44th Annual Christmas Tree Sale

We will be holding the 44th Annual Forestry Club Christmas Tree Sale, December 1st to the 3rd, at the UW Stock Pavilion.  Fraser Fir, Balsam Fir, and White Pine will be available, as well as Fraser Fir Wreaths. Proceeds from the sale contribute to student career and professional development opportunities within the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology. 

Come early, as we frequently sell out by Saturday! We accept payment by cash or check. 

Fraser Fir trees all sizes: $55
Balsam Fir trees all sizes: $45
White Pine trees all sizes: $35
Fraser Fir wreaths: $23

When: Friday December 1st, 8am-8pm

                  Saturday December 2nd, 8am-8pm

                  Sunday December 3rd, 9am-3pm

Where:  UW Stock Pavilion: 1675 Linden Drive, Madison, WI

We hope to see you there!

Meet your 2017 Club Officers

Nate Chotlos
Nate Chotlos

Nate Chotlos

Position: President Year: Senior Academic Interests: I am a forest science major with a certificate in environmental studies. I like trying to unravel how different environmental factors impact the species composition on a site. I want to learn more about how to improve the management of our forests through communication and public outreach. Other Interests: When not looking at trees, I enjoy playing soccer, reading fantasy novels, camping, cooking, running, hunting and fishing. Favorite Tree: Hackberry (Celtis occidentalis) Random fun fact: Falling out of trees is a frequent cause of porcupine mortality.

Alden Laev
Alden Laev

Alden Laev

Position: Vice President Year: Senior Academic Interests: I am a Forest Science major with a certificate in Environmental Studies. Since transferring to Madison from a small college in Fall of 2016, I’ve enjoyed learning about forest ecology and functioning. I’m interested in combining sustainable forestry, innovative wood construction, and evolving natural resource use practices to meet social needs and reduce environmental degradation. Other Interests: If I’m outside, I’m happy. I love running, biking, and canoeing. When I’m inside, I like to read Japanese literature and play board games. Favorite Tree: white pine (Pinus strobus) Random fun fact: Voles have such fast metabolisms that if they don’t eat constantly, they die.

 Kyle Schansberg
Kyle Schansberg

Kyle Schansberg

Position: Treasurer Year: Senior Academic Interests: I’m a forest science major with a certificate in environmental studies. After working the past two summers as a tree inspector for the urban forestry division of the city of Minnetonka, MN, I have become very interested in community forest health. If I go on to grad school, I’d like to study the diseases (Oak Wilt, Dutch Elm Disease, Emerald Ash Borer) that affect urban landscapes and ways to combat these diseases such as increasing diversity, hybrid species, insecticides, etc. Also, I plan to become a ISA (International Society of Arboriculture) certified arborist in order to pursue a career in urban forestry. Other Interests: In my spare time I enjoy traveling with my girlfriend, cuddling my pets (Bucky - black lab, Maggie - cat, Nala - ball python), playing sports (quidditch, basketball, football, baseball, soccer, volleyball), camping, hunting, fishing, playing video games, Pokémon Go, and listening to and discovering new music. Favorite Tree: Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba), Tamarack (Larix laricina), or Catalpa (Catalpa) Random fun fact: Red hair and blue eyes, which I have, is the rarest combination in the world Like red hair, blue eye color is a recessive trait, meaning that both parents must carry the gene for a child to be blessed with it. This makes those with red hair and blue eyes the rarest minority in the world, with only 1% having both.

Haley Knight
Haley Knight

Haley Knight

Position: Secretary Year: Sophomore Academic Interests: I’m just starting my journey as a forest science major and I’m eager to learn about the career paths it offers. I’ve been intrigued by the idea of using maps to find patterns and relationships in forests and how humans are affected by the presence of trees in urban areas. Other Interests: I like lounging outside in my hammock, reading books, and eating fruit snacks. I’m also beginning to develop a vinyl collection which ranges from 80s Hawaiian pop to Johnny Cash. Favorite Tree: Paper Birch (Betula papyrifera) Random fun fact: An eagle can kill a young deer and fly away with it.

Rachel Kirchner
Rachel Kirchner

Rachel Kirchner

Position: Technology Coordinator Year: Junior Academic Interests: I recently changed to a Forestry major from engineering, and am excited to learn more about forest science and trees! Having begun an internship in tree care in Chicago, I am interested in urban forestry and how trees live in such an environment. I hope to learn a lot about all aspects of the forest science major. Other Interests: Working with my hands is something I enjoy, from needlework to legos to carving. Anything outside makes me happy: biking, frisbee, canoeing, hiking, and fishing. My life’s mission is to find a salamander in the wild, but all my searching and turning over of damp logs has been unsuccessful. Favorite Tree: Bur Oak Random fun fact: Aragorn is a descendent of Elrond’s brother, Elros (which is why he lives longer than other men), so he and Arwen are actually very distant cousins.

Shea Rettler
Shea Rettler

Shea Rettler

Position: Photographer Year: Junior Academic Interests: I am a forest science major with a certificate in environmental studies. I am currently exploring all aspects of forestry and possible career options. Lately, I have been developing a strong interest in forest-atmosphere relations. More specifically, how reforestation and forest species composition for example can help combat the increasing CO2 levels in the atmosphere and ultimately climate change. Other Interests: In my free time, I enjoy backpacking and hiking, intramural sports, hunting and fishing, camping, listening to music, travelling, motorcycling, and drinking lots of coffee beverages. Favorite Tree: Kentucky Coffeetree (Gymnocladus dioicus) Random fun fact: One tree can absorb as much as 48 pounds of carbon dioxide in a year.

Christmas Tree Sale!!

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The UW Forestry Club will be holding their 43nd Annual Christmas Tree Sale December 2-4  in the UW Stock Pavilion. Tree species include Fraser Fir, Balsam Fir, White Pine as well as Fraser Fir Wreaths. Proceeds from the sale support student career and professional development opportunities within the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology.

Fraser Fir trees all sizes: $55
Balsam Fir trees all sizes: $45
White Pine trees all sizes: $35
Fraser Fir wreaths: $23

Please come early, we often sell out by Saturday. We accept payment by cash or check.

When: Friday – Sunday (Dec. 2-4th, 2016)
Where: Stock Pavillion 1675 Linden Drive, Madison WI
Time: 8 AM- 8 PM on Friday and Saturday                                                                        9 AM – 3PM Sunday or until we sell out

Selective Logging causes long-term changes to forest structure

Original Story by Rhett A. Butler, mongabay.com (February 18, 2015)

Logging in Gabon.

Recent research has showed the ecological changes of selective logging in African tropical forests.  The paper goes over the idea that the practice of selective logging contributes to the growth of weeds and vines reducing plant diversity and diminishing carbon storage. 

Rainforest in Gabon.

Data was collected on more than 500 plots in Sierra Leone, Ghana, Cameroon, and Gabon that compared several traits across selectively-logged, and secondary forests.  The findings showed that even low-intensity logging causes sustained ecological changes to African forests.  Check out the article below for more info and let us know what you think.

CITATION: Roberto Cazzolla Gatti, Simona Castaldi, Jeremy A. Lindsell, David A. Coomes, Marco Marchetti, Mauro Maesano, Arianna Di Paola, Francesco Paparella, Riccardo Valentini. The impact of selective logging and clearcutting on forest structure, tree diversity and above-ground biomass of African tropical forests. Ecological Research January 2015, Volume 30, Issue 1, pp 119-132 

 

New National Monuments

President Obama has announced that he is designating three new national monuments to permanently protect sites unique to our Nation’s extraordinary history and natural heritage.  Apparently this upsets the GOP, but hey more cool places for us to visit and take our families too, right?

FACT: President Obama has protected more acres of public lands and waters through the Antiquities Act than any other administration at 16 national monuments and over 1 million acres of federally protected public land.

The three new national monuments are:

The Pullman National Monument

Pullman_Historic_Monument

This monument will preserve and highlight America’s first planned industrial town and a site that tells important stories about the social dynamics of the industrial revolution, of American opportunity and discrimination, and of the rise of labor unions and the struggle for civil rights and economic opportunity for African Americans and other minorities. Photo courtesy of Office of State Historic Sites, Illinois Historic Preservation Agency.

 

Browns Canyon National Monument in Colorado

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Will protect a stunning section of Colorado’s upper Arkansas river Valley. Located in Chaffee County near the town of Salida, Colorado, the 21,586-acre monument features rugged granite cliffs, colorful rock outcroppings, and mountain vistas that are home to diversity of plants and wildlife, including bighorn sheep and golden eagles. In addition to supporting a vibrant outdoor recreation economy, the designation will protect the critical watershed and honor existing water rights and uses. Photo by Bob Wick, U.S. Department of Interior, Bureau of Land Management.

Honouliuli National Monument in Hawaii

Honouliuli_National_Monument

Permanently protects a site where Japanese American citizens, resident immigrants, and prisoners of war were held captive during World War II. Located on the island of Oahu, the monument will help tell the difficult story of the internment camp’s impact on the Japanese American community and the fragility of civil rights during times of conflict. Photo by R.H. Lodge, courtesy Hawaii’s Plantation Village.

Apart from the three new monuments President Obama also designated over 350,000 acres of the San Gabriel Mountains in California, established the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument (roughly 500,00 acres) in New Mexico, and expanded to nearly 500,000 square miles the sanctuary near remote Pacific Islands.

Sources:

Adventure Journal – how many more Natioanl Monuments will Obama Create?

The White House – remarks by President Obama for the new monuments

The White House – Every Kid in a Park

 

Every Kid in a Park

Every Kid in a Park

You can thank Obama for this one.  Starting September of this year, the Every Kid in a Park Initiative will grant every fourth-grader in the nation will receive an “Every Kid in a Park” pass that is good for free admission to all of America’s federal lands and waters — for them and their families — for the entire year of 2015-2016.

Even the National Park Foundation is expanding its program to award transportation grants for kids to visit parks, lands, and waters.  The President has also requested new funding in his FY 2016 Budget to support youth education programs and to support transportation for school outings to parks for students from low-income areas.

If you are interested in the Every Kid in a Park program you can pledge at the National Park Foundation’s website to receive news and updates: Sign the Pledge

Source: Let’s Get Every Kid in a Park

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