The Straight Grain

The Straight Grain
Volume 35, Number 1

Events
Announcements
Kudos
Forestry in the News
Links to other departments

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

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

JUNE 19-SEPTEMBER 6 CONSERVATION PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS BURKE MUSEUM
The Burke Museum presents the winners of the International Conservation Photography Awards in an exhibit of more than 75 images representing the best of conservation photography from around the world.

SATURDAY, 26 JUNE    URBAN WATERSHED TOUR    REDMOND,WA   10 AM-2 PM
Tour will follow the path stormwater takes up the Sammamish River, stopping at restoration projects that support critical salmon migration routes, and finish at a Low Impact Development project site that demonstrates how to prevent stormwater pollution from reaching nearby rivers. See http://pugetsound.org/connect/events/062610tour/.

TUESDAY, 29 JUNE    WATERSHED REPORT    SEATTLE REI   6-8 PM
"The Watershed Report," a video resulting from a collaborative effort among high school students, local governments, school districts, and Friends of the Cedar River Watershed. The screening will reveal trends in sustainability from three different sectors as seen through the eyes of the students.

SATURDAY-WEDNESDAY, 3-7 JULY   CONSERVATION BIOLOGY CONGRESS  EDMONTON,AB
International Congress for Conservation Biology, "Conservation for a Changing Planet."

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR
Wednesday, July 7, 2010, 12-1 p.m., Center for Urban Horticulture, Douglas Classroom, UW Botanic Gardens Public Education, "Fern Propagation from Sporea," Jeanie Taylor. See http://depts.washington.edu/uwbg/education/classes.shtml.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010, Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, 7 p.m., Nisqually Summer Lecture Series, "Indian Shellfish Harvest in Puget Sound at Treaty Time," Eugene Hunn, UW Department of Anthropology.
Friday, July 16, 2010, 7 p.m., Leavenworth, WA, Barn Beach Reserve Lecture, "'Hal' Sylvester, U.S. Forest Service History."
Thursday, July 29, 2010, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., UW Botanic Gardens, CUH, "Summer Pruning of Trees and Shrubs," David
Zuckerman and Chris Watson, UW School of Forest Resources; and Bess Bronstein, certified arborist. See
http://depts.washington.edu/uwbg/education/prohort.shtml.
Saturday, July 31, 2010, Ravensdale, WA, Western Washington Forest Owners Field Day, WSU Forest Stewardship Program's
biggest annual event features hands-on sessions on forestry topics including wildlife, forest health, silviculture, trail
building, special forest products, and more. Participants will learn how to properly thin and prune trees, how to plant
and care for young trees, how to attract more wildlife, and how to enhance enjoyment of a property.

SFR SPRING 2010 NEWSLETTER NOW ONLINE
The Spring 2010 issue of the SFR News is now online. Included in this issue are articles on continuing Mount St. Helens research, UW Botanic Gardent projects, a profile of Assistant Professor Stanley Asah, and more.

SFR FACULTY, STAFF, AND STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCES, MEETINGS
Graduate student Jeff Richardson attended the national conference of the American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing in San Diego in May, where he gave a talk on assessing forest structure with aerial LiDAR in a special session on monitoring forest structure. The session was widely attended, and featured talks by Tyson Swetnam of the University of Arizona, and L. Monika Moskal from SFR. Jeff wishes to thank the Director's Office for providing travel funding that allowed him to attend
the conference.

TWO RED OAKS TOPPLE IN ARBORETUM
A recent post on the UW Botanic Gardens website relates a rare occurence in the Washington Park Arboretum: "Two leaning mature red oaks (Quercus rubra) fell last week in the arboretum. The one that went down at the north end of Azalea Way, near our famous propped Willow oak, was witnessed by several onlookers as our arborist Chris Watson was hurredly trying to stablize it from going over. He never had a chance. The popping and cracking noises from severing roots on the backside kept getting louder
and more frequent. It was sad and awesome at the same time. Not many people get to see a large tree go down on its own volition.  The other oak is located at the water’s edge in the west lagoon area. This oak was significant from a curation standpoint too.  It was wild-collected in the Adirondacks in 1958 by the Morton arboretum. Arboretum staff hope to keep its massive root wad intact for interpretive and educational opportunities.  Both oaks were leaning and growing in shallow soils, had insufficient support roots, extraordinary spring growth and wet, heavy foliage when they failed. The fact that there were two trees of the same species topple at approximately the same time was indeed a rare coincidence in the arboretum."

ALUMNI NEWS
Jon Bagby (MS 1995) is a science teacher at The Learning Experience, an alternative school in Spokane, WA designed to enrich the learning of children whose parents are their primary educators.
Eric Bieker (BS 1995) is a forest engineer with Western Pacific Timber, LLC in Ellensburg, WA.
Kelli Bragg (BS 1995) is a master’s degree student in the online program of the University of Alabama’s School of Library and Information Studies.  She is also a library assistant for the Sno-Isle Libraries in Stanwood, WA.
Amy (Clark) Eagle (MS 1995) is the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Biodiversity and Conservation Program leader in Lansing, MI.

SFR IN THE NEWS
See "Ways that urbanites can turn their waste into compost," a Washington Post article referencing Sally Brown.
See conservation writer Robin Mullet's blog from Ohio for an exchange featuring wildlife grad student Jorge Tomasevic and
Seattle woodpeckers!
"UW's new Environment College: Just for the believers?" is a Crosscut article quoting alum and newly appointed CoEnv Dean Lisa
Graumlich (PhD 1985).

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
College of the Environment
http://myuw.washington.edu/cal/showMain.rdo?date=20091125&viewType=weekView&calendar=coenv
Earth and Space Sciences
http://earthweb.ess.washington.edu/dwp/news+events/events.php
Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO)
http://www.jisao.washington.edu/seminars_list.html
Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NFSC)
http://www.nwfsc.noaa.gov/events/monster.cfm
NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL)
http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/home/seminars/index.html
Program on the Environment (POE)
http://depts.washington.edu/poeweb/news/events.html
Quaternary Research Center (QRC) http://depts.washington.edu/qrc/events.html


 

The Straight Grain
Volume 34, Number 13

Events
Announcements
Kudos
Forestry in the News
Links to other departments

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

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

SATURDAY, 19 JUNE   VOLUNTEER  OPPORTUNITY   MERCER IS,WA   9-3 PM
Mountains to Sound Greenway, invasive removal at Mercer Island's Luther Burbank Park.  See http://mtsgreenway.org/volunteer/events.

SATURDAY, 19 JUNE    SMALL WOODLANDS SEMINAR   VANCOUVER, WA  9 AM-4 PM
"Diversifying Income Opportunities on Small Woodlands," NW Natural Resource Group.

SUNDAY, 20 JUNE     ARBORETUM GUIDED WALKS    WASHINGTON PARK ARBORETUM
The Washington Park Arboretum offers a couple of options for enjoying Dad's company outdoors on Father's Day, with two free, guided walks -- or you're always welcome to be spontaneous and plan your own route. The morning walk, departing Graham Visitors Center at 11 a.m., takes you to the Pinetum. Or meet at the visitors center at 1 p.m. for the Tour du Jour.

TUESDAY, 22 JUNE    PERENNIALS/GRASSES SEMINAR    WOODINVILLE,WA  7-8 PM
Molbaks seminar and book signing, "Bloom's Best Perennials and Grasses," Adrian Bloom, Bressingham Nursery. Ticket proceeds benefit UW Botanic Gardens Youth Education Program at the Arboretum.

WEDNESDAY-THURSDAY, 23-23 JUNE   ECOSYSTEMS MARKETS CONF    CARY, NC
Ecosystem Markets Conference, "Ecosystem Markets: Making them work."

SATURDAY, 26 JUNE    URBAN WATERSHED TOUR    REDMOND,WA   10 AM-2 PM
Tour will follow the path stormwater takes up the Sammamish River, stopping at restoration projects that support critical salmon migration routes, and finish at a Low Impact Development project site that demonstrates how to prevent stormwater pollution from reaching nearby rivers. See http://pugetsound.org/connect/events/urban-watershed-tour-redmond/.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR
Saturday-Wednesday, July 3-July 7, 2010, Edmonton, AB, 24th International Congress for Conservation Biology, "Conservation for a Changing Planet."
Wednesday, July 7, 2010, Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, 7 p.m., Nisqually Summer Lecture Series, "A Story of Big Cat: Behavior and conservation," Howard Quigley, Western Hemisphere Program for Panthera.
 
SFR WILL MISS DEBRA SALAS-HAYNES
After seven years of time schedule, graduation, orientation, career fair, publications, filing, email, and SFR promotion, Debra Salas-Haynes has decided to hang up her advising hat. She'll be starting a graduate program at the UW this summer in teaching elementary education. Debra has been a real stalwart at SFR for many years and we greatly appreciate all that she has done for our students, faculty, and School.

SFR FACULTY, STAFF, AND STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCES, MEETINGS
SFR graduate students advised by Assistant Professor and USGS landscape ecologist Christian Torgersen, and partially funded by the USGS, participated in the 2010 Yakima Basin Science and Management Conference in Ellensburg, WA on June 16-17, 2010. Jeremy Cram discussed the tradeoffs between homing and habitat for salmon in the Yakima River, WA. Salmon are capable of precise homing, but some proportion of them stray to other areas for spawning. Ryan Klett presented preliminary information about the survival of young Chinook salmon when fine sediment infiltrates spawning areas in the Yakima River. The river is a significant tributary to the middle Columbia River that has historically supported large populations of anadromous salmonids.

ADDITIONAL BIKE LOCKERS COMING
Sally Morgan writes, "Sometime in the next few weeks, crews will be installing additional bike lockers in the C-10 lot (in front of the
current lockers at the end of Winkenwerder). There are only a few (available because of the planned work at Magnuson Court), so don’t get your hopes up, but when the annual renewal comes up, they are expecting to be able to accommodate some of the long-patient wait list folks. Be prepared for minor disruptions in the parking lot -– should be short-lived, and it’s for a good cause."

ALUMNI NEWS
Timothy Pfohl (BS 1994) is director of Community Association Management for Phillips Real Estate Services, LLC in Seattle, WA.
Carly Wilson (BS 2006) is a naturalist, wildlife conservationist, and television presenter based in Canberra, Australia. She specializes in the rehabilitation of sick, injured, and orphaned animals and has worked on rehab, education, conservation, and habitat restoration efforts in Australia, the U.S. and South-East Asia. See her website.

SFR IN THE NEWS
See Seattle PI.com article, "Green school: New UW college focuses on the environment," quoting alum Lisa Graumlich (PhD 1985), newly appointed dean of the College of the Environment.
See "UW Discovery" video on the Bioenergy Igert, featuring SFR alum and graduate student Steve Rigdon.

KUDOS
Kudos from Michelle Trudeau and a "big, big thank you to all those who helped make Friday’s SFR Graduation Celebration and Reception a success: Cecilia Paul, Marc Morrison, Megan O’Shea, Debbie Confer, and Lois Fink were key players who helped set up, cut cake, make punch and make sure all was well at the reception. We could not have done it without you! Also thanks to Ramona Hickey for being a fabulous photographer. A big thanks as well to the faculty who participated in the ceremony:  Tom Hinckley as emcee, Clare Ryan introducing the ESRM grads, Rick Gustafson introducing the PSE grads, David Ford introducing the MS grads, and Steve West introducing the PhDs. All were in their robes and looked great!  Another big thanks to the additional faculty who attended the ceremony: Bruce Bare, Sally Brown, Bob Edmonds, Greg Ettl, Jim Fridley, Rob Harrison, Josh Lawler, John Perez-Garcia, Sergey Rabotyagov, and Eric Turnblom."

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
College of the Environment
http://myuw.washington.edu/cal/showMain.rdo?date=20091125&viewType=weekView&calendar=coenv
Earth and Space Sciences
http://earthweb.ess.washington.edu/dwp/news+events/events.php
Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO)
http://www.jisao.washington.edu/seminars_list.html
Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NFSC)
http://www.nwfsc.noaa.gov/events/monster.cfm
NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL)
http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/home/seminars/index.html
Program on the Environment (POE)
http://depts.washington.edu/poeweb/news/events.html
Quaternary Research Center (QRC) http://depts.washington.edu/qrc/events.html


The Straight Grain
Volume 34, Number 12

Events
Announcements
Kudos
Forestry in the News
Links to other departments

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

EVENTS FOR WEEK BEGINNING JUNE 12. Check out the SFR events calendar  for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

SATURDAY, 12 JUNE  ID-WA FOREST OWNERS FIELD DAY  ATHOL,ID  9 AM-4:30 PM
Joint Idaho–Washington Forest Owners Field Day; special focus on practices that maintain or add to the health of the Spokane Valley–Rathdrum Prairie Aquifer.

SATURDAY, 12 JUNE  CELEBRATING WILDFLOWERS  OLYMPIC SCULPTURE PK  12-3 PM
"Celebrating Wildflowers," event at Seattle Art Museum's Olympic Sculpture park; Rare Plant Care and Conservation program sponsors several hands-on activities. Examine wildflowers through microscopes. Touch and explore a fascinating array of native mosses. Activities are free for the entire family.

MONDAY, 14 JUNE   UWBG PUBLIC EDUCATION    UWBG,CUH   9 AM-4 PM
UW Botanic Gardens Public Education, "Trees for the Small Garden," Simon Toomer, Westonbirt Arboretum. See
http://depts.washington.edu/uwbg/education/classes.shtml.

TUESDAY, 15 JUNE      MS PROPOSAL       ANDERSON 107A    10:30 AM
"Landowner Motivations for Participating in Transfer of Development Right (TDR) Transactions," Catherine Kilbane Gockel; Committee Chair: Clare Ryan.

TUESDAY-WEDNESDAY, 15-16 JUNE   PNW CLIMATE SCIENCE CONF   PORTLAND,OR
Pacific NW Climate Science Conference. SFR participants include Michael Case, Josh Lawler, Crystal Raymond, Jorge Tomasevic, and alums Jamie Barbour (PhD 1990, MS 1993), Connie Harrington (PhD 1984), Jeremy Littell (PhD 2006), Don McKenzie (PhD 1998, MS 1994), and Heather Erickson (PhD 1994, MS 1984), among others.

WEDNESDAY, 16 JUNE    CETACEAN SOCIETY    PHINNEY CENTER   7:30 PM
"Humpback Whale Tagging," Sally Mizorch, National Marine Mammal Laboratory. See  http://www.acspugetsound.org/speakers/index.html.

SATURDAY, 19 JUNE   VOLUNTEER  OPPORTUNITY   MERCER IS,WA   9-3 PM
Mountains to Sound Greenway, invasive removal at Mercer Island's Luther Burbank Park. See  http://mtsgreenway.org/volunteer/events.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR
Tuesday, June 22, 2010, 7-8 p.m., Woodinville, WA, Molbaks seminar and book signing, "Bloom's Best Perennials and Grasses," Adrian Bloom, Bressingham Nursery. Ticket proceeds benefit UW Botanic Gardens Youth Education Program at the Arboretum.
Wednesday-Thursday, June 23-24, 2010, Cary, NC, Ecosystem Markets Conference, "Ecosystem Markets: Making them work."
Saturday-Wednesday, July 3-7, 2010, Edmonton, AB, 24th International Congress for Conservation Biology, "Conservation for a Changing Planet."

SFR GRADUATION CELEBRATION!
SFR celebrated its graduating class of 2010 on Friday, June 11th, beginning with a formal program in Kane Hall and followed by an informal reception in WNK-AND-BLO courtyard. Bachelor of Science in Forest Resources degrees were awarded to 73 students, Master of Science degrees were awarded to 31 students, 2 students deceived Master of Forest Resources (Forest Management) degrees, 1 Master of Environmental Horticulture was awarded, and 10 Doctor of Philosophy degrees were conferred.
T1his class has chosen to undertake a wide diversity of careers. Students' employers range from city, county, and private companies to state and national parks and forests as well as tribal agencies. Some students have chosen to work as consultants, for non-profit or private organizations. Some will work as scientists or environmental specialists, while others will work as forest
managers or horticultural landscape designers. Others will become engineers working to solve problems in the paper industry as well as the evolving bio-products and bio-fuels industries. Some will become faculty members at universities across the nation. And some have chosen to continue their education by going on to graduate school.
Speakers included the keynote speaker, Janet Wainwright (BS 1975), president and founder of Janet Wainwright Public Relations, Inc, a marketing company recognized as the most influential leader in film marketing in the Pacific Northwest; graduate student speaker Jason Scullion, who recently completed his MS research on "The Political Ecology of Payments for Ecosystem Services
Programs: A Case Study of Coatepec, Mexico"; and elected undergraduate speaker Jason Sharp, a graduating senior majoring in ESRM. After the formal ceremony, celebrants gathered in the courtyard in the welcome sunshine and enjoyed cake and punch.

SFR FACULTY, STAFF, AND STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCES, MEETINGS
On June 8-9, 2010 SFR faculty, staff, students, and alums participated with the Intertribal Timber Council on a workshop, "Integration and Application of Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Western Science for Contemporary Resource Management." The workshop took place in Polson, MT on the reservation lands of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. Tribal elders, forest managers, and representatives from federal agencies and the science community discussed shared knowledge to address contemporary management challenges such as the reintroduction of fire and other cultural practices. SFR participants included
Ernesto Alvarado, Everett Isaac, Laurel James, Larry Mason, and Spus Wilder, an entering grad student in Fall 2010.
A large contingent of Social Science students and faculty presented papers at the 16th International Symposium on Society and Resource Management in Corpus Christi, TX, June 6-10, 2010, the largest international meeting of social scientists who focus on environmental and natural resources issues. Presenters included Stanley Asah, Ian Bell, Johann Koeppel, Sonja Lin, Rick Pringle, Mary Ann Rozance, Clare Ryan, and Jason Scullion.
SFR student and faculty participants in the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians "Northwest Native Energy Conference and Training," June 6-9, 2010 in Warm Springs, OR, included Maura Shelton, Mike Tulee, Dan Vogt, and Kristiina Vogt. Topics at the conference included distributed methanol production, solar sensitized dyes, decision tools for making energy trade-offs, and energy efficiency and its link to human health problems.  Also discussed was development of a tribal education program and how to build capacity in sustainable energy enterprises.

USFS 5-YEAR REPORT HIGHLIGHTS STATUS OF WASHINGTON'S FOREST RESOURCES
The first five-year report on Washington’s forest resources has been published by the USDA Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest Research Station and is available online. Among the report’s findings:
Washington’s total land area is 43 million acres, 22 million of which are forested. Forested acreage is divided somewhat evenly between the western and eastern parts of the state along the Cascade Crest.
Washington’s timber harvest volume has been declining since 1989. However, between 2000 and 2006, total lumber production increased. Washington will likely continue to be one of the top-three softwood lumber producing states.
Washington’s forests are presently a net sink for carbon. Growth of trees significantly exceeds harvest and mortality overall, owing to trends on public lands and young, rapidly growing trees on private industrial lands.

REMINDER TO UW BICYCLISTS, WALKERS, AND U-PASS MEMBERS
>From Monday, June 14th, to Friday, September 10th, the NE 45th Street Viaduct will be closed in both directions between 20th Avenue NE and Montlake Boulevard NE. The closure will alter Metro Route 25 and impact pedestrian and bicycle routes to and from campus, so please take a few minutes to plan your new route and, if necessary, allow yourself more time to get where you need to go. For more information see http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/45th-bridge.htm, and University Week article,  http://uwnews.org/uweek/article.aspx?id=57864. Detailed information on changes to Metro Route 25 can be found at http://metro.kingcounty.gov/up/scvchange.html.

ALUMNI NEWS
Lauren Rich (MFR 1993) is an environmental planner with the Upper Skagit Tribe in Sedro Woolley, WA.
Rick Schmeling (BS 1993) is a forest engineer with Green Diamond Resource Company in Shelton, WA.
David Wortman (MS 1993) went on to do postgraduate study at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia.  He is a program manager for Brendle Group, an environmental engineering firm in Fort Collins, CO. He researched and co-authored the book "Engaging People in Sustainability," published in 2004 by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. He is also author of
several books and articles on travel, tourism, and the environment, including guides to hiking in Washington, and an outdoor guide to the San Juan Islands.

SFR IN THE NEWS
A recent UW Daily article, "UW Water Center to close this summer," quotes Bob Edmonds, Tom Hinckley, and Debbie Livingstone.
See story about alum Nalini Nadkarni (PhD 1983), "A conversation with alum Nalini Nadkarni, 'queen of canopy research,'" in an April 2010 posting in Under the Microscope.

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
College of the Environment
http://myuw.washington.edu/cal/showMain.rdo?date=20091125&viewType=weekView&calendar=coenv
Earth and Space Sciences
http://earthweb.ess.washington.edu/dwp/news+events/events.php
Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO)
http://www.jisao.washington.edu/seminars_list.html
Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NFSC)
http://www.nwfsc.noaa.gov/events/monster.cfm
NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL)
http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/home/seminars/index.html
Program on the Environment (POE)
http://depts.washington.edu/poeweb/news/events.html
Quaternary Research Center (QRC) http://depts.washington.edu/qrc/events.html


 

The Straight Grain
Volume 34, Number 11

Events
Announcements
Kudos
Forestry in the News
Links to other departments

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

EVENTS FOR WEEK BEGINNING JUNE 5. Check out the SFR events calendar  for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

SATURDAY, 5 JUNE   UWBG PUBLIC EDUCATION    UWBG,CUH   9 AM-4 PM
UW Botanic Gardens Public Education, "Mastering Your Digital Camera," Jennifer Leach, photographer and environmental consultant.  See http://depts.washington.edu/uwbg/education/classes.shtml.

SATURDAY, 5 JUNE  UWBG PUBLIC EDUCATION  HITCHCOCK 246  110 AM-1 PM
UW Botanic Gardens Public Education, "Lichens: A closer look," Katherine Glew, UW Burke Museum.  See
http://depts.washington.edu/uwbg/education/classes.shtml.

SATURDAY, 5 JUNE    VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY   TIGER MTN   9 AM
Mountains to Sound Greenway, National Trails Day volunteer opportunity. Volunteers will build an elevated trail surface, improve trail tread and improve drainage. See http://mtsgreenway.org/volunteer/events,

SUNDAY-THURSDAY, 6-10 JUNE   MTN CLIMATE CONFERENCE   BLUE RIVER,OR
Mountain Climate Research Conference.  SFR participants include Dave Peterson,
and alums Lisa Graumlich (PhD 1985), Jeremy Littell (PhD 2006), and Connie Millar (BS 1977).

TUESDAY, 8 JUNE      FACULTY MEETING    ANDERSON 22    10:30-11:30 AM
SFR faculty meeting.  Materials will be distributed in advance of the meeting.

WEDNESDAY, 9 JUNE      MS DEFENSE       ANDERSON 207     2 PM
"Factors Affecting the Growth and Survival of Douglas-fir on a Reclaimed Coal Mine near Centralia, Washington"; Committee Chair:  Darlene Zabowski.

WEDNESDAY, 9 JUNE        NHS LECTURE       UWBG,CUH       7:15 PM
Northwest Horticultural Society Lecture Series, "Chanticleer Garden: The art and artistry of the staff," Dan Benarcik, Chanticleer Garden. See http://www.northwesthort.org/lectures.html.

THURSDAY, 10 JUNE     MS DEFENSE     ANDERSON 22   10-11 AM
"Understory Light and Its Effect on Photosynthesis in Conifer Saplings"; Committee Chair: David Ford.

FRIDAY, 11 JUNE    SFR GRADUATION CELEBRATION   KANE 120   2-3:30 PM
SFR graduation celebration, with cake and punch reception following in the SFR courtyard.

SATURDAY, 12 JUNE  ID-WA FOREST OWNERS FIELD DAY  ATHOL,ID  9 AM-4:30 PM
Joint Idaho–Washington Forest Owners Field Day; special focus on practices that maintain or add to the health of the Spokane Valley–Rathdrum Prairie Aquifer.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR
Monday, June 14, 2010, 7-8:30 p.m., UW Botanic Gardens, CUH, UWBG Public Education, "Trees for the Small Garden," Simon Toomer, Westonbirt Arboretum. See http://depts.washington.edu/uwbg/education/classes.shtml.
Tuesday-Wednesday, June 15-16, 2010, Portland, OR, Pacific NW Climate Science Conference. SFR participants include Michael Case, Josh Lawler, Crystal Raymond, Jorge Tomasevic, and alums Jamie Barbour (PhD 1990, MS 1993), Connie Harrington (PhD 1984), Jeremy Littell (PhD 2006), Don McKenzie (PhD 1998, MS 1994), and Heather Erickson (PhD 1994, MS 1984), among others.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010, 7-8 p.m., Woodinville, WA, Molbaks seminar and book signing, "Bloom's Best Perennials and Grasses," Adrian Bloom, Bressingham Nursery. Ticket proceeds benefit UW Botanic Gardens Youth Education Program at the Arboretum.

CAMBODIAN DELEGATION VISITS SFR
Robert Deal (MS 1987), Research Forester and Science Team Leader for Ecosystem Services, USDA Forest Service PNW Research Station, Portland,OR, brought a delegation from Cambodia to SFR on Friday, June 4, 2010, for a meeting with Sandor Toth and Ivan Eastin to discuss ECOSEL and CINTRAFOR research.  Visitors included representatives from Cambodia's Ministry of Environment, the Prime Minister's office, and the National Assembly, among others.

BIORESOURCE SCIENCE BOOK PUBLISHED
A new book that includes SFR faculty and student authors, "Bio Resource-Based Energy for Sustainable Societies," has just been published by Nova Science Publishers.  Authors are: Vogt KA, DJ Vogt, M Shelton, T Colonnese, L Stefan, R Cawston, J Scullion, M Marchand, RK Hagmann, M Tulee, L Nackley, TC Geary, TA House, I Nwaneshiudu, PA Roads, S Candelaria, LL James, E Kahn, LX Lai, AM Lee, SJ Rigdon, and RM Theobald.

SFR INCLUDED IN NSF'S DYNAMICS OF COUPLED NATURAL & HUMAN SYSTEMS PROGRAM
L. Monika Moskal reports that she and Sergey Rabotyagov are the two UW co-PIs in the larger multi-institution collaborative group recently funded by NSF's Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems program -- total grant is $1.37 million. The lead PI is Catherine Kling at Iowa State University. The research project is entitled "Northern Gulf of Mexico Hypoxia and Land Use in the Watershed: Feedback and Scale Interactions." The project goal is to develop a complete and integrated data-rich modeling system that will help predict the impact of agricultural land use decisions on local waersheds and downstream hypoxic conditions in the Gulf of Mexico.

SFR STUDENT PARTICIPATES IN BIOFUELS CONFERENCE
Bioresource Science PhD student Lisa Lai recent traveled to Clearwater, FL to attend the Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals hosted by the Society for Industrial Microbiology.  Lisa received support from SFR's Lockwood Endowment for Program Advancement to partially pay her travel expenses. She writes, "This is one of the premier international conferences for the
biofuels industry; there were 850 attendees representing 27 countries and coming from from an equal distribution of government, academic, and private industry sectors.  A wide range of topics were covered in presenter talks, from bioprocessing and separations technology, to sustainability and land use, to hydrocarbon and algae-based biofuels. There were also nightly poster sessions, where I presented my poster, titled 'Pulp fiction?  Two scenarios for the bioconversion of sulfite pulp mill product streams to ethanol.' I had the opportunity to talk with several researchers who are doing similar projects with industrial sugar
streams.  The 32nd Annual Symposium was a valuable opportunity for me and other UW attendees to present the type of cutting-edge research conducted at our facilities, and to network with other researchers in the biofuels arena."

ALUMNI NEWS
Han Roliadi (MS 1992) went on to get a PhD at Lousiana State University.  He is a senior research scientist with the Forest Products Research Center in Bogor, Indonesia.
Scott Burgwin (BS 1993) is market manager for the Cottage Grove Grower's Market, a farmer's market in Cottage Grove, OR.
Josten (Steve) Lowe (PhD 1993) is a special education advocate with Triad Advocacy in Acton, MA.
Byron Monohon (BS 1993) was elected mayor of Forks, WA to a six-year term that began in January 2010. He previously served many years on the City of Forks City Council. He is also a mental health case manager for Forks Community Hospital's West End Outreach Services.
Kim (Mowreader) Perdue (BS 1993) is a teacher at Evergreen Elementary School in Spokane, WA.

SFR IN THE NEWS
See "UW researchers look for greener way to grow grass" for a Seattle Times article featuring soils research by Rob Harrison.
The WA Department of Natural Resources Urban Tree Link June 2010 News Bulletin features research by Kathy Wolf and references the Remote Sensing and Geospatial Analysis Laboratory; see "Green Cities Research Alliance: USDA Forest Service/University of Washington."
"That crow attacking you isn't crazy — it's an anxious parent" features research by John Marzluff.

KUDOS
Kudos to Alex Win, ESRM senior, who has been awarded a Bonderman Fellows Travel Award. Alex was among seven undergraduate Bonderman Fellows. Each award is for $20,000. The catch? Each student must travel solo for eight months, to at
least six countries in at least two regions of the world. Students are not permitted to pursue academic study, projects, or research. Their charge is to simply travel, learn, explore, and grow. Alex's hometown is Yangon, Miyanmar. Through traveling, he wants "to see the fish, wildlife, and natural landscape I’ve seen on television growing up." He plans to explore the jungles of Papua New Guinea to witness the "weird and wonderful birds of paradise and find the bright and deadly frogs of Panama, snorkel the dwindling colorful coral reefs in Indonesia and Belize, feel the hot sand between the toes in the deserts of Gobi, stop by the ever growing cities of China, and hop across the border to journey with the seasons in the company of the nomads in rural Mongolia." As if that weren’t enough, he also plans to spend time in the Himalayas and India. His trip is structured around learning about the social, cultural, and financial impediments present in various landscapes and societies to see how they might hinder conservation efforts and find ways to balance the immediate needs of people with the needs of wildlife.
Karen Story, Park Steward at Cotton Hill Park in Kirkland, WA sends along kudos to the student participants in UW-REN's capstone project in the park, a 2.6 acre public park in the Forbes Creek Watershed of Kirkland. The park sits within a single-family residential neighborhood and alongside a rail corridor that may include a regional trail and transit system in the future. The project undertook restoration to support an already active community effort to remove invasive species, create habitat, and facilitate succession to a low elevation coniferous forest-wetland mosaic. Feedback comments included: "This was a very impressive group. They were delightful to work with, and the scope and quality of their work was above and beyond expectations. They seemed to work really well together, and their passion and commitment shone through in everything they did. Their documents were very thorough and well written. They worked extremely hard and spent many, many hours on and off the site"; and "All of the students impressed me with their maturity, positive attitudes, and willingness to pitch in and work hard."

Send in those kudos!
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