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HSU Forestry alumni honored

Humboldt State University Forestry alumni Michael Crooke ('86) and Robert Powers ('66) received Distinguished Alumni Awards on April 23, 2010. Michael Crooke is a well-known business consultant, whose roots in forestry and love of the outdoors guide his commitment to environmental sustainability in the corporate world. Powers, a renowned Forest Service scientist, now retired, was and continues to be active in forward-looking forest research. They were honored along with Sue Grigsby ('79) and Shaunna Oteka McCovey ('96) with a banquet at the Ingomar Club in the historic Carson Mansion, Old Town Eureka, CA. Earlier in the day, Crooke and Powers enjoyed lunch and discussions with the Department of Forestry and Wildland Resources faculty and staff.

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Professor J. Morgan Varner is the co-principle investigator on a $292,000 federal fire science grant

FWR professor J. Morgan Varner is the co-principle investigator on a $292,000 federal fire science grant. Dr. Varner will work with Professor Chris Dugaw to model how moisture levels in decaying leaves and branches affects how fire behaves in the forest floor. Such a model will help in the restoration and managements of fire-prone ecosystems.

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Research team documents strong growth in old trees

FWR Professor Stephen C. Sillett and his colleagues have found that in tall tree species above-ground wood production increased throughout old age. They looked at redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) in Humboldt Redwoods State Park and mountain ash (Eucalyptus regnans) in Kinglake National Park in Australia.

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FWR students awarded scholarships

Five students in the Forestry and Wildland Resources Department received scholarships in fall 2009:

  • Dustin Detweiler, who is majoring in Rangeland Resource Science with a Native American Studies minor, received the Federal Women's Program Scholarship.
  • Brent Saulsbury, who is majoring in Wildland Fire Management, received a California Licensed Foresters Association Scholarship.
  • Sarah Schuette, who is majoring in Wildand Soils, received the Paul Zinke Memorial Scholarship from the California Forest Soils Council.
  • Jasmine Westbrook, who is majoring in Rangeland Resource Science and Cellular/Molecular Biology with a Chemistry minor, received the Rustici Livestock and Rangeland Scholarship, given by the California Farm Bureau in honor of the scholarship's founder, the late Mr. Rustici.
  • Stewart Wilson, who is majoring in Wildland Soils with a Watershed Management minor, received the Sonoma County Fish and Wildlife Commissions Scholarship, and the Dry Creek Winegrowers and Dry Creek Valley Association Scholarship.

Quiz Bowl Team places fourth in Orlando

The Forestry and Wildland Resources Team nabbed fourth place in the Society of American Foresters National Convention Quiz Bowl in Orlando, Florida.

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Logging Sports team successful at Cal Poly conclave

HSU Logging Sports competitors brought home many awards from the November 14, 2009, conclave at Cal Poly's Swanton Pacific Ranch.

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