Mighty Mushrooms

Ken Bible, a research scientist based at the Wind River Experimental Forest, says 2015 wasn't the best year for mushroom hunting in the old-growth forest down there. Like many places in the Pacific Northwest, the summer was dry and hot, but the Tricholomopsis pictured above still managed to make a pretty spectacular showing. Not worth eating, he says, but it’s a significant decomposer of large woody debris—and it would probably take many successive hot and dry seasons to impact the habitat inside those big logs.



New Staff Intro: Kurt Haunreiter

This fall, we were very pleased to welcome Kurt Haunreiter has the new manager of the Paper Science Center in Bloedel B-14. He arrived at the beginning of October, right when classes started, and he’s been scrambling since then to get the paper lab back in shape. “It’s been kind of a whirlwind,” he says. Learn more about his background!


The 43rd International Forestry Students’ Symposium

SEFS doctoral student Miku Lenentine reflects on her experience at the two-week symposium this past summer in the Philippines, where she and Salina Abraham engaged with more than 100 forestry students from more than 40 countries.


Tell Us: Favorite Spot on Campus

In the Spring/Summer issue of Roots, our alumni e-newsletter, we had asked our graduates: What was your favorite spot on campus—a place to study, to eat lunch, to go for a walk? Here’s what Tara Wilson (’14, B.S.), who is working nearby as a research technologist with the Center for Conservation Biology, shared with us!


Christmas Tree Sale: Last Call!

SEFS grad student Sean Jeronimo will lead the harvest crew out this Saturday, so don’t forget to submit your order by the close of business on Friday, December 4! Your noble fir will be ready for pick-up at the Center for Urban Horticulture on Sunday, December 6. All trees are $45, and you can reserve your tree online or by submitting the paper form.


Dec. 9, 2015:

SEFS Holiday Party, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Dec. 11, 2015:

Dead Elk's "Helluva Holiday Party,” 5:30-11 p.m.

Dec. 18, 2015:

Fall Quarter Ends

Jan. 4, 2016:

Winter Quarter Begins



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Next week on Wednesday, December 9, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Forest Club Room, we’ll be hosting our annual SEFS Holiday Party (directly following the SEFS Seminar)! Dave Cass will be hauling a massive tree up from Pack Forest, Emeritus Professors Steve West and Bruce Lippke have volunteered once again to organize the legendary wine tasting—was it nearly 40 bottles last year?!—and we’ll have our traditional potluck competition to determine the best savory and dessert offerings of the night. All students, staff, faculty, alumni, family and friends are warmly invited, so mark your calendars and join us for some holiday cheer!

We’ll jump from there to some major kudos for John Hayes and the Mount Rainier Institute, which recently received a $5,000 grant from the Forest Foundation, with an additional $20,000 grant on the way from the Russell Family Foundation. Awesome work!

Kudos, as well, to SEFS doctoral students Melissa Pingree, Jason James and Christiana Dietzen, who each presented at the Soil Science Society of America Annual Meetings in Minneapolis two weeks ago.

We also have some kudos for Professor Aaron Wirsing, who gave a talk as part of the 2015 Alaska Salmon Program Science Symposium on Wednesday, November 18: “A tale of two neighborhoods: brown bears show fidelity to distinct salmon spawning stream networks.”

Students: The Siuslaw National Forest is about to hire seasonable positions for 2016, and there are a variety of opportunities in timber, recreation, fire, fisheries/wildlife and visitor info. All positions will have an application period of only eight days starting today, November 30, and running through December 7, so prospective applicants should update their profiles as soon as possible on and upload all supporting documentation (resume, transcripts, previous federal experience, etc). You are encouraged to reach out to points of contact with questions about any position. Good luck!

Don't forget that instead of using the old clipboard system in Anderson 107, all projector reservations must now be completed online. When picking up your projector, please sign the sheet at the front desk in Anderson 107 and obtain the key to the cabinet to retrieve your projector.

For laptops, you can sign out the device using the sheet at the front desk, and then obtain a key to the cabinet and select any available device.



Our faculty search for an assistant professor in the area of forest ecosystem science and services is now active, with the review period for applications to begin January 15, 2016. A separate faculty position in nature, health and recreation should also be listed soon.



SEFS Seminar Series: Wednesdays, 3:30-4:20 p.m., AND 223

Wildlife Seminar: Mondays, 3:30-4:50 p.m., Kane 120



Don’t forget to send us news of publications involving you and your students!



A Seattle Times story on November 21, “Massive salvage logging under way at Colville after wildfires,” features comments from Professors Jerry Franklin and Ernesto Alvarado, as well as SEFS doctoral student Justin Dellinger.

A Forks Forum story on November 5, “Logging and Mill photos to go on display,” features a Q&A with photographer John Tylczak, whose photographs were recently on display in the Forest Club Room—and who now has an exhibition set up at the Olympic Natural Resources Center, where he presented in the most recent installment of the Evening Talks at ONRC speaker series.

Finally, going WAY back into the archives with this one, Professor Emeritus Bruce Bare passed along a neat story on about Chief Joseph attending a UW football game in 1903. The story includes two photos of Edmond Meany, who founded our school in 1907.



The Fall 2015 issue of Roots, our alumni e-newsletter, went out a couple weeks ago. Take a look!