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Fall 2017 Alumni Newsletter

In this Fall 2017 edition of the HSU Forestry & Wildland Resources Newsletter: Forestry & Wildland Resources Department News, Logging Sports Team Update, Alumni Focus: Scott Warner, '70 and more.

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A Snapshot of Forest Carbon Integrating an Undergraduate Capstone and Graduate Research

Dr. Susan Marshal delivered a talk entitled "A Snapshot of Forest Carbon Integrating an Undergraduate Capstone and Graduate Research" at the Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) meeting. The talk detailed undergraduate and graduate student research on forest carbon storage at the L.W. Schatz Demonstration Tree Farm.

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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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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.

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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HSU Receives Grant to Promote and Protect Headwaters Forest

Humboldt State University and the Redwood Parks Association have received a $32,000 grant from the Bureau of Land Management and the Conservation Lands Foundation to promote stewardship of the Headwaters Forest Reserve. Assistant forestry professor Erin Kelly is the principal investigator on the grant which will help develop a Friends of Headwaters website and support coordination with community group

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HSU Receives $5.8 Million Federal Grant for Innovative Biomass Research

Humboldt State University, along with 15 regional partners, has received a $5.88 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to conduct innovative biomass research. Under the grant, a team of academics, industry partners and forestland managers led by HSU Forestry Professor Han-Sup Han will build on existing research on the conversion of forest residues into renewable fuel and other valuable bio-based products.

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Assistant Professor Jeffrey Kane Publishes an Article in Oecologia

Assistant forestry professor Jeffrey Kane recently published an article in the journal Oecologia asserting that the number of resin ducts a tree has can help predict how resistant the pine is to beetle infestation. The results of the paper, combined with the findings of an earlier study, provide information that may be useful to land managers who are trying to keep public parks and other relatively small forested areas healthy. In the first study, researchers demonstrated that a certain type of slippery bark protects trees from pine beetle attacks, which can kill trees.

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Field Report from Nicaragua

Andrew Stubblefield, Assistant Professor of Watershed Management is currently on sabbatical in Nicaragua where he is working with a rural development agency on their watershed management program. Read more about his experiences in the Lumberjack article.

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National Geographic Reports New Redwood Research by FWR Professor

HSU Forestry and Wildland Resources professor Dr. Stephen C. Sillett and his colleagues have confirmed the second-largest tree on earth, about 3,240 years old, above a trail junction in Sequoia National Park. Their research is featured on the cover of the December issue of National Geographic magazine.

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