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May 2008

The Straight Grain
Volume 26, Number 9

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

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

FOR WEEKS BEGINNING JUNE 1. Check out the CFR events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

MONDAY, 2 JUNE CFR FACULTY MEETING ANDERSON 10:30-11:45 AM
College of Forest Resources Faculty meeting.

MONDAY, 2 JUNE WILDLIFE SCI CANDIDATE SEMINAR AND 207 2:30-4 PM
Wildlife Science faculty candidate seminar, "Predicting Predation Risk Effects in Communities," Aaron Wirsing, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Biological Sciences, Florida International University.

MONDAY, 2 JUNE WILDLIFE SCIENCE SEMINAR PHYS-ASTR A118 3:30-5 PM
"Lessons Learned from the Spartina Battle in Willapa Bay, WA," Miranda Wecker, UW College of Forest Resources, Olympic Natural Resources Center.

MONDAY, 2 JUNE THESIS PROPOSAL DEFENSE ANDERSON 22 4 PM
"The Roles of Landscape Composition and Configuration in Structuring Amphibian Communities in Urban Landscapes," Jorge Ramos; Committee Chair: Josh Lawler.

MONDAY-THURSDAY, 2-5 JUNE INDIAN TIMBER SYMPOSIUM PINETOP, AZ
32nd Annual National Indian Timber Symposium, "Incorporating Traditional Elements in Native Forests."

TUESDAY, 3 JUNE WATER CENTER SEMINAR ANDERSON 223 8:30-9:20 AM
"Incorporating Stream-wood Dynamics into Landscape-scale Management and Restoration Planning," Dan Miller, Earth Systems Institute.

TUESDAY, 3 JUNE THESIS PROPOSAL DEFENSE ANDERSON 22 10:30 AM
"Techniques to Promote Plant Diversity in Prairie Restoration," Rachel Mitchell; Committee Chair: Jon Bakker.

WEDNESDAY, 4 JUNE PHD PROPOSAL DEFENSE ANDERSON 207 10:30 AM
"Perception of Risk and Export Orientation of Small and Medium-sized Forest Products Enterprises in North America," Daisuke Sasatani; Committee Chair: Ivan Eastin.

WEDNESDAY, 4 JUNE PoE CAPSTONE CONFERENCE HUB 310 1:30-5:15 PM
Program on the Environment's Spring 2008 Environmental Studies Capstone Conference.

WEDNESDAY, 4 JUNE WILDLIFE SCI CANDIDATE SEMINAR ANDERSON 22 2:30-4 PM
Wildlife Science faculty candidate seminar, title TBA, Jeff Kelly, Assistant Professor of Zoology, University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma Biological Survey.

THURSDAY, 5 JUNE PHD PROPOSAL PRESENTATION CUH,ISAACSON 10 AM
"Limits to Tree Recruitment and Understory Restoration in Japanese Knotweed (Polygonum x bohemicum) Invaded Riparian Forests," Lauren Urgenson; Committee Chair: Charlie Halpern.

THURSDAY, 5 JUNE CIG SEMINAR FISH SCI 203 1:30-3 PM
Climate Impacts Group Seminar, "Community-level Assessments of Climate Change and Variability," Arelia Werner, Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium.

THURSDAY, 5 JUNE THESIS DEFENSE ANDERSON 22 3 PM
"Soil Microsite Conditions of Festuca roemeri and Castilleja levisecta in Western Washington Prairies," Samantha Martin Sprenger; Committee Chair: Darlene Zabowski.

THURSDAY, 5 JUNE UW-REN CAPSTONE PRESENTATIONS CUH,DOUGLAS 6-8 PM
UW Restoration Ecology Network student symposium.

SATURDAY, 7 JUNE UWBG PUBLIC EDUCATION UWBG, WPA 9 AM-12 PM
"Plant Identification at the Arboretum," Bess Bronstein, horticulturist. Register online.

SATURDAY, 7 JUNE UWBG PUBLIC EDUCATION UWBG,CUH 10 AM-2 PM
"The Art of Espalier," David Conners, Seattle Tree Fruit Society. Register online.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR:
Sunday, June 8, 2008, Seattle Art Museum's Olympic Sculpture Park, 12-4 p.m., "Celebrating Wildflowers," hosted by UW Botanic Garden's Rare Plant Care and Conservation (Rare Care) Program.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008, Tacoma Nature Center, 9 a.m., Biodiversity Council meeting; open to the public. Agenda includes updates on activities in Council work areas, discussion of the Council's budget status, and initial conversation about the proposal for leadership and accountability for biodiversity conservation in Washington. Contact Sarah Gage with questions.
Friday, June 13, Kane 120 and Anderson 207 and 22, 2-5 p.m., College of Forest Resources Graduation Celebration. Keynote speaker is Roger Hoesterey (BS 1980), Vice President and Northwest and Rocky Mountain Regional Director for the Trust for Public Land.
Monday, June 16, 2008, UWBG, CUH, 7 p.m. "Green Home Primer," Kathleen O'Brien.

UW BOTANIC GARDENS PRESENTS "GREEN HOME PRIMER"
Join UW Botanic Gardens for an inspiring, information-packed evening beginning at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 16, 2008. Learn real-world strategies for greening up your building, remodeling, or buying project. Find out how to identify the right shade of green for you, your resources, and your schedule. Kathleen O'Brien is one of the nation's leading experts on sustainable design. Her book, The Northwest Green Home Primer, is the essential green home manual for both novices and professionals. This comprehensive resource focuses on building green in Cascadia. It will be available for purchase and signing at the event. The evening begins at 7 p.m. with a green building tour of Merrill Hall at the Center for Urban Horticulture, the first green-certified building on the UW Seattle campus, awarded the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) silver designation. Kathleen O'Brien's presentation starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 per person, and advanced registration is recommended to guarantee a seat. To register, call 206.685.8033.

CFR T-SHIRTS NOW AVAILABLE FROM THE FOREST CLUB
Michelle Trudeau says to be sure and pick up one of our newly arrived Forest Club T-Shirts! You'll be benefiting the College's student organization as well as adding to your collection.
$10--Women's T-Shirts in Sm, Med, Lg, XL (Darker Green)
$10--Men's Size T-Shirts in Sm, Med, Lg, XL (Lighter Green)
$20--Hoody Sweatshirts in Sm, Med, Lg, XL (Medium Green)
You can buy them in Anderson 130, but if you are located at one of the College's field sites, email Michelle.

UW-REN 2007-2008 CAPSTONE PROJECTS
The UW Restoration Ecology Network (UW-REN) Capstone projects for the 2007-2008 academic year will be presented at a student symposium on Thursday, June 5, 2008, from 6-8 p.m. at CUH, Douglas Classroom. The capstone projects, all of which contain public education components, include:
*replacing invasive species stands with native vegetation along a fen shoreline, forest slope, and road margin in Whidbey Island's Earth Sanctuary. *replacing non-native vegetation with a biologically and structurally-diverse native plant community in the City of\ Shoreline's Saltwater Park to create habitat and control erosion.
*replacing lawn buffers between roads and wetlands in the Waterford Park neighborhood of Mukilteo with native plant assemblages that are designed to enhance the wetland habitats by filtering chemical, visual, and noise pollution.
*working with the landowner of a privately-owned forestland that contains a series of ponds along the Tolt River near Carnation to suppress the early stages of non-native plant invasion, enhance forest structural habitat, and ensure water quality maintenance of the pond and stream system.
*working with King County staff to enhance ecological function and restore native plant communities in White Center's Heights Park.
*working with Snohomish County staff to restore a narrow riparian slope located near Mosher Creek, a small tributary of the Snohomish River east of Everett.
*working to expand removal of non-native plant stands and replace them with diverse native plant communities at this urbanized site containing the headwaters of Yesler Creek. The ravine riparian area is invaded with English Ivy and Himalayan blackberry; late successional evergreen trees are being added to replace the rapidly-aging deciduous overstory. The project is part of the Green Seattle Partnership effort to reestablish healthy forest ecosystems in Seattle.

NEWS FROM PNW-CESU
A PNW Cooperative Ecosystems Studies Unit project examining western airborne contaminants in western U.S. national parks has issued a final report. Numerous airborne contaminants, including heavy metals and both current use and historic-use pesticides, have been detected in 20 western U.S. and Alaska national parks from the Arctic to the Mexican border. While concentrations of most of these contaminants were below levels of concern, others appear to be accumulating in sensitive resources such as fish. These and other results were recently finalized from the Western Airborne Contaminants Assessment Project (WACAP), a six-year, multi-agency study funded primarily by the USDI National Park Service to evaluate the potential threats to park ecosystems and likely sources of these contaminants. See report online and a Seattle Times article referencing the study, "'Pristine' parks tainted by pollution, study finds."

WSU EXPLORES A VIRTUAL COLLEGE OF THE ENVIRONMENT
Like the UW, whose College of the Environment initiative has been underway for some months, Washington State University (WSU) is also exploring the possibility of an academic unit focused on environmental challenges. WSU has established a working group to study the scope and organizational structure of a proposed WSU Virtual College of Sustainability and the Environment. The phase one working group is a diverse group of faculty, university leadership, and private industry that will explore how to approach complex global issues in a new way. One possible structure will be to organize around specific research problems.

ALUMNI UPDATES
Kenneth Bardo (MS 1980) is a project manager with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Chicago, IL.
James Butler (PhD 1980) is a Professor Emeritus in the University of Alberta's Department of Renewable Natural Resources. His research efforts in recent years have focused on wildlife users, ecotourism, and changing trends in wildland recreation.
Holly Dublin (MS 1980) went on to get a PhD in zoology from the University of British Columbia. She is a specialist in terrestrial African ecosystems and currently serves as the chair for the Species Survival Commission of the World Conservation Union, as well as chair of its African Elephant Specialists Group; it was through her efforts that the most sophisticated and comprehensive African elephant GIS database in the was developed. She spent over 20 years working as a World Wildlife Fund scientist before joining the World Conservation Union.

CFR IN THE MEDIA
For articles on the the Merrill Hall arson trial, see Tacoma News Tribune, "10-year sentence sought for Seattle eco arsonist" and "10-year prison sentence sought in UW horticulture center arson."
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KUDOS
Send in those kudos!
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FORESTRY IN THE NEWS
For recent articles featuring CFR faculty, staff, students, and alumni, go to the CFR homepage for "CFR in the News" or use this link: http://www.cfr.washington.edu/news_pubs/cfr_news.htm.

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WEBSITES FOR SEMINARS IN RELATED DEPARTMENTS

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


The Straight Grain
Volume 26, Number 8

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

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

FOR WEEKS BEGINNING MAY 25. Check out the CFR events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events

TUESDAY, 27 MAY WATER CENTER SEMINAR ANDERSON 223 8:30 AM-9:20 PM
"The Role of Residuals from Water Treatment in Sustainability," Sally Brown, UW College of Forest Resources.

TUESDAY, 27 MAY PHD DEFENSE ANDERSON 207 9:30 AM
"Climate, Fire, and Vegetation Change in Yosemite National Park," Jim Lutz; Committee Chair: Jerry Franklin.

WEDNESDAY, 28 MAY LAND USE SYMPOSIUM GOULD 100 1:30-3:30 PM
"Land Use Modeling: Theoretical advances, applications, and predictions," Presentations by Michael Batty, University College London and Paul Waddell, UW Evans School of Public Affairs and Department of Urban Planning.

WEDNESDAY, 28 MAY WILDLIFE SCI CANDIDATE SEMINAR ANDERSON 22 3:30-5 PM
Seminar (Title TBA), Karen Hodges, University of British Columbia, Okanagan.

THURSDAY, 29 MAY MS DEFENSE ANDERSON 22 1 PM
"Controls on Plant Species Invasions During Early Secondary Succession: The roles of plant origin and community properties," Aldo Compagnani; Commitee chair: Charles Halpern.

TUESDAY, 29 MAY CIG SEMINAR FISH SCI 203 1:30-3 PM
Climate Impacts Group Weekly Seminar, "Extreme Water Level Return Periods and Climate Change," Dilumie Abeysirigunawardena, BC Ministry of the Environment.

THURSDAY, 29 MAY DENMAN FORESTRY ISSUES SERIES UWBG,NHS 2-5 PM
"Ecosystem Restoration.".

FRIDAY, 30 MAY PHD DEFENSE ANDERSON 22 9 AM
"Analyzing Fuel Treatments and Fire Hazard Across the West," Morris Johnson; Committee chair: Dave Peterson.

FRIDAY, 30 MAY MS PRESENTATION UWBG,CUH,MERRILL 11 AM
"Estimating Leaf Area Index from Aerial Discrete-return LiDAR at the Washington Park Arboretum," Jeff Richardson; Committee chair: John Wott.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR:
Monday, June 2, 2008, 2:30-4 p.m., Anderon 207, Wildlife Science faculty candidate seminar, Aaron Wirsing, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Biological Sciences, Florida International University.
Wednesday, June 4, 2008, 2:30-4 p.m., Anderson 22, Wildlife Science faculty candidate seminar, Jeff Kelly, Assistant Professor of Zoology, University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma Biological Survey.

COLLEGE WELCOMES JESSICA HALOFSKY AND MAUREEN KENNEDY
A warm welcome to two new staff members, Research Scientists Jessica Halofsky and Maureen Kennedy, who will be working with Ernesto Alvarado in the USFS Pacific Wildland Fires Sciences Laboratory.

GARB DAY 2008
Eliza Keeley of the Forest Club sends along a report on last weekend's Garb Day events at the Center for Sustainable Forestry at Pack Forest, "This year's Garb Day was a fun and relaxing affair. Greg Ettl guided a tour of Pack for several interested students. He told us about some of the history and current projects going on in the forest, and even led us through a field of nettles in search of some elusive Grand fir saplings, the view was absolutely worth a few stings! The weather was gloriously sunny; fortunately we were able to cool off in the river or on the make-shift slip'n slide. In the evening we all enjoyed the wonderful live tunes of Gravy and the Biscuit Rollers, featuring the CFR's own graduate student, Paul Footen. The night was wrapped up with good conversation and great improvisation by the band around the campfire. Overall, it was a weekend of great music, lots of sun, and bonding in the splendor of the woods."

UBNA IN BLOOM
News from the UW Botanic Gardens website, "The Union Bay Natural Area is a fantastic spot for an afternoon walk or a birding trip, but did you know it's also one of the best places to see restoration in action? Right now the camas is blooming behind the raised beds on Wahkiakum Lane. Look for them behind the UBNA sign. These plants were planted by students from Kern Ewing's restoration classes in 1999 and 2000. UBNA used to be one of the city's solid waste landfills. Now, after 30 years of ongoing restoration, this large wetland is one of the area's premier habitats for birds and other wildlife. UBNA is free and open to the public. Come wander its trail, enjoy the views of Lake Washington, and see what this extraordinary environment has to offer!"

ONRC RESEARCH UPDATE - BIOLOGICAL CONTROL OF WEEDS
The Olympic Natural Resources Center has played a key role in the development of two biological control programs. The first is targeting two species of Spartina cordgrass that are invasive in Willapa Bay and Puget Sound. The insect Prokelisia marginata, a sap-sucking planthopper was introduced beginning in 2000. Populations of this agent are currently established and growing. The second program, which is in the developmental stages, will target Japanese and giant knotweeds (Fallopia spp.). Knotweeds are an environmental threat to riparian areas throughout the Pacific Northwest and the Northeast. More information concerning ONRC's programs on biologicak control of spartina and knotweed can be found online.

DNR FORESTED TRUST LANDS RECEIVE FSC GREEN CERTIFICATION
Effective May 20, 2008, the WA Department of Natural Resources earned Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) green certification for the agency's management practices on 145,000 acres of forested state trust lands. The geographic area covered by FSC certification is DNR's South Puget HCP Planning Unit that spans from the Kitsap Peninsula to the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, east of Seattle and Tacoma. Forest Stewardship Council is one of the largest green certification organizations in the world. The FSC label represents a promise that harvesting of timber and non timber products are to be conducted in such a way that maintains the forests biodiversity, productivity, and ecological processes, provides strong incentives to local communities to sustain forest resources, and that forest operations are structured and managed to be profitable, but without generating financial profit at the expense of forest resources. Consumers have a choice to purchase products that promote responsible management of the world's forests. See complete press release.

SICHUAN EARTHQUATE RELIEF FUNDS
The disastrous earthquake in the Sichuan province of China has left many people requiring aid. The UW community is coming together to raise awareness and funds for the disaster victims including a fundraiser for Foundation for International Understanding Through Students (FIUTS.) For immediate aid, you may give to FIUTS Earthquake Relief Fund online. Checks should be made payable to FIUTS. For longer-term aid, you may donate via payroll deduction or check to FIUTS Earthquake Relief Fund through the UW Combined Fund Drive using a giving form available online. Checks should be made payable to Combined Fund Drive.

FACULTY MERIT AND RETENTION SALARY POLICIES
Dean Bare writes, "After meeting with the EFC and PMT Committees, I am pleased to post the policies we will follow in distributing the merit and retention salary pools allocated to our College. All faculty merit and retention increases take effect September 1, 2008." See http://faculty.washington.edu/bare/facsal2008.html.

ALUMNI UPDATES
Terry Mengert (BS 1979) went on to get an MD from the UW School of Medicine. He is Professor of Medicine in the UW's Division of Emergency Medicine.
Melody Mobley (BS 1979) became the first African-American female forester in the USDA Forest Service, where she served as a forest health specialist. She currently lives in Arlington, VA.
Philip Riggan (PhD 1979) is a wildfire scientist with the Forest Service's Pacific Southwest Research Station in Riverside, CA where he has conducted research on remote measurement of wildfire properties; the biogeochemistry, primary production, plant community development, and effects of fire in Mediterranean ecosystems of California; and the global consequences of wildland fire in tropical ecosystems.

CFR IN THE MEDIA
For two recent Seattle Times pieces regarding the proposed UW College of the Environment, see editorial "All the shades of green" and letter to the editor "CFR would enter COE with strong credits in its own name."

KUDOS
Kudos to Royce Anderson, who has been named a UW 2008 President's Medalist; Royce will be honored at the UW's Recognition Ceremony on June 12, 2008, and also at the Commencement exercises. The President's Medal is presented annually by the UW president to two graduating seniors who have achieved the most distinguished academic records in their class. Those graduating summa cum laude are considered for the awards. One medal is given to a student who has completed at least three-fourths of his or her degree requirements at the UW. Beginning in 2004, a second medal (the one awarded to Royce) is for a student who entered the UW with at least 60 transfer credits from a Washington community college.
Kudos from Clare Ryan to the students who helped out on Monday May 19th at the Laurelhurst Elementary Science Fair. They judged and gave feedback to 5th graders on their science projects, and this could not have happened without their participation and help: thanks to Amelia Anthony, Anna C, Megan Davis, Gus Jespersen, and Jeremy Mineau.

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

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WEBSITES FOR SEMINARS IN RELATED DEPARTMENTS

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


The Straight Grain
Volume 26, Number 7

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

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

FOR WEEKS BEGINNING MAY 18. Check out the CFR events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events

SATURDAY-SUNDAY, 17-18 MAY GARB DAY CSF-PACK FOREST
CFR's annual Garb Day at the Center for Sustainable Forestry at Pack Forest. Campfire, grilled salmon, live music, 21+ beer, games both intellectual and physical, and superb company! There will be ample room for tent camping. Free transportation for students, staff, and faculty leaving campus on Saturday at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., with vehicles returning that evening and the next morning.

MONDAY, 19 MAY FACULTY MEETING ANDERSON 22 10:30-11:30 AM
CFR faculty meeting.

MONDAY, 19 MAY PHD GENERAL EXAM ANDERSON 22 2:30 PM
"Primary Feathers and Secondary Homes: Urban raptors and exurban development," Stan Rullman; Committee Chair: John Marzluff.

MONDAY, 19 MAY WILDLIFE SCI SEMINAR PHYS-ASTR A118 3:30-5 PM
"The Tree Kangaroo Conservation Program in Papua New Guineau: A community-based approach," Lisa Dabek, Woodland Park Zoo.

MONDAY-FRIDAY, MAY 19-23 NAT RES EXTENSION CONFERENCE MADISON,WI
Natural Resource Extension Professionals Conference, "Leopold's Legacy, Extension's Response to a Changing World: The land ethic at work today."

TUESDAY, 20 MAY WATER CENTER SEMINAR ANDERSON 223 8:30 AM-9:20 PM
"Regulatory Effectiveness Monitoring for Developing Rural Areas: Assessing King County's Critical Areas Ordinance," Gino Lucchetti, King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks.

TUESDAY, 20 MAY DIVERSITY COMMEMORATION RED SQ/KANE HALL 12-5 PM
Commemorate 40 years of diversity at the UW. Celebrate with alumni and community friends in an afternoon of music, performances, exhibits, and more.

TUESDAY, 20 MAY CLIMATE CHANGE LECTURE SEATTLE,TOWN HALL 7:30 PM
"Global Fever: How to treat climate change," William Calvin, author of fourteen popular books on science. Presented as part of the Seattle Science Lectures with University Book Store. Tickets are $5 at the door only.

WEDNESDAY, 21 MAY PHD DEFENSE ANDERSON 207 9 AM
"ESA Applied: Yellowstone Red Fox -- Genetic evidence for a distinct population segment and hatchery law," Jon Drake; Committee Chair: John Marzluff.

WEDNESDAY, 21 MAY PHD DEFENSE ANDERSON 22 10:30 AM-12:30 PM
"Brand Portfolio Strategy in the Wood Products Industry: Consideration of brand associations in a co-branding environment," Elizabeth Scott-Kolarova; Committee Chair: John Perez-Garcia.

WEDNESDAYS, 21 MAY-9 JULY UWBG PUBLIC EDUCATION UWBG,CUH 7-9:30 PM
"Botanical Drawing: Special Projects" (8-part series, Wednesdays), Kathy McKeehan, natural science illustrator. Register online.

THURSDAY, 22 MAY WPPF CONFERENCE/40 YR CELEBRATION AND 207/UW CLUB Registration is still open for the Washington Pulp and Paper Foundation's Annual Conference and 40th Anniversary Celebration. CFR faculty/staff do not need to pay the $150 conference registration fee and may attend all or part of the conference. To attend the lunch or dinner, RSVP to joylouie@u.washington.edu and pay the meal fee only; lunch, $15; banquet, $40.

THURSDAY, 22 MAY THESIS DEFENSE ANDERSON 306 10 AM
"Biodiversity Informatics: Improving the efficacy of decisions related to conservation in the Pacific Islands region in the face of global climate," Alison Baum; Committee Chair: Kristiina Vogt.

TUESDAY, 22 MAY CIG SEMINAR FISH SCI 203 1:30-3 PM
Climate Impacts Group Seminar, "Climate Change Impact Assessment on Korean Water Resources and their Hydrologic Uncertainties," Deghyo Bae, Sejong University. See .

THURSDAY, 22 MAY SAFS SEMINAR FISH SCI 102 4-5 PM
Aquatic and Fishery Sciences Seminar, "The Evolution, Biogeography, and Ecology of Contact Zones in Char (Salvelinus)," Rick Taylor, University of British Columbia.

THURSDAY, 22 MAY YELLOWSTONE WILDLIFE PROGRAM ANDERSON 207 7-9 P.M.
"Conservation of Wild Animals and Their Landscapes: a Yellowstone to Yukon perspective." John Marzluff, Monika Moskal, and the students from ESRM 459 will present insights into conservation at the scale of continents based on their experiences in Yellowstone and issues from there to the Yukon, including Washington state. Specific topics include conserving ecological processes, wolves, fire, and habitat connectivity.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR:
Thursday, May 29, 2008, Denman Forestry Issues, "Ecosystem Restoration," UWBG, NHS Hall, 2-5 p.m. Session 1, Principles of Ecosystem Restoration, will include: "An overview of ecosystem restoration," Kern Ewing, UW CFR; "Ecosystem Restoration as a Design Problem," Jim Fridley, UW CFR; and "Restoration Education in a Community Context," Warren Gold, UW Bothell. Session 2, Examples of Ecosystem Restoration and Community Involvement, will include: "A Landscape Architect's Perspective on Ecosystem Restoration," Peter Hummel, Anchor Environmental; "Examples of Forest Ecosystem Restoration," Jon Bakker, UW CFR; "Dam Removal and Ecosystem Restoration: The Elwha project," Josh Chenowith, National Park Service; and "Earthcorps Restoration Projects," Jammie Stauffer, Earthcorps.

CFR RECOGNITION EVENT
The 7th Annual CFR Recognition Event was held on Thursday, May 14. Festivities included awards, dessert contest, wine tasting, and the famous CFR silent auction, with proceeds to benefit the College of Forest Resources Scholarship Fund. (If you missed the event and the auction and still want to contribute, contact Director of Development Tom Mentele. Fabulous auction items included: several wine tasting events, 9 hours of garden work, an evening sail on Lake Union, a sunset kayak tour, a catered picnic on Rainier Vista, home-baked pies, tickets to UW arts events, an autographed copy of Jim Agee's new book, "Stewards Fork: A Sustainable Future for the Klamath Mountains," a tarot reading, and many more. Staff awards included: administrative staff award, CFT IT team, and\ outreach staff award, Sandra Lier. Three research staff awards were given -- the first two, by nomination, went to Ara Erickson and Luke Rogers, and the second, for most new research dollars, went to John Calhoun. Finalists for faculty awards were: teaching, David Ford; research, Josh Lawler; SCH production, Dan Vogt; and service, Josh Lawler. Reed Wendel and Alaine Sommargren were awarded the student TA and student RA awards, respectively. The student community participation award went to Josh Hegarty and the Taber Wildlife Science Award went to Shannon Kachel. Dean's exemplary awards went to Rick Gustafson, faculty and Tom Mentele and Larry Mason, staff; the second annual "external colleague" award went to Affiliate faculty and National Park Service scientist Regina Rochfort; and the new-this-year (an outcome of the 2007 Fall Retreat) Leadership Award to Gordon Bradley. Sandra Hines, of UW News and Information, awarded the media/public relations award to Kathy Wolf, who is currently doing research in Japan. A highlight of the event was the "CFR Spring Olympics" quiz show with teams competing from Financial Services, Development, the Pacfic Wildland Fire Lab, and the UWBG grounds crew. Winner -- the UWBG grounds crew! Clare Ryan was declared the winner of the dessert contest for her fabulous "Creamy Chocolate Dessert."

NEW SPONSORED RESEARCH PROJECTS APRIL 2008
"Organic Soil Amendments: A true path to zero waste?"; PI: Sally Brown; sponsor: Washington State University; amount $50,000.
"Forecasting the Relative and Commulative Effects of Multiple Stressors on At-risk Populations"; PI: Josh Lawler; sponsor: U.S. Department of Defense Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program; amount: $226,187.
"Recommendations on How Forestry Lands May Participate in a Voluntary Offset Program"; PI: John Perez-Garcia; sponsor: WA Department of Ecology; amount: $29,921.

UW CHAPTER OF STUDENT ASSOCIATION FOR FIRE ECOLOGY
PhD student Joanne Ho writes, "I'm looking to create a UW chapter of the Student Association for Fire Ecology (SAFE). We need a minimum of four officers, and one or two faculty advisors. If you are interested in serving as an officer, faculty advisor, or member, contact me. Membership benefits include discounts on registration for AFE-hosted regional fire ecology conferences and International Fire Ecology and Management Congresses; the AFE Bulletin (quarterly newsletter); access to the online AFE Membership directory; participation in an international society of fire ecology professionals with many outlets for communicating and networking with other members; and the support of the AFE's peer-reviewed, online Journal, Fire Ecology, and the AFE Job Board. Members can join regional Sections, participate on standing or ad-hoc committees, and be nominated to serve on the AFE Board of Directors."

REPORTS FROM CHINA
CINTRAFOR staff, Rose Braden, on a trade mission to China, reported in immediately on this week's earthquake in the Sichuan region: "3 a.m. and I'm in China ... felt the earthquake and saw masses of people running in one direction, then in the opposite. They haven't had an earthquake here in something like 40+ years. No damage to be seen in Chongqing. Heading east away from the epicenter today on our tour." UW News and Information reports that the 10 UW students in the UW Worldwide Sichuan Exchange program are unharmed; five students elected to temporarily go to Shanghai, but five others, along with the site manager, decided to remain in Chengdu, provincial capital of Sichuan.

CFR EXCEEDS FUNDRAISING GOAL IN CAMPAIGN UW
Development and Alumni Relations Director Tom Mentele reports that gifts and pending proposals, combined with trends in annual giving rates and private grants, should result in a fundraising total in excess of $20 million by the end of the Campaign UW. The College's fundraising goal was $17.7 million.

PACIFIC NW GARDENS COMPETITION
The Pacific Northwest Gardens Competition is accepting entries from home gardeners in King, Pierce, and Snohomish Counties plus Bainbridge Island. Prizes include trips to London and San Francisco, $500 cash, and gift certificates to Swansons Nursery, Seattle. See the entry form or call the Arboretum Foundation at 206.325.4510. The deadline for entries is June 16, 2008.

CFR "ALUMNUS" STAFF MEMBER HAS LEADERSHIP ROLES IN SEATTLE SCHOOLS
Barbara Lippke has passed along news about Veronica Gallardo, a CFR staff member in the late 1980s-early 1990s. She has just accepted a special assignment as Principal of Seattle's Wedgwood Elementary School to manage the school's bilingual program. Veronica worked in the Institute of Forest Resources and held several other project assignment positions with the College. She went on to complete her UW education, earning a BA in Ethnic Studies and a Master's from the UW College of Education. She was a UW Presidential Scholar, and since beginning her professional career in teaching, has assumed increasing levels of responsibility.

ALUMNI UPDATES
Sharon Hope (MS 1979) earned a PhD from the University of British Columbia. She is a researcher with Ference Weicker & Company, a management consulting firm in Vancouver, BC. Prior to her consulting career, she worked on community wildfire protection plans for the Research Branch of the BC Ministry of Forests.
Alan Barton (MS 1989) earned a PhD at Cornell University. He is assistant professor of sociology and community development at Delta State University in Cleveland, MS, where he also directs the Delta Rural Poll for the Center for Community and Economic Development.
Doreen Sumerlin (MS 1987)is a wildlife biologist with the USDA Forest Services Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests in Fort Collins, CO.

CFR IN THE MEDIA
For an article on the proposed UW College of the Environment, see "UW plan merges forestry school, 5 others."

KUDOS
Kudos from Sally Morgan for community participation in the recognition event: "We did a great job yesterday for the CFR Scholarship Fund: the Silent Auction at the Recognition Event garnered $2,289.01, exceeding our previous record by $250. Thanks to all the people who donated to the fabulous prize packages: Jim Agee, Marc Morrison, Al Wagar, David Ford, John Calhoun, Ara Erickson, Nevada Smith, Kara Whittaker (Alki Kayak Tours), Bruce Bare, Beverly Anderson, Mark lewis, Bruce and Barb Lippke, Sally Morgan, Debra Salas-Haynes, Cecilia Paul, Meany Hall Productions, the UW School of Drama, the IMA. Congratulations to each of the successful bidders; I'll be sending out payment information directly to each of them: Jorge Ramos, Amanda Davis, Ashley Bouck, Darryll Johnson, Sandra Lier, Cecilia Paul, Nevada Smith, Greg Ettl, Joel Siderius, David Ford, Tom Hinckley, Matt McLauughlin, Sally Morgan, Carol Green, Sandra Hines, Steve West, Larry Mason, Ivan Eastin, Aaron Johnston, Luke Rogers, and Tom Mentele. Thanks for participating, everyone!"

Send in those kudos!

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

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WEBSITES FOR SEMINARS IN RELATED DEPARTMENTS

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


The Straight Grain
Volume 26, Number 6

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

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

FOR WEEKS BEGINNING MAY 12. Check out the CFR events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events

MONDAY, 12 MAY FACULTY RESEARCH FORUM ANDERSON 22 10:30-11:30 AM
"Foliar (and other) Fungi Demystified," Dean Glawe; and "Energy Crops and Agricultural Conservation Practices: Implications for optimal water quality protection," Sergey Rabotyagov.

MONDAY, 12 MAY CFR AND EVANS SCHOOL LECTURE PARRINGTON 309 12:30 PM
"Implementing Innovation: Facilitating enduring change in environmental and natural resource governance," Toddi Steelman, Simon Fraser University and North Carolina State University.

MONDAY, 12 MAY UWBG DIRECTOR CANDIDATE SEMINAR ANDERSON 207 3-4 PM
"No Child Left Indoors: Using UW Botanic Gardens to inspire ecology education and environmental stewardship," Meg Lowman, Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies and Director of Environmental Initiatives, New College of Florida, Candidate for Professor and Director of UW Botanic Gardens in the College of Forest Resources. Reception follows.

MONDAY, 12 MAY PRECISION FORESTRY SEMINAR ANDERSON 22 2 PM
"Operations Research Applications in Forestry: The consulting perspective," Steven Mills, FORSight Resources.

MONDAY, 12 MAY WILDLIFE SCI SEMINAR PHYS-ASTR A118 3:30-5 PM
"Environmental Factors Governing Amphibian Reproduction within Stormwater Detention Ponds," Amy Yahnke, UW College of Forest Resources.

MONDAY, 12 MAY UWBG PUBLIC EDUCATION UWBG,CUH 7-9:30 PM
1st in an 8 part series (Mondays, except Memorial Day), "Botanical Drawing Workshop," Louise Smith, Botanical Art. Register online.

TUESDAY, 13 MAY WATER CENTER SEMINAR ANDERSON 223 8:30 AM-9:20 PM
"Phytoremediation of Organic Pollutants," Sharon Doty, UW College of Forest Resources. See .

TUESDAY, 13 MAY CIG SEMINAR FISH SCI 203 1:30-3 PM
Climate Impacts Group Weekly Seminar, "The Development of Sustainability Science: Is there a role for the CIG?," Edward Miles, UW Center for Science in the Earth System.

WEDNESDAY, 14 MAY CFR ANNUAL PROGRAM REVIEW AND 207 8:30 AM-12 PM
All faculty, staff, and students are invited to the CFR Annual Spring Review, providing an opportunity to learn about completed projects and future activities related to the accomplishment of the College's goals and objectives. See agenda in ANNOUNCEMENTS, below.

WEDNESDAY, 14 MAY CFR RECOGNITION EVENT ANDERSON 207 2-5 PM
All faculty, staff, and students are invited to the annual CFR Recognition Event. Honor your colleagues, taste desserts, and bid on silent auction items to benefit CFR scholarships. For information on how to nominate a colleague for an award, how to enter the dessert contest, and how to participate in the silent auction to benefit CFR scholarship funds, see http://www.cfr.washington.edu/internal/Facstaff/recognition%20event.htm.

WEDNESDAY, 14 MAY NHS LECTURE SERIES UWBG, NHS HALL 7:15 PM
NW Horticultural Society Lecture Series, "Garden Exposures," Andrea Jones, garden photographer.

THURSDAY, 15 MAY SAFS SEMINAR FISH SCI 102 4-5 PM
Aquatic and Fishery Sciences Seminar, "Homing Patterns of Wild and Supplemented Spring Chinook Salmon within a Watershed: Tradeoffs between homing and spawning site selection," Andy Dittman, Northwest Fisheries Science Center.

FRIDAY, 16 MAY UG RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM MARY GATES 12-5 PM
Annual UW Undergraduate Research Symposium, sponsored by the UW Undergraduate Research Program (URP). The program facilitates research experiences for undergraduates with UW faculty members across the disciplines. URP maintains a listing of current UW research opportunities and national programs. See for program. See ANNOUNCEMENTS, below, for CFR participants.

SATURDAY-SUNDAY, 17-18 MAY GARB DAY CSF-PACK FOREST
CFR's annual Garb Day at the Center for Sustainable Forestry at Pack Forest. Campfire, grilled salmon, live music, 21+ beer, games both intellectual and physical, and superb company! There will be ample room for tent camping. Tickets will be available for purchase at Student Services: $15 students and youth; $20 staff and professionals; $7 extra for cabin accommodation. Free transportation for students, staff, and faculty leaving campus on Saturday at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., with vehicles returning that evening and the next morning.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR:
Thursday, May 22, 2008, Yellowstone Field Trip presentations, Anderson 207, 7-9 p.m., "Conservation of Wild Animals and Their Landscapes: a Yellowstone to Yukon perspective." John Marzluff, Monika Moskal, and the students from ESRM 459 will present insights into conservation at the scale of continents based on their experiences in Yellowstone and issues from there to the Yukon, including Washington state. Specific topics include
conserving ecological processes, wolves, fire, and habitat connectivity.
Thursday, May 29, 2008, Denman Forestry Issues, "Ecosystem Restoration," UWBG, NHS Hall, 2-5 p.m. Session 1, Principles of Ecosystem Restoration, will include: "An overview of ecosystem restoration," Kern Ewing, UW CFR; "Ecosystem Restoration as a Design Problem," Jim Fridley, UW CFR; and "Restoration Education in a Community Context," Warren Gold, UW Bothell. Session 2, Examples of Ecosystem Restoration and Community Involvement, will include: "A Landscape Architect's Perspective on Ecosystem Restoration," Peter Hummel, Anchor Environmental; "Examples of Forest Ecosystem Restoration," Jon Bakker, UW CFR; "Dam Removal and Ecosystem Restoration: The Elwha project," Josh Chenowith, National Park Service; and "Earthcorps Restoration Projects," Jammie Stauffer, Earthcorps.

CFR'S ANNUAL SPRING REVIEW
All faculty, staff, and students are invited to CFR'S Annual Spring Review, providing an opportunity to learn about completed projects and future activities related to the accomplishment of the goals and objectives of the College of Forest Resources. The agenda follows:
8:00-8:30 Coffee-continental breakfast
8:30-8:40 Welcome/purpose of meeting
8:40-9:10 Infrastructure Programs (Deans Office, IT, Communications, Development, Planning)
9:10-9:40 Academic Programs (Chairs Office, Student Services, Scholarship, PMT, Elected Faculty Council)
9:40-9:50 Break
9:50-12:30 Centers/Programs/Initiatives, including Rural Technology
Initiative, CORRIM, Stand Management Cooperative,
Precision Forestry Coperative, Wind River Canopy Crane Research Facility, The Water Center, CINTRAFOR, Olympic Natural Resources Center, Center for Sustainable Forestry at Pack Forest, UW Botanic Gardens, Bio-resources Initiative, NW Environmental Forum, PNW-Cooperative Ecosystems Study Unit, USGS Cascadia Field Station, and Center for Quantitative Science in Forestry, Fisheries, and Wildlife.

CFR PARTICIPATES IN UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM
CFR ESRM student participation in the UW's Annual UG Research Symposium on Friday, May 16, 2008, includes posters by Joshua Hegarty, "Examination of Soil Charcoal to Determine Historic Extent of Puget Sound Prairies"; Arin Lexine Long, "The Seattle Urban Nature Interactive Habitat Map: a tool for community-based restoration"; Kathleen Lunghofer, "CO2 flux in the Thornton Creek Watershed: Effects of weather, season, and location in the watershed"; Billie Perez and James Syvertsen, "Inhibition of Brain Acetylcholinesterase Activity by Mixtures of Malathion and Diazinon in Juvenile Rainbow Trout." Faculty and staff mentors from CFR include Ernesto Alvarado, Kern Ewing, Dean\ Glawe, John Marzluff, Dorothy Paun, and Darlene Zabowski.\ For full schedule, see http://www.washington.edu/research/urp/symp/schedule/schedule.html.

GULLSTAD GIFT MATCHED BY "STUDENTS FIRST" PROGRAM
Director of Development and Alumni Relations Tom Mentele reports that alum Wayne Gullstad (BS 1982) and his wife Carol have have generously directed private support to the College so that students of need can reach their full potential at the UW. The Gullstad gift was created through the UW's Students First Program, which provided matching funds to increase the value of the Gullstad Endowed Scholarship in the College of Forest Resources. Gullstad, who founded the City Forest Corporation, by reopening an idle paper mill in Ladysmith, WI, now lives in Mercer Island, WA.

2008 FAMILY FORESTS EDUCATION AWARD NOMINATIONS SOUGHT
The National Woodland Owners Association, in cooperation with the National Association of University Forest Resources Programs, will present the annual Family Forests Education Award at the 2008 Society of American Foresters national convention in Reno, NV in early November of this year. The award will be presented to the educational institution deemed to have delivered the most effective education program benefiting non-industrial private forest landowners. Any educational institution is eligible. The award will be presented to the administrative unit where the faculty involved in the education program are housed. An educational program is a combination of educational materials, media and events, including applied research that supports those efforts, that is conducted over a period of time for the benefit of non-industrial private forest land owners. The award can recognize effective programs addressing any or all aspects of forest resource management including, but not be limited to, business management, silvicultural activities, harvesting, and marketing. For more information on how to submit a nomination, see http://www.soforext.net/news_items/News_Item.2008-05-07.3230/view.

HEALTH AND SAFETY COMMITTEE REMINDER RE: UW ALERT
David Zuckerman, CFR Health and Safety Committee Chair, sends along a reminder to sign up for UW Alert. "UW has developed UW Alert to disseminate official information during emergencies or crisis situations that may disrupt the normal operation of the UW or threaten the health or safety of members of the UW community." Sign up at http://www.washington.edu/alert/index.php.

PROFESSIONAL STAFF MERIT INCREASES
Details regarding merit increases for professional staff are not yet available, but the College is expecting authorization for an average increase on the order of 4%. Increases will take effect 9/1/08. The CFR policy for merit increases for professional staff, see http://faculty.washington.edu/bare/staffsal2006.html, was first distributed on February 11, 2003 and, with few changes, remains operative. To be eligible for a merit increase, the staff member must:
* Have received a performance evaluation on or after July 1, 2007 (see sample formats)
* Have been judged meritorious in this review * Have been permanently employed by the College for a sufficient period to have displayed meritorious performance, in most cases employed on or before January 1, 2008
* Have not had a recent merit increase from another process.
Pending in-grade or reclassification applications will be handled on a case by case basis. All professional staff, regardless of source of funding, are subject to average (by funding type) increase limits ultimately set by the UW. Supervisors of non-state funded professional staff must ensure that funding sources are sufficient to cover all salary increases. Supervisors of professional staff should complete performance reviews by June 9, 2008. Please forward a copy of the reviews, along with merit salary recommendations (0, low, average, high) for each professional staff employee supervised, to Beverly Anderson for the Dean's review and final approval. Please direct questions to her at 5-2047 or bja@u.washington.edu.

ALUMNI UPDATES
Steven Nissley (MS 1987) is a soil conservationist with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in Mt. Vernon, WA.
Alex Svendsen (MS 2002) is a staff scientist with Herrera Environmental Consultants, Inc., in Seattle, WA. His expertise includes water quality, environmental restoration, and remediation.
Elizabeth Seminet-Reneau (BS 2003) is a graduate student at the University of Idaho. Her research focuses on algal community structure and trophic relationships in the littoral zone of oligotrophic lakes.
Jeffrey Von Kienast (MS 2003) is a wildlife biologist with the USDA Forest Service's Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest.

CFR IN THE MEDIA
See UW Daily story, "Professors share teaching methods at symposium" that quotes Tom Hinckley, who delivered the symposium's keynote speech.
For a Seattle Times story featuring alum Ray Larson (MS 2005), see "At the UW presidential mansion, renovated grounds now invite and entertain."

KUDOS
Kudos to Joowon Park, who received first place in the 2008 Dick Thomas Memorial Award, Student Presentation Competition, sponsored by the WA Chapter of the Urban and Regional Information System Association. Joowon's paper is entitled "Development of a Stream Mapping Method Using Topographic and Spectral Remote Sensing Data." The award was established to honor GIS pioneer and mentor Richard `Dick' Thomas by continuing his work of encouraging students to excel in their studies and enter careers in the field of GIS. WAURISA's goal is to inspire students to present their original work related to GIS, geography, or geographic research in Washington state at the annual Washington GIS Conference.

Send in those kudos!

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

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WEBSITES FOR SEMINARS IN RELATED DEPARTMENTS

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


The Straight Grain
Volume 26, Number 5

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

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

FOR WEEKS BEGINNING MAY 4. Check out the CFR events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

THURSDAY-SUNDAY, 1-4 MAY ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL UW,JOHNSON
Hazel Wolf Environmental Film Festival, Johnson Hall. Films include "Thorn to be Wild," about Seattle's West Duwamish Greenbelt Restoration project; and "Still Wild at Heart," featuring John Marzluff -- a one-hour natural history film that chronicles the return of coyotes to this city's landscape.

SUNDAY, 4 MAY NW BIODIESEL FORUM SEATTLE CENTER 10 AM-5 PM
NW Biodiesel Forum and Renewable Energy Expo. Join in the 6th Annual NW Biodiesel Fourm, the region's premier renewable fuel event.

MONDAY, 5 MAY FACULTY MEETING ANDERSON 22 10:30-11:30 AM
CFR Faculty meeting.

MONDAY, 5 MAY UWBG DIRECTOR CANDIDATE SEMINAR CUH, NHS-A 3-4 PM
"Urban Botanic Gardens: Nurturing the Green City," Steven Clemants, Vice President of Science, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Candidate for Professor and Director of UW Botanic Gardens in the College of Forest Resources. Reception follows in Merrill Commons.

MONDAY, 5 MAY WILDLIFE SCI SEMINAR PHYS-ASTR A118 3:30-5 PM
"Home Range and Habitat Selection of North American Badgers in the Shrubsteppe of Eastern WA," Lisa Shipley, Washington State University.

TUESDAY, 6 MAY WATER CENTER SEMINAR ANDERSON 223 8:30 AM-9:20 PM
"Anadromy and the Life History of Salmonid Fishes: Nature, nurture, and the hand of man," Tom Quinn, UW School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences.

TUESDAY, 6 MAY UW TECHNOLOGY SESSIONS CUH, NHS 8:30 AM-12 PM
UW Technology Services and Microsoft partner to present a pair of 90-minute intensive informational sessions on Office 2007 and Outlook calendaring with Exchange.
Session I, 8:30-10:00: End User Focused;
Session II, 10:30 12:00: Technical/Support Focused.
While the content of each session will be similar, discussion will target each respective audience. RSVP online.

TUESDAY, 6 MAY TEACHING-LEARNING SYMPOSIUM HUB BALLROOM 2:30-4:30 PM
2008 UW Teaching and Learning Symposium. Keynote address by Tom Hinckley, "Expanding Learning inside and outside the Classroom: Isssues of culture, pedagogy, and technology." Concurrent poster sessions featuring work of 90 UW faculty, staff, and TAs representing nearly 50 programs.

TUESDAY, 6 MAY DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI SEMINAR ANDERSON 207 3:30-5 PM
Distinguished Alumni Seminar, Panel presentation by alums Vicki Christiansen (BS 1983), WA State Forester and Executive Director of Regulatory Programs, WA State Department of Natural Resources; and Cassie Phillips (BS 1976), Vice President for Sustainable Forests and Products, Weyerhaeuser Company. Reception follows.

TUESDAY, 6 MAY SOUND CONVERSATIONS SEATTLE AQUARIUM 7 P
"Sound Conversations," Seattle Aquarium host Jeff Renner and Julia Parrish, UW School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, on the health and distribution of Washington's sea bird populations and present opportunities for citizen involvement.

TUESDAY, 6 MAY AUTHOR READING U BOOKSTORE, BELLEVUE 7 PM
"The Informed Gardener," Linda Chalker-Scott, CFR Affiliate Associate Professor offers some peer-reviewed possibilities for your plants.

TUESDAY, 6 MAY WHIDBEY INSTITUTE LYCEUM WHIDBEY IS,WA 7:30-9 PM
Whidbey Institute Lyceum 2008, "The Partnership in our Future," David Dicks, Puget Sound Partnership.

WEDNESDAY, 7 MAY CoFS MASTERS DEFENSE FISH 102 3 PM
"Patterns of Conifer Establishment and Vigor on Montane River Floodplains in Olympic National Park, Washington, USA," Scott Stolnack; Committee Chair: Bob Naiman.

THURSDAY, 8 MAY UWBG DIRECTOR CANDIDATE SEMINAR UW, WAC 3-4 PM
"Institutional Ecosystem: Telling UW Botanic Gardens' story," Roger Kjelgren, Professor and Interim Department Head, Plant, Soils, and Climate, Utah State University, Candidate for Professor and Director of UW Botanic Gardens in the College of Forest Resources. Reception follows.

THURSDAY, 8 MAY SAFS SEMINAR FISH SCI 102 4-5 PM
"The Evolution of Ecosystem Approaches to Managment through Punctuated Equilibrium: Notes from the front line," Kerim Aydin, Alaska Fisheries Science Center.

THURSDAY, 8 MAY SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES SERIES ARCH 147 5:30 PM
Speakers Series on Planning for Sustainable Communities, "Urban Ecology Solutions for Sustainable Communities."

THURSDAY, 8 MAY CLIMATE CHANGE PUBLIC LECTURE KANE 120 7 PM
Program on Climate Change Annual Public Lecture, "The Ocean and Climate Change: Exciting stories, realistic problems, and the future," Carl Wunsch, MIT.

FRIDAY, 9 MAY ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY BROWN BAG KINCAID A23D 12 PM
A series of guest speakers and discussions about environmental policy, how it is decided and implemented, as well as how past policy decisions shape conservation today. Martha Groom, UW Bothell.

FRIDAY, 9 MAY DEAD ELK BLO-AND-WINK COURTYARD 5-9 PM
Join the Dead Elk Society in celebration of Spring Quarter midterms. Enjoy free beer (21+), food, and music. Bring a drinking vessel and your favorite snacks. Gravy and the Biscuit Rollers will be providing swinging blues music for your enjoyment.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR:
May 12, 2008, UW Botanic Gardens Director Candidate Seminar, Anderson 207, 3-4 p.m., "No Child Left Indoors: Using UW Botanic Gardens to Inspire Ecology Education and Environmental Stewardship,"Meg Lowman, Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies and Director of Environmental Initiatives, New College of Florida.
May 14, 2008, CFR Annual Programs Review and Recognition Event, (Programs Review 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.; Recognition Event 2-4:30 p.m.), Anderson 207. For information on how to nominate a colleague for an award, how to enter the dessert contest, and how to participate in the silent auction to benefit CFR scholarship funds, see http://www.cfr.washington.edu/internal/Facstaff/recognition%20event.htm.
May 16, 2008, Undergraduate Research Symposium, 12-5 p.m., Mary Gates Hall. See . Watch for list of CFR participants in next week's Straight Grain.
May 17-18, 2008, Garb Day, Center for Sustainable Forestry at Pack Forest. Campfire, grilled salmon, live music, 21+ beer, games both intellectual and physical, and superb company! There will be ample room for tent camping. Tickets will be available for purchase at Student Services: $15 students and youth; $20 staff and professionals; $7 extra for cabin accommodation.
May 22, 2008, Yellowstone Field Trip presentations, Anderson 207, 7-9 p.m., "Conservation of Wild Animals and Their Landscapes: a Yellowstone to Yukon perspective." John Marzluff, Monika Moskal, and the students from ESRM 459 will present insights into conservation at the scale of continents based on their experiences in Yellowstone and issues from there to the Yukon, including Washington state. Specific topics include conserving ecological processes, wolves, fire, and habitat connectivity.

PROGRAM FOR SPRING 2008 DENMAN FORESTRY ISSUES SERIES ANNOUNCED
The next Denman Forestry Issues series will be on "Ecosystem Restoration." The program is scheduled for 2-5 p.m. on Thursday May 29, 2008 in NHS Hall at the Center for Urban Horticulture.
Session 1, Principles of Ecosystem Restoration, will include: "An overview of ecosystem restoration," Kern Ewing, UW CFR; "Ecosystem Restoration as a Design Problem," Jim Fridley, UW CFR; and "Restoration Education in a Community Context," Warren Gold, UW Bothell.
Session 2, Examples of Ecosystem Restoration and Community Involvement, will include: "A Landscape Architect's Perspective on Ecosystem Restoration," Peter Hummel, Anchor Environmental; "Examples of Forest Ecosystem Restoration," Jon Bakker, UW CFR; "Dam Removal and Ecosystem Restoration: The Elwha project," Josh Chenowith, National Park Service; and "Earthcorps Restoration Projects," Jammie Stauffer, Earthcorps.

CFR CENTERS RESEARCH REVIEW NOW ON STREAMING VIDEO
The April 18, 2008 CFR Centers Review of Research is now available via streaming video, online. The review featured work of faculty, staff, and students in nine CFR centers, cooperatives, and research units.

CFR-UWAA RARE PLANT CONSERVATION LECTURE AIRS ON UWTV
The first set of UWTV air dates for the CFR-UWAA Sustaining our NW World Lecture Series, "Rare Plant Conservation in the Pacific Northwest," Sarah Reichard, UW CFR, has been scheduled. Dates are: Wednesday, May 14, 6 p.m.; Thursday, May 15, 11 p.m.; Tuesday, May 20, 11:30 a.m and 4 p.m.; Wednesday, May 21, 7 p.m.; and Thursday, May 22, 11 p.m. Watch for streaming video of this program online .

W.G. REED FELLOWSHIP RECEIVES MATCHING FUNDS
Development and Alumni Relations Director Tom Mentele reports that the W.G. Reed Fellowship in Sustainable Resource Sciences, established in 2006, will receive a $50,000 matching gift from The UW Founders on July 1, 2008. This will increase the principle value by 50 percent, and will provide a total potential annual award of over $7,500 to the holder of the fellowship. Award levels will increase over time as the endowment grows. The fellowship honors William G. (Bill) Reed, whose grandfather, Sol Simpson, founded in 1890 what would become Simpson Investment Company, and is a generous gift from the Simpson family. In 1933, Reed became the companys president, leading it for nearly half a century and instilling his commitment to integrity, safety, stewardship, and sustainable management as a legacy for future generations. Preference will be given to students interested in natural resource sustainability, with emphasis on sustainable forestry and forest enterprises, watershed management, ecosystem sciences, and natural resource economics and policy.

CENTER FOR SUSTAINABLE FORESTRY HOSTS HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
Duane Emmons reports that The Center for Sustainable Forestry at Pack Forest hosted 125 high school students from around the state as they competed in the state finals of the Future Farmers of America's (FFA) Natural Resources and Forestry contests on May 1-2, 2008. Schools from around the state sent teams to compete in these two events with students testing their knowledge in such events as tree identification, plant and animal identification, soil and water testing, timber cruising, compass course navigation, and more. The winners of the state contests will go on to represent Washington state in the national FFA contest in Indiana. This is the fourth year Pack Forest, in cooperation with the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, has hosted the Natural Resources contest. The Forestry contest has been hosted by the Center for well over a decade.

WATER PITCHERS IN, INDIVIDUAL BOTTLED WATER OUT!
For an update on a previous Straight Grain story, the Dean's Office has purchased a half dozen insulated water pitchers for use at CFR events to further the College's goal of sustainability as an integrating theme in its programs and in its everyday operations. The pitchers have an insert that can be filled with water and frozen in order to keep the liquid cool. These were inaugurated successfully at our Centers Review of Research on April 18 and during our WA Weekend Open House. Please consider using these for meetings and graduate student thesis and dissertation meetings and defenses as an alternative to using individual plastic bottles of water, and reduce your carbon footprint. See http://thedaily.washington.edu/2007/5/3/bottled-water-flunks-the-earth-friendly-test/, http://www.ehow.com/how_2102240_water-help-reduce-carbon-footprint.html.

PROFESSIONAL STAFF ORGANIZATION VOTE
It's time to vote for the Professional Staff Organization (PSO) board of directors and officers. All professional staff are members of the PSO and are eligible to vote. See voting and ballot information. The election is now open and will close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 14. Results will be announced the following week.

ALUMNI UPDATES
Kenneth Hobson(MS 1987) is Assistant Professor in the University of Oklahoma's Zoology Department. He went on to get a PhD at the University of California, Berkeley. His research focuses on forest entomology, particularly scolytid bark beetles, using them as a model system to examine how proximal causes such as insect host selection decisions can produce ultimate effects such as bark beetle outbreaks that kill mature trees across large forest areas.
Michael Geisen (BS 1996) went on to get a master's degree in education at Southern Oregon University. He is a science teacher at Crook County Middle School in Pineville, OR. He won the 2008 National Teacher of the Year Award. See link to story in "CFR in the Media" below.
Jammie Stauffer (BS 1999) is Project Manager with Earthcorps in Seattle, WA. She was an Earthcorps corpsmember in 2000 and a crew leader in 2001; she was also a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Philippines assisting in the development of the first Conservation Corps in Southeast Asia (EarthCorps partner organization, The Palawan Conservation Corps). She also holds a certificate in wetland science and management from the UW.
Pamela Barber (MS 2001) has been accepted into the PhD program on international water law and policy at the University of Dundee in Scotland. In the early 1980s as a professional photographer and small business owner, she grew concerned about the caustic chemicals that were entering our common waters. In the mid 1980s, she invented a new process that combined photography and computers and holds several of the pioneering patents in the field of digital imaging. Through the 1980s until the mid 1990s, she was the CEO of Imageware Systems Inc. After the company went public, she earned several advanced degrees; in addition to her degree from the College, she has a Juris Doctor from the University of Denver and an LL.M. degree from Tulane University Law School. She is also the Campaign Director for Blue Frontier Campaign, based in Washington, DC.
Ashley Adams (BS 2003) is Program and Administration Manager for Earthcorps in Seattle, WA. Her work experience includes leading young adults in environmental enhancement projects for the Montana Conservation Corps, field research for the Center for Water and Watershed Studies (now The Water Center), and riparian restoration with the Port Gamble SKlallam Tribe.

CFR IN THE MEDIA
For a University Week article featuring the College's "Natural Resource Conflict Management" class taught by Clare Ryan, see "Class notes: Learning to manage conflicts over natural resources."
For Seattle PI and Seattle Times coverage of WSU's pending decision to eliminate its forestry program, see "WSU considers axing forestry program" and "Fewer students choosing forestry." Dean Bruce Bare is quoted in both stories.
An Oregonian story features CFR alum Mike Geisen, recently chosen as the National 2008 Teacher of the Year; see "Oregon educator chosen as 2008 teacher of the year."
For a Science Daily piece on research by Linda Brubaker and alum Phil Higuera (PHD 2006), see "Warming climate may cause Arctic tundra to burn. "
.And the San Francisco Chronicle recently referenced the work of Sarah Reichard in "Will Chinese plants jump the garden fence?".

KUDOS
Kudos to ESRM students John Fitzpatrick and Ashley Jenkinson who have been invited to join the UW chapter of Phi Beta Kappa in the 2007-08 academic year.
Kudos and thanks from Michelle Trudeau to the students who helped out at the College's WA Weekend booth on the HUB lawn last week: Thanks Jesse, Troy, Keala, Jorge, Kimiko, Lil, Laurel, Dan, and Josh!
Kudos from Ramona Hickey to everyone who showed up for last Saturday's WA Weekend Tree Planting in the Union Bay Natural Area. "Thanks to the dozens of students, staff, faculty, and friends, we were able to plant almost 400 trees! I invite everyone to visit the Union Bay Natural Area and take a look at the remarkable work that was performed in just a few hours. See photos of the event ."
And kudos from Bob Edmonds to all who participated in WA Weekend events in some way, by providing posters, volunteering time to talk to visitors in the Forest Club Room and the HUB lawn, making sure our continuous video functioned, helping with the tree planting activities, giving a tour of the Union Bay Natural Area, and giving presentations on Saturday afternoon (which were well attended).

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

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WEBSITES FOR SEMINARS IN RELATED DEPARTMENTS

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