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PNW Section 2016 Fall Workshop
October 12, 2016 @ 3:30 pm - October 14, 2016 @ 12:30 pm PDT
Since most of our workshops focus on grasslands, we decided to offer a different venu. The Willamette Valley can hardly be considered traditional rangeland, but it is an interesting area. It was critically important in the birth and development of the State of Oregon; and, while it encompasses most of the state’s population, much of it remains agricultural. The vegetation has undergone significant modifications since white settlement began in the 1840’s. In recent years, there has been considerable effort to understand these changes and to restore two of the most critical native vegetation communities: oak woodlands and oak savannahs. What makes these efforts of particular interest to resource managers is that they are characterized by extensive and often innovative partnerships.
Accordingly, our workshop will consist of a tour of three oak woodland/savannah sites in various stages of restoration around the Baskett-Slough NWR. Our evening speaker will be Mr. Ed Alverson, who has worked as a field botanist and stewardship ecologist in the Pacific Northwest (particularly in Oregon’s Willamette Valley) for over 35 years. He will present vegetation changes in the Willamette Valley since the 1850’s.