Upcoming & Recent Webinars

Planning, Preparing, and Activating an Emergency Response Plan in Field Environments

When: Thursday, March 28, 2019
9:00AM Pacific
Where: United States
Contact: David Sabaj-Stahl
Presented by SER-NW. Are you FULLY prepared to deal with a life-threatening backcounty or fieldwork emergency? When you, a co-worker, friend, or family member has a sudden severe medical emergency, you may have first aid training, but have you thought through and planned all the logistical steps to
maximize your opportunity for a successful rescue? Have you considered the challenges of unique locations and different environments? Could you activate a detailed response plan within minutes that would minimize wasted time and keep potential rescue within the “Golden Hour”? First Aid only supports life, rescue planning SAVES lives.Farley Kautz is the current director and owner of NwBestCPR, a First Aid and CPR training company based in the greater Seattle area. He previously owned and operated Adventure Pursuits, Inc., an outdoor adventure guiding company conducting three to four-week backcountry adventures in Colorado, Utah, Washington, and Alaska. Farley has more than thirty years of experience creating emergency awareness plans for adventure travel and wilderness adventure trips.


Recent Webinars

GIS-based Vulnerability Assessment of Upland Forests in the Cedar River Watershed

Wed, Nov 28, 2018 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM PST

Register Here: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/9056766733127931395

Presented by Rolf Gersonde. Climate change presents new challenges for ecological restoration. The recovery of ecological functions, either through reducing disturbance or by actively promoting ecosystem development is put into question as climate change is likely to alter ecosystem development and composition with uncertain outcome for ecological functions. In the diverse landscape of the Cascade Range, climate impacts are going to vary depending on topography and ecosystem composition. While exposed sites are likely to experience stronger climate impacts and have greater uncertainty regarding ecosystem recovery, other sites (climate refugia) are likely to be less impacted or will be altered more slowly. To aid forest and aquatic restoration at the landscape scale in the Cedar River Municipal Watershed, we conducted a vulnerability analysis of ecosystems to guide ecological restoration efforts at the landscape scale and adapt to projected climate change. We identified elements of climate exposure and ecosystem sensitivity that could be spatially represented and scaled. The elements were combined in an additive model to result in a landscape representation of climate vulnerability. Adding a spatial filter of areas where climate impacts would have greater effect on management goals and adding operational constraints enabled us to identify priority areas for conservation measures to restore late-successional forest habitat and ecosystem resilience. This approach could be adapted to other landscapes and management goals and offers managers a tool to prioritize restoration efforts in an uncertain future.

Soil Bioengineering for the Restoration of Steep and Unstable Slopes and Riparian Areas

Tue, Dec 11, 2018 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM PST

Register Here: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7869941787395129347

Presented by Dave Polster and SER Northwest. Soil bioengineering is the use of living plant materials to perform some engineering function. In some cases, other materials are included. Soil bioengineering systems can be used to treat steep slopes and to provide stability to unstable sites. Soil bioengineering treatments use pioneering species that initiate the natural successional processes associated with the region in which they are applied. This means that in the long run, soil bioengineering systems promote the successional movement of the ecosystem towards later successional stages. Soil bioengineering systems can be used to stabilize sites that conventional systems would cost millions of dollars to stabilize. In addition, since the soil bioengineering systems promote the natural successional development of the site, there is a long term recovery of the site that does not occur with traditional treatments. In addition unlike traditional treatments, soil bioengineering systems promote the sequestration of Carbon thus help with the current climate crisis.


The SER-NW 2019 Graduate Student Colloquia: Day 1

Mon, Feb 25, 2019 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PST

Register Here: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2715752335870807297

Nicollete Nelson – Assessing the effects of meadow restoration on Sierra Nevada amphibians using eDNA
Managers in the Sierra Nevada are increasingly restoring degraded wet meadows in order to recover essential ecosystem services (e.g. water storage and carbon sequestration) and to benefit native wildlife. These projects may increase available habitat for federally-listed amphibians, but some projects have unintentionally prompted the spread of invasive species that negatively impact native amphibians through predation, competition, and disease. Rare amphibians, early-stage invasive colonizers, and pathogens are difficult to observe using traditional survey methods, so we used environmental DNA (eDNA) to determine the net impacts of wet meadow restoration on sensitive amphibians. Our results suggest that wet meadow restoration in the Sierra Nevada has not directly benefited sensitive amphibians.
Rachel Turba de Paula – Use of Museum Material to Reconstruct the Extirpated Fauna of the Los Angeles River
After extirpation of species in their natural habitat, museum samples are usually the only potential source of DNA. For restoration plans to be successful, we need to clearly understand what has been lost. Museum material stored at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County will be used to investigate extirpated populations of unarmored threespine stickleback, a species of freshwater unionid clam, as well as an extinct and endemic species of shrimp. In this chapter, we will investigate the success of different protocols on extractions of formalin-fixed material, dried tissues and shells, which can secondarily be extended to a hybridization capture approach for genome sequencing. Results will be used to answer questions about relationships between extant and extirpated populations and should clarify options for appropriate restoration of the Los Angeles Basin.

The SER-NW 2019 Graduate Student Colloquia: Day 2

Tuesday, Feb 26, 2019 9:00am – 10:30am PST

Emma MacDonaldCommunity Science for the 21st century, a tool of Environmental Justice Emma MacDonald is currently a graduate student within IslandWood and Antioch University’s Urban Environmental Education program. This program is a novel approach to traditional Environmental Education pedagogy, emphasizing environmental leadership, social justice, and expanding place-based experiential learning to include the built environments of our cities. Emma has a background in conservation research and ecological restoration through several positions across Oregon, Washington, and Hawaii. Emma’s webinar presentation will focus on utilizing community science (formerly known as citizen science) as a tool for the environmental justice movement; mobilizing communities to become involved with all aspects of planning, research, and implementation of results to effect positive and sustainable change. Scott Davis – Mapping Urban Ecosystems: an Asset Management Approach to Environmental Stewardship Urban natural spaces go beyond just parks, such as storm water detention ponds, urban creek systems, boat slips, and vegetated reservoirs. The positive function and value provided by urban ecosystems is often overlooked or minimized as a result of existing degradation and disconnection. This project developed an effective process for mapping and evaluating ecosystem assets on public property in an urban environment. The project focuses primarily on the evaluation and digital mapping of a) vegetation , b) tree canopy, c) habitat functions, and d) management needs. This pilot project is being conducted on property owned by Seattle Public Utilities (SPU), a public utility operated by the City of Seattle that provides fresh water delivery, solid waste management, as well as drainage and waste water management. The project includes field data collection, map and inventory creation, field data analysis, and recommendations for the study sites, including an in-depth recommendation for one highlighted site.

The SER-NW 2019 Graduate Student Colloquia: Day 3

Wednesday, Feb 27, 2019 9:00am-10:30am PST

Register Here: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4965692875394182145

Caitlyn O’Connor – Variation in perceptions of the stormwater social-ecological system in Puget Sound: insights for management across the land-sea interface
I will investigate the perceptions of the impacts of non-point source pollution (stormwater) on the marine ecosystem in Puget Sound, Washington by eliciting regional expert opinions’ in the stormwater science and management realm. Specifically, my objectives are to: 1) Describe variation in the ways stormwater experts perceive the structure of the Puget Sound stormwater social-social ecological system. 2) Explore the consequences of differences in variation in perceptions in the stormwater social-social ecological system for management. 3) Develop a consensus model of the Puget Sound stormwater social-ecological system that can be used to support management decisions. These objectives build off one another to end with a tool that will hopefully enhance our understanding of the impacts of emerging contaminants (stormwater), improve our knowledge of the transport of pollutants in the Puget Sound ecosystem, and preliminarily evaluate the perception of how much recovery needs to happen.
Ashley Bagley – How can Floodplain Restoration Enhance Streamflow and Salmon Habitat in the Stillaguamish River?
This project builds upon the Stillaguamish Tribe’s traditional knowledge and collaborations with Snohomish County to predict where floodplain restoration can provide the greatest increase in salmonid habitat by amplifying groundwater-surface water exchange. Our study includes five areas within the North and South Forks had warmer temperatures than side channels and tributaries. Further statistical analysis is needed to identify specific reaches that would create the most beneficial salmonid habitat. The Stillaguamish Tribe and Snohomish County will be able to use the study results for future hydrologic modeling of groundwater-surface water interactions using collected water quality data, and in the evaluation of large wood installations planned for 2019.v

Wetland Re-vegetation: Tools, Techniques and Best Practices

October 24, 2018,  9:00-10:00am PT

Register Here:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3688481473265972739


1) Tim Waters, Owner, North Fork Native Plants. Tim joined NFNP in 2006 after moving from the Midwest to eastern Idaho. He has prior experience in business management/ ownership and investment banking. Tim leads the sales and marketing team and oversees all operations and finance matters.
2) Ann Lefler, Marketing, Sales & Operations Support Manager, North Fork Native Plants. Ann joined NFNP in 2017 and is a fifth generation Idaho native. She earned a B.S. in Natural Resource Management and Watershed Science from Colorado State University and is currently pursuing an MS in Restoration Ecology at the University of Idaho. Ann has 20 years experience in hydrology, water quality and botany.
Company Profile: North Fork Native Plants specializes in innovative products for the restoration, reclamation and landscaping industries. An array of products feature wetland sod, bare root wetland plants, deep rooted willows, custom grown coir logs, wildlife islands, containerized native plants and custom growing services. Current projects include large scale restorations of aquatic habitats in Idaho, Montana and Colorado.

Sage-grouse Habitat Conservation Through Prisons

September 28, 2018, 9:00-10:00am PT

Register Here: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8906729573830608387

Abstract: The purpose of the “Sagebrush in Prisons Project,” is to improve habitat for the greater sage-grouse by engaging state prison systems in production of sagebrush and other important plants for habitat restoration on BLM lands. The Institute for Applied Ecology (IAE) has partnered with the BLM to grow sagebrush with ten prisons in six states. Inmates are involved in sowing plants, growing them over the summer and planting-out on BLM land in the fall. The program is a win-win-win for inmates, community and the environment. Inmates learn horticulture skills, gain confidence from sowing seeds to daily care for the plants to planting-out on greater sage-grouse habitat.
Speaker Bio: Stacy Moore is the Ecological Education Program Director with Institute for Applied Ecology, a non-profit located in Corvallis, Oregon.

Post-fire Restoration in the Great Basin: Challenges, Opportunities, and a Call to Make Adaptive Management Real

Monday, August 20, 2018
9:00AM Pacific time

The vast sea of sagebrush-steppe rangelands that supported iconic wildlife and many ecosystem services has been heavily impacted by exotic plant invasions and altered wildfire, motivating one of the largest restoration and rehabilitation efforts globally. Members of the Great Basin Chapter of SER will describe the efforts, past and future, from scientific and management perspectives, and address the needs and prospects for an adaptive management approach.

Matt Germino is a research ecologist with the US Geological Survey, Boise ID, whose focuses on basic and applied aspects of plant-soil interactions in restoration and has been conducting research in the adaptive management framework

Cindy Fritz is an Emergency Stabilization and Burned Area Rehabilitation specialist with the Bureau of Land Management, Boise ID, and has led the fire rehabilitation efforts on thousands of acres for over 20 years.

Jeanne Chambers is a research ecologist with Rocky Mountain Research Station, USDA Forest Service, Reno NV who has led the development of science and application of resistance and resilience concepts in sagebrush ecosystems and effective research-management partnerships.

Dave Pyke is a research ecologist with the US Geological Survey, Boise ID who has led the science of assessing post-fire restoration treatment effectiveness along with rangeland monitoring approaches.

Register here.

For more info, contact Rebecca Shoer