Olympic Touch

If you watched any of the 2014 Winter Olympics—and especially if you caught some of the downhill skiing and snowboarding events—then you almost certainly saw some of the vision and handiwork of Paul Mathews, who earned a bachelor’s in forest resources from SEFS back in 1974. Shortly after finishing school, he founded his own company, Ecosign Mountain Resort Planners, with the purpose of providing environmentally sensitive planning and design for mountain resorts and ski areas. Among his many projects, as it happens, was the Rosa Khutor Alpine Ski Resort outside of Sochi, Russia!



Charles Lathrop Pack Essay Competition

Open to SEFS graduate and undergraduate students, this year’s prompt addresses biofuels, and the prize for the top essay is $500. The deadline to submit is April 1, 2014, so check out the guidelines and get busy thinking and writing!


Alumni Spotlight: Cassie Gamm

SEFS alumna Cassie Gamm, who grew up near Snohomish, Wash., and graduated in 2012, is now into her first year as a graduate student at the University of Alaska Anchorage. With field sites in Greenland, she is studying ecosystem CO2 exchange in the Arctic. Learn more about her research!


Sustaining Our World Lecture: April 10!

For this year’s lecture, we’re excited to welcome Michael Green of Michael Green Architecture (MGA) to talk about building tall with wood, and the importance of using local resources. The talk will be held from 6-7 p.m. in Kane Hall 210, and we’ll send out more information about registration and event details in the next week or two!


WSSAF to Hold Annual Meeting at Pack Forest

Save the date for the 2014 Washington State Society of American Foresters Annual Meeting, which will be held May 7 to 9 down at Pack Forest. Registration materials and the full schedule—which includes a strong SEFS representation—will be mailed to members and available online in the next month.


Feb. 24, 2014:

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

Feb. 26, 2014:

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

March 14, 2014:

Graduate Student Symposium, 9-5, AND 207

April 10, 2014:

Sustaining Our World Lecture, 6-7 p.m., Kane 210



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We have some redwood-sized kudos for Professors Sergey Rabotyagov and Aaron Wirsing, who have both been promoted to associate professor and awarded tenure. Congratulations, Sergey and Aaron!

Coming up on April 4 and 5 is the annual Elisabeth C. Miller Library Garden Lovers’ Book Sale. It’s the biggest event of the year and an important fundraiser for the library, so check out the event details and see if you have any plant-related books to donate to the sale!

Guest Seminar: This coming Friday, Feb. 28, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in AND 22, we are pleased to welcome Fred Swanson, an emeritus research geologist with the U.S. Forest Service, for a talk, “Volcano Ecology: Lessons from Recent Eruptions of Mount St. Helens (eruption began 1980), Chaiten (2008), and Cordon-Caulle Puyehue (2011) (southern Chile).” Swanson has been a long-time researcher at H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest and Long-Term Ecological Research site and at Mount St. Helens. Come join him on Friday!


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 about Professor Ivan Eastin and CINTRAFOR successfully lobbying to have local Douglas-fir included as part of a homebuilding subsidy program in Japan: “UW helps protect $30 million to $40 million in U.S. wood exports to Japan.”

In other fun news, we caught wind of a story in The Islands’ Sounder on January 30, “Rain Shadow Consulting Opens,” that featured two of our alumni, Carson and Samantha Sprenger. The company they founded, Rain Shadow Consulting, aims to provide forestry and habitat restoration services throughout the San Juan Islands!


A reminder that the SEFS Alumni Group will be holding a meeting tomorrow, Feb. 25, from noon to 1 p.m. in Anderson 22. Contact Jessica Farmer if you’d like to call into the meeting, and learn about other ways you can get involved.

We’re excited, as well, to announce the launch of our revamped alumni e-newsletter, Roots, which went out for the first time last Thursday. It’s produced jointly by SEFS and the SEFS Alumni Group, and will be mailed three times a year. Check out the first issue, and spread the word to other alumni!