Proceedings from the 2012 Pacific Northwest @SWS_org conference (#SWSPNW)

Last year, the Society of Wetland Scientists' Pacific Northwest Chapter hosted their bi-annual chapter meeting in Boise, ID. I was fortunate enough to get ahold of some great researchers affiliated with the SWS-PNW and have them deliver symposium talks on invasive species, wetland restoration, plant ecology, and riparian ecology and management. I invited many of these speakers to present their talks as papers for Wetland Science and Practice, the applied, free journal of the society.

Andrew Ray and his colleagues who had been working in the Klamath system of southern Oregon were one of the groups that answered the call and submitted their work to WSP after Andy gave a great talk in Boise. Their project examined how wave action shapes plant communities in deltaic, artificial, and remnant lake fringe wetlands in the Agency Lake area of the Upper Klamath lake. This work has implications for how the Upper Klamath Lake responds to disturbance and how resilient fringe wetlands might be to novel disturbance and hydrologic regimes.

Another group that submitted to WSP was the team of Meghan Halabisky, Mike Hannam and Lexine Long (and co-authors Monika Moskal and Chris Vondrasek). Meghan, Mike, and Lexine all presented great work on their respective research in the wetlands of Mount Rainier National Park, eelgrass beds of Puget Sound and saline wetlands of Utah's Great Salt Lake. Because they all had great individual projects that were well-suited to high-impact ecology journals, the group formed to write a paper on the methods that they used to do their work, all of which used multispectral imagery of various forms. They outline what multi-spectral imagery is and how it can be used to assess wetland resources at various spatial scales.

I am pleased to say that both of these papers came out over the summer, and they are now available online. Rather than merely summarize these articles, I have hosted the links to the pdf files of both issues of WSP that contain the aforementioned articles. Get in touch with both sets of authors if you have any questions!

For a copy of Andy Ray et al's article, check out the March 2013 issue of WSP:

For a copy of Meghan Halabisky et al's article, check out the June 2013 issue of WSP:

Per normal, submissions on applied issues in wetland science, management and policy can be submitted to WSP via Andy Cole, editor of the journal. WSP is currently rebranding itself, so please check with Andy before submitting articles.