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The Straight Grain
Volume 31, 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 School of Forest Resources community. Please submit notices for THE STRAIGHT GRAIN to Cecilia Paul (cece@u.washington.edu), by 10:30 a.m. Thursdays. Back issues of the STRAIGHT GRAIN are available online.

EVENTS FOR WEEKS BEGINNING SEPTEMBER 26. Check out the SFR events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

SATURDAY, 26 SEPTEMBER NATIONAL PUBLIC LANDS DAY
National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance the public lands Americans enjoy. In 2008, 120,000 volunteers built trails and bridges, removed trash and invasive plants, and planted over 1.6 million trees. Join the 16th annual National Public Lands Day by volunteering, posting information, or signing up for news. Find a Site. Sign Up for E-newsletter.

MONDAY, 28 SEPTEMBER PLANT PATHOLOGY SEMINAR BLD 292 4:10-5 PM
Plant Pathology Seminar Videoconference, "The Invasive Cheatgrass and a Seed Pathogen: Consequences for co-occurring
species," Julie Beckstead, Gonzaga University.

WEDNESDAY-FRIDAY,30 SEPTEMBER-2 OCTOBER PUBLIC LANDS LAW CONF MISSOULA,MT
"Redefining Wilderness: Landscape, Law and Policy."

WEDNESDAY-SUNDAY, 30 SEPTEMBER-4 OCTOBER SAF CONVENTION ORLANDO, FL
Society of American Foresters National Convention, "Opportunities in a Forested World." Participants include Dave Briggs, Andrew Cooke, Jerry Franklin, Bruce Lippke, Larry Mason, Jim McCarter, Elaine Oneil, Luke Rogers, and Clare Ryan, and alums Michael Andreu (PhD 2005), Robert Deal (MS 1987), Jim Dooley (PhD 2000), Edie Sonne Hall (PhD 2005, MS 2001), Dale Johnson (PhD 1975, BS 1969), Rapeepan Kantavichai (MS 2009), Mauren McDonough (PhD 1980), David Shaw (PhD 1991), Steve Stinson (MS 2000), Eric Sucre (MS 2005), Helga Van Miegroet (PhD 1986, MS 1980), Jerry Williams, MS 1978), among others.

THURSDAY, 1 OCTOBER NOAA SEMINAR NW FISHERIES SCI CTR 11 AM
"Seasonal Variation in the Relative Importance of Factors Influencing Growth, Survival and Movement of Stream Salmonids:
Towards a hierarchical model of population persistence," Ben Letcher and Silvio Conte, U.S. Geological Survey.

THURSDAY, 1 OCTOBER ATM SCI SEMINAR JOHNSON 102 3:30 PM
A Tale for our Times: "Climate Change and irreversibility, "Susan Solomon, NOAA.

THURSDAY, 1 OCTOBER SAFS SEMINAR FISH SCI 102 4-5 PM
School of Fishery and Aquatic Sciences Seminar, "Unraveling Effects of Climate Change on Freshwater Stages of Columbia River Salmon," Lisa Crozier, NOAA Fisheries.

SATURDAY, 3 OCTOBER VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY CEDAR RIVER 9:30 AM-4:30 PM
Friends of the Cedar River Watershed project to plant bareroot trees and shrubs in a thinning site near Rex Pond. To sign up, email sarah@cedarriver.org.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEAD'S UP FOR
Sunday-Monday, October 4-5, 2009, Arboretum's Fall Bulb and Plant Sale at the Graham Visitors Center, Washington Park
Arboretum.
Monday, October 5, 2009, Smith 120, 3:30 p.m., Wildlife Science Seminar, "A Bird's Eye View of the Aftermath of Severe
Wildfire: Celebration or wake?," Richard Hutto, University of Montana.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009, Hotel Deca, Seattle, WA, 9 a.m.-4:15 p.m., Climate Impacts Group Climate and Water Resource Forecasts for the 2010 Water Year.
Tuesday-Wednesday, October 6-7, 2009, Leavenworth, WA, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., WA Biodiversity Council meeting. The meeting is open to the public and includes discussions on the Governor’s natural resource reform initiative and the Council’s role in advancing the habitat connectivity initiative. See draft agenda.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009, Kane 130, 3:30 p.m., UW President's Annual Address to the UW Community. The address will be webcast live on UWTV.org and rebroadcast on UWTV.
Monday, October 19, 2009, Green Building Materials Workshop, "Understanding and Accessing the Market," Tacoma, WA, 8:30
a.m.-12:30 p.m. SFR participants include Ivan Eastin.
Tuesday-Wednesday, October 27-28, 2009, San Francisco, CA, "Continental Dialogue on Non-Native Forest Insects and Diseases." See . Participants include alums Susan Frankel (MS 1991, MFR 1983) and Kent Julin (PhD 1988, MS 1983).

SFR HOLDS STRATEGIC PLANNING RETREAT
Nearly 90 SFR faculty, staff, and students participated in the 2009 strategic planning retreat held Wednesday, September
23, 2009, at the Lake Washington Rowing Club. There was much spirited and productive discussion as participants worked to
identify and prioritize important objectives to accomplish in the coming year. A retreat agenda is posted online. Retreat outcomes will be posted on the SFR website next week.

RENOVATIONS IN ARBORETUM'S WITT WINTER GARDEN
Renovations in the Washington Park Arboretum's J. A. Witt Winter Garden include the following projects:
Removal of American elm from the SE bed on September 14th. Urban Hardwoods will fabricate a table from salvaged elm trunk.
Removal, relocation, or protection of other UW plant collections in project area, followed by bed re-grading and soil remediation.
2009-2010 fall and winter planting of new winter-interest trees, shrubs, and groundcovers.
The project will reclaim over 5,000 sq.ft. of bed space that is now detrimentally shaded by elm. It will also renew\ Landscape Architecture Associate Professor Iain Robertson’s original 1987 Winter Garden design intent.

INTRODUCING IT CONNECT NEWS
Read the latest technology news from across the UW on IT Connect, the UW's new information technology Web site. Watch for a monthly email tickler with the latest headlines.

ALUMNI UPDATES
Brett Carp (BS 2003) is a project scientist for Farallon Consulting in Issaquah, WA.
Dean Dougherty (MS 2003) is director of stewardship for the San Juan Preservation Trust in Friday Harbor, WA. Dean was a longtime volunteer with The Nature Conservancy, where he coordinated volunteer activities throughout Washington State. He lives in Olga, WA where he raises pigs and is a member of the Orcas Island Fire Department.
Karen (Edwards) Gallagher (BS 2003) is a market analyst for Chempoint, a distributor of specialty chemicals in Bellevue, WA.

SFR IN THE MEDIA
The University of Michigan alumni e-publication,"Natural Resources Professional" has an "in memoriam" tribute to SFR's late Emeritus Professor Grant Sharpe (who was on the Universisty of Michigan faculty for 12 years).
For another cougar story quoting PhD wildlife science student Brian Kertson, see "Discovery Park's cougar is captured, released into wild."

KUDOS
Send in those kudos!

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

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WEBSITES FOR SEMINARS IN RELATED DEPARTMENTS
Aquatic & Fishery Sciences http://www.fish.washington.edu/news/fishline/fishline.html
Biology http://www.biology.washington.edu/index.html?sdiv=news&navID=34
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 31, 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 School of Forest Resources community. Please submit notices for THE STRAIGHT GRAIN to Cecilia Paul (cece@u.washington.edu), by 10:30 a.m. Thursdays. Back issues of the STRAIGHT GRAIN are available online.

EVENTS FOR WEEKS BEGINNING SEPTEMBER 19. Check out the SFR events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

SATURDAY, 19 SEPTEMBER TAPPI EVENT WINK-AND-BLO COURTYARD 9:30 AM
UW TAPPI Annual Salmon BBQ-Husky Game. Festivities begin at 9:30 a.m., barbecue begins at 11 a.m. Contact Mark Lewis at
206-543-8130 or mlewis@u.washington.edu for tickets.

SUNDAY, 20 SEPTEMBER BUG BLAST BURKE MUSEUM 10 AM-4 PM
Spend time seeing, touching, and even tasting bugs of all varieties, featuring thousands of bugs from the Burke's
collection and amateur collectors. See http://www.washington.edu/burkemuseum/event/bugblast09/.

SUNDAY-TUESDAY, 20-22 SEPTEMBER NW BIOSOLIDS CONFERENCE BLAINE, WA
Northwest Biosolids Management Association’s Annual Conference. See http://conferences.wsu.edu/biosolids. Participants
include SFR faculty Sally Brown and alums Peter Severtson (MS 2006, BS 1986) and Daniel Thompson (MS 2000, BS 1996).

MONDAY, 21 SEPTEMBER PLANT PATHOLOGY SEMINAR BLD 292 4:10-5 PM
Plant Pathology Seminar WSU Videoconference, "Sudden Oak Death Research at WSU Puyallup," Marianne Elliott, Washington
State University. Marianne is an SFR alum, PHD 2005.

TUESDAY, 22 SEPTEMBER FOREST SOIL MEETING SHELTON, WA 9 AM-3:30 PM
"Best Management Practices for Maintaining Soil Productivity in the Douglas-fir Region," sponsored by: Northwest Forest
Soils Council and Western Forestry and Conservation Association. See
http://www.westernforestry.org/forestsoils/Final_brochure.pdf. SFR participants include Rob Harrison and Darlene
Zabowski.

WEDNESDAY, 23 SEPTEMBER SFR RETREAT LAKE WA ROWING CLUB 8:30 AM-4 PM
SFR Strategic Planning Retreat at the Lake Washington Rowing Club. See
http://www.cfr.washington.edu/sfrTools/committees/Planning/fall09RetreatAgenda.pdf for agenda. The address of the Rowing
Club is 910 N. Northlake Way, if you want to Google a map. Bus routes that run nearby include 5, 26, 28, 30, 31, 46, 358
(closest stop for 358 is Aurora and 45th). Parking is available in the lot by the Rowing Club, but it is very
limited. There is quite a bit of street parking up the hill but you will have to allow time to walk a few blocks.

WEDNESDAY, 23 SEPTEMBER SMC ANNUAL MEETING SHELTON,WA 8:30 AM-4 PM
Stand Management Cooperative Annual Meeting. See
http://www.cfr.washington.edu/research.smc/pdf/Fall%20agenda%202009%20Draft.pdf.

THURSDAY, 24 SEPTEMBER ETHNOBOTANY BOOK LAUNCH UWBG, WPA 6:30-9 PM
"The People of Cascadia: Pacific Northwest Native American History," Heidi Bohan. Meet the author/artist in an interactive
presentation. Displays include artifacts and original line-art drawings used in the book. Bohan is an ethnobotanist with
15 years experience working with educators, students, tribes, organizations, and parks to create educational materials and
programs related to native people and their relationship to the NW region.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEAD'S UP FOR
Wednesday-Sunday, September 30-October 4, 2009, Orlando, FL, SAF National Convention, "Opportunities in a Forested World."
Sunday, Monday, October 4-5, 2009, Arboretum's Fall Bulb and Plant Sale at the Graham Visitors Center, Washington Park Arboretum.
Monday, October 19, 2009, Green Building Materials Workshop, "Understanding and Accessing the Market," Tacoma, WA, 8:30
a.m.-12:30 p.m. SFR participants include Ivan Eastin.
Tuesday-Wednesday, October 27-28, 2009, San Francisco, CA, "Continental Dialogue on Non-Native Forest Insects and Diseases." See . Participants include alums Susan Frankel (MS 1991, MFR 1983) and Kent Julin (PhD 1988, MS 1983).

PRESIDENT EMMERT'S MESSAGE RE H1N1 INFLUENZA
President Emmert writes, "This is a reminder that we all need to refresh our H1N1 preparation. Information is posted at the Pandemic Flu website http://www.washington.edu/emergency/pandemic/ and on the Hall Health center website.  More information will be forthcoming as we approach the start of the school year. In the meantime, the following guidelines should be observed:
1. If you are sick with a high fever and cough or sore throat, stay at home. You may return to work or classes when you have not had a fever for 24 hours without taking fever-lowering medication.
2. If you are coughing, cough into a tissue or your sleeve if a tissue is not available. Avoid coughing directly into your hand as everything you touch after this will have influenza virus on it.
3. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water OR hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available."
See full text of message online.

E FLORA NEWSLETTER NOW ONLINE
The September 2009 issue of UW Botanic Gardens E Flora newsletter is now online. The issue features event and exhibit invitations, garden blooms, people news, family activities, and more.

FOREST SERVICE INTERVIEWING AT SAF CONVENTION
The USDA Forest Service will be interviewing students for on-the-spot hiring at the Society of American Foresters (SAF) convention in Orlando, Fl starting on September 30, 2009. On-the-spot hiring offers a streamlined approach for the Forest Service to hire top talent from universities by utilizing noncompetitive hiring authorities such as Career Intern Program (CIP) and Student Career Experience Program (SCEP). Prospective candidates are encouraged to fax their applications to the Albuquerque Service Center Excepted Service office at 866.338.3024 by September 24th. There will also be a limited number of applications accepted in-person at the SAF convention on a first-come, first-serve basis beginning at 5 p.m. just outside the Student Orientation and Reception area and at the Forest Service Job Recruitment booth (#403) in the Exhibit Hall. The Forest Service will also be participating in the job fair on Friday, October 2nd from 12:30-3:30 p.m. See http://www.fs.fed.us/forestmanagement/infocenter/job_announcements/index.shtml for more information.

WA DNR AWARDED STIMULUS FUNDS FROM FOREST SERVICE FOR THINNING PROJECTS
The USDA Forest Service recently announced $4.7 million in stimulus funding for forest health and wildfire prevention
projects in Washington, including several projects submitted by the WA Department of Natural Resources (DNR). DNR will use
$1.2 million of the funding to help private landowners thin and remove small trees, brush, and other fuels from their
lands to improve the health of forestlands in Okanogan, Ferry, Stevens, and Pend Oreille counties. Those projects will also reduce wildfire threats posed by tree stands that are overgrown, brushy, or have diseased trees. See full text of
press release.

JAPANESE KNOTWEED--EAT IT WHILE BATTLING IT?
Several SFR researchers, inclduding Fritzi Grevstad and Sarah Reichard, are working on projects to combat the invasive species, Japanese knotweed, see http://www.cfr.washington.edu/cfr2/Research/research_results.asp?ID=237 and http://www.cfr.washington.edu/SFRPublic/Research/researchResults.aspx?ID=71. Here, courtesy of the Seattle P-Patch Program, is a recipe for baked knotweed, another tool in the "knotweed battle?"
"Many gardens out there battle Japanese Knotweed, and we (P-Patch Program) are organic, so providing you have not done something you shouldn't have, here is a recipe to actually eat Japanese Knotweed. I understand that knotweed is way too tall at this time of the year but you will be ready for next season. You can eat the shoot when it is up to 1-2 feet tall, but you should remove the leaves. 8 inches is the optimal length for the shoot, anything taller, they start getting tough. Japanese knotweed (also called false bamboo) is very sour like its relative rhubarb. Japanese knotweed becomes soft, sour, and incredibly flavorful when you simply bake it with olive oil and seasonings
6 cups Japanese knotweed shoots, peeled if larger than 8 inches long
2 T olive oil
1 T tamari soy sauce
2 t dried rosemary, finely crumbled
2 t freshly ground dill seeds
2 t freshly ground yellow mustard seeds (1 t whole seeds)
1 t freshly ground black pepper (1/2 t peppercorns)
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
Place the Japanese knotweed shoots in a 3 quart oiled casserole dish.
Combine the remaining ingredients in a small bowl and stir them into the knotweed shoots. Bake the knotweed, covered, until it is tender, about 30 minutes, serve hot."

ALUMNI UPDATES
Susan Frankel (MS 1991, MFR 1983) is a plant pathologist and the Sudden Oak Death Research program manager for the USDA
Forest Service’s Pacific Southwest Research Station in Berkeley, CA.
Jeremy Tryall (BS 2002) is a natural resource engineer with the WA Department of Natural Resources in Forks, WA.
Karen Bergeron (MS 2003) is Water Resources Inventory Area grant coordinator for King County, WA.
Ryan Bidwell (MS 2003) is the executive director of Colorado WILD, a nonprofit that works to protect, preserve, and restore the native plants and animals of the Southern Rocky Mountains, in Durango, CO.
Karen Black-Jenkins (MS 2003) is a sales assistant for Sotheby’s International Realty in Savannah, GA, where she also serves on the Board of Directors of the Savannah Tree Foundation. She previously worked for the Georgia Chapter of the Nature Conservancy.

SFR IN THE MEDIA
See "Prairie burns aim to bring back butterflies" for a story featuring restoration ecology PhD student Eric Delvin.
For another story about Brian Kertson's cougar research see "Worried about cougars? They’d rather eat a deer."
For a story featuring Research Scientist Jessica Halofsky's research, see "Forest zones near waterways recover on their own after fires."
SFR Visiting Committee member and Land Commissioner Peter Goldmark is featured in "State lands commissioner wants to branch out to wind, biomass energy."

KUDOS
Send in those kudos!

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

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WEBSITES FOR SEMINARS IN RELATED DEPARTMENTS
Aquatic & Fishery Sciences http://www.fish.washington.edu/news/fishline/fishline.html
Biology http://www.biology.washington.edu/index.html?sdiv=news&navID=34
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 31, 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 School of Forest Resources community. Please submit notices for THE STRAIGHT GRAIN to Cecilia Paul (cece@u.washington.edu), by 10:30 a.m. Thursdays. Back issues of the STRAIGHT GRAIN are available online.

EVENTS FOR WEEKS BEGINNING SEPTEMER 9. Check out the SFR events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

TUESDAY-SATURDAY, 8-12 SEPTEMBER MARTES SYMPOSIUM UW, KANE HALL
5th International Martes Symposium, "Biology and Conservation of Martens, Sables, and Fishers: A new synthesis." Alum
Keith Aubry (PhD 1983) is a conference organizer.

TUESDAY, 8 SEPTEMBER MASTER'S DEFENSE ANDERSON 22 1 PM
"Forest Heterogeneity and Surface Fuels Affect Wildfire Severity in a Mixed Conifer Forest, Eastside Cascade Range,
Washington, USA," Christina Lyons-Tinsley; Committee chair: Dave Peterson.

WEDNESDAY, 9 SEPTEMBER LIVING GREEN SERIES BELLEVUE, WA 7-9 PM
"Forest Management and the Green Consumer," Greg Ettl, UW School of Forest Resources.

THURSDAY, 10 SEPTEMBER STREAMKEEPER ACADEMY EVERETT, WA 7-8:30 PM
NW Stream Center's StreamKeeper Academy, "Cougars!", Brian Kertson, UW School of Forest Resources.

SUNDAY-WEDNESDAY, 13-16 SEPTEMBER WATER SYMPOSIUM SEATTLE, WA
24th Annual Water ReUse Conference. SFR participants include Soo Kim.

MONDAY-WEDNESDAY, 14-16 SEPTEMBER WORLD FOREST INSTITUTE PORTLAND, OR
"Who Will Own the Forest?"

MONDAY-THURSDAY, 14-18 SEPTEMBER PCC INSTITUTE SAN JUAN IS, WA
Program on Climate Change Summer Institute, "Pacific Northwest Climate: Past, present and future."

TUESDAY-FRIDAY, 15-18 SEPTEMBER NATURAL AREAS CONFERENCE VANCOUVER,WA
"Living on the Edge: Why natural areas matter." A keynote speaker is alum Robert Michael Pyle (MS 1973).

WEDNESDAY, 16 SEPTEMBER LIVING GREEN SERIES BELLEVUE, WA 7-9 PM
Bellevue Parks Department Living Green Series, "Natural Yard Care," Bellevue Utilities Department personnel.

WEDNESDAY, 16 SEPTEMBER CETACEAN SOCIETY LECTURE SEATTLE,WA 7:30 PM
American Cetacean Society, Puget Sound Chapter's Speaker Series, "Eavesdropping on Sounds in the Salish Sea," Val Viers,
Colorado College.

THURSDAY-MONDAY, 17-21 SEPTEMBER WA ORNITHOLOGICAL SOC KELSO, WA
WA Ornithological Society Annual Conference. A keynote speaker is alum Robert Michael Pyle (MS 1973).

THURSDAY, 17 SEPTEMBER MILLER MEMORIAL LECTURE MEANY HALL 7:30-9 PM
Elisabeth Carey Miller Memorial Lecture, "Mad About Plants -- A Plantsman's Garden," Roy Lancaster.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

STRAIGHT GRAIN TAKES A BREAK
The Straight Grain will take a break next week; the next scheduled issue of the Straight Grain is September 18th.

A CALENDAR HEAD'S UP FOR
Wednesday, September 23, 2009, Hold the Date for the SFR Strategic Planning Retreat at the Washington Rowing Club in
Fremont. See draft agenda.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Shelton, WA, Stand Management Cooperative Annual Meeting
Wednesday-Sunday, September 30-October 4, 2009, Orlando, FL, SAF National Convention, "Opportunities in a Forested World."

NEW SPONSORED RESEARCH PROJECTS, MAY-AUGUST 2009
"Wildland Fuel and Fire Management in a Changing Climate"; PI: Ernesto Alvarado; sponsor: USDA Forest Service; amount: $457,856.
"'Kids in the Woods' Leads to Adults in the Woods: The role of childhood experiences in enduring involvement in nature-based activities and environmental stewardship"; PI: Stanley Asah; sponsor: USDA Forest Service; amount: $40,000.
"Center for Tropical Forest Science Large Plot Network Site at Yosemite National Park"; PI: Jerry Franklin; sponsor: Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute; amount: $6,063.
"Biological Control of Invasive Knotweeds in North America"; PI: Fritzi Grevstad; sponsor: USDA Forest Service; amount: $50,721.
"Climate Impacts on Burn Severity"; PI: Charlie Halpern; sponsor: US Geological Survey; amount: $57,000.
"Consequences of Conifer Encroachment for Mountain Meadows: A long-term landscape-scale analysis of vegetation change in the Three Sisters Wilderness, Oregon"; PI: Charlie Halpern; sponsor: Mazamas Research Committee; amount: $2,000.
"Eastside Forest Health Forum"; PI: Tom Hinckley; sponsor: USDA Forest Service; amount: $30,000.
"Supporting Teacher Strategies to Prepare Students in Remote Rural Communities for College-level Mathematics"; PI: Bob Lee; sponsor: WA Higher Education Coordinating Board; amount: $290,471.
"Report on Threats to Western Private Forests"; PI: John Perez-Garcia; sponsor: USDA Forest Service; amount: $14,976.
"Communication in NEPA Decision-Making: Writing an effective environmental document"; PI: Clare Ryan; sponsor: USDA Forest Service; amount: $74,300.
"NSF Post Doc for Kim Williams"; PI: Steve West; sponsor: National Science Foundation; amount: $5,000.
"Eastern Gray Squirrel Ecology and Interactions with Western Gray Squirrels on Ft. Lewis, WA"; PI: Steve West; sponsor: WA Department of Fish and Wildlife; amount: $58,097.
"Inferring Limitations on the Invasive Seagrass Zostera Japonica from Environmental Characteristics and LiDAR-derived Topography"; Sandy Wyllie-Echeverria; sponsor: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; amount: $20,000.

UPCOMING EVENTS AND ACADEMIC PROGRAM APPOINTMENTS ANNOUNCED
Director Hinckley (1) reminds all in the community of upcoming events (CoEnv inaugural event, SFR annual planning meeting, and 1st day of classes), (2) reminds faculty sponsors of affiliate faculty members to notify PMT committee of any appropriate affiliate promotions, and (3) announces academic program appointments as follows: Graduate Program Coordinator: Clare Ryan; Alternate Graduate Program Coordinator: Soo-Hyung Kim ;ESRN Undergraduate Program Coordinator: Sharon Doty; PSE Undergraduate Program Coordinator: Rick Gustafson. See full text of message online.

IT TEAM UPDATE
Marc Morrison writes, "We have been working on many special projects this summer. With the change to a School and the loss of an employee, things have piled up faster than I thought. Our goal is to complete current projects for roll out before school starts. To that end we ask that things like upgrades be put on the back burner. I am currently the only person for day-to-day support right now. We are now more dependent on CFRHelp than in the past and those here over the summer will attest to the faster responses and shorter repair times. So please send all requests to CFRHelp for logging and logistics purposes. You can send the small requests but they will be moved down for the more important needs. Also I have temporarily moved to Bloedel 158 to better assist you. My number there is 206-543-8346. As always it is our goal to provide the highest quality of service to our students, faculty, and staff at all our locations."

REMINDER OF ROYALTY RESEARCH FUND PROPOSAL DEADLINE
The Royalty Research Fund (RRF) proposal submission and review process is now electronic; all proposals will be submitted using SAGE (System to Administer Grants Electronically). Proposals for the fall round are due on Monday, September 28, 2009, by 5 p.m. The RRF application instructions are currently available at the Office of Research weebsite. To help you out, the Office of Research Information Services (ORIS) Learning team is offering free SAGE classes for RRF applicants. This is a three-hour, crash course in completing SAGE's electronic Grants and Contracts form (eGC1), and is specifically tailored for RRF applications. Take advantage of this new hands-on, interactive learning opportunity. Register online.

ALUMNI UPDATES
Eric Wisch (BS 1983) has been appointed manager of the WA Department of Natural Resources’ Pacific Cascade Region, where he will oversee DNR programs throughout the region, which includes Clark, Cowlitz, Lewis, Pacific, Skamania, Thurston, and Wahkiakum counties and southeast Grays Harbor County.
Jill Romine (BS 2002) operates a pet-sitting business, Girl’s Best Friends, in Vancouver, BC. She was previously the forestry education coordinator for the World Forestry Center in Portland, OR.
Jeff Shellberg (MS 2002) is a PhD student at Griffith University in Queensland, Australia, where he is affiliated with the Australian Rivers Institute. He also is a consulting hydrologist.
Charlie Shonkwiler (BS 2002) went on to get a JD at the University of Oregon. He practices law in Spokane, WA.
(Geri) Loree Talley (BS 2002) is a website administrator for the Humane Society of the United States in Washington, DC.

SFR IN THE MEDIA
See Washington: Warming and Wildfires, Climate Central (video broadcast on PBS's The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer) featuring Susan Prichard and Jim Agee.

KUDOS
Belated kudos to Restoration Ecology and Environmental Horticulture grad student Katie Murphy, who volunteered to lead a Brockman Tree Tour for Special Freshmen Orientation on July 16, 2009!

Send in those kudos!

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

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