Society of American Foresters National Convention

Last week, SEFS graduate student Ben Roe attended the Society of American Foresters (SAF) National Convention in Charleston, S.C. He presented a poster, “Assessing the Impact of Timber Legality Policies on U.S. Wood Importers,” which detailed his research on domestic and international policies that attempt to limit the import of illegally harvested timber. His study looks at the perceptions of U.S. wood importers and the effect of policies on their business practices, as well as the effects on foreign exporters.

Ben Roe

Ben Roe presenting his poster at the convention.

Roe, who is earning a joint master’s in public affairs, also represented the University of Washington as the District 1 student representative to the SAF Student Executive Committee. As part of this role, he participated in discussions on how SAF can better assist students and local chapters. In addition, he was able to spend time with a number of UW alumni who attended the convention.

Other presenters from SEFS included Professor Gordon Bradley and Luke Rogers, and SEFS Director Tom DeLuca also represented the school at the National Association of University Forest Research Programs, held in advance of the SAF convention.

Amanda Davis, the SEFS graduate advisor, staffed an information booth at the convention. She says she dispelled a few myths about the Pacific Northwest and also generated quite a bit of excitement about the Peace Corps Master’s International Program at SEFS. She was happy to report, as well, the giant Coulter pine cone survived the trip and was a great lure to the table.

As the final event, Davis and Director DeLuca hosted a small alumni reception. Among the alumni in attendance were Bob Alverts, Ann Forest Burns, Don Hanley, Denver Hospodarsky, Jim McCarter, Steve McConnell, Phyllis Reed, Eric Sucre and Paul Wagner, who was given the SAF Field Forester Award for District 1.

Not bad for an event 3,000 miles from campus, and next year’s convention will be a lot closer to home in Salt Lake City!

Photo © Courtesy of Ben Roe.

2013 Distinguished Staff Awards: SEFS Nominees!

Distinguished Staff Awards

UW Awards of Excellence

This year, we are proud to have three members of our incredible staff nominated for the 2013 Distinguished Staff Awards at the University of Washington!

Anita Smith and Amanda Davis were each nominated in the individual category, and Davis and Michelle Trudeau were nominated in the team category for their work in the Office of Student and Academic Services. Congratulations to each of you!

You can come support our nominees on Tuesday, March 26, at a reception in the HUB Ballroom from 2:30 to 4 p.m.!

The Distinguished Staff Awards honor those who have exemplified innovation and excellence in their work while promoting a culture of collaboration and respect. After the reception in March, the awards committee will select up to five individuals or teams to receive the annual honor, along with $5,000. Awardees will be notified in April and are invited to the University’s Annual Awards of Excellence ceremony in June.