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February 15, 2008

After the Wave

After the 2004 Sumatra-Andaman tsunami, hundred of thousands of survivors struggled to put their lives back together. "After The Wave" looks into the lives of villagers in Phang Nga province in Thailand, almost three years after the tsunami. The documentary also focuses on the efforts of a grassroots non-profit organization led by CNR alumnus Bodhi Garrett, which has helped the local population move forward in practical ways to rebuild their local communities.

February 12, 2008

Call for Nominations: The CNR Citation

The College is accepting nominations for the 2008 CNR Citation.

The College of Natural Resources Citation is CNR's highest award, honoring individuals, couples, groups or organizations such as donors, volunteers, alumni, advisory board members, or friends of the College who have made extraordinary contributions to the CNR community.

Recipients are honored for their extraordinary commitment of time, sharing their expertise, advocacy and outreach, and/or private support to the College, its students, and its programs. The Citation recognizes those who have made a significant impact and have demonstrated an exceptional commitment the mission of the College.

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February 7, 2008

In the Sierra, A Modern Audubon Stalks Skinks & Bugs

Alumnus John Muir Laws, CRS '89, featured in The Washington Post:

He took his first hike into the Sierra Nevada, the landscape of his obsession, while still in the womb. His parents named him John Muir Laws. He once spent a week searching for a single perfect orchid to paint. He says, "I am constantly amazed by things." Such as? "The diversity of chipmunks." He is not joking. He cares about newts. If asked, he does an excellent imitation of a startled vole. He has opinions about beetles.

This fall, he published "The Laws Field Guide to the Sierra Nevada." It is 366 pages long and contains 2,800 illustrations, each painted by Laws. The new field guide, already praised by outdoor connoisseurs as a naturalist's bible, begins with "Small Fungi Growing on Wood" (specifically, Calocera cornea, the staghorn jelly fungus) and ends with stars (the night sky at winter solstice, Dec. 22). It is small enough to slip into your pocket but includes 1,700 species of flowers, trees, bugs, frogs, snails, skinks, birds, fish, rodents. It took him six years. The world needs more of this -- this kind of sustained, informed, deep gee-whizdom....

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February 5, 2008

Cooperative Extension Specialist Appointed to State Board of Forestry and Fire Protection

nakamura.jpg Gary Nakamura, Cooperative Extension specialist and Co-Director for the Center of Forestry, was appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger to the State Board of Forestry and Fire Protection. He has served on the board since 2007 and has been a forestry specialist for CNR since 1985. Nakamura previously worked for the U.S. Forest Service and Champion International Corp.

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