A gaggle of SERGB events this season!

So the newly-formed Society for Ecological Restoration Great Basin Chapter has been organized less than a calendar year, and already there are numerous events on the books for the first field season. Some of these are being promoted by SERGB members, others are being organized and led by SERGB members, and all of them provide a great opportunity to meet new restoration practitioners and researchers.

Coming in hot in a few short days is the Native Plant Field Day at the Oregon State University Malheur Experiment Station, Ontario, OR, May 16, 2012


Presentations will include:
Native forage legumes – Shaun Bushman, USDA-ARS, Logan, UTNative plant irrigation for seed production – Clint Shock, OSU MES, Ontario, OR
Pollination and pollinators – Byron Love, USDA-ARS, Logan, UT
Establishing plant stands – Erik Feibert, OSU MES, Ontario, OR
Drip irrigation systems – Jim Klauzer, Clearwater Supply, Inc., Ontario, OR
A native plant for anti-cancer pharmaceuticals – Cheryl Parris, OSU MES, Ontario, OR  and Alison Doniger, Oregon State University

Lunch will be provided at noon.

To RSVP for lunch, or if you would like more information, please contact:
Jan Jones, (541)889-2174 or janet.jones@oregonstate.edu

June 4th will be a bilingual workshop on road disturbance and revegetation in Portland, OR on June 4th. This is a unique opportunity for the restoration community to expand its scope beyond the typical academic gringoes, and I look forward to hearing about more events like this that bridge the real world and the workers who make on-the-ground restoration happen. Full details are available here (English) and here (Spanish).

June 18th-20th, the SERGB and the Utah Chapter of the Society for Range Management host a field day (or three) on the successional trajectories of historically grazed landscapes in Utah:

The Utah Chapter of the Society for Range Management and the recently organized Society for Ecological Restoration Great Basin Chapter announce a combined meeting and field tour on June 18-20, 2012. Tours on June 18th and 19th will visit sites in plant communities from big sagebrush foothills to aspen and subalpine sites in the Wasatch Mountains. Many of these areas were heavily grazed before 1900. Native and exotic seedings established beginning nearly 100 years ago will be visited and successional changes that have occurred on seeded and non-seeded sites will be described based on vegetative data and a photographic record. Additional stops will focus on a study location and seed increase fields for native plant development, a big sagebrush common garden, aspen management, and weed management. An optional half-day tour on June 20th will inspect restoration projects in tall forb communities.

For more information, and how to register, please review the flyer:https://www.ser.org/greatbasin/pdf/UtahFieldTourandMeeting.pdf

Also in mid-June there is a national pollinator week workshop with Logan, UT brewmaster and bee guru, Jamie Strange on June 20th. Jamie is a top-notch biologist and all-around class act whose sense of humor is worth the price of admission alone.
The 2012 Bumble Bee Workshop hosted by the USDA-Agricultural Research Service Pollinating Insect Research Unit and Utah State University Cooperative Education will explore the possibilities for using wild bumble bees as pollinators.  The topics covered will include bumble bee conservation, identifying western bumble bee species, and maximizing the use of a commercial colony.  The workshop will have something for everyone, from growers who need to augment pollination services to their crops, to the citizen scientist who wants to raise their own bumble bees in their backyard.
Join us to celebrate these pollinators during National Pollinator Week for a day of bumble bees on June 20, 2012 in Logan, Utah.  An agenda of the day's activities is now available.
For more information contact:

In July, the SERGB and the Western Chapter of the International Erosion Control Association are throwing a post-fire land restoration mini-conference in Reno, NV.

As you've certainly heard from this here blog, the Society of Wetland Scientists is throwing their conference in Boise, ID September 19-21st. Abstracts are still being accepted through May 18th! There are special sessions on wetlands and climate change, invasive species and riparian zone ecology and management, as well as myriad talks and posters on all aspects of wetland science and policy.

Then, way out in the fall is Utah State University's own Restoring the West conference. Mike Kuhns, new head of USU's Wildland Resources department :

Hold the Date!
Restoring the West Conference 2012
Balancing Energy Development and Biodiversity
October 30-31, 2012
Utah State University, Logan, Utah

The 2012 Restoring the West Conference will examine how the boom in energy development occurring in many parts of the West is affecting or may affect the well-being of plant and animal species found in the region. From sage grouse, to the hookless cactus, to shrubby reed-mustard, many creatures that are rare or uncommon are under increased pressure, or will be, as energy resources are developed. We invite biologists, land managers and owners, energy development firms, and students to come together to talk about which plants and animals are at risk, how energy development affects these creatures, and how we might mitigate these effects to maintain biodiversity and promote responsible energy development. There will be plenary sessions on both days and a poster session Tuesday afternoon. Poster submissions are requested.

For more information visit our website at www.restoringthewest.org.

This conference is organized and sponsored by Utah State University (Cooperative Extension, Wildland Resources Department, College of Natural Resources) and the Western Aspen Alliance. Contact Mike Kuhns at 435-797-4056 or mike.kuhns@usu.edu for sponsorship possibilities.

Big props go to Nancy Shaw, Erin Denney (USFS) and everyone else who has been so active in expanding the SERGB chapter's visibility through outreach and widely distributing information on the aforementioned professional development opportunities!

SERGB does not endorse this rocking song from the movie Vision Quest, but I sure do:

For the record, Vision Quest was set in Spokane, WA. Not the Great Basin.

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