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September 2005

The Straight Grain
Volume 15, Number 10

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

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

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EVENTS FOR WEEK BEGINNING SEPTEMBER 24. Check out the CFR events calendar at http://www.cfr.washington.edu/events/ for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.
For information, contact 360-345-1023 or contact@familyforestfoundation.org.

SATURDAY, 24 SEPTEMBER VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY LUTHER BURBANK PK 9 AM-3 PM
Upper Luther Burbank Park Invasive Removal, Mountains to Sound Greenway. Volunteers have been working hard all summer to transform this forest on the edge of I-90 and have removed much of the ivy, blackberries, and holly trees, but there are still other invasive plants waiting to be removed. Sign up at http://www.mtsgreenway.org/Volunteer/signup.htm.

SATURDAY, 24 SEPTEMBER TREE SAFARI UW CAMPUS 9:30-11:30 AM
"Fall Tree Safari," sponsored by the UWAA AND CFR. Continental breakfast followed by lecture and tour by Professor Linda Brubaker. Cost is $8 for UWAA members and $10 for nonmembers. Registration and information at https://ealumni.washington.edu/events/EventView.asp?ID=162&Private=N.

MONDAY, 26 SEPTEMBER UWBG PROHORT EDUCATION WPA,GRAHAM 9 AM-3:45 PM
"How to Create and Lead Effective Garden Tours," Chuck Lennox, Certified Interpretive Trainer; Fee: $110; Preregistration required at http://depts.washington.edu/urbhort/html/education/proregister.htm.

TUESDAY, 27 SEPTEMBER RECEPTION FOR UW PROVOST ANDERSON 207 5:15 PM
Everyone is cordially invited to a reception for UW Provost Phyllis Wise in the Lockwood Forest Club Room.

WEDNESDAY, 28 SEPTEMBER 1ST DAY OF AUTUMN QUARTER
Welcome back students!

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

SAVE THE DATE -- CFR SALMON BARBEQUE!
The CFR "Welcome Back Salmon Barbeque" will be Wednesday, October 5. As usual, it will be in the courtyard, 4-6 p.m. All faculty, students, and staff are invited. Keep the date in mind as you plan back-to-school events, and put it on your calendar at home too so you can't forget it. Phil Hurvitz will be doing his world-famous magic at the grill, the Dean will provide the corn and potato salad -- all you need to do is come, bring your family and an appetizer or dessert to share, and count on having a great time!

NCSSF INVOLVEMENT
As an addendum to the item in last week's Straight Grain about CFR involvement in the National Commission on Science for Sustainable Forestry (NCSSF), Tom Hinckley and Kevin Zobrist made presentations recently to an NCSSF review meeting in Washington, DC on CFR research for developing templates to enhance biodiversity in managed forests. They also presented at a meeting hosted by the House Committee on Resources, Forests, and Forest Health.

NEWS FROM CENTER FOR SUSTAINABLE FORESTRY AT PACK FOREST
The College extends a warm welcome to new employee Gary Balthis, utility worker at the Center for Sustainable Forestry. Alicia Robbins reports that the Rainforest Alliance/SmartWood will be offering an intensive 3 1/2-day workshop at Pack Forest on October 12-15. The course is designed to prepare current and future professionals involved in forest management to perform as members of a Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification team for SmartWood and to provide other interested stakeholders with a detailed understanding of the FSC standards, their application to an operation, and the certification process. See http://www.rainforestalliance.org/news/nw_assessor_training.html for details.

ALUMNI DOINGS
A recent issue of the American Alpine Journal reports that Sky Sjue, Ross Peritore, and Corey Bloom made a ski descent of Mt. Buckner's North Face [in the Washington Cascades], making the first winter ascent of the route in the process. Ross Peritore is a 2005 CFR graduate. Another 2005 (MEH) graduate, Matt Bennett, who works for the Army Corps of Engineers, received his notice last week to report to New Orleans and vicinity to help in recovery operations.

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KUDOS

Kudos to all involved in the Merrill Hall reconstruction project. Yesterday, the UW received official word from the U.S. Green Building Council that Merrill Hall has been awarded a LEED Silver -- Congratulations to all in the College and UW community and all the loyal supporters of the Center for Urban Horticulture who helped make Merrill the first UW Seattle campus, LEED certified building!

Kudos to faculty, staff, and students affiliated with RTI who wrote the bulk of articles appearing in the the latest issue of the Western Forester. Watch the OR and WA Society of American Foresters website, http://www.forestry.org/wf/2005.php, for a pdf version of the issue.

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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 ****************************************************************************
WEBSITES FOR SEMINARS IN RELATED DEPARTMENTS
Aquatic & Fishery Sciences
http://www.fish.washington.edu/news/fishline/fishline.html
Biology
http://protist.biology.washington.edu/bio2/news/seminars/
Earth and Space Sciences
http://www.geology.washington.edu/Program/Seminars/
Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO)
http://tao.atmos.washington.edu/seminars/
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/seminar.html
Program on the Environment (POE)
http://depts.washington.edu/poeweb/happening/calendar.cgi
Quaternary Research Center (QRC)
http://depts.washington.edu/qrc/events.cgi


The Straight Grain
Volume 15, 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.

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EVENTS FOR SEPTEMBER. Check out the CFR events calendar at http://www.cfr.washington.edu/events/ for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

SUNDAY-MONDAY, 18-19 SEPTEMBER FIELD PROGRAM CARSON, WA, WRCCRF
"Life in the Treetops: Forest Canopy Ecology," Natural History Field Program, North Cascades Institute. Information on fees and registration at www.ncascades.org.

TUESDAY, 20 SEPTEMBER ALL-CFR PLANNING MTG LAKE WA ROWING CLUB 8 AM-1 PM
An all-College Planning meeting will take place on the morning of September 20 at the Lake Washington Rowing Club in Fremont (just east of the Adobe complex along the ship canal at 910 N. Northlake Way. For details, see "announcements," below.

TUESDAY-WEDNESDAY, 20-21 SEPTEMBER SOILS WORKSHOP WILSONVILLE,OR
"Soils of the Douglas-fir Region: Fundamentals and management practices," Western Forestry and Conservation Association. Information about agenda, fees, and registration at http://westernforestry.org/dfsoils/dfsoils.htm.

TUESDAY-WEDNESDAY, 20-21 SEPTEMBER SMC ANNUAL MEETING PACK FOREST
20th Anniversary and Annual Meeting of the Stand Managmeent Cooperative. For agenda details see http://www.cfr.washington.edu/research.smc/.

THURSDAY, 22 SEPTEMBER MILLER MEMORIAL LECTURE UW, MEANY HALL 7:30 PM
Elisabeth Carey Miller Memorial lecture, "Inspired by Bach," Julie Moir Messervy, internationally known landscape designer. For tickets (free) call 206-543-0415 or email hortlib@u.washington.edu.

THURSDAY-FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22-23 TAPPI FALL SEMINAR UW,CFR,ANDERSON 207
Tappi Pacific Section Fall Seminar. Contact Mark Lewis mlewis7@u.washington.edu

FRIDAY-SATURDAY, 23-24 SEPTEMBER RESTORATION WKSHP EVERETT,WA 9AM-4:30PM
"Project Site Maintenance: The bane of habitat restoration," Part 1 of a series presented by Society for Ecological Restoration NW, held at McCollum Park, WSU Coop in Everett. Register at http://depts.washington.edu/urbhort/html/design2dirt/homepage.htm.

SATURDAY, 24 SEPTEMBER FAMILY FOREST PROGRAM CHELAN,WA 9 AM-4:30 PM
"Forest Landowner and Woodland Homeowner Field Day," sponsored in part by RTI. For information, contact 360-345-1023 or contact@familyforestfoundation.org.

SATURDAY, 24 SEPTEMBER TREE SAFARI UW CAMPUS 9:30-11:30 AM
"Fall Tree Safari," sponsored by the UWAA AND CFR. Continental breakfast followed by lecture and tour by Professor Linda Brubaker. Cost is $8 for UWAA members and $10 for nonmembers. Registration and information at https://ealumni.washington.edu/events/EventView.asp?ID=162&Private=N.

MONDAY, 26 SEPTEMBER UWBG PROHORT EDUCATION WPA,GRAHAM 9 AM-3:45 PM
"How to Create and Lead Effective Garden Tours," Chuck Lennox, Certified Interpretive Trainer; Fee: $110; Preregistration required at http://depts.washington.edu/urbhort/html/education/proregister.htm.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

ALL-CFR PLANNING MEETING
The Autumn Quarter all-College Planning meeting will take place on 9/20 from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Lake Washington Rowing Club in Fremont (just east of the Adobe complex along the ship canal at 910 N. Northlake Way. The meeting will include a continental breakfast and a box lunch. The doors will open at 7:45 a.m. We will refine the tentative 3-year goals and the 1-year objectives arrived at last spring, and agree upon responsibilities and timelines for accomplishing them. See http://www.cfr.washington.edu/internal/committees/committees/CFRDirections.htm for information on previous steps in the goal setting process, including results of the online survey and tentative goals developed at the Spring Quarter all-College meeting. There will be very limited free parking at the retreat site (what you can find on the street). There is also a pay parking. Metro will be a good option for many; Fremont bus routes include #5, #28, #26, #31, and #74. You may want to come on one bus and then take another back to the UW after the retreat is over, or you may be able to hitch a ride back from the retreat with someone who has elected to drive.

SAVE THE DATE -- CFR SALMON BARBEQUE!
The CFR "Welcome Back Salmon Barbeque" will be Wednesday, October 5. As usual, it will be in the courtyard, 4-6 p.m. All faculty, students, and staff are invited. Keep the date in mind as you plan back-to-school events, and put it on your calendar at home too so you can't forget it. Phil Hurvitz will be doing his world-famous magic at the grill, the Dean will provide the corn and potato salad -- all you need to do is come, bring your family and an appetizer or dessert to share, and count on having a great time!

CFR WELCOMES LISA SANPHILLIPO
A warm welcome to Lisa Sanphillipo, Program Assistant in UWBG, Washington Park Arboretum. Lisa was formerly an hourly employee and can be reached at 6-3381, lsanphil@u.washington.edu.

CFR REVIEW OF ADMINISTRATIVE PROCESSES
A recent internal audit of the College revealed a need to adjust and better document a variety of CFR's internal administrative processes and procedures. At the same time, the availability of an array of new UW administrative tools...SAGE, SIMS, Financial Desktop, and OWLS, among others...suggests that the time is right to thoroughly review and reconsider how administrative work in the College gets done, with the goals of providing better service, greater efficiency, and greater accountability. The review's scope will include a wide range of issues, including but not limited to delegation of authority, supervisory responsibilities, budget reconciliations, cost center management, organization code restructuring, employee entrance and exit procedures, processes for leave approval, travel, purchasing, and processes for developing internal web/database information systems. It is likely that all CFR employees will play a role in some aspect of this review, whether located on the main campus or at a field sites, you will either be contacted individually for participation or directed to CFR's internal web site for information. Says Dean Bare, "As always, suggestions are welcome. Please direct any questions/concerns to Beverly Anderson, bja@u.washington.edu. The project is expected to last for several months. I view the internal audit as a stepping stone leading to better internal management of our College's resources. It is critical that we follow all UW procedures -- taking care to adequately document that this is the case. We want our College culture to embrace compliance as a normal course of business. I thank you in advance for your cooperation as we begin this important task."

CFR PARTICIPATES IN COMMISSION ON SCIENCE FOR SUSTAINABLE FORESTRY
Tom Hinckley reminds the CFR community of our partcipation in the National Commission on Science for Sustainable Forestry (NCSSF) -- a multi-sponsor commission convened and managaged by the National Council for Science and the Environment. See http://www.ncseonline.org/NCSSF/. NCSSF's mission is to improve the scientific basis for the design, conduct, and evaluation of sustainable forest practices in the U.S. The following CFR faculty, staff and alumni are involved with NCSSF projects: "Biodiversity and Intensive Even-Aged Forest Management" (Tom Hinckley, Bruce Lippke, Kevin Zobrist, Kevin Gehringer, Michael Andreu (University of Florida); see http://www.ncseonline.org/NCSSF/page.cfm?fid=3232#biod_intensive for project description) and "Evaluation ofIndicators of Ecosystem Function Applicable to Forest Management,"University of Georgia project with sub-contract to Tom Hinckley and Stephanie Madson; see http://www.ncseonline.org/NCSSF/page.cfm?fid=3209 for project description).

UPCOMING SITE VISIT FOR NATURAL PRODUCTS/CHEMISTRY CANDIDATE
Dr. Scott Renneckar, post-doctoral Research Associate at Virginia Polytechnic and State University, will be at CFR on Tuesday, October 4th and Wednesday, October 5th as a candidate in the search for a natural products/chemistry faculty member. Dr. Renneckar received his PhD in 2004 (Doctor of Philosophy in Wood Science and Forest Products) and his Masters (Master of Science in Wood Science and Technology) at the University of California, Berkeley, December 1999. While he is here, he will be giving a research seminar to which all are invited. Details of his visit will be distributed within the next few days. Faculty desiring to meet with Dr. Renneckar one-on-one, please notify Janet Wilt (jwilt@u.washington.edu) to make the necessary arrangements.

ARBORETUM SEEKS VOLUNTEER GUIDES FOR STUDENT PROGRAMS
Washington Park Arboretum is seeking volunteer guides for Saplings School Programs. Guides lead 90-minute educational tours of the Arboretum. Saplings School Programs provide K-8 outdoor environmental and science education to nearly 5,000 students yearly from classrooms throughout Puget Sound. If you enjoy working with children and have a passion for plants and the environment, this is a wonderful opportunity to get outside and share your enthusiasm. Saplings School Programs are offered Monday through Friday from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and 12:15 to 1:45 p.m. Volunteer guides are asked to commit to one three-hour shift a week for 10 weeks in the fall or spring and must attend an orientation. For more information and application forms, call 206-543-8801 or e-mail uwbgeduc@u.washington.edu.

CFR COURSE POLICIES
The following course policies should in future be included on all syllabi and webpages for courses taught by CFR faculty.
Academic Integrity: Plagiarism, cheating, and other misconduct are serious violations of your contract as a student. We expect that you will know and follow the UW's policies on cheating and plagiarism. Any suspected cases of academic misconduct will be handled according to UW regulations. More information, including definitions and examples, can be found at: http://depts.washington.edu/grading/issue1/honesty.htm
Disability Accommodations: To request academic accommodations due to a disability, please contact Disabled Student Services, 448 Schmitz, (206)543-8924 (V/TTY). If you have a letter from Disabled Student Services indicating that you have a disability which requires academic accommodations, please present the letter to the instructor so we can discuss the accommodations needed for this class.
Field Trip Insurance: Field trip insurance is strongly recommended for all students registered in any CFR course that includes field trips. Students who do not have regular UW health insurance or adequate personal coverage should consider obtaining a special short-term policy at $.85/day for the course of the field trips. Applications are available on pp. 27-29 at: http://www.washington.edu/admin/risk/documents/Field_Trip_Guidelines.pdf The completed application and payment (made out to the University of Washington) must be made to the Cashier's Office, 129 Schmitz Hall before the trip.

IN MEMORIAM
Ann Forest Burns, CFRAA President, informs us that Ed Heacox, 99, former Weyerhaeuser Vice President, early 1970s forest policy instructor at CFR,
and champion of Murray Pacific's forest lands, has passed away.

CLARIFICATION RE: RESERVING MEETING ROOMS
To reserve Anderson 207 or Anderson 22, first check availability at http://www.cfr.washington.edu/Facilities/index.html. Reservations are made by emailing reservations@cfr.washington.edu; you will get a confirmation or a notification of a conflict within 24 hours> Your reservation will be posted on the web calendar. Anderson 107A and 114 and Winkenwerder 103 have self-service reservation -- there are clipboards outside the rooms to sign up for whatever space is available. Anderson 107A signup is on the bulletin board across from the door to the room; the sheets for 114 are in the mail room; Winkenwerder 105 signup is on the ledge just outside the door. To reserve classrooms Winkenwerder 105 and 107, email Student and Academic Services at cfradv@u.washington.edu. For all other building/facilities matters, the new email address, as announced in last week's Straight Grain is cfrbldgs@u.washington.edu.

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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 ****************************************************************************

WEBSITES FOR SEMINARS IN RELATED DEPARTMENTS
Aquatic & Fishery Sciences
http://www.fish.washington.edu/news/fishline/fishline.html
Biology
http://protist.biology.washington.edu/bio2/news/seminars/
Earth and Space Sciences
http://www.geology.washington.edu/Program/Seminars/
Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO)
http://tao.atmos.washington.edu/seminars/
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/seminar.html
Program on the Environment (POE)
http://depts.washington.edu/poeweb/happening/calendar.cgi
Quaternary Research Center (QRC)
http://depts.washington.edu/qrc/events.cgi

 


The Straight Grain
Volume 15, 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.

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EVENTS FOR SEPTEMBER. Check out the CFR events calendar at http://www.cfr.washington.edu/events/ for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

MONDAY-TUESDAY, 12-13 SEPTEMBER WORLD FORESTRY CONFERENCE PORTLAND,OR
"International Perspectives on Forestry 2," presented by the World Forestry Institute. Information at http://wfi.worldforestry.org/ipf.htm.

SUNDAY-MONDAY, 18-19 SEPTEMBER FIELD PROGRAM CARSON, WA, WRCCRF
"Life in the Treetops: Forest Canopy Ecology," Natural History Field Program, North Cascades Institute. Information on fees and registration at www.ncascades.org.

TUESDAY, 20 SEPTEMBER ALL-COLLEGE PLANNING MEETING LAKE WA ROWING CLUB
An all-College Planning meeting will take place on the morning of September 20 at the Lake Washington Rowing Club in Fremont (just east of the Adobe complex along the ship canal at 910 N. Northlake Way (http://www.lakewashingtonrowing.com/fremontboat.html). The meeting will include a continental breakfast and a box lunch. The agenda will include: Refine the tentative goals arrived at during the spring, develop and identify steps for implementation, assign responsibilities for the tasks agreed upon, and set timelines to accomplish the goals. See http://www.cfr.washington.edu/internal/committees/committees/CFRDirections.htm for information on previous steps in the goal setting process, including results of the online survey and tentative goals developed at the Spring Quarter all-College meeting. Stay tuned next week for additional email updates, including a detailed agenda and meeting materials.

TUESDAY-WEDNESDAY, 20-21 SEPTEMBER SOILS WORKSHOP WILSONVILLE,OR
"Soils of the Douglas-fir Region: Fundamentals and management practices," Western Forestry and Conservation Association. Information about agenda, fees, and registration at http://westernforestry.org/dfsoils/dfsoils.htm.

TUESDAY-WEDNESDAY, 20-21 SEPTEMBER SMC ANNUAL MEETING PACK FOREST
20th Anniversary and Annual Meeting of the Stand Managmeent Cooperative. For agenda details see http://www.cfr.washington.edu/research.smc/.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY, 23-24 SEPTEMBER RESTORATION WKSHP EVERETT,WA 9AM-4:30PM
"Project Site Maintenance: The bane of habitat restoration," Part 1 of a series presented by Society for Ecological Restoration NW, held at McCollum Park, WSU Coop in Everett. Register at http://depts.washington.edu/urbhort/html/design2dirt/homepage.htm.

SATURDAY, 24 SEPTEMBER FAMILY FOREST PROGRAM CHELAN,WA 9 AM-4:30 PM
"Forest Landowner and Woodland Homeowner Field Day," sponsored in part by RTI. For information, contact 360-345-1023 or contact@familyforestfoundation.org.

SATURDAY, 24 SEPTEMBER TREE SAFARI UW CAMPUS 9:30-11:30 AM
"Fall Tree Safari," sponsored by the UWAA AND CFR. Continental breakfast followed by lecture and tour by Professor Linda Brubaker. Cost is $8 for UWAA members and $10 for nonmembers. Registration and information at https://ealumni.washington.edu/events/EventView.asp?ID=162&Private=N.

MONDAY, 26 SEPTEMBER UWBG PROHORT EDUCATION WPA,GRAHAM 9 AM-3:45 PM
"How to Create and Lead Effective Garden Tours," Chuck Lennox, Certified Interpretive Trainer; Fee: $110; Preregistration required at http://depts.washington.edu/urbhort/html/education/proregister.htm.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

SAVE THE DATE -- CFR SALMON BARBEQUE!
The CFR "Welcome Back Salmon Barbeque" will be Wednesday, October 5. As usual, it will be in the courtyard, 4-6 p.m. All faculty, students, and staff are invited. Keep the date in mind as you plan back-to-school events, and put it on your calendar at home too so you can't forget it. Phil Hurvitz will be doing his world-famous magic at the grill, the Dean will provide the corn and potato salad -- all you need to do is come, bring your family and an appetizer or dessert to share, and count on having a great time!

NEW SCHOLARSHIP ENDOWMENT TO HONOR BILL MCKEAN
Tom Mentele reports that CFR will have a new endowed scholarship, the "William McKean Endowed Scholarship," upon receipt of the initial installment of a $100,000 pledge by Richard Getty ('74). The endowment will also be funded by additional gifts from friends, associates, and former students of Professor Bill McKean and will honor Bill for his teaching, research, and his dedication to students. In the endowment language, "No need from a student was ever too great, whether it was academic tutoring, assistance in developing connections with industry, professional development, or general counseling for success at the UW."

NEW GRANTS FUNDED IN AUGUST 2005
Total amount funded = $434,778
(1)"Proceedings of the International Symposium: Red Alder--a State of Knowledge"; sponsor: USDA Forest Services-PNW; PI: Dave Briggs.
(2)"River food web response to riparian zone management"; sponsor: Center for Invasive Plant Management; sponsor: USDA Forest Service; PI: John Calhoun.
(3)"Development and application of process models for pulp and paper operator training"; sponsor: LCC; PI: Rick Gustafson.
(4)"NB II-2 FY05"; sponsor: USDA Forest Service; PI: Christian Grue
(5)"The ecological function of cryptobiotic crusts in alpine and subalpine ecosystems in Washington State"; sponsor: National Commission on Science for Sustainable Forestry; PI: Tom Hinckley.
(6)"The contribution of low-income workers to forest managment and production"; sponsor: USDA Forest Service; PI: Bob Lee.
(7)"Multipliers for jobs, revenues and taxes resulting from DNR timber sales"; sponsor: USDA Forest Service; PI: Bruce Lippke
(8)"Evaluation of the demand for forest products exported from Alaska"; sponsor: USDA Forest Service: PI: Joe Roos.
(9)"Material substitution within the U.S. residential construction industry: An assessment of opportunities for structural softwood lumber from Alaska; sponsor: USDA Forest Service: PI: Joe Roos.

MINI GRANTS AVAILABLE TO SUPPORT INTERNATIONALIZATION OF UG COURSES
Mini-grants are now available to support internationalization of undergraduate courses across the disciplines. To help students develop the understandings, skills, and abilities they need to live and work productively as citizens in an increasingly interconnected world, faculty in all disciplines are invited to submit proposals to revise existing courses or develop new courses, using a variety of strategies to incorporate international learning. Proposals are due November 1, 2005. To learn more about this opportunity sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Education, International Programs and Exchanges, and the Curriculum Transformation Project, please see "Announcements" on the right side of the OUE home page at www.washington.edu/oue.

NEW EMAIL ADDRESS FOR BLDG/FACILITIES ISSUES IN ANDERSON, BLODEL, WINK
For building and facilities-related issues in Anderson, Bloedel or Winkenwerder, we have a new email notification address: cfrbldgs@u.washington.edu. This will go to several people, including Sally Morgan, Beverly Anderson, and Margery Cooper. Please address all future inquiries, requests for service, etc., to this email; whomever is responsible for coordinating the services you need will respond promptly. Margery Cooper from UW Temporary Services is currently helping out at the Dean's Office front desk, following Liz Reilly's return to the Chemistry Department. Contact Margery via email at margiec@u.washington.edu and by phone at 5-3151.


INTERESTING ALUMNI CAREER PATH OF THE WEEK
Scot Medbury ('90) has been named president and CEO of Brooklyn Botanic Garden, one of the nation's preeminent cultural institutions. Prior to joining Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Scot was the director of the San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers and the Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum, Golden Gate Park. For a press release announcing the appointment see http://www.bbg.org/abo/pressroom/garden/2005new_president.html

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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 ****************************************************************************

WEBSITES FOR SEMINARS IN RELATED DEPARTMENTS
Aquatic & Fishery Sciences
http://www.fish.washington.edu/news/fishline/fishline.html
Biology
http://protist.biology.washington.edu/bio2/news/seminars/
Earth and Space Sciences
http://www.geology.washington.edu/Program/Seminars/
Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO)
http://tao.atmos.washington.edu/seminars/
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/seminar.html
Program on the Environment (POE)
http://depts.washington.edu/poeweb/happening/calendar.cgi
Quaternary Research Center (QRC)
http://depts.washington.edu/qrc/events.cgi


The Straight Grain
Volume 15, 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.

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EVENTS FOR SEPTEMBER. Check out the CFR events calendar at http://www.cfr.washington.edu/events/ for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

MONDAY-TUESDAY, 12-13 SEPTEMBER WORLD FORESTRY CONFERENCE PORTLAND,OR
"International Perspectives on Forestry 2," presented by the World Forestry Institute. Information at http://wfi.worldforestry.org/ipf.htm.

SUNDAY-MONDAY, 18-19 SEPTEMBER FIELD PROGRAM CARSON, WA, WRCCRF
"Life in the Treetops: Forest Canopy Ecology," Natural History Field Program, North Cascades Institute. Information on fees and registration at www.ncascades.org.

TUESDAY, 20 SEPTEMBER ALL-COLLEGE PLANNING MEETING LAKE WA ROWING CLUB
The Autumn All-College Planning meeting will take place on the morning of September 20 at the Lake Washington Rowing Club (in Fremont; details about getting there to come). The meeting will start with a continental breakfast and end with a box lunch. Agenda: Refine the tentative goals arrived at during the spring, develop and identify steps for implementation, assign responsibilities for the tasks agreed upon, and set timelines to accomplish the goals. For information about previous steps in the goal setting process, including results of the online survey and tentative goals developed at the Spring Quarter all-College meeting, see http://www.cfr.washington.edu/internal/committees/committees/CFRDirections.htm.

TUESDAY-WEDNESDAY, 20-21 SEPTEMBER SOILS WORKSHOP WILSONVILLE,OR
"Soils of the Douglas-fir Region: Fundamentals and management practices," Western Forestry and Conservation Association. Information about agenda, fees, and registration at http://westernforestry.org/dfsoils/dfsoils.htm.

TUESDAY-WEDNESDAY, 20-21 SEPTEMBER SMC ANNUAL MEETING PACK FOREST
20th Anniversary and Annual Meeting of the Stand Managmeent Cooperative. For agenda details see http://www.cfr.washington.edu/research.smc/.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY, 23-24 SEPTEMBER RESTORATION WKSHP EVERETT,WA 9AM-4:30PM
"Project Site Maintenance: The bane of habitat restoration," Part 1 of a series presented by Society for Ecological Restoration NW, held at McCollum Park, WSU Coop in Everett. Register at http://depts.washington.edu/urbhort/html/design2dirt/homepage.htm.

SATURDAY, 24 SEPTEMBER FAMILY FOREST PROGRAM CHELAN,WA 9 AM-4:30 PM "Forest Landowner and Woodland Homeowner Field Day," sponsored in part by RTI. For information, contact 360-345-1023 or contact@familyforestfoundation.org.

SATURDAY, 24 SEPTEMBER TREE SAFARI UW CAMPUS 9:30-11:30 AM
"Fall Tree Safari," sponsored by the UWAA AND CFR. Continental breakfast followed by lecture and tour by Professor Linda Brubaker. Cost is $8 for UWAA members and $10 for nonmembers. Registration and information at https://ealumni.washington.edu/events/EventView.asp?ID=162&Private=N.

MONDAY, 26 SEPTEMBER UWBG PROHORT EDUCATION WPA,GRAHAM 9 AM-3:45 PM
"How to Create and Lead Effective Garden Tours," Chuck Lennox, Certified Interpretive Trainer; Fee: $110; Preregistration required at http://depts.washington.edu/urbhort/html/education/proregister.htm.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

SAVE THE DATE -- CFR SALMON BARBEQUE!
The CFR "Welcome Back Salmon Barbeque" will be Wednesday, October 5. As usual, it will be in the courtyard, 4-6 p.m. All faculty, students, and staff are invited. Keep the date in mind as you plan back-to-school events, and put it on your calendar at home too so you can't forget it. Phil Hurvitz will be doing his world-famous magic at the grill, the Dean will provide the corn and potato salad -- all you need to do is come, bring your family and an appetizer or dessert to share, and count on having a great time!

STUDENTS REPORT ON TRIP TO SOUTH AFRICA
Three CFR students traveled to South Africa in July to attend a three-week International Forestry School hosted by the University of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) in Pietermaritzberg. Carrie Spradlin, Brian Spradlin, and Joel Randrup received funding from the Lockwood Endowment for Program Enhancement to attend the session, which focused on sub-tropical commercial forestry within the province of KZN. KZN is the most densely populated region of South Africa located on the east coast of the country, stretching north from the port city of Durban to the Mozambique and Swaziland borders. An incredibly diverse area, it includes several types of sub-tropical forest, a towering mountain range, mangrove swamps, thorn veld, beaches, and grassland.
"The school attracted students from around the world," reports Carrie, "including four from the U.S (besides us, one from Auburn University), two from Krakow University in Poland, one from the University of Parana in Brazil, and five from the University of KZN. This diversity allowed us the exchange of information regarding forestry issues in each respective country, as well as a lively and intriguing cross-cultural exchange. We enjoyed attempting to translate phrases from English to Zulu to Polish and Portuguese!"
Throughout the three weeks, the students became aware of the many issues and struggles facing commercial, community, and small farm forestry in South Africa. Environmental regulations are just being introduced by the budding democratic government, and large and small land owners are becoming aware of the environmental impacts of agro-forestry, although the long road to conservation has just begun. The students report that "Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification is a hot topic among corporate and cooperative pulp and paper producers. Issues of social sustainability were also raised throughout the school. AIDS/HIV, poverty, and social oppression have all significantly impacted forestry in South Africa and mechanization, wages, and health care were major discussion topics." The group also visited several game parks and many historical sites and buildings.
"This was an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for us," say the the students. "Cross-cultural education helps open minds and develop an international community of students focused on natural resource management."

ENDOWMENT LEVEL REACHED TO FUND DAVID SCOTT PROFESSORSHIP
Tom Mentele reports that "alum Mort Lauridsen ('38) has joined with the Weyerhaeuser Company Foundation, the CFRAA, and a number of alumni, donors, faculty, and close friends to increase the David R.M. Scott Endowed Fund for Faculty Support to over the $250,000 level of gifts and pledges required to rename the endowment as a professorship! More good news -- once we hit this level we were able to apply for a UW Founder's Matching Gift Initiative match for 50 percent of the total. The Founder's have now committed to the match, further strengthening the professorship. Total gifts, pledges, and matches now amount to a funding level of about $465,000. This means that the professorship is assured upon pledge fulfillment, which is expected to take place in 2006. Our development work in this area continues because our goal is to get this fully funded as soon as possible. In fact, it could happen immediately upon acquisition of another $50,000. Thus, our work to 'complete' the Scott Professorship continues with this goal in mind. CFR is very grateful to all contributors who have helped make this new professorship a reality. It demonstrates the depth of support we enjoy among our friends and supporters." The endowment purpose is to provide faculty support for individuals who "have demonstrated, through professional forestry activities, expertise in sustainable resource management and science,including study, teaching, and research in forest ecology."

NEW HOURS FOR DEAN'S OFFICE
After much consideration, we have decided to close the reception desk in Anderson 107 during the lunch hour. That does not mean that the offices will be locked or that no one will be around; it simply means that any telephone calls to the main number will be directed to voice mail, and that there will not necessarily be anyone available to distribute keys or receive packages from 12-1 p.m.. This will take effect after the Labor Day break. Our intention is to continue to provide excellent customer service to the members of the College -- if there is ever an occasion when anyone anticpates a need for the reception area to be staffed during the noon hour, please inform us. By the same token, if you are aware of any issues that could be impacted by this policy, please let us know.

PUBLIC RECORDS REQUESTS
Dean Bare reminds the CFR community that we should refresh our understanding of the WA State Public Records Act, which defines the public's right to access public records in the context of a broad mandate for open government. It is important to understand the scope of this act and the requirements it imposes on public agencies and their employees, including those at the UW. As a member of the UW's staff and faculty, you are required to fully assist the UW in responding to requests for public records. This includes promptly responding to all requests for assistance from the UW Public Records Office, which has oversight responsibility for ensuring that the UW complies with the Public Records Act. When the UW Public Records Office asks you to search for records responsive to a public records request, you must undertake a complete search for any and all records described in the request, including electronic records and records stored off-site. All records identified as responsive to a request must be provided to the UW Public Records Office. This includes records you consider confidential, documents that may be covered by attorney-client privilege, and documents that that could have been disposed of per contractual obligations but were not. When the UW receives a public records request, all documents maintained in any format -- hard copy, electronic or otherwise -- that are involved in the request must be maintained and may not be destroyed or altered until the UW has fully complied with the request. A more complete statement of what to do in the event of a public records request is available at faculty.washington.edu/bare/publicrecords.html.


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KUDOS
Kudos to Linda Brubaker and former CFR grad student Dan Gavin ('97,'00) who received the 2005 William S. Cooper Award. Given by the Ecological Society of America in honor of one of the founders of modern plant ecology, the Cooper Award is made annually for an outstanding contribution in geobotany, physiographic ecology, plant succession, or the distribution of organisms along environmental gradients. The award was for the following 2003 paper: "Daniel G. Gavin, Linda B. Brubaker, and Kenneth P. Lertzman, Holocene fire history of a coastal temperate rain forest based on soil charcoal radiocarbon dates," published in Ecology 84:186-201. Dan is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Illinois.

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FORESTRY IN THE NEWS
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