August-September 2016


Observer at this year's Summer Field Session--Itasca

Dear FWCB Alumni, Friends, Students and Staff-
Dept head-Sue
Each academic year ends by sending new graduates off into the world, anticipating the many ways they will shape the future of natural resources and their communities. In FWCB, each academic year begins by celebrating a distinguished alumnus or alumna who has contributed to the conservation of fisheries and wildlife in truly exceptional ways. This year we honor Dr. E. Charles "Chuck" Meslow as the 2016 FWCB Distinguished Alumnus.

Chuck Meslow has advanced wildlife management through his research on numerous forest wildlife species of the Pacific Northwest. He is a pioneer of landscape-scale wildlife conservation and research. Most notably, his leadership during the contentious years of spotted owl conservation and management is considered by many to be his most important contribution to wildlife conservation. Chuck's professionalism, enthusiasm, and optimism were central in the complex process leading to the protection of spotted owls under the Endangered Species Act. Because of his work on spotted owls, he became a key member of the Forest Ecosystem Management Assessment Team. Conservation of old-growth forest in the Pacific Northwest was adopted based on the recommendations in this team's Northwest Forest Plan.

Aug_Sept_MeslowAfter spending three years in the Navy, Chuck received B.S. and M.S. degrees in wildlife management at the University of Minnesota and then a Ph.D. in wildlife ecology in 1970 from the University of Wisconsin. Shortly after receiving his PhD, he became a federal research scientist with the Oregon Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit and a professor at Oregon State University. Chuck led the Oregon Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit for 18 years before retiring in 1994. He authored and coauthored more than 80 peer-reviewed scientific publications.

Throughout his distinguished career Dr. Meslow has provided scientific leadership and service to the wildlife profession. He has advised and mentored more than 50 M.S. and Ph.D. students, many of whom have gone on to have distinguished careers themselves. He has been involved in The Wildlife Society for almost 50 years, serving on numerous committees and as an officer at the state and national levels. The Wildlife Society bestowed upon him numerous honors during his distinguished career, most notably the organization's most prestigious award, the Aldo Leopold Memorial Award, in 2005.
 As noted in a recent compendium on wildlife professionals*, "his advice and counsel continue to be sought not only by his former students and professional associates, many of whom are leaders in the wildlife profession, but also by executives in government and in the timber industry who respect his professionalism and honesty".

Dr. Meslow will receive his award at the Kolshorn Lecture and Awards Ceremony on October 3 (details in this newsletter). I hope you can join us at FWCB's most important annual gathering to celebrate Chuck's accomplishments, renew friendships, and hear a terrific lecture.

Hope your summer has been a good one ...

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Thanks to all who have supported FWCB scholarships, fellowships, and the Kolshorn Lecture. Your support truly makes a difference and provides opportunities that wouldn't be possible otherwise. We're looking forward to the upcoming FWCB Kolshorn Lecture and Awards Ceremony and recognizing our Distinguished Alumni Award winner. We hope you'll consider supporting important events like this, which are key to the vitality of the FWCB community --alumni and friends, students, staff and faculty.

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