Native Plant Nursery: Hoop It Up

Three winters ago, the Society for Ecological Restoration – UW Chapter (SER-UW) started organizing native plant salvages, and by late April they had several burlap sacks filled with leftover plants from restoration projects around campus. SEFS doctoral candidate Jim Cronan remembers checking to see how well those plants were doing when a duck flew out of one of the bags. The fact that a duck family was nesting in a plant bag made them realize they might need a little better storage system, so they decided to organize their first potting party in the spring.

Anna, at right, has made her work on the Native Plant Nursery the subject of her Master of Environmental Horticulture (MEH) thesis project.

Kelly Broadlick, left, and Anna Carragee, who has made her work on the Native Plant Nursery the subject of her Master of Environmental Horticulture (MEH) thesis project.

Initially, SER-UW had only planned a temporary holding for the plants until they could be planted. But that fall, Jim started envisioning a more structured nursery program as a way to hold surplus plants coming in from salvages. SER-UW got permission from the Center for Urban Horticulture (CUH) to use some bench space in one of the hoop houses for growing plants, and student employees at CUH started including their plants in the normal watering schedule in spring and summer. Then the native plant propagation class helped by donating prairie plants and setting up an irrigation system in spring 2014, and suddenly the Native Plant Nursery had taken root.

The next year, Jim approached fellow grad students Kelly Broadlick and Amanda Pole about becoming managers of the new nursery. They started recruiting volunteers and raising plants from seeds for the first time, and they ended up salvaging and potting about 1,000 plants that year. By spring 2015, SEFS master’s student Anna Carragee had gotten involved, and the nursery felt some real momentum. “Hey, we’re onto something!” Anna remembers thinking. “So we wrote a Campus Sustainability Fund (CSF) grant application and ended up getting $54,000 to build a permanent hoop house, fund two manager positions, and start propagating more plants.”

With a huge boost from the grant funding, SER-UW was able to formalize the nursery program starting in the fall of 2015. They coordinated a species list, recruited interns for the first time—two per quarter—and decided to organize a restoration work party every Friday to be more consistent and have more people involved. The work parties have really caught on, too. Through the course of 24 scheduled outings, Anna says they have worked with an impressive 248 volunteers, totaling 918 volunteer hours.

In 2008, SEFS alumna Lauren Urgensen (’11, Ph.D.) founded SER-UW to bring together students at UW with a common interest in the science and practice of ecological restoration—and a common goal to restore and sustain the biodiversity of the campus.

In 2008, SEFS alumna Lauren Urgensen (’11, Ph.D.) founded SER-UW to bring together students at UW with a common interest in the science and practice of ecological restoration—and a common goal to restore and sustain the biodiversity of the campus.

The Native Plant Nursery now has an inventory of more than 2,400 plants native to the forests and prairies of Lower Puget Sound, including more than 70 different species. The plants are available for educational purposes and put to real use in restoration projects around campus, including Whitman Walk and Kincaid Ravine. “We like to think of ourselves as an educational hub for horticultural learning, and we want to be like the UW Farm—except for native plants,” says Anna.

To build their inventory and make optimal use of resources, the nursery has made some creative partnerships, including with the King County Native Plant Salvage Program—which was how they originally secured plants for restoration projects—and collecting cuttings from UW gardeners to have them turned into live stakes and cuttings at the nursery. They enjoy a steady stream of volunteers from ESRM 100, which has a component requiring students to volunteer at least once during the quarter. The nursery also sells plants to Restoration Ecology Network capstone students for their projects (their course fees include a budget to purchase plants), as well as to the Restoration of North American Ecosystems class; Anna says they work really hard to grow the species those students want.

Those sales provide a little funding support, and the nursery is actively looking for more ways to keep growing and thriving. In fact, they just hired two new nursery managers (both first-year MEH students), Courtney Bobsin this past winter quarter and Mary-Margaret Greene starting this spring. Courtney and Mary-Margaret are off to a running start, too, as they’re writing a second CSF grant in search of funding for research assistant positions to develop curriculum for the nursery and study how best to develop propagation protocols for the nursery’s plants.

Early construction work at the hoop house site.

Early construction work at the hoop house site.

The biggest development from the original CSF grant, though, was getting a permanent hoop house built at CUH. Working with the honor society of UW’s Construction Management department, Sigma Lambda Chi, they were able to complete the project a couple weeks ago—and we’re not talking about some ordinary garden shed, either. The hoop house is 30 feet by 48 feet, and about 15 feet tall, and it vastly increases the space for the Native Plant Nursery to house its plants and operate. “With the building of the hoop house, we have a home base,” says Anna, “and it helps solidify our identity. We’re really here to stay.”

If you want to check out the newest structure at CUH, the Native Plant Nursery is hosting a ribbon-cutting party on Friday, April 22, from 5 p.m. to sunset. “It’s going to be a big party—and for once not a work party!” says Anna. They’ll have beer and wine, food, raffles and activity stations, and even a live band, Sweet Lou’s Sour Mash. (RSVP today!)

And if you’d like to get even more involved, check out the Native Plant Nursery website, which has an upcoming events page that includes work parties, and you can also email sernursery@gmail.com. Anna says they always welcome extra hands on restoration projects, and also positive energy. “Showing up, being enthusiastic—that helps us keep going!”

Photos courtesy of the Native Plant Nursery.

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SEFS Year-End Celebration: May 25!

Our annual Recognition Event has always been a festive celebration of all things SEFS, but the event’s name itself has sounded a bit stuffy. So this year we’re updating the name to the SEFS Year-End Celebration to reflect its proper role as a culminating party featuring a short awards program, wine and beer, catered snacks and the long-running silent auction!

We’ve set the date for this year’s celebration on Wednesday, May 25, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Forest Club Room. For those who haven’t been before, it’s a wonderful occasion to recognize students and colleagues—including retiring faculty—who have made exemplary contributions to the school and academic community, and also just a great time to relax and chat with friends and colleagues.

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We always kick off the event with the awards, and we’ll be presenting a range of student, staff and faculty honors. For students, the awards include the John A. Wott Fellowship in Plant Collection and Curatorship, and the Richard D. Taber Outstanding Wildlife Conservation Student Award. We will also present two Director’s Awards, one each for staff and faculty service.

After that, we depend on all of you to determine the final four awards, which are based entirely on nominations: Faculty Member of the Year, Staff Member of the Year, Graduate Student of the Year, and Undergraduate Student of the Year. We launched these awards two years ago to recognize the highest honor for a year of achievement and service, and they are open to nominations from all faculty, staff and students. Honorees will have their names engraved on a plaque in the Anderson Hall display case, so help us recognize the achievements of your students and colleagues.

Submitting a Nomination
Nomination letters do not need to be long—a good paragraph or two will suffice—but they should be specific and clearly demonstrate the qualities your candidate exemplifies. Nominations can recognize a wide range of qualities and accomplishments, whether in one area or across many, in one instance or sustained throughout the year. You may nominate more than one individual for each category, and all nominations will be reviewed by a panel of students, staff and faculty. You are not expected to know grant totals or grades or precise figures, though the selection committee may use these metrics as part of the selection process. Most important, all nominations must be sent to Sarah Thomas no later than Monday, May 2!

Below are some criteria and characteristics to consider:

1. Faculty Member of the Year
Exemplary attributes can include, but are not limited to: Quality of teaching, advising and mentoring; student success in the field; new research grants and programs; recent publications, books, patents and invited lectures; contributions to the SEFS community and administration; preeminence in his/her field of study; etc. (Previous winners are Professors Sharon Doty and Jon Bakker.)

2. Staff Member of the Year
Exemplary attributes can include, but are not limited to: Outstanding commitment to the school and supporting students, faculty and other staff; contributing to the positive spirit and cohesiveness of the school; outstanding, creative and/or innovative performance of duties; community participation and outreach; commitment to professional growth and development; etc. (Previous winners are Amanda Davis and Sarah Geurkink.)

3. Graduate Student of the Year
Exemplary attributes can include, but are not limited to: Academic excellence and accolades; teaching; outstanding thesis/dissertation research and progress; extracurricular projects, collaborations and activities; conference presentations and other professional engagements; community participation and outreach; outstanding promise in his/her field of study; etc. (Previous winners are Hyungmin “Tony” Rho and Samantha Zwicker.)

4. Undergraduate Student of the Year
Exemplary attributes can include, but are not limited to: Academic excellence and accolades; outstanding research projects; conference presentations and other professional engagements; extracurricular projects, collaborations and activities; community participation and outreach; outstanding promise in his/her field of study; etc. (Last year’s winner was Alison Sienkiewicz.)

Remember, nominations are due by Friday, April 29, so send them to Sarah as soon as possible!

Institute of Forest Resources Announces Four Research Grant Winners

This March, the Institute of Forest Resources awarded four grants through the McIntire-Stennis Cooperative Forestry Research program, totaling $374,877 in funding. After final approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, these projects will begin during the 2016 Fall Quarter and last two years, wrapping up by September 30, 2018.

Read more about the funded projects below!

Awarded Projects

1. Sustainable Development of Nanosorbents by Catalytic Graphitization of Woody Biomass for Water Remediation

PI: Professor Anthony Dichiara, SEFS
Co-PI: Professor Renata Bura, SEFS

The present research proposes the development of a simple, sustainable and scalable method to produce high-value carbon nanomaterials from woody biomass. As-prepared carbon products will be employed as adsorbents of large capacity and high binding affinity to remove pesticides from hydrological environments. This project will (i) help mitigate forest fires by limiting the accumulation of dry residues in forest lands, (ii) create new market opportunities to transform the wood manufacturing industry and reinvigorate rural communities, and (iii) minimize potential exposure to hazardous contaminants.

Award total: $109,869

2. Trophic Relationships of Reintroduced Fishers in the South Cascades

PI: Professor Laura Prugh, SEFS

In 2015, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) began reintroducing fishers (Pekania pennanti) to the South Cascades. The west coast fisher population has been proposed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (decision due by April 2016), and fisher recovery is thus a high priority in Washington. Fisher habitat use has been studied with respect to denning and rest site characteristics, but effects of forest management and stand characteristics on establishment success of reintroduced fishers remains unknown. In collaboration with agency partners, we propose to study how forest structure and management impact prey availability, competitor abundance and fisher establishment in the South Cascades.

Award total: $99,679

3. High-value Chemicals and Gasoline Additives from Pyrolysis and Upgrade of Beetle-killed Trees

PI: Professor Fernando Resende, SEFS
Co-PI: Professor Anthony Dichiara, SEFS

In this project, we will convert beetle-killed lodgepole pine into fuel additives and valuable chemicals (hydrocarbons) using a technique called ablative pyrolysis combined with an upgrading step. We developed a novel and unique system for pyrolysis of wood that has the capability of converting entire wood chips into bio-oil. This characteristic is important for mobile pyrolysis units, because it eliminates the need of grinding wood chips prior to pyrolysis.

Award total: $109,861

4. Bigleaf Maple Decline in Western Washington

PI: Professor Patrick Tobin, SEFS
Co-PI: Professor Greg Ettl, SEFS

We propose to investigate the extent and severity of a recently reported decline in bigleaf maple, Acer macrophyllum, in the urban and suburban forests of Western Washington, and to differentiate between possible abiotic and biotic drivers of the decline. Specifically, we propose to (1) survey the spatial extent of bigleaf maple decline (BLMD) and record associated environmental, anthropogenic, and weather conditions that are associated with BLMD presence and absence; (2) use dendrochronological techniques to analyze and compare growth rates of healthy and symptomatic trees to further differentiate the potential roles of abiotic and biotic drivers of the decline; and (3) to link the data collected under Objectives 1 and 2 with previous  records of BLMD collected by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources to ascertain the spatial-temporal pattern associated with BLMD in Western Washington.

Award total: $55,468

SEFS Senior Seminar: Spring 2016 Schedule

This spring, Professor Bernard Bormann has organized the SEFS Senior Seminar (ESRM 429a) around the theme, “Westside forestry: What have we learned in the past 30 years from different disciplinary perspectives that could be influencing future directions?”

The intent of this seminar is to present different perspectives on sustainable forest management in the Pacific Northwest, and to show how they come together to inform forest policy as a whole. Lectures will come mostly from chapter authors in an upcoming book from Island Press, Sustaining people and nature in moist conifer-dominated human-forest ecosystems.

The seminars are held on Tuesday mornings from 8:30 to 9:20 a.m. in Anderson Hall 223.

The public is invited, so mark your calendars for the talks below!

Week 1: March 29
“Sustainability framework for integrated analysis”
Beatrice van Horne
Ecosystem Program Coordinator, USGS

Week 2: April 5
“Role of forests in regional economies”
Richard Haynes
Retired economist, U.S. Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station

Week 3: April 12
“Sustainable ecosystem services”
Robert Deal
Team Leader, Pacific Northwest Research Station

Week 4: April 19
“The development and evolution of collaboratives”
Professor Stanley Asah
SEFS

Week 5: April 26
“Silviculture for sustainability”
Paul D. Anderson
Supervisory Research Forester, Team Leader
Pacific Northwest Research Station

Week 6: May 3
“Sustainability and adaptive management”
Teodora Minkova
Natural Resource Scientist,
Washington Department of Natural Resources

Week 7: May 10
“Biodiversity and sustainability”
Dede Olson
Supervisory Research Ecologist, Team Leader
Pacific Northwest Research Station, Corvallis Forestry Sciences Lab

Week 8: May 17
“Vegetation ecology and dynamics”
Professor Jerry Franklin
SEFS

Week 9: May 24
To be announced

Week 10: May 31
“Synthesis and implications for plan revisions for the National Forest”
Professor Bernard Bormann
SEFS
Director, Olympic Natural Resources Center

SEFS Seminar Series: Spring 2016 Schedule

The schedule is set for the Spring 2016 SEFS Seminar Series, and this quarter we’ve organized the talks around the theme, “Exploring Nature, Health, Ecosystems and Sustainability.” We’ll also be featuring three candidates for the Nature, Health and Recreation faculty position we’re interviewing for right now—all in the first three weeks—so there’s a lot to get excited about this quarter.

Held on Wednesdays from 3:30 to 4:20 p.m. in Anderson 223, the talks are always open to the public, and the first seminar of each month will be followed by a casual reception down the hall in the Forest Club Room. Students can register for course credit under SEFS 529A.

Check out the schedule below and join us for as many talks as you can!

PowerPoint PresentationWeek 1: March 30
“The Impacts of Nature Experience on Mood, Emotion Regulation and Cognitive Function”
Greg Bratman
Stanford University

Week 2: April 6*
“The Effects of Family-Based Nature Activities on Family Relationships”
Dina Izenstark
University of Illinois

Week 3: April 13
“Access to Nature and Psychological Health: The Geography of Children”
Dongying Li
University of Illinois

Week 4: April 20
“Measuring Ecosystem Function in the Athabasca Oil Sands Region of Alberta: Problems and Solutions”
Professor Derek MacKenzie
University of Alberta

Week 5: April 27
“Hello from the Other Side: New Approaches for Wildlife Population Modeling”
Professor Beth Gardner
SEFS

Week 6: May 4*
“Bryophytes and the Sustained Nitrogen Economy of Boreal Forest Ecosystems”
María Arróniz-Crespo
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

Week 7: May 11
“Contrasting Plant Flammability and the Implications for Fire Regimes”
Morgan Varner
U.S. Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station

Week 8: May 18
“What are We Trying to Sustain, Anyway? Some Questions About the Idea of Sustainability”
Professor Steve Harrell
SEFS and Anthropology

Week 9: May 25
“Nature’s Rx in Cities – Economic Value . . .  and Who Should Care”
Dr. Kathy Wolf
Research Scientist, SEFS

Week 10: June 1*

“Blast from the Past: Understanding Plant Community Assembly on Mount St. Helens”
Professor Cynthia Chang
UW Bothell
School of STEM, Division of Biology

* Indicates reception after seminar

NSF Grant to Explore Coastal Temperate Rainforests

This February, Professor David Butman was part of a research team awarded a $500,000, four-year grant through the National Science Foundation Research Coordination Network. The goal of the grant is to develop a research collaborative, organized as the Coastal Rainforest Margins Research Network, to study the flux of materials from coastal watersheds to nearshore marine ecosystems in Pacific coastal temperate rainforests (PCTR).

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One of the exciting possibilities of this grant, says Butman, is the potential to create foundations for larger projects in the future, including with the Olympic Natural Resources Center and Olympic Experimental State Forest.

Butman is a co-PI on the grant with two researchers from the Alaska Coastal Rainforest Center at the University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau. Through a series of workshops and other collaborations, they will be working to quantify what’s happening now in coastal temperate rainforest ecosystems, identify critical areas of future research—especially related to a changing climate—and build an international community of scientists in similar zones around the world, including in Patagonia and New Zealand.

It’s a higher-level project, says Butman, designed to figure out what still needs to be done—data and concepts at the cusp of current science—to understand the connectivity between land, freshwater and coastal systems.

This grant targets PCTR ecosystems from coastal Oregon and Washington up through southwest Alaska. These ecosystems encompass the largest coastal temperate rainforests in the world, and they include the most extensive remaining old-growth forests in North America. They also experience tremendous freshwater flux and run-off, so understanding how carbon moves through these dynamic coastal margins is a huge part of this research—and a primary focus of Butman’s role on the grant.

“This region gets more water and rain per unit area than anywhere else,” he says. “Essentially from the Olympic Peninsula up through southwest Alaska, the area sees more than six times the annual output of the Yukon River, or three times the Mississippi. So much material moves from the land to the ocean here, so it’s an exciting opportunity.”

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An important component of this research includes studying how warming temperatures and changing weather patterns will impact the long-term health of these dynamic coastal temperate rainforests.

The grant includes funding for four workshops, and Butman will be organizing the first this coming fall. It will focus on biogeochemical cycling, and he is currently reaching out to potential stakeholders and participants, from native communities to other scientists and natural resource managers.

Other major research questions the network will be addressing include: What are current freshwater and carbon fluxes in the PCTR, and how will these be affected by future changes in climate? How do forest communities, distribution and disturbance regimes drive current land-to-ocean biogeochemical fluxes across the PCTR, and how will climate-driven changes affect this flux? What is the relative importance of terrestrially derived materials transport for regulating marine ecosystem processes in the PCTR, and how will marine ecosystems respond to altered terrestrial biogeochemical fluxes? Is the PCTR a future source or sink of carbon under a changing climate, and can the insights gained about ecosystem processes in the PCTR translate to other coastal temperate rainforests? And what is the current and future contribution of coastal temperate rainforests to continental or global estimates of carbon sequestration and material fluxes across the terrestrial/marine interface?

Previous studies have explored some of these questions in parts or certain places, but the key with this broad collaborative is to organize a concerted effort to address information gaps and connect the dots—and to use this region as a model for understanding ecological processes in similar ecosystems around the world.

Photos © David Butman.

Wildlife Seminar: Spring 2016 Schedule

The line-up is set for the Spring 2016 Wildlife Science Seminar, which kicks off this coming Monday, March 28. SAFS Professor Emeritus Christian Grue will be leading the seminar this quarter, and the speakers will be covering a huge range of subjects, from cougar management to the breeding biology of snow geese in Russia. (Undergraduate students may register for credit under ESRM 455; graduate students under ESRM 554.)

You can catch the talks Mondays from 3:30 to 4:50 p.m. in Kane Hall 130. The public is always welcome, so mark your calendars and come out for some fascinating seminars!

Wildlife Science SeminarWeek 1: March 28
“Managing Cougars in the Presence of Wolves in Washington State”
Professor Robert Wielgus
Director, Large Carnivore Conservation Laboratory, Washington State University

Week 2: April 4
“On the Scent for Wildlife Conservation”
Professor Samuel Wasser
Director, Center for Conservation Biology, University of Washington

Week 3: April 11
“Breeding Biology of Wrangel Island Snow Geese”
Dr. Vasilliy Baranyak
Research Scientist, Working Group on Waterfowl of Northern Eurasia, Russia

Week 4: April 18
“Getting to Know the Bear Dogs of Washington State”
Dr. Richard Beausoleil
Bear and Cougar Specialist, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

Week 5: April 25
“Owl vs. Owl: Experimental Removal and Implications for Managing Barred and Spotted Owls”
Dr. Lowell Diller
Research Associate and Adjunct Professor, Department of Wildlife, Humboldt State University

Week 6: May 2
“Reptiles Up Close & Personal: What You Wanted to Know, But Were Afraid to Ask”
Scott Petersen
The Reptile Man: Reptile Zoo, Monroe, Washington

Week 7: May 9
“Climate Change and California Sea Lions”
Dr. Sharon Melin
Research Biologist, NOAA National Marine Mammal Laboratory, Alaska Fisheries Science Center, Seattle

Week 8: May 16
“Ghosts of Shrimp Past: Pesticides, Burrowing Shrimp and Oysters”
Professor Christian Grue
Laboratory for Fish and Wildlife Toxicology (FISH 455/ESRM 457), University of Washington

Week 9: May 23
“Maternity Den Characteristics of Polar Bears in Baffin Bay and Kane Basin”
Erica Escajeda
Doctoral Student, School of Aquatic & Fishery Sciences, University of Washington

Week 10: May 30
No class, Memorial Day

Beetles Save Needles: Purple Haze Talk & Tour

Want to learn how a UV light purchased at Archie McPhee led to an important scientific discovery? Then head over to the Washington Park Arboretum on Wednesday, March 23, for a lecture and walking tour from 7 to 8:30 p.m.: “Beetles Save Needles: Purple Haze Talk & Tour.”

2016_03_Beetles Save NeedlesLeading the program will be Dr. Richard McDonald (a.k.a. Dr. McBug), who will tell the story of the discovery that ultraviolet-A light could be used to detect predators of the hemlock wooly adelgid. Drawing from research presented in the Journal of Entomological Science (Vol. 49, No. 2. 2014), McDonald will highlight his work in the Washington Park Arboretum and lead a night hike to see the technology in action.

Researchers have found that predatory beetles native to the Pacific Northwest play an important role in regulating populations of hemlock wooly adelgid pest populations. These predators are now being introduced to the hemlock forests of the eastern United States, and they are playing a significant role in reducing damage caused by the exotic adelgid pests. This ultraviolet detection has been an important discovery in the detection and identification of the predators.

The talk is free and open to the public, but please re-register to help organizers anticipate numbers! Questions? Call 206.685.2590 or email urbhort@uw.edu.

A Shakespearean Twist

Doctoral candidate Ben Dittbrenner, who taught ESRM 426: Wildland Hydrology this winter, used the new SEFS buses for eight field trips throughout the quarter. Three different drivers helped shuttle the class to field sites, and one in particular, GregRobin Smith, really engaged with the students.

Ben had heard from another driver that GregRobin was also the president of the Washington Shakespeare Festival, so he asked him about it one day. They quickly struck up a conversation, and over the course of multiple field trips GregRobin became integrated into the class.

“He was cool from the start,” says Ben. “At the end of each class, we would have a round-up and get in circle to talk about what we observed out in the field. GregRobin would always hang out with us, and at some point we started talking about incorporating Shakespeare into the course.”

GregRobin eventually brought up an apt hydrology lesson from Shakespeare’s Henry V. In the play, the seriously outnumbered English face a decisive battle against the French, who on the day before the clash parade their horses around the battleground in a show of force. It had been raining for weeks, and the horses churned up the soil into a soggy mess. When the French charged the following day, they got bogged down in the muck, and the English archers picked them apart and ultimately won the battle.

“We had just finished talking about how water affects soils, and this was just a perfect real-world example,” says Ben. “So we made it into an extra credit question on the midterm, and the students were really into it.”

For the last field trip, in fact, the class decided to give GregRobin an award for being such a great contributor to the course experience. One of the students brought in a wood cookie, which she had sanded down, and they all voted on what it should read—“Certificate of Excellence in Shakespearean Hydrology”—before signing it.

In return, GregRobin awarded Ben a new title as the “Official Wildland Hydrology Advisor for the Washington Shakespeare Festival.”

Photo © Ben Dittbrenner.

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GregRobin, left, with Ben at the end of the quarter.

In the News … in 1915

John Tylczak, who has loaned us photography exhibitions in the Forest Club Room the past two years, recently sent us a clipping from an October 15, 2015, issue of an old trade publication, the West Coast Lumberman.

At the time, the paper had decided to feature a section once a month with news and updates from the College of Forestry. This issue hosted the introductory story, which included an overview of the College and the Forest Club, as well as short blurbs about where recent graduates had found work—such as E.J. Hanzlik, Class of 1911, who was working as a forest examiner in the Olympic National Forest, or Lewis A. Treen, also Class of 1911, who was the deputy supervisor of Snoqualmie National Forest, or W.S. Cahill, Class of 1913, a timber inspector with the Port of Seattle, and a few dozen others.

The pages include a photo of Dean Hugo Winkenwerder, and also an advertisement for wire rope for logging, available through the A. Leschen & Sons Rope Company. For all the historical details, though, it’s clear that some things about our school are just as true today: “Few situations could be more advantageous for the location of a forest school than the Puget Sound region.”

Thanks for sending the clipping, John!

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