Field Trips 


FRIDAY MARCH 30, 2018 

Field trips are a great way to experience the Olympia-Washington area,

to engage with fellow scientists, and to have fun! 


An option to purchase lunch for the field is available when you register for the Annual Meeting: menu & cost


Prairies of the South Sound: Conservation & Restoration    full details!

The prairies and oak woodlands of western Washington host a wide range of native plants and animals, many of which are rare due to declining habitat availability.  Additionally, traditional cultural practices, such as fire and native plant harvesting, have largely been lost.  Over the last 15 years the scale and complexity of restoration efforts have grown across this landscape to restore historical disturbances and diversity while considering desired future conditions.  On this field trip we will visit a regional native seed farm and two native prairies to learn about seed sourcing and seed production in a restoration context, fire ecology and rare species, and adaptive management in a system with shifting restoration priorities.


Using Small Unmanned Aircraft to Inform Natural Resource Management: 

               Applications by the Washington Department of Natural Resources     full details!

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources manages more than 5.6 million acres of trust lands for revenue production and conservation.  Accurate and timely survey data is critical to many trust management objectives.  Small unmanned aircraft (sUAS) can rapidly collect high-resolution two- and three-dimensional geographic data to inform silvicultural treatments, habitat goals, and to monitor change over time.  sUAS have the potential to automate surveys that previously required dangerous and tedious field work, while collecting full-coverage data that reduces the effects of sampling.  sUAS data also acts as a permanent visual record of site conditions for future reference, and is easy for non-specialists to share, understand, and appreciate. Using both classroom and field exercises we will demonstrate how sUAS are used to collect data as well as describe how the resulting two- and three-dimensional data products help DNR address numerous natural resource management issues such as old growth delineation, precommercial thinning, landslide volume and scope estimation, and more.  If time allows we will use sUAS to estimate the size, density, and structural variability of a forest area on the Evergreen State College campus. 


 Bryophyes, Lichens, & Ecosystem Ecology of Acidic Wetlands

                     (a joint trip by NWSA and Northwest Lichenologists)       Full Details!

Northwest Lichenologists  will co-lead a field trip on the last day of the conference with DNR senior vegetation ecologist and PNW peatland expert, Joe Rocchio, focusing on bryophytes, lichens, & ecology of acidic peatlands located southeast of Matlock, Washington.  Because of their low pH and poor nutrient content, acidic peatlands, also known as bogs and poor fens, have distinct biotic composition and structure.  We will explore the diversity and patterns of vascular plants, bryophytes, and lichens across various ecological gradients that characterize these peatlands. Come prepared with rubber boots, rain gear, and a hand-lens.  Waterproof hiking boots may keep your feet dry but rubber boots are a better bet.  We will have a few extra hand-lenses to share.



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