Urban Farm Company.

MONDAY, 7 MARCH   UW TACOMA   ENV SEMINAR    SCI 309   12:30-1:30 PM
Environmental Seminar, "Hydrology, Scientists, and Water Infrastructure in Pakistan and Afghanistan," Sandy Williamson, UW Tacoma.

MONDAY 7 MARCH     THESIS DEFENSE      ANDERSON 207   1 PM
"The Effects of Previous Fertilization on Productivity and Soil Nitrogen and Carbon Pools of Subsequent Stands of Douglas-fir Forests in the Pacific Northwest," Paul Footen; Committee Chair: Rob Harrison.

MONDAY, 7 MARCH   WILDLIFE SEMINAR   KANE 210    3:30-5 P.M.
"A Tale of Two Wrens: Interspecific competition in urbanizing landscapes," Laura Farwell, UW School of Forest Resources.

TUESDAY, 8 MARCH     WATER SEMINAR   AND 223   8:30-9:20 AM
Special Seminar Series on Managing Water Resources in the Yakima Basin, "Market-based Stream Flow Restoration: A hands-on perspective," Jason McCormick," Washington Water Trust.

TUESDAY, 8 MARCH   UW TOWN TALL   KANE 130    4-5 PM
Join UW President Phyllis Wise for a presentation on the current budget situation, followed by a Q&A session. See
http://depts.washington.edu/presblog/.

TUESDAY, 8 MARCH    UWBG PUBLIC EDUCATION   HITCHCOCK 246   7-9 PM
"Plant Identification," David Giblin, UW Herbarium-Burke Museum. Six-week class meeting Tuesdays, March 8, 15, 22, 19 and April 5, 12. See http://depts.washington.edu/uwbg/education/classes.shtml.

WEDNESDAY, 9 MARCH    MS DEFENSE    ANDERSON 22    11:30 AM
"Drivers of Burn Severity in the Northern Cascade Range," C. Alina Cansler; Committee Chair: Don McKenzie.

THURSDAY, 10 MARCH    PHD DEFENSE    ANDERSON 22    11 AM
"On Elucidating Ecological Process Using Spatial Point Process Models," Bert Loosmore; Committee Chair: David Ford.

THURSDAY, 10 MARCH     NWFSC SEMINAR   NOAA AUD    11 AM
Northwest Fisheries Science Center Seminar, "Spatial Scales of Population Structure and Local Adaptation in the Sea," Paul Bentzen, Dalhousie University.

THURSDAY, 10 MARCH    THESIS DEFNESE     ANDERSON 22    2 PM
"Mitigation of Serpentine Stress by a Fungal Endophyte," John Murphy; Committee Chair: Bob Edmonds.

THURSDAY, 10 MARCH    CLIMATE LECTURE   GUG 220  2-2:50 PM
"Plants, Climate, Biodiversity, and Human Influences," Jung-Eun Lee, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

THURSDAY, 10 MARCH     SAFS SEMINAR     FISH SCI 102     4:30-5:30 PM
School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences Seminar, "Can Fish Fight Back? Carbonate Production in an Acidic Ocean," Rod Wilson, University of Exeter.

FRIDAY, 11 MARCH   POE STUDENT PRESENTATIONS  WALLACE COMMONS 2-3 PM
Public presentation of student projects from PoE's Sustainability Studio, "Fostering Sustainable Behavior in the Residence Halls: Student research on environmental behavior change opportunities for Housing and Food Services."

FRIDAY, 11 MARCH   POE SYMPOSIUM   WALLACE COMMONS   4:30-6:30 PM
Environmental Management Cerfificate Symposium.

SATURDAY, 12 MARCH    NHS PLANT SALE    UWBG,NHS   9 AM-5 PM
Northwest Horticultural Society Plant Sale, with proceeds to benefit the Elisabeth C. Miller Library.

SATURDAY, 12 MARCH   DAN HINKLEY LECTURES  UWBG,CUH  10 AM AND 12 PM
Dan Hinkley (MS 1985) will be giving two lectures during the NHS plant sale (limit 90 per lecture; donation to benefit Elisabeth C. Miller Library). "Hellebores and Companion Plantings," 10 a.m.(tickets available at 9 a.m. at the sale); and "The Early Spring Garden," 12 p.m. (tickets avilable at 11 a.m. at the sale.  See http://www.northwesthort.org/plant_sales.html.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR
Friday-Sunday, March 18-20, 2011, Poulsbo, WA, Environmental Education Association Conference, "Science and Sustainability: Making connections in a diverse world." Presenters include SFR alum Coleen Ponto (BS 1981).
Friday, March 25, 2011, Seattle Art Museum, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Storming the Central Sound Conference, "Making Connections for Puget Sound: Building on the past, looking toward the future."
Monday, March 28, 2011, UW Tacoma, SCI 309, 12:30-1:30 PM, Environmental
Seminar, "Marine Conservation in East Africa: Lessons from Watamu Turtle Watch," Nelly Kadagi, Watamu Turtle Watch.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011, Gerberding 142, 12 p.m., UW Equipment Insurance Brown Bag. Find out about insuring equipment (it's not automatically insured) at the UW. RSVPs not required but appreciated at http://f2.washington.edu/treasury/riskmgmt/insure/EIS/brownbag.
Thursday, April 7, 2011, Kane 120, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Sawyer Seminars, "Next Eco-Cities: Imaginations and futures," Pierre Bélanger, Harvard University; Karen Seto, Yale University; Kongjian Yu, Peking University.

UW BOTANIC GARDENS APPOINTMENT
Interim Director Tom Hinckley writes, "I am writing to announce that Sarah Reichard will take over the duties of Director of the University of Washington Botanic Gardens through June 30, 2011.  Sandra Lier will assist Sarah and Associate Director Fred Hoyt, as well as compiling a document detailing the UWBG director's job duties, which she has so ably managed since March 2008. Between now and June 30th, I will work with the various stakeholders to insure continuity into the future. Thank you, and a special thanks to Sandra Lier who has and continues to serve the UW and UWBG extraordinarily well."

NEW SPONSORED RESEARCH PROJECTS JANUARY 2011
"Fire, Climate, and Smoke Research," PI: Ernesto Alvarado; sponsor: USDA Forest Service-PNW; amount: $82,500.
"Emerging Forest Products Markets: An analysis of Vietnam, United Arab Emirates, and Saudi Arabia," PI: Joe Roos; sponsor: University of Alaska, Fairbanks; amount: $40,000.

NEWSLETTERS ON LINE
The latest issue of the SFR Research Newsletter is now available online. Writes Sally Morgan, "The newsletter details the awards and proposals from the month of January 2011, and provides information about a possible Federal shutdown and details of Department of Health and Human Services audits during the coming year. To summarize the awards listed: four, for a total of $159,041, two of which are new and two that are renewals or supplements. There were 12 proposals submitted, for a total of $3,106,539. Three were renewals or supplements; of the remaining projects, four were fellowship applications submitted by graduate students. This is the most I have seen from students in one month and I am gratified to see them involved in the research effort this way."
The latest issue of the Stand Management Cooperative newsletter is now available on line.

NEW BOOKS BY FACULTY
"Dog Days, Raven Nights," by John Marzluff and Colleen Marzluff has just been published by Yale University Press,
The book also features iriginal linocut illustrations by Evon Zerbetz. It chronicles the Marzluffs' three-year endeavor to research a mysterious and often misunderstood bird -- assembling a gigantic aviary, climbing sentry trees, building bird blinds in the forest, capturing and sustaining 300 ravens as study subjects, and enduring harsh Maine winters in pursuit of their goal. They also shared the unique challenges and joys of raising, training, and racing the sled dogs that assisted them in their work.
Affiliate faculty Don McKenzkie is co-editor of the recently published "Landscape Ecology of Fire" (part of the Ecological Studies Series published by Springer-Verlag). Other SFR faculty, staff, and alum contributors to book chapters include Ze’ev Gedalof, Jessica Halofsky, Morris Johnson, Maureen Kennedy, Jeremy Littell, and Dave Peterson.
Announced previously in the Straight Grain, but now available in print, is Sarah Reichard's new book published by the University of California Press, "The Conscientious Gardner: Cultivating a Garden Ethic," which explores the many benefits of sustainable gardening and gives straightforward, practical advice on topics such as pest control, water conservation, living with native animals, mulching, and invasive species.

LOOKING FOR RESEARCH DATA FROM PACK FOREST
MS/MPA Candidate Paul Fischer writes, "I am looking for any articles that you may have that involve research at or data from Pack Forest. I'm building a literature database for the Center for Sustainable Forestry at Pack Forest. Anything you have, even incomplete citations and stacks of papers you want me to ruffle through, are appreciated. Please let me know asap at pfisch5@uw.edu."

SFR STUDENTS, FACULTY PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCE
The International Association of Wildland Fire's 3rd Fire Behavior and Fuels Conference was held in Spokane, WA from October 25-29, 2010. Graduate student Brook Cassell sends along belated thanks to SFR for the financial support that enabled her participation. She writes, "The conference theme was 'Learning from the Past to Help Guide Us in the Future,' and keynote speakers included Stephen Pyne, author of the featured book 'Year of the Fires: The Story of the Great Fires of 1910,' and our own Professor Emeritus James Agee. The conference was a great opportunity for broadening a knowledge base on topics from fire behavior and ecology to current international research, fire weather, fuels management, and modeling and assessment tools. Poster presenters from the SFR included C. Alina Cansler, ('Climatic and Topographical Influences on Fire Regime Attributes in the Northern Cascade Range, Washington, USA'), Brooke Cassell, ('Determining the Fire History of Pine/Oak Forest in the Sierra de Manantlan Biosphere Reserve, Mexico'), and Jessica Hudec, ('Post-burn Fire Hazard in Mixed Severity Fire Regimes in the Cascade Range'). SFR alums, faculty, and staff involved in the conference as poster authors, presenters or session moderators, included, among others, Ernesto Alvarado (who also served as a steering committee member), Jessica Halofsky, Stephanie Hart, Phil Higuera, Morris Johnson, Maureen Kennedy, Don McKenzie, Roger Ottmar, Dave Peterson, Susan
Prichard, and Roger Underwood.

CONTINUING THE TRADITION OF RESTORATION IN UBNA
From the UW Botanic Gardens website comes a retrospective of restoration in the Union Bay Natural Area by graduate student Jake Milofsky.  He writes, "Earlier this season as we were getting ready for a new quarter of restoration work in the Union Bay Natural Area, a friend supplied me with her wonderful collection of photographs from the 2004 planting of UBNA’s 'blue tube forest.' It was a pleasure to be given a look back in time to the beginning of this project, as I have only been familiar with UBNA for a mere two years.  During the 2004 project, students planted over 1,000 bare root trees into what was then a grassy field, mulched these new seedlings, and protected them with blue plastic planting tubes.  Today, as anyone who strolls along Wahkiakum Lane well knows, that area is certainly not a grassy field any more! In addition to the planting, students also participated in a Native American ceremony to bring the bald eagles back to UBNA; an effort whose success our birding friends can attest to. See Jake's article, with photos, on line.

ALUMNI NEWS
Tim Stone (1976) was recently named the superintendent of Fort Sumter National Monument in Sullivan's Island, SC, which includes Fort Moultrie and the Charles Pinckney National Historic Site. Tim previously served as the superintendent of Cowpens National Battlefield and Ninety Six National Historic Site.
John Grant (MS 1980) went on to get an MBA at Pacific Lutheran University and is an investment advisor with Main Street Wealth Advisors, a division of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, in Seattle, WA.
Kevin Mayer (MS 1980) is a US-EPA Superfund manager in Santa Clara, CA. In 1997 he became the regional oordinator for Perchlorate, a special project involving a rocket fuel component affecting the Colorado River, three Pacific Southwest states, and numerous tribes.

SFR IN THE NEWS
For a story and radio interview with wildlife science graduate student
Katy Stuart, see "The squirrel lady of the North Cascades." Because of html link oddity, you will land on a page of (great!) photos that allows you to link back to the story and the interview.
Sally Brown writes a regular column for the monthly publication Biocycle,. Some of the columns require subscriber access, but a recent "free" column is "Bioremediate Petroleum (BP)

KUDOS
Kudos to Stanley Asah, whose ESRM 371 class was chosen by UW sorority women as one of their favorite courses.  He was honored at the annual Greek Awards Banquet on March 3, 2011.
Michelle Trudeau sends along kudos to Renata Bura for her participation in the UW Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Conference this past weekend, for which she gave two lab workshop/tours on Saturday afternoon.
Amanda Davis sends along kudos "enthusiastically commending" the 8th annual SFR Graduate Student Symposium Organizing Committee: Alina Cansler, Catherine Carter, Brooke Cassell, Eva Dettweiler-Robinson, Laurel James, David Hays, Jenny Knoth, Diana Pietri, Gabrielle Roesch, and Andrea Watts. She writes: "This group gracefully handled the inclement weather challenges -- even when it forced one of the keynote speakers to decline at the last minute. It goes without saying that all of the presenters and
poster presentations deserve another round of applause for their hard work and courage to submit their research for critical feedback. Special thanks to Ernesto Alvarado, Jon Bakker, Bob Edmonds, Dean Glawe, Tom Hinckley, Josh Lawler, Clare Ryan, Christian Torgersen, Daniel Vogt, Kristiina Vogt, and Aaron Wirsing for taking time out of their day to attend and ask great questions of the presenters. Kudos also to Matt McLaughlin for his day-long marathon filming the symposium, and to Michelle Trudeau for
assisting the GSS Committee with the nitty gritty budget details. And cheers to Steve West who presided over the Dead Elk and bravely faced his opponents in keg sampling and at the cornhole matches. Thanks again everyone for a great day of sharing ideas and camaraderie!"

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/news/events
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