Upcoming & Recent Webinars
Planning, Preparing, and Activating an Emergency Response Plan in Field Environments
|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.
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
The SER-NW 2019 Graduate Student Colloquia: Day 2
Emma MacDonald – Community 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
Wetland Re-vegetation: Tools, Techniques and Best Practices
October 24, 2018, 9:00-10:00am PT
Sage-grouse Habitat Conservation Through Prisons
September 28, 2018, 9:00-10:00am PT
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.
For more info, contact Rebecca Shoer