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David A. Orwig, 1991g and 1995g – Gardner, MA. News from Harvard Forest, Harvard University, November 2010: Forest ecologist David Orwig is a co-author of Wildlands and Woodlands: A Vision for the New England Landscape, published by the Harvard University Press in May 2010.
      “The report, which provides a scientific rationale to protect 70% of New England in forest over the next 50 years, is accessible, timely, and nationally significant as a model for regional land conservation.
      “Co-written by 20 leading ecologists and historians from institutions across the Northeast, the report was released to the public at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government to a regional audience of 150 scientists, conservation professionals, state agency leaders, educators, the media, and many others. The events keynote speaker, Theodore Roosevelt IV, called W&W the best document he’s seen in a long time, presaging an astounding surge of public support.
      “Within a week of its release, Wildlands and Woodlands had earned more than 100 regional and national news features, including positive editorials in every New England state. A June 2010 workshop for the project in Concord NH engaged a standingroom- only crowd of 250 conservation and forest industry professionals. A full archive of press and events can be found on the project’s website, www.wildlandsandwoodlands.org.
       “Dave’s role in the project continues through the many author presentations he has given at national meetings. In fall 2010, The Trustees of Reservations (a Massachusetts conservation organization) awarded W&W its Charles Eliot Award for excellence in conservation.”

Robert W. Witmer, 1991a, 1993, 1996g – new position as of January 31, 2011: Group Leader, Officer of Knowledge Management, USDA Forest Service Northeastern Area, 11 Campus Blvd., Suite 200, Newtown Square, PA 19073; rkwitmer@fs.fed.us.

James J. Zaczek, 1994g - Carbondale, IL. Nov. 2010 news release: Zaczek was named chair of the Forestry Department at Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC).  He has been a faculty member at SIUC since 1997 and had been serving as interim chair since 2008. Zaczek is also an alumnus of SIUC.

Keith N. Christenson, 1996 – tropicalbats@hotmail.com. “I continue my outside the box work. I helped author a note on
the cave crabs of Gunung Mulu in Malaysia (being submitted now), and we will soon have a final draft for some bat work in the Caribbean for another paper. The booklet that Armando Rodriguez-Duran and I wrote on the bats of Puerto Rico and Hispaniola has been stuck at the publisher for many months, but we are hopeful that this will come out soon. Norway has been setting record cold temps, so quite different than most of my prior countries in the tropics. All is well, though.”

Ryan J. Ochs, 1998 – 30 Range Road, Underhill, VT 05489; Ryan.Ochs@state.vt.us. “For the past 8 years I have been a GIS Specialist for the State of Vermont. I am located in the Vermont Army National Guard environmental program. We manage the natural resources on more than 12,000 acres of training lands here in VT. I spend way too much time in front of a computer screen, but in the spring we have a robust prescribed fire program that does get me out of the office. In addition to my state job, I also have a Christmas tree farm that keeps me busy during the summer. My wife, daughter, and I live in a small village at the base of Mount Mansfield. We love taking advantage of the great skiing, mountain biking, and hunting in the area.”

Michael P. Washburn, 1998g – Feb. 17, 2011 Nestle Waters North America press release: “Nestle Waters North America today announces that Michael Washburn has joined the company as director of sustainability. In his new role, Washburn will lead Nestle Waters’ efforts to increase recycling rates in the United States, innovate in energy use and building design across its facilities, advocate for constructive water policies, and engage stakeholders around company sustainability efforts.” www.nestlewatersnorthamerica.com