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.

Save the Date: SEFS Salmon BBQ!

The date has been set for one of our tastiest traditions at SEFS, so mark your calendars for Wednesday, October 2, and the Welcome Back Salmon BBQ!

Salmon BBQEach year as the Fall Quarter gets under way, we gather for an afternoon of grilling and gabbing in the Anderson Courtyard from 4 to 6 p.m. We’ll cart in loads of fresh salmon from Yakama Nusux, the Yakama Nation tribal fishing company, and grill maestro Luke Rogers will once again direct the cooking crew. You can watch the fish sizzle over alder wood from Pack Forest as your mouth waters and nostrils flare with delight. It’s a feast for your senses, and a great time to catch up with friends and colleagues after the summer.

All SEFS students, staff, faculty and alumni are invited, as are significant others and children. As always, SEFS will be providing beer, soda, baked beans and corn on the cob. But the rest of the meal is a potluck, so please bring an appetizer, side dish or dessert to share!

Also, if you’re able to assist with set-up or clean-up, please contact Nevada Smith to make sure we have enough help before and after the event. We’ll start getting ready at 2 p.m., and we’ll begin taking everything down at 6 p.m. If you can spare a few minutes at either end, that would be tremendous!