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Student Spotlight: Peter Gill

In Seattle and throughout the Pacific Northwest, it can be easy to think of forestry in terms of towering evergreens, and mountainsides carpeted with conifers. But for Peter Gill, who spent the last two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in a tiny village in Senegal, he worked with trees on a much smaller scale—on the margins of farmland, planted not for lumber but for sustenance, as erosion control or for fencing. 

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Wildlife Seminar Today: Barred Owls!

For Week 5 of the Wildlife Science Seminar, Robin Bowen of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Portland, Ore., will be presenting on the conservation challenges surrounding barred and spotted owls: “Killing one species to save another: Biology, ecology, ethics and the case of the barred owl.”
Hosted by Professor Ken Raedeke, the Wildlife Seminar is open to the public and meets from 3:30 to 4:40 p.m. 

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Save the Date: SERNW 20th Anniversary

The Society for Ecological Restoration – Northwest Chapter will be celebrating its 20th Anniversary on Friday, March 1, 2013, at the Mountaineers Program Center in Seattle.
Professor Jerry Franklin of the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences will be one of two featured speakers, along with David Batker, executive director of Earth Economics. 

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Arboretum History, Maps Going Digital

Since it opened in 1934, the Washington Park Arboretum has hosted thousands of plant collections and species, each with a meticulously kept record and history. Until recently, many of those details from 1934 through the 1980s—when the database became digital—have been preserved solely on paper, scribbled on grid maps or filed in countless handwritten notes. 

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The Water Seminar: Water, Soils and Watersheds

We’re already four weeks into the Water Seminar and Environmental Science and Resource Management Seminar series (ESRM 429), but there are still six presentations remaining, starting this Tuesday, February 5! The focus this Winter Quarter is “Water, Soils and Watersheds,” and the presenters represent outside partners as well as several schools within the College of the Environment and broader university community. 

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