People in agriculture for Oct. 29, 2010
* Sue Christianson is the latest recipient of the Women's Leadership Recognition Award from the WSU College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences. Christianson was instrumental in developing plans and raising funds for building the agricultural research and technology facilities at WSU's Northwestern Washington Research and Extension Center.
* On Aug. 12, the Industrial Forestry Association Board of Directors honored William D. "Bill" Hagenstein by renaming the Nisqually Nursery the "William D. Hagenstein Forestry Nursery."
In 1941, Hagenstein was a young forester working for the West Coast Lumbermen's Association. One of his assignments was to survey the land for the association's first forest seedling nursery. Hagenstein found a property of 40.5 acres eight miles north of Olympia, Wash., with excellent soil for growing trees and a maritime climate.
On Jan. 20, 1942, the Nisqually Nursery was inaugurated with the first crop of Douglas fir seedlings used in 1943 to replant 4,000 acres of burned lands in Pierce County. In the early 1970s, the Nisqually Nursery was converted to a greenhouse facility, which still supplies seedlings to forest landowners through the Northwest.
In 1948, at 32 years of age, Hagenstein became the executive director for the West Coast Lumbermen's Association. In 1952, several forest industry groups including WCLA merged to become the Industrial Forestry Association. Hagenstein served for the next 28 years as IFA's executive vice president.
* Gary Chastagner, professor of plant pathology based at WSU's Puyallup Research and Extension Center, is the 2010 recipient of the National Christmas Tree Association's Outstanding Service Award. Chastagner's research and extension activities include the epidemiology and management of Phytophthora ramorum in nurseries, Christmas trees and forests; the science and management of Christmas tree diseases; and factors that affect the postharvest quality of Christmas trees.