News and Announcements

Yurok TREX Prescribed Burn

In October, the Student Association for Fire Ecology (the SAFE club) organized a 10 person prescribed fire module for use on the Yurok TREX prescribed burn. This is the first crew of its kind at HSU and gives students the opportunity to bridge the gap between their education and field experience. Photo Credit: Kellie Brown. TREX Group

Humboldt Minds in a Harvard Forest

Colleen Smith (Forestry) and Jolene Saldivar (Biology) were among 18 students selected for Harvard University’s annual Summer Research Program in Ecology at Harvard Forest, a 3,000-acre ecological research site in Massachusetts.

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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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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.

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.

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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