2016 Summer Field Workshop

Symphony of Species: Managing Rare and Diverse Ecosystems

The BC Chapter invites you to the south Okanagan to experience beauty and diversity of the grasslands in Canada’s only true desert environment, Wednesday through Friday, June 8 – 10th, 2016 in Osoyoos, BC.

Home to a plethora of wildlife species that are rare and endangered in Canada, these rangelands have been grazed by cattle for over a century. Habitat management is truly art and science, where both ecological and social factors make valued contributions to the symphony. The two day workshop will bring together a diverse group of researchers, ranchers, biologists and others with an interest in rangeland management. An opportunity for young and old to engage together in study, observations and discussion, to look at the challenges and celebrate nature – always a success.

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Okanogan Fire Tour

Leadership and Wildfires, May 20-22, 2016.

Washington AgForestry Foundation and Alumni Council is currently developing a powerful regional trip to the Okanogan area impacted by recent wildfires. The 2015 wildfire season was the largest in Washington State’s history with more than one million acres burned.  This tour will provide alumni and friends the opportunity to gain comprehensive knowledge about the fires and leadership lessons. Forest health, crisis management, recovery programs, government and community are a few of the planned topics for the upcoming conference. Visit the Foundation website for more information including a tentative agenda, or contact Andrea Mann with your questions.

Fall Meeting 2015

2015 Fall SRM Section Workshop

Natural Resources in the Hanford Reach
Wednesday September 16 – Friday September 18, 2015
Richland, WA

Unoccupied arid lands flanking the Columbia River in south-central Washington provide stark contrasts in natural resources and land use. Rangelands in the shadow of the Pacific Crest supported sparse bunchgrass prairies, vulnerable to fire, drought, and other disturbance. Through these open expanses, salmon and waterfowl migrated through Nch’i-Wana – the Big River – in great abundance from time before memory. Irrigation greatly expanded the network of waterways, and with it, verdant agriculture, wetlands, and aggressive water-loving vegetation.

Ample river water and the area’s remoteness supported production of nuclear weapons in the Hanford area from World War II until the 1980’s. Following the “Cold War”, portions of this reserve were transferred to non-defense agencies, devoted to wildlife refuges, environmental preserves, and Native American resource areas.

Join us at the 2015 annual meeting of the Pacific Northwest Section of the Society of Range Management to explore these resources and the Hanford Reach National Monument, the last free-flowing stretch of the Columbia River.   Continue reading