Pack Forest Beckons You!

Coming up this spring and summer, SEFS students have a chance to take part in two hallowed traditions down at Pack Forest: the annual spring planting, March 23-27, and the two-month summer crew, June 23 to August 22! In addition to earning a stipend and course credit, you’ll be sharing memorable experiences that date back 75-plus years. See this hard-swinging crew from 1939? That could be you! (Big thanks to Dave Cass for digging up this great historical shot). So learn more about the two opportunities and application deadlines; you can try for either one, or even shoot for both!



Graduate Student Symposium Set for March 14

Held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Forest Club Room, the 11th annual SEFS Graduate Student Symposium is a fantastic opportunity to present to your colleagues and professors, gain valuable experience and feedback, and also learn more about the work other students are doing at SEFS. The deadline to submit an abstract is March 1, so get moving!


Tree Lovers Wanted

Do you want to help nurture Seattle’s urban trees? Then sign up for the city of Seattle’s Tree Ambassador program, which trains volunteers within certain project areas, such as leading tree walks or caring for street trees, to help steward the city’s valuable tree resources.


Nominations Open for College of the Environment Awards

Award categories include distinguished staff member, outstanding teaching faculty, outstanding researcher, outstanding community impact, and Dean’s medals for undergraduate and graduate students. The deadline to submit a nomination is Friday, Feb. 28, so don’t delay in supporting your peers and colleagues!


Help Restore Kincaid Ravine

Our friends at EarthCorps and the UW Chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration passed along word of a few volunteer restoration events involving Kincaid Ravine, a 2.2-acre campus forest along a section of the Burke-Gilman Trial. Check out a few of the work dates and see if you’re able to lend a hand.


Feb. 10, 2014:

Wildlife Science Seminar, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Kane Hall, Room 130

Feb. 12, 2014:

SEFS Seminar Series, 3:30-4:30 p.m., AND 223

Feb. 25, 2014:

SEFS Alumni Group Meeting, 12-1 p.m., AND 22

March 14, 2014:

Graduate Student Symposium, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., AND 207



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REMINDER: Due to planned maintenance, power will be shut off in Bloedel Hall tomorrow evening, Feb. 11, from 6-10 p.m. No other buildings will lose power, but all services provided out of the Bloedel Hall Server Room will be unavailable, which may affect you if you plan to work on campus, or from home or other remote locations and access server room resources. Please take a look at a full list of systems that will be offline during the shutdown, and also which websites will be unaffected.

Please note, as well, that the Forest Club Room will be getting a major carpet facelift from February 18 to March 1. During this time, we will not be able to host any events in the Forest Room, and the space will be closed off for normal student use. We apologize for the inconvenience right in the middle of winter quarter, but we didn’t get to choose the dates—and boy is that room overdue for a new carpet!

In more celebratory news, the UW Botanic Gardens is excited to announce the launch of its new look and logo. Read more about the evolution of this design concept!

Also, coming up on Thursday, Feb. 13, you’re invited to attend a lunchtime presentation and conversation with Tom O’Keefe, Pacific Northwest Stewardship Director of American Whitewater. The talk, “Conservation and Recreation on Washington's Rivers,” is hosted by GreenEvans and will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Parrington Commons. O’Keefe will be sharing an overview of his work advocating for the interests of fish, wildlife and people in the management and conservation of Washington's rivers. Pizza will be served and space is limited, so please RSVP if you wish to attend.


Don’t forget to send in word of new publications involving you or your students!


Sandra Hines at UW News and Information put together a great story highlighting the success of Tom DeLuca’s lab in the Green Laboratory Certification Program, “Forestry lab ups bar for green labs at UW.” Nice work!


Karen Ripley, who earned a master’s from SEFS in 1993, was featured in a January 28 article from The Spokesman-Review, “Root rot to become bigger problem for Douglas-firs, study suggests.” Ripley now works as the forest health program manager for the Washington Department of Natural Resources.

Also, the SEFS Alumni Group will be meeting on Tuesday, February 25, from noon to 1 p.m. in Anderson 22. Contact the Alumni Group if you have any questions, or just come out and take part!