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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!!

This is Joelle.

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

Forestry Products Lab Tour and Grill Out

Madison and Stevens Point at FPL

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Forestry Club and the University of Wisconsin- Steven’s Point Forestry Club took a tour of the Forest Products Laboratory in Madison, WI.  Both clubs were shown the extensive Forest Products Lab Library (FPL Library) that houses more than 100,000 specimens and samples of tree species and usage.  The tour also included these areas of focus within the research facility:

  • Durability and Wood Protection Research
  • Forest Biopolymer Science and Engineering
  • Fiber and Chemical Analysis Research
  • Engineering Properties of Wood – Wood Based Materials and Structures
  • Paper Test Laboratory
  • And so much more!

After the tour, both clubs took a trip out to Vilas Park to enjoy some good spring weather and some grilled food.  (Will have photos of the grill out up soon…)

We hope to have more opportunities like this in the future where both Forestry Clubs can come together and learn something new in this profession.

Check out Steven’s Point Forestry Club!!! They are pretty cool…

http://stuorgs.uwsp.edu/saf/pages/default.aspx

If you are also interested in the Forest Products Laboratory and would like to learn more please visit their website and sign up for a tour. You can also contact with the following information:

Forest Products Laboratory
One Gifford Pinchot Drive
Madison, WI 53726
Phone: (608) 231-9200
Fax: (608) 231-9592 Email

Forest Products Lab Website: http://www.fpl.fs.fed.us/