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NOVEMBER 2008

The Straight Grain
Volume 28, Number 13

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

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

EVENTS FOR WEEKS BEGINNING DECEMBER 20. Check out the CFR events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

THROUGH WEDNESDAY, 31 DECEMBER LAST POLAR BEAR BURKE MUSEUM
"The Last Polar Bear: Facing the truth of a warming world exhibit," Burke Museum..

SATURDAY, 20 DECEMBER VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY WEST SEATTLE,WA 10 AM-2 PM
King Conservation District Volunteer Opportunity, salmon stream restoration, Longfellow Creek, West Seattle.

SATURDAY, 27 DECEMBER VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY COLMAN PARK 10:10 AM-2 PM
Green Seattle Partnership restoration work party. Colman Park is an urban forest overgrown with invasive plants; help remove these weeds and planting native trees and shrubs.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR:
Monday, January 5, 2009, Gowen 301, 3:30-5 p.m., Wildlife Science Seminar, "Mountain Goats in Washington: Declines, habitat,
movements, mineral licks, and genetics," Cliff Rice, WA Department of Fish & Wildlife.
Tuesday, January 6, 2009, Anderson 223, 8:30-9:20 a.m., Water Center Seminar, "Designing and Building Practical Household Water Supply in the Mountains of Southwest China," Stevan Harrell, UW Department of Anthropology, and Geoff Morgan, UW Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
Saturday, January 10, 2009, Northwest Trek, Eatonville, WA, 1-5:30 p.m., Ecological Forestry Seminar, "Restoring Habitat Complexity in Managed Forests," Andrew Carey, USFS (retired), Kirk Hanson, NW Certified Forestry, and Jake Pool (BS 2006), NW
Trek.
Thursday, January 15, 2009, Islandwood, Bainbridge Island, WA, 7-9 p.m., "An Evening with David Knibb: Grizzly Wars, the Public
Fight over the Great Bear," David Knibb, JD.

COLLEGE WELCOMES NEW STAFF MEMBER CAMERON BALOG
A warm welcome to Cameron Balog, who will be working as a Research Scientist with Ernesto Alvarado at the USFS Fire and
Environmental Research Applications Team.

UW ORGANIZATIONAL NAME CHANGES
Tom Mentele writes, "The following name changes have been made across the board at the UW: "Advancement" will replace all
instances of "Development"; "for" will replace "of" in all applicable titles (e.g., Director for Advancement; each Advancement
Officer will only have one title. The following title and organizational name changes have been approved for our staff in the
College of Forest Resources:
Office of Development and Alumni Relations -to- Advancement Office
Tom Mentele, Director of Development -to- Director for Advancement
Caroline Rosevear, Assistant Director of Development -to- Assistant Director for Advancement
Wendy Kelley, Major Gifts Officer -to- Philanthropy Officer
Ramona Hickey, Development Assistant -to Advancement Assistant

USDA ANNOUNCES NEW OFFICE OF ECOSYSTEM SERVICES AND MARKETS
Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer has announced the intention to establish a new USDA Office of Ecosystem Services and Markets and the creation of a federal government-wide Conservation and Land Management Environmental Services Board to assist the Secretary of Agriculture in the development of new technical guidelines and science-based methods to assess environmental service benefits which will in turn promote markets for ecosystem services including carbon trading to mitigate climate change. See full text of press releas.

CFR IN THE MEDIA
For a Seattle PI story on UW Botanic Gardens' new audio tours, see "The Grounded Gardener: Audio tours take gardens to a new level."
See "Researchers foresee more fires as climate changes, which references Dave Peterson.
The College's research is cited in a Crosscut article "How Wall Street is destroying the timber way of life."

ALUMNI UPDATES
Christopher Hughson (BS 1993) went on to get a BS in chemical engineering from Oregon State University and an MBA at the
University of Delaware. He is the manager of business intelligence services for Corporation Service Company, based in Wilmington, DE, which provides legal and financial services to law firms and corporations.
Susan Kocher (MS 1993) is natural resources advisor for the University of California Cooperative Extension-El Dorado County in South Lake Tahoe, CA.
Sang-Don Lee (PhD 1993) is a professor of wildlife at Ewha Womans University in Seoul, South Korea, where a current project focuses on a comprehensive understanding of species’ phonological responses to global warming.
Kathleen Maybury (MS 1993) is the conservation services program manager for NatureServe, a nonprofit conservation organization based in Arlington, VA.
Timothy Myers (BS 1993) went on to get a PhD in chemical engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. He is a senior managing engineer for Exponent Engineering and Scientific Consulting in Natick, MA, where he applies chemical engineering principles to analyze industrial processes and to investigate and prevent incidents involving chemical releases, fires, and explosions. He has a particular interest in the stability of chemicals and chemical mixtures and their fire and explosion hazard and has investigated incidents involving self-heating or thermal runaway of chemicals and unintentional reactions of incompatible chemicals. He has participated in the investigation of several catastrophic dust explosions that have occurred throughout North America.
Dong-Jun Kim (PhD 2001) is on the faculty of Chungbuk National University’s Department of Forest Science in Chungbuk,
South Korea.

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/aboutTheCollege/inTheNews/index.shtml.

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WEBSITES FOR SEMINARS IN RELATED DEPARTMENTS
Aquatic & Fishery Sciences http://www.fish.washington.edu/news/fishline/fishline.html
Biology http://www.biology.washington.edu/index.html?sdiv=news&navID=34
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) http://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 28, 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 online.

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

SATURDAY, 22 NOVEMBER MEET THE MAMMALS BURKE MUSEUM 10 AM-4 PM
Discover the incredible diversity of mammals from around the world at the Burke Museum's third annual Meet the Mammals family
event!

MONDAY, 24 NOVEMBER FACULTY MEETING ANDERSON 22 10:30-11:30 AM
CFR faculty meeting.

MONDAY, 24 NOVEMBER USFS-PNW SEMINAR USFS-PNW SEATTLE, #201 2-3 PM
Marcus Vinicio d' Neves Oliveira, USFS-PNW visiting scholar from the Brazilian forestry research institute, Embrapa will present a seminar on Embrapa, its agricultural and forestry research program, the forest management network in the Amazon, and cooperative work between Embrapa and the USFS. He is the first forestry researcher to participate in an exchange program with the US Forest Service and will be stationed at the PNW Seattle lab for two years. The lab is located at 400 N 34th Street, #201, in Seattle.

MONDAY, 24 NOVEMBER ENVIRO ANTHRO FORUM DENNY 401 3:30-5 PM
Environmental Anthropology Forum, "Branch-Lopping, Rainfall Gradients, Socialist Development, and Changing Property Regimes: Unraveling the history of a forest valley in Southwest China," Keala Hagmann, Stevan Harrell, Tom Hinckley, and Lauren Urgenson.

MONDAY, 24 NOVEMBER WILDLIFE SEMINAR SMITH 120 3:30-5 PM
"Wolf and Cougar Management: Crafting a politically acceptable policy," Dan Edge, Oregon State University.

TUESDAY, 25 NOVEMBER WATER CENTER SEMINAR ANDERSON 223 8:30-9:20 AM
"Cold Water Fishes and Thermal Refuges in Hot Water", Christian Torgersen, UW College of Forest Resources and USGS Cascadia Field Station.

TUESDAY, 25 NOVEMBER PAUL BANNICK READING ISSAQUAH, WA 7 PM
"The Owl and the Woodpecker," Paul Bannick. Slides and narrative from recently launched book "The Owl and The Woodpecker:
Encounters with North America's Most Iconic Birds." See . This program is being featured as a "Meet the Author" event with the King County Library System.

WEDNESDAY, 26 NOVEMBER INTERNAT'L FORESTRY MTNG ANDERSON 22 12:15 PM
International Forestry Students Association meeting.

THURSDAY-FRIDAY, 27-28 NOVEMBER THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY!
Have a great Thanksgiving, and if driving, go safely!

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR:
December 2-4, 2008, San Diego, CA, Pacific Coast Fire Conference. CFR faculty, staff, and students from the Fire and Mountain
Ecology Laboratory who who be presenting talks and posters include Jessica Halofsky, Maureen Kennedy, Christina Lyons-Tinsley, Dave Peterson, Susan Prichard, and Clint Wright.
December 3, 2008, College Holiday Party, save the date on your calendars!
December 11, 2008, 5:30 p.m., Anderson 207, College of Forest Resources (CFRAA) Board meeting.

ECOSYSTEM RESTORATION DENMAN PROGRAM NOW AVAILABLE ON STREAMING VIDEO
UWTV has just released the streaming video versions of the most recent Denman Forestry Issues Series on "Ecosystem Restoration." See Part I, Principles of Ecosystem Restorationand Part II, Examples of Ecosystem Restoration and Community Involvement . See also CFR IN THE MEDIA, below, for UWTV News story on this program.

HOLIDAY TREES BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE FOREST CLUB!
Order your organically grown holiday tree from the CFR Forest Club and have a great holiday season! All trees are Noble fir, cost
$45, and are approximately 6-8 feet tall. All trees are organically grown using no harmful pesticides, herbicides, or fertilizer. The trees are also grown in a powerline right-of-way onotherwise unusable land.

STUDENTS MAKE HOLIDAY PAPERS FROM WHEAT STRAW AND GIANT REED GRASS
From current edition of University Week, "When a College of Forest Resources student group manufactured holiday papers on campus as a fundraising project recently, they did it without wood pulp, the most common material used to make paper products.
Instead, the paper science and engineering students used wheat straw and stalks from giant reed for the papers. For part of the
batch, they left the pulp unbleached and added snippets of ferns to create festive paper that was folded into cards and trimmed for stationery. From the rest they manufactured Husky-purple tissue paper. Demand for paper products in coming years is expected to outstrip supplies of wood available for pulp and paper, so students learn about using other crops and materials that might be suitable, according to UW junior Lauren Turner. Majoring in paper science and engineering, Turner is with the UW chapter of the Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry, the largest association for the industry in the nation. She said the money raised by selling the paper will be used for chapter activities. The group has made holiday paper as a fundraising project for a number of years, with most of what's produced sold at the College of Forest Resources holiday party, this year scheduled for Dec. 3. After that, anyone interested in tissue paper, cards or stationery that might be left can e-mail Turner at turnel@u.washington.edu.
The papers were manufactured in the UW's Paper Science and Engineering Laboratory in Bloedel Hall. The lab helps students apply what they've learned in the classroom and see how processes are run in mill settings. It also conducts research pertaining to the pulp and paper field. The lab's manager of operations, Mark Lewis, also is the adviser to the student group that made the holiday papers.

CFR FACULTY AND STAFF PRESENT AT CONFERENCES
CFR faculty and staff from the Fire and Mountain Ecology Laboratory recently presented talks and workshops at regional gatherings. Workshops on incorporating climate change into forest planning were given by a cadre of speakers in at the Kootenai and Idaho Panhandle national forests’ “Science Days.” Dave Peterson, Professor and USFS Scientist, joined the caravan and presented information on fire, adaptation, and resource management. Research Scientist Jessica Halofsky also presented two talks in Wenatchee, WA in October.

UW BOTANIC GARDENS AUDIO TOURS NOW AVAILABLE
Updating last week's Straight Grain story, audior tours are now availalbe for UW Botanic Gardens Pacific Connections Garden at the Washington Park Arboretum and the demonstration gardens at the Center for Urban Horticulture. The tours are available online as free downloads; visitors also can rent MP3 players and headphones for $6 from the Graham Visitors Center at the Arboretum and from Merrill Hall at the Center for Urban Horticulture. Proceeds benefit UW Botanic Gardens public education programs. These
innovative, self-guided programs were produced in partnership with Jack Straw Productions and made possible by a grant from the Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust. The tours are the first of their kind developed for Pacific Northwest gardens. To access the
audio guides for free see http://depts.washington.edu/urbhort/#audio. Stop by the Arboretum's Graham Visitors Center and the
Center for Urban Horticulture's Merrill Hall to rent a player for $6, with a $50 damage deposit; UW Botanic Gardens accepts credit
cards and checks. Rental hours are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Arboretum, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Center for Urban
Horticulture.

ELECTED FACULTY COUNCIL MEMBERSHIP NOW COMPLETE
Sandor Toth has been elected to serve on the College's Elected Faculty Council to complete the term vacated by John Perez-Garcia
when he became Vice Chair of the Faculty. This term ends in June 2010.

TRACK YOUR FITNESS, ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT WITH NEW CELL PHONE APPLICATIONS
Planning on gobbling a few extra treats this holiday season? Soon, your cell phone may be able to help you maintain your exercise
routine and keep the pounds off over winter months, without your having to lift a finger to keep track. Researchers at the UW and Intel have created two new cell phone applications, dubbed UbiFit and UbiGreen, to automatically track workouts and green transportation. The programs display motivational pictures on the phone's background screen that change the more the user works out or uses eco-friendly means of transportation. See University Week story.
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ALUMNI UPDATES
Kenneth Watson (BS 1982) went on to get a master of librarianship degree at the UW. He is a librarian at Eastern Oregon University in La Grande, OR.
Bradley Baum (BS 1992) went on to get a master’s degree from Northern Arizona University and is currently studying for a degree in civil engineering at the University of Colorado at Denver. He is also working as a hydrogeologist for Buys & Associates, environmental consultants in Littleton, CO.
Brian Connelly (MS 1992) is a hydrologic forecaster for the National Weather Service in Chanhassen, MN.
Diana Shervey (MFR 1991) works in public education for Portland General Electric in Portland, OR. She also serves on the Portland Urban Forestry Commission.
Aldrin Tando (BS 1991) is executive vice president and CEO of Aldiron Hero Group, a conglomeration of more than 50 companies
based in Indonesia, with branches in Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, and the U.S. The company is engaged in property development, general contracting, building materials manufacturing, general trading and supplying of technical goods and aircraft parts, and wood-based industries.

CFR IN THE MEDIA
For a University Week article and slide show on the Rare Plant Care and Conservation Program, see "
UW, volunteers join forces trying to save Washington's imperiled plants.
For a University Week article on the PSE holiday paper making project, see "Students make holiday papers from wheat straw, giant reed grass instead of wood."
See UWTV e-news for a feature on Jon Bakker's research and the recent Denman program on ecosystem restoration.

KUDOS
Kudos to the CFR community for Combined Fund Drive participation. Sally Morgan writes, "At the mid-point of the Combined Fund
Drive for this year, we have already surpassed last year's final figures! Good job -- this is going to be a tough year for so many people; it's great that we are in position to extend a hand to others (and really nice that the UW makes it so convenient). I
Kudos and Dean's Starbuck "CFR Stars" cards from Steve West, who is leading the Academic Program Review project, to Cecilia
Paul, for reviewing and editing the self-study text, and Nevada Smith, "who kept her sanity" while assembling the "whole enchilada" throughout many revisions.
Kudos to affiliate assistant faculty member Michael Cohen, Sonoma State Universit who participated in a project recently awarded a Interstate Renewable Energy Council Innovation Award. The project "Aquatic Biomass to Fuel," is demonstrating a novel approach to the production of methane, and ultimately biodiesel, from algae harvested in Santa Rosa, CA, municipal wastewater.

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/aboutTheCollege/inTheNews/index.shtml.

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WEBSITES FOR SEMINARS IN RELATED DEPARTMENTS
Aquatic & Fishery Sciences http://www.fish.washington.edu/news/fishline/fishline.html
Biology http://www.biology.washington.edu/index.html?sdiv=news&navID=34
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) http://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 28, 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 online.

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

SUNDAY, 16 NOVEMBER RESTORATION WORK PARTY UW, MCCARTY 12-4 PM
Society for Ecological Restoration UW student chapter, "Campus Restoration Work Party." Site is near McCarty Hall, near the tennis
courts on the north end of the Seattle UW campus. Snacks, gloves, and tools provided; bring your own water. Contact Lloyd Nackley at nackll@u.washington.edu. The SER UW Student Chapter is a new club comprised of students and faculty from several disciplines who are interested in ecological restoration theory and practice.

SUNDAY, 16 NOVEMBER PACIFIC CONNECTIONS TOUR WPA,GRAHAM 1 PM
Washington Park Arboretum free guided walks will feature the new Pacific Connections Garden,
. Meet at 1 p.m. at the Graham Visitors Center; no fee or advance registration.

MONDAY-THURSDAY, 17-20 NOVEMBER IUFRO CONFERENCE UWBG,NHS
"Forest Sector Modeling: State of the art and future challenges in an expanding global market. John Perez-Garcia is chair of the conference organizing committee. Larry Mason will be giving a presentation on "Incorporating Wood-Based Bioenergy Models into FSMs."

MONDAY, 17 NOVEMBER RESEARCH FORUM ANDERSON 22 10:30-11:30 AM
CFR faculty research forum, "Reserve Selection with Minimum Contiguous Area Restrictions," Sandor Toth; and "Learning
Opportunities in Western China," Tom Hinckley.

MONDAY, 17 NOVEMBER WILDLIFE SEMINAR SMITH 120 3:30-5 PM
"From Backyards to the Cascade Crest: Cougar predation ecology in Western Washington," Brian Kertson, UW College of Forest
Resources.

MONDAY, 17 NOVEMBER PLANT PATHOLOGY SEMINAR BLOEDEL 292 4:10-5 PM
WSU Plant Pathology Seminar Videoconference, "Virus Diseases in Wine Grapes in Washington State, Naidu Raypati, WSU.

TUESDAY, 18 NOVEMBER WATER CENTER SEMINAR ANDERSON 223 8:30-9:20 AM
"Impacts of Metals on Aquatic Ecosystems and Human Health," Frances Solomon, University of British Columbia.

TUESDAY-WEDNESDAY, 18-19 NOVEMBER VEGETATION MGMT WKSHP PORTLAND,OR
Integrated Vegetation Management Association Annual Meeting.

TUESDAY, 18 NOVEMBER GIS SPEAKER SERIES ODEGAARD 220 2-4 PM
"GIS MEGAPROJECT - Building the Washington State Parcel Database"; 2-3 p.m. and "Informing the Legislature with GIS: Retaining working forestlands"; 3-4 p.m., Luke Rogers, UW College of Forest Resources. See http://depts.washington.edu/asprs/events.shtml.

TUESDAY, 18 NOVEMBER CLIMATE CHANGE SEMINAR OSB 425 3:30-5 PM
Program on Climate Change Seminar, "The Atmosphere-ocean Dynamics of North Amerian Drought from the Medieval Period to the Greenhouse Future," Richard Seager, Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory.

WEDNESDAY, 19 NOVEMBER URBAN HORTICULTURE SEMINAR UWBG,DOUGLAS 3-3:50 PM
"On the Job Training: Public garden administration and the school of hard knocks," Scot Medbury, Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

THURSDAY, 20 NOVEMBER CIG SEMINAR MARINE SCI 203 1:30-3 PM
Climate Impacts Group Seminar, "The Relationship between Daily and Seasonal Snow Accumulation in the Washington Cascades as Observed at Snowpack Telemetry," Joe Casola, UW Department of Atmospheric Sciences.

THURSDAY, 20 NOVEMBER SAFS GRADUATE SYMPOSIUM ANDERSON 207 9 AM-5 PM
School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences Graduate Student Symposium.

FRIDAY, 21 NOVEMBER THESIS DEFENSE BLODEL 292 11 AM-1 PM
Master's thesis defense, Jacob Strunk.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR:
Monday, November 24, 2008, 3:30-5 p.m., Denny 401, Environmental Anthropology Forum, "Branch-Lopping, Rainfall Gradients,
Socialist Development, and Changing Property Regimes: Unraveling the history of a forest valley in Southwest China," Keala Hagmann, Stevan Harrell, Tom Hinckley, and Lauren Urgenson.
Through January 3, UW Botanic Gardens Miller Library. Photography display of Washington Park Arboretum plants by Stephanie
Jeter, certified arborist. Miller Library hours: Monday 9-8; Tuesday-Friday 9-5; Saturday 9-3.
December 3, 2008, College Holiday Party, save the date on your calendars!

SOCIETY OF AMERICAN FORESTERS NATIONAL CONVENTION
Last week's SAF National Convention in Reno, NV, "Forestry in a Climate of Change, provided a stimulating opportunity for faculty, students, staff, and alumni to socialize and to hear the latest research and ideas. Presenters from the College (posters and session participants) included Dave Briggs, Bob Edmonds, Jerry Franklin, Soo Kim, Melissa Maxa, Larry Mason, Elaine Oneil, Gerard Schreuder, and Dan Vogt. Alumni presenters included Michael Andreu, Lee Benda, John Helms, David Larsen, Kevin O'Hara, Phil Rigdon, and Kevin Zobrist, among others. Those from the College attending report good turnout at talks and social events.

ONRC MARINE DATA ACCESS INITIATIVE
The Olympic Natural Resources Center (ONRC) Clearinghouse is a metadata archive of Olympic Peninsula geospatial and biological data that brings together natural and cultural resource information reflecting the region's diverse marine and terrestrial ecology, land ownership, and land use. Metadata is "data about data," or bibliographic descriptions of data sets. Metadata "the
Clearinghouse way" means good data management, time savings in data search and acquisition, and common communication for integration of diverse data in research, management, and education. A recent Clearinghouse initiative to share data from ocean research will help help make available data from a number of large and costly oceanographic research projects that have been carried out along Washington’s coast with federal and state funding. Few managers and even fewer members of the public are aware of this work and the valuable information generated by multidisciplinary research. In most cases, research agencies have not made the results available to coastal communities or the public. The interest in better access to existing information is widespread along the coast. As one example, technical staff of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission recently requested ONRC's help in getting access to data collected by the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary. The marine data initiative will compile information about research on the coast, improve the availability of datasets, generate maps of greatest utility to coastal communities, and organize outreach events to transfer the results of recent ocean research to the public.

UW BOTANIC GARDENS AUDIO TOURS AVAILABLE NEXT WEEK
Audio tours arrive at UW Botanic Gardens beginning Thursday, November 20th. Eager to learn more about the plants at UW Botanic Gardens, but keep missing the tours? Now, you can take a tour anytime, anywhere, with two new garden audio tours of the Pacific Connections Garden at the Arboretum and the demonstration gardens at the Center for Urban Horticulture. These groundbreaking guides were produced by UW Botanic Gardens and Jack Straw Productions. Rent an MP3 player and headphones for $6 at the Graham Visitors Center or the information desk at Merrill Hall –- or go online to download the audio files for free. See the UW Botanic Gardens website after November 20th for details.

WIN A FREE TREE IN THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER!
The City of Seattle's program, Seattle reLeaf, is kicking off the fall planting season by giving away trees through the month of
November. Fill out the form to win a free tree by describing how trees make your neighborhood a better place to live; your name will be entered into a drawing; one tree per week will be given away through November.

ALUMNI UPDATES
Eugene Long (MFR 1991) is a regional fire management coordinator for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service in Anchorage, AK.
Previously he was the director of forestry and fire management for Chugachmiut, a tribal consortium in Alaska’s Chugach region.
Fernando López-Delamary (PhD 1991) is on the faculty of the University of Guadalajara, Mexico, where his research focuses on
biomaterials.
Kenneth Matheison (BS 1991), after working as a chemical engineer for the paper industry in Everett, WA, went on to get a
master’s in education at Western Washington University. He teaches science at University High School in Spokane Valley, WA.
Lara Aston (MS 2005) is a research scientist with Batelle Marine Sciences Laboratory in Sequim, WA, where her current research
involves the use of filamentous fungi for environmental applications both for remediation and restoration as well as the
development of a fungal-based marine biosensor.
Robert Montgomery (MS 2005) is a PhD candidate in fisheries and wildlife at Michigan State University. Research for his MS
thesis focused on harbor seals and he worked for several years for the National Marine Mammal Laboratory on a Cook Inlet harbor
seal study: see article by Robert in the Homer, AK News about this project..
Amy Yambor (BS 2005) is the operations manager of the American Tree Farm System, a program of the American Forest Foundation, in Washington, DC.

CFR IN THE MEDIA
See "Call of the Wild: Dr. Richard Taber receives the Aldo Leopold Memorial Award," for a story on Professor Emeritus Richard Taber.
Two recent articles feature the UW Botanic Gardens' Washington Park Arboretum: "Fantastic four of Seattle parks"and "Coexisting with urban critters."
For a UW Daily story featuring the Brockman Memorial Tree Tour, see "Bough down: Campus trees a living history."
For a New York Times article quoting alum John Sacklin (BS 1977), see "New proposal on snowmobiles in Yellowstone."

KUDOS
Kudos to Professor Emeritus Richard Taber, who was just awarded the Aldo Leopold Memorial Award. The highest honor bestowed by the Wildlife Society, it is a lifetime achievement award given to those whose careers have made a difference to the cause of wildlife conservation. Taber, who actually worked with Aldo Leopold as a graduate student, taught at the College from 1968 until his retirement in 1985, and originated the College's wildlife science program. The author of more than 90 papers, he has been consulted on international wildlife issues in Pakistan, Chile, and Eastern Europe. With Neil Payne, he wrote a book called Wildlife, Conservation and Human Welfare: A United States and Canadian Perspective, a work that looks at the continuing evolution of the relationship between people and wild creatures.

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/aboutTheCollege/inTheNews/index.shtml.

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WEBSITES FOR SEMINARS IN RELATED DEPARTMENTS
Aquatic & Fishery Sciences http://www.fish.washington.edu/news/fishline/fishline.html
Biology http://www.biology.washington.edu/index.html?sdiv=news&navID=34
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) http://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 28, Number 7

In this Issue:
Events
Announcements
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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 online.

EVENTS FOR WEEKS BEGINNING NOVEMBER 8. Check out the CFR events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

SATURDAY-WEDNESDAY, 8-12 NOVEMBER WILDLIFE SOCIETY CONFERENCE MIAMI, FL
Wildlife Society Annual Conference.

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

MONDAY, 10 NOVEMBER PHD GENERAL EXAM ANDERSON 22 1 PM
"Simulating Fine-fuel Moisture in Complex Topography: Effect of humidity and model parameters on spatial structure"; and "Simulating Effects of Climate Change on Forests, Fire, and Hydrology in an Eastern Cascades Watershed," Richard Gwozdz; Committee Chair: Don McKenzie.

MONDAY, 10 NOVEMBER WILDLIFE SEMINAR SMITH 120 3:30-5 PM
"A Strategy to Conserve the Biological Diversity of Washington State," Lynn Helbrecht and Sarah Gage, WA Biodiversity Council;
John Marzluff, UW College of Forest Resources.

MONDAY, 10 NOVEMBER PLANT PATHOLOGY SEMINAR BLOEDEL 292 4:10-5 PM
WSU Plant Pathology Seminar Videoconference, "Spread of Colletotrichum Coccodes from Infected Potato Seed Tubers and Effect of Fungicides on Stem Infection," Jason Ingram, WSU.

TUESDAY-SATURDAY, 11-15 NOVEMBER INTERPRETATION WORKSHOP PORTLAND,OR
National Association for Interpretation Workshop, "Sustaining the Circle." Elizabeth Louden will be presenting at this conference on "An Experiment with iPods in the Garden: Digital Audio Tours at UW Botanic Gardens."

WEDNESDAY, 12 NOVEMBER CLIMATE WORKSHOP PORTLAND,OR 8:30 AM-4:40 PM
Managing Climate Change Risks in Forests: How we can use silviculture and genetics to minimize potenial problems." Dave Peterson will be presenting on "A Diversified Portfolio for Managing the Effects of Climate Change in Forest Ecosystems."

WEDNESDAY, 12 NOVEMBER URBAN HORTICULTURE SEMINAR UWBG,DOUGLAS 3-3:50 PM
"The Sustainable Sites Initiative: A standard to measure ecosystem services in design," Debra Gunther, Mithun.

WEDNESDAY, 12 NOVEMBER NHS LECTURE UWBG,CUH 7:15-9:15 PM
NW Horticultural Society Lecture Series, "Classic Northwest Garden Gems: Japanese Maples and their conifer counterparts," Fran
Sharp, Briggs Nursery

THURSDAY, 13 NOVEMBER NWFSC SEMINAR SERIES NOAA, NWFSC AUD 11 AM
"Seabirds and Citizens: Can Moms Model Top Predators?", Julia Parrish, UW School of Aquatic and Fishery Science

THURSDAY, 13 NOVEMBER CIG SEMINAR MARINE SCI 203 1:30-3 PM
Climate Impacts Group Seminar, "Climate Change Impacts and Adaptations in British Columbia: Results from a recent Canadian
national assessment," Ian Walker, University of Victoria.

THURSDAY, 13 NOVEMBER SAFS YOUNG INVESTIGATORS FISH SCI AUD 4 PM
Young Investigators in Aquatic and Fishery Sciences Seminar, "Variability in Mesoscale Circulation and Distribution of Zooplankton
in a Coastal Upwelling System," Julie Keister, UW School of Oceanography.

THURSDAY, 13 NOVEMBER GREEN BUILDING LECTURE SEATTLE,BENAROYA 5-7:30 PM
Cascadia Region Green Building Council Lecture, "Green Pathways Out of Poverty," Van Jones, Green for All.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR:
November 17-20, 2008, UW Botanic Gardens, CUH, IUFRO Conference, "Forest Sector Modeling: State of the art and future challenges in an expanding global market." John Perez-Garcia is chair of the conference organizing committee.
November 19, 2008, Odegaard 220, UW GIS Speaker Series. In celebration of GIS Day, University Libraries, and the UW Geospatial Club and Puget Sound ASPRS Student Chapter present a three-part UW GIS Speaker Series. First presentation on November 19: 2-3 p.m., "GIS MEGAPROJECT: Building the Washington State Parcel Database," and 3-4 p.m, "Informing the Legislature with GIS: Retaining working forestlands," both by Luke Rogers, UW College of Forest Resources. For more information about GIS Day, see http://www.gisday.com/.
Through January 3, UW Botanic Gardens Miller Library. Photography display of Washington Park Arboretum plants by Stephanie
Jeter, certified arborist. Miller Library hours: Monday 9-8; Tuesday-Friday 9-5; Saturday 9-3.
December 3, 2008, College Holiday Party, save the date on your calendars!

COLLEGE WELCOMES NEW RESEARCH SCIENTIST STEVEN WALTERS
A warm welcome to Steven Walters, a Research Scientist who will be working with John Marzluff on the Biodiversity Index Project. His office will be in Anderson 30. The biodiversity project is a collaboration with the Washington Biodiversity Council, , to develop an easy-to-understand scorecard that will help Washingtonians keep track of how the state’s biodiversity is doing. The components of the scorecard will include the status of species and ecosystems, how ecosystem services are sustaining our quality of life, and whether the state’s institutions support and are accountable for our biodiversity. In addition, the project will develop a plan for engaging citizen scientists in collecting data for the scorecard and improving awareness and understanding of biodiversity at the same time.

NEW SPONSORED RESEARCH PROJECTS, OCTOBER 2008
"PNW-CESU U.S. Army Corps of Engineers"; PI: Gordon Bradley; sponsor: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; amount: $10,000
"Oyster Reserve Lands GIS"; PI: John Calhoun; sponsor: Coastal Resources Alliance; amount: $23,000
"Community Histories of Otter Cove and Isle au Haut, Acadia National Park": PI: Douglas Deur; sponsor USDI National Park Service; amount: $115,000
"Cold and Salt Tolerance and Yield Enhancement in Rice Plants via Fungal Symbiosis"; PI: Sharon Doty; sponsor: California Rice Research Board; amount: $56,500
"Alternatives to Methyl Bromide, USDA-IPAW Project Work Plan"; PI: Bob Edmonds; sponsor: USDA Agricultural Research Service; amount: $13,500
"Forest Health Surveys for Brooks Memorial and Squilchuck State Parks"; PI: Gregory Ettl; sponsor: WA State Parks and Recreation Commission; amount: $35,596
"Natural Resource Condition Assessments for Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, Lewis and Clark National Park, and San Juan Island National Park"; PI: Tom Hinckley; sponsor: National Park Service; amount:
$93,000
"Collaborative Research: Incentive-based land use policies for ecosystem services"; PI: Josh Lawler; sponsor: National Science Foundation; amount: $341,035
"Wetlands Assessment Pilot Project"; PI: Monika Moskal; sponsor: The Nature Conservancy; amount: $32,485
"Fusion of LiDAR and Imagery for Estimating Canopy Fuel Metrics in Eastern Washington Forests"; co-PIs: Monika Moskal and Todd Erdody; sponsor: US Environmental Protection Agency; amount: $17,000
"Monitoring and Evaluation of Final Phase Spartina Eradication Activities"; PI: Miranda Wecker; sponsor: USDI U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service; amount: $24,499

BUILDING THE WASHINGTON STATE PARCEL DATABASE
Research Scientist Luke Rogers, co-chair of the Washington State Parcel Database Project's Working Group reports: "In October 2006 a group of federal, state, tribal, and local government participants came together to explore whether there was interest in and a willingness to pursue the development and coordination of a statewide parcel framework data set that would be accessible to
various participating agencies. At the conclusion of that meeting the Washington State Parcels Working Group was formed and has been meeting monthly ever since. This project is designed to construct a single, regularly updated, statewide parcel dataset based on data provided by city, county, state, and federal agencies that develop and maintain parcel data within Washington state. The purpose is to reduce the cost, inefficiencies, and redundant efforts of state and federal agencies, as each independently and
periodically contacts parcel data originators for current data sets.  The first version of the Washington State Parcel Database was distributed to Parcels Working Group members in September and soon the project team will begin collecting data for the 2008
database. This talk will focus on the political, personal, technical, and legal aspects of gathering, transforming, and publishing
parcel data and explore some possibilities for the future of parcel data in Washington State."

ALUMNI UPDATES
Thomas Sensenig (MS 1990) went on to get a PhD at Oregon State University. He is the Southwest Oregon ecologist for the USDA
Forest Service’s Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest in Medford, OR, managing the Area's ecology program, including ecological
research, monitoring, data analyses, wildlife and vegetation programs, and frequently, litigation. He was the team lead for the Cascade-Siskiyou Ecological Area analysis, resulting in its subsequent designation as a National Monument. Prior to working for
the Forest Service, he was area silviculturalist for the USDI Bureau of Land Management.
Joseph Buchanan (MS 1991) is a wildlife biologist with the WA Department of Fish and Wildlife in Olympia, WA, where his work
focuses on the conservation of water and shore birds.
Joan Dunlap (PhD 1991) is a geneticist with the USDA Forest Service’s El Dorado National Forest, and program manager for the Sugar Pine Blister Rust Resistance Program in Placerville, CA.
Janice Elvidge (MS 1991) is an education specialist for the USDI National Park Service’s Lake Roosevelt National Recreation
Area in Coulee Dam, WA.
Heidi Herzog (BS 1991) is a professional civil engineer for Huibregtse, Louman Associates, Inc. in Yakima, WA.
Stephen Hyer (BS 1991) is executive director of Washington Business Week, a week-long opportunity for high school students
across the state to learn about teamwork, leadership, and setting real-life goals. He and his family also own the Olympia, WA
retail business, The Alpine Experience, specializing in mountaineering equipment, skis, and snowboards.

CFR IN THE MEDIA
For more coverage of CFR-WSU logging truck safety research, see Lewis County Chronicle story, "A Life of Sacrifice: Log
truckers struggle to make ends meet with rising costs of fuel and equipment."
The September 2008 Washington Trails magazine has an article by alum Colleen Ponto (BS 1981), "A Sense of Wonder: The joys and challenges of hiking Mount Rainier's Wonderland Trail with kids."

KUDOS
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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) http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/foci/FOCI_seminars.html
Program on the Environment (POE) http://depts.washington.edu/poeweb/news/poeevents.cgi
Quaternary Research Center (QRC) http://depts.washington.edu/qrc/events.htm