News and Announcements

Department Scholarship Applications 2017-2018

The 2017-2018 Ron Hoover Memorial Scholarship, James T. Brown Forestry Scholarship and the Charles G and Helen W. Schober Memorial Scholarship application packets are now available on the bulletin board outside the department office, Forestry Building 205. An electronic version of the application packet can also be downloaded 2017- 2018 Scholarship Applications. The application deadline for department scholarships is Wednesday, March 2, by 5:00 PM in the department office, FR 205.

All other department scholarships are now available online through the HSU Financial Aid Office. These scholarships are available through Humboldt State University’s online scholarship application, click on the Scholarships link on the home page of your myHumboldt portal to start the application. Applications must be submitted by March 2nd, 2017.

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SAF Club Benefit Bowl Night

Come join us for a fun evening of bowling on Friday February 24th at Harbor Lanes in Eureka! This Society of American Forester (SAF) club fundraiser is open to all HSU students interested in a career in Forestry or Natural Resources. Come out and meet professional foresters and have fun bowling! See the link below for more information.

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Schatz Seminar Series -  Dr. Stephen Sillett

Please join the HSU Department of Forestry and Wildland Resources for the first of three lectures in the Schatz Seminar Series this Spring. Dr. Stephen Sillett will discuss using empirically-derived allometric equations to predict biomass and productivity of tall trees. Here are the details for this talk:

Date: Friday, February 10th
Time: 3:00 - 4:00
Place: WDFS 258
Speaker: Dr. Stephen Sillett
Title: "Using empirically-derived allometric equations to predict biomass and productivity of tall trees"

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Congratulations to HSU’s Range Plant ID Team

Humboldt State University's Range Plant Identification team placed 5th in a contest that has been described as one of the toughest in recent memory. Deedee Soto, an HSU Botany major with a range minor, placed 5th in the individual category. Coached by lecturer/NRCS Rangeland Specialist Todd Golder, other team members include Mariah Aguiar, Amanda Albright, Melissa Chase, Axel Sanchez, Eric Garcia, Monica Rodriguez, Steven Gilster, Tess Palmer, Darren Pinnegar, and Kaelie Pena. These students were enrolled in RRS 475 Advanced study of Range Plants, offered every semester.

Most plant species on this test were grasses and many consisted of mere fragments of material. We owe much to HSU's excellent range or botany courses, including the Agrostology course (BOT 354) offered alternate years.

Scholarship Opportunities

There are many scholarship opportunities for Forestry and Wildland Resources students. Click the link below to see the available scholarships and applications.

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Student Wins Award at Fire Ecology Conference

Bret McNamara won an award for best student poster at the Third Southwest Fire Ecology Conference in Tucson, AZ for his research entitled "Post-fire seedling establishment patterns of Hesperocyparis bakeri" and was featured on the Joint Fire Science Program newsletter.

Bret is a graduate student working in the HSU Wildland Fire Lab and conducted this research in collaboration with faculty members: David Greene, Jeff Kane, and Melanie McCavour.

Passing of Jerry Partain

Gerald L. Partain (Jerry) passed away quietly at the age of 91 in Eureka, on July 4th, 2016. Dr. Partain was the co-founder of the Forestry program at Humboldt State University where he taught for nearly 30 years. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the Jerry Partain HSU Forestry Scholarship Program or Hospice of Humboldt. A reception will be held at the Wharfinger Bldg .1 Marina Way, Eureka, Ca.. on July 24th from 2::PM to 5:PM.

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Sungnome Madrone Honored by Salmonid Restoration Federation

Sungnome Madrone was recently honored with the 2016 Restorationist of the Year Award by the Salmonid Restoration Federation.

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18th Annual FWR Spring Banquet

The 18th annual Department of Forestry & Wildland Resources Spring Awards Banquet was held Tuesday, April 12th with over 100 students, faculty and friends of the department attending. This annual celebration highlights the accomplishments of the students and faculty of the department and $43,000 in scholarships were handed out.

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Faculty Awarded Grant to Study Baker Cypress

David Greene and Jeff Kane (Department of Forestry and Wildland Resources) and Melanie McCavour (Department of Environmental Science and Management) have just been awarded a 10-year $800,000 grant from the Bureau of Land Management for a study of Baker Cypress. This tree species, restricted to a few populations in northern California and southern Oregon, has seeds retained in cones that will only open when burned, and the continuation of fire exclusion is strongly contributing to its potential extinction. The purpose of the grant is to better understand the reproductive ecology of Baker Cypress, determine the feasibility of using prescribed fire and other treatments to inform the restoration and management of this species, and partner with the BLM to assess the environmental impacts of restoration actions as well as subsequently monitor the implementation of the restoration and management plans.

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