Now That's (a) Dedication!

Coming up on Sunday, September 15, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the public is invited to attend the official dedication of the New Zealand Forest, the most significant addition to the Washington Park Arboretum in decades! First conceived nearly 10 years ago, the 2-acre New Zealand collection will feature more than 10,000 plants, shrubs and grasses that come from New Zealand’s South Island. The garden—built on a beautiful, boulder-strewn hillside—is the second of five eco-geographic forests to be completed in the Arboretum’s Pacific Connections Garden, which will eventually cover 14 acres and be the largest exhibit of its kind in North America.



Alumni Spotlight: Randi Adair

Adair graduated in 2005 as part of the first class with an ESRM degree, and she now works in Napa Valley as a senior environmental scientist with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Learn more about her role supervising the Bay Area Timberland Conservation Program!


IFR Releases New Report

As part of an ongoing series of hardwood resource assessments in western Washington, the Institute of Forest Resources just released the latest report, which provides estimates as of 2010 and projections through 2030.


Name That Tree!

After we received an inquiry requesting help identifying a tree in Seattle’s Colman Park, Professor Emeritus Bob Edmonds headed down to inspect the tree in person and help solve a surprisingly tricky question.


Rosmond Family Expands Commitment to ONRC

The Rosmond Forestry Education Fund provides ONRC a steady stream of funds to bring speakers and outreach programs to Forks, and the family recently expanded the range of topics the endowment can fund.


Sept. 18, 2013:

SEFS Fall Retreat!

Sept. 19, 2013:

Grad Student Orientation

Sept. 25, 2013:

Fall Quarter Begins

Oct. 2, 2013:




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The Garden Club of America recently announced its scholarship and fellowship winners for the 2013-14 academic year. Among the recipients is SEFS graduate student Oliver Bazinet, who was awarded a fellowship in urban forestry. Congratulations, Oliver!

On Wednesday, August 14, Pack Forest staff, research assistants and interns celebrated a summer of accomplishments with a cookout. They also recognized the volunteer work completed by Washington Conservation Corps members who have been housed at Pack Forest for the summer, and who assisted with trail maintenance, grounds clean-up and pulling Scot’s broom.


Professor Sally Brown recently coauthored a paper in Environmental Science & Technology, “Greenhouse Gas Emissions and the Interrelation of Urban and Forest Sectors in Reclaiming One Hectare of Land in the Pacific Northwest.”

Professor Sergey Rabotyagov has a new publication in press with the American Journal of Agricultural Economics, “Reversing the Property Rights: Practice-Based Approaches for Controlling Agricultural Nonpoint-Source Water Pollution When Emissions Aggregate Nonlinearly.”

In other news, SEFS graduate student Stephan Gmur recently had a paper accepted with the journal Environmental Conservation (“Effects of different sampling scales and selection criteria on modeling Net Primary Productivity of Indonesian tropical forests”). Professor Kristiina Vogt says that even though the paper is still in press, it’s already generating a lot of interest and conversation. Nice work, Stephan!


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