Society of Wetland Scientists Pacific Northwest Meeting 2017:

The Society of Wetland Scientists' Pacific Northwest Chapter has been working hard to put together a small, plenary meeting later this month and we're pleased to announce that the final program is finalized and up (see below). 

Yours truly is pinch hitting on a talk by some Utah State University folks and moderating a pair of sessions. There are 12 great talks on the books, an ad hoc poster session, two wetland mitigation/restoration field trips, and a workshop by Sarah Cooke on wetland restoration plant selection. Both days count toward continuing education credits for Professional Wetland Scientist certifications.

Most importantly, this meeting is a great way to meet new folks, hear about cutting edge developments in wetland science and management. On behalf of SWS-PNW, we hope to see you in Kelso!

Applied Wetland Science in a Changing Northwest World

September 26th-27th, 2017
Red Lion Hotel, Kelso, WA

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Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

8:00 am – Registration opens

8:55 am – Opening Remarks
Yvonne Vallette, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

9:00 am – 10:30 am
Wetland classification and mapping in Washington State
Moderated by Nate Hough-Snee, Meadow Run Environmental

9:00 am
Improving Wetland Identification for Conservation and Regulatory Priorities
Dr. Amy Yahnke – Senior Wetland Ecologist, Washington Department of Ecology

9:30 am
Classification of Washington's Wetlands for Inventory, Mapping, and Conservation Prioritization. An Approach Based on the U.S. National Vegetation Classification
Joe Rocchio – Senior Vegetation Ecologist, Washington Dept. of Natural Resources, Natural Heritage Program

10:00 am
A semi-automated, remote sensing based approach for updating the National Wetland Inventory in Washington State
Dr. Meghan Halabisky – Research Ecologist – University of Washington, School of Environmental and Forest Sciences

10:30 am Break and refreshments

11:00 am – 12:15pm
Frontiers session: Emerging ideas in wetland restoration and management
Session 1 – Beaver, watershed, wetland, and stream restoration
Moderated by Nate Hough-Snee, Meadow Run Environmental

11:00 am
Wetland restoration planning using the Beaver Restoration Assessment Tool
Dr. Nate Hough-Snee – Riparian and Wetland Ecologist, Meadow Run Environmental

11:15 am
Could beaver dams buffer a declining snowpack?
Konrad Hafen – Ph.D Candidate, University of Idaho, Water Resources

11:45 am
The Methow Beaver Project
Dr. Torre Stockard – Project Coordinator – Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife

12:15 pm Lunch and chapter business meeting

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Frontiers session: Emerging ideas in wetland restoration and management
Session 2 – Blue carbon science and applications
Moderated by Katrina Poppe, Northwest Ecological Services/Western Washington University

1:30 pm
Blue carbon science
Dr. Jude Apple – Research Coordinator Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve/Washington State Department of Ecology   

2:00 pm
Blue carbon in practice
Stefanie Simpson – Blue Carbon Program Senior Manager, Restore America's Estuaries

2:30 pm Break and refreshments

3:00 pm – 5:00pm Wetland policy and regulatory issues
Moderated by Yvonne Vallette, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

3:00 pm
Comparison of mitigation banking to other mitigation options – A consulting perspective
Fiona McNair, Senior Biologist, GeoEngineers

3:30 pm
Aquatic resource mitigation framework in Oregon
Dana Hicks – Mitigation Policy Specialist, Oregon Department of State Lands

4:30 pm
The next national wetland status and trend effort
Bill Kirchner – National Wetland Inventory Coordinator, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Social and ad hoc poster session.


Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

Field Trips and Workshop

Cowlitz Indian Tribe Restoration Projects Tour - 9:00am - 2:00pm
Cowlitz Indian Tribe staff

Coweemnan Mitigation Bank Site Tour - 9:00am - 11:30am
Victor and Zachary Woodward, Habitat Bank

Wetland Restoration: What to plant and what NOT to plant 8:30am - 2:30pm
Dr. Sarah Cooke – Ecologist, Cooke Scientific