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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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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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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.

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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16th Annual Spring Awards Banquet

The 16th Annual Department of Forestry & Wildland Resources Spring Awards Banquet was held Wednesday, April 16th in the Kate Buchanan Room. The event celebrated the accomplishments of the faculty and students over the past year and over $45,000 in scholarships were awarded students.

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Field Training Fires Up Forestry Students

Over spring break students from Professor Jeffrey Kane’s Wildland Fire Use class traveled to Nebraska to participate in The Nature Conservancy’s Prescribed Fire Training Exchange.

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