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SEFS Photo Contest Winners Announced

The School of Environmental and Forest Sciences (SEFS) Diversity Committee recently held a photo contest, and the results are in!
Students were asked to submit two types of photos:

Category One: Photos containing students conducting research
Category Two: Photos of general field/lab sites in which student work is conducted

Here are the winners:
Category One:

First Place: Mira Sytsma
Second Place: Russell Kramer
Third Place: Luwam Gabreselassie

Category Two:

First Place: Hannah Wilson
Second Place: Alexis Krapas
Third Place: Saba Saberi

Congratulations to all the winners! 

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Wildfire Forecast: SEFS experts discuss what Washingtonians can expect this summer

Summer in Washington and the Pacific Northwest means an end to dreary days and warmer weather, but there’s something else on the minds of residents. When will the wildfires begin?
Last year, about 1,700 fires were reported in Washington, burning 500,000 acres of land and affecting thousands of people in rural communities. 

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Retired USFS employee, ESRM student set to graduate 31 years after enrolling

Brian Ahshapanek first enrolled at the School of Environmental Sciences in 1988. More than three decades later, he will graduate with a degree in Environmental Science and Resource Management (ESRM).
In the time between he started and finished his degree, Ahshapanek, a member of the Mukleshoot Tribe, worked for and retired from the U.S. 

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SEFS researchers author study on balancing fisher conservation, prescribed burns

Three School of Environmental and Forest Science researchers have authored a study recently published in the journal Forest Ecology and Management about balancing fisher conservation and managing forests.
L. Monika Moskal, associate professor and associate director of SEFS; Van Kane, research assistant professor; and Jonathan Kane, staff researcher, contributed as authors to the study, “Forest structure predictive of fisher (Pekania pennanti) dens exists in recently burned forest in Yosemite, California, USA.”
The study looked at the difficulty land managers in the Sierra Nevada face in balancing conservation of the habitat of the fisher, a small mammal. 

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Laura Prugh featured on ‘The Show About Science’ podcast

School of Environmental and Forest Sciences associate professor Laura Prugh was recently featured on an episode of “The Show About Science,” a podcast hosted by Nate, a seven-year-old.
Dr. Prugh, who studies the dynamics of wildlife populations and communities, facilitation, trophic interactions and indirect effects, talked with Nate on the podcast’s 70th episode about mesopredators, apex predators and complex food webs. 

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