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!

This Friday: Graduate Student Symposium!

Graduate Student SymposiumThe 10th Annual Graduate Student Symposium (GSS) begins bright and early this Friday morning, March 8! It’s an all-day affair from 9 a.m to 5 p.m. in the Forest Club Room, so come early and stick around if you can.

The event kicks off with breakfast and presentations from this year’s panelists, and we are excited to welcome Dale Blahna, a research social scientist with the U.S. Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station; Phil Rigdon, deputy director of natural resources with the Yakama Nation; and Laura Six, a plant ecologist working in international environmental research with Weyerhaeuser.

Following the panel discussions, we will have the main event: our graduate student presentations, along with some special activities this year to celebrate 10 years of GSS. The theme is The Future of Forestry (which of course includes natural resource management, environmental science and the full range of the work we do here at SEFS).

We invite you to join us, relax, enjoy yourself and catch as many sessions as you can. We will be serving a pizza lunch at noon along with the poster presentations. Check out a tentative schedule of events, and we hope to see on Friday!