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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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Humboldt Wildland Soil Science Students Achieve High Marks

Three Humboldt State University students passed the rigorous “Fundamentals of Soil Science” exam offered April 17, 2015 becoming Associate Professional Soil Scientists, according to test results from the Council of Soil Science Examiners. Crystal Welch, Andrew Longman and Tyler Hanson were among five individuals in California who attempted the exam this spring and were the only California examinees to pass the exam. Nationally, 61 individuals took the exam with a pass rate of 59% overall according to Michele Lovejoy, Program Manager for Professional Development of the Soil Science Society of America.

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17th Annual Spring Awards Banquet

The 17th annual Department of Forestry & Wildland Resources Spring Awards Banquet was held Tuesday, April 21st 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.

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Students Help Grow Scholarship Honoring Gayleen Smith

Gayleen Smith instinctively knew when to push a young person a little harder. She realized when a gentle nudge in the right direction could make a big difference, and was glad to provide guidance, sometimes in the form of persistent reminders. Smith’s efforts made a difference in many ways for students in the HSU Department of Forestry and Wildland Resources where she served as administrative support coordinator for half of her 14 years at Humboldt State. One of her most prominent efforts was steering them toward education funding sources that they might not otherwise secure. Knowing her passion for student success, professors Pascal Berrill and Christa Dagley decided that establishing a scholarship in Gayleen Smith’s name would be an appropriate memorial for the “Forestry Mother,” who succumbed to cancer in 2013.

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Lumberjack Show March 18-20

The HSU logging sports team is hosting a massive competition for lumberjacks all across the western US. There will be 12 western colleges competing in the Association of Western Forestry Clubs (AWFC) logging sports event. Come and watch an exciting event filled with axe throwing, chainsaws, sawing, chopping, and cheer on some tough guys and gals! The logging conference will also feature Chainsaw Carving Exhibitions, Portable Sawmill Demos, and Quick-Carve Chainsaw Carving Auction.

When: March 18-20, 8am-4pm
Where: Redwood Region Logging Conference, Redwood Acres Fairgrounds, Eureka, CA

Student and Faculty Attend Annual Society of Range Management Meeting

HSU faculty and students recently traveled to the Society of Range Management annual meeting held this year in Sacramento from Feb 1-6, 2015. The annual meeting brings together scientists, students, land managers and ranchers from across North America. This year’s meeting theme, “Managing Diversity” reflects the diversity of California’s rangeland ecosystems as well as the diversity of people and organizations that use the state’s vast rangelands. While at the meeting students took part in workshops and presentations, as well as the Range Plant Identification contest.

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Nichole Besyk Wins Dr. Robert F. Powers Memorial Scholarship

Nichole Besyk, a graduate students in Forest, Watershed and Wildland Science was recently awarded the Dr. Robert F. Powers Memorial Scholarship by the Forest Vegetation Management Conference. The scholarship is awarded to graduate students whose research emphasis and career goals focus on active forest management issues.

2014 Annual Christmas Tree Sale

Forestry Club Cutting Christmas Trees

The HSU Forestry Club and Logging Sports team continues the 40-year-old tradition of cutting and selling Christmas trees. The sale is set to begin this week and helps raise funds for the club and some of the proceeds will also be donated to the Gayleen Smith Memorial Scholarship fund. The clubs thank Collins Pine for allowing them to thin the white firs on their property in the Sierras.

Where: The corner of 7th and I Streets in Arcata
When: Weekdays from 2pm to 8pm and on the weekends from 12pm to 8pm (dependent on students' class schedules)

Department Awarded $1 Million Grant from the Hispanic-Serving Institutions Education Grant Program

HSU’s Forestry and Wildland Resources Department was recently awarded a 4 year, $1 million grant by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s Hispanic-Serving Institutions Education Grants Program. The grant program is intended to promote and strengthen the ability of Hispanic-Serving Institutions to carry out higher education programs in the food and agricultural sciences. Humboldt State University (HSU) is a newly-listed Hispanic Serving Institution with a strong tradition of training students for natural resource management careers, and the grant will help HSU increase the enrollment, retention, and graduation of Hispanic and other underrepresented students in forestry, range and soils disciplines.

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Registered Professional Foresters in California

Since 1972 the Professional Foresters Law requires all persons in California who wish to call themselves "professional foresters" to be registered through the Office of Professional Foresters Registration. The Department of Forestry and Wildland Resources is the major source of RPFs, accounting for 82% of the personnel in the state coming from the three universities with accredited programs. Including foresters coming from out of state, HSU comprises 56% of all RPFs.

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