2015 Fall SRM Section Workshop
Wednesday September 16 – Friday September 18, 2015
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