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"The Native Plant Press" May 2016 (Web version)

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Upcoming Programs  


May 5, 2016
Center for Urban Horticulture 

Robert Van Pelt- "The Forests of the Olympic Peninsula"

Dr. Van Pelt van has long been fascinated with “Forest Giants” and has extensively studied old-growth forests across North America, particularly in California and the Pacific Northwest. He has a particular interest in tree and forest structure and forest ecology.  He has a long connection with the forests of Washington State and was responsible for starting the Washington Big Tree Program in 1987, which keeps records on the largest of each species of tree in the state. He is currently involved in canopy research in the forests of the Olympic Peninsula, among other sites, and will share recent findings with us.

Robert Van Pelt is currently on the research faculty at the University of Washington and Humboldt State University, where he is part of the Institute for Redwood Ecology. He has been at the University of Washington since 1988, where he received both his MS and PhD.   A native of the Midwest, he has lived in Seattle for 30 years, but spends the bulk of his time in Arcata.  His fascination with facts and figures, combined with his research on big trees, lead him to write Forest Giants of the Pacific Coast (2001), which chronicles in detail the largest trees in western North America. 

He was a scientific consultant for a congressionally mandated study of state forests in Washington, and wrote two books which are currently being used in Washington state forest management.  These books were but one output from a four-year effort in defining what old-growth and pre-Euro-American settlement forests are throughout the state.  This has led to a major shift in how state forests are managed, in both eastern and western Washington. 

Currently, he is involved in canopy research on the structure and physiology of the world’s tallest trees – coast redwood, Douglas fir, Sitka spruce, giant sequoia, and mountain ash.

Recent Programs

April 2016

Dr. Judith Harpel- "The Moss Flora of Washington"

Dr. Harpel is currently the Curator of Bryophytes at the University of British Columbia, Beaty Biodiversity Museum, Museum Research Associate with the University of Washington, Burke Museum and a Research Associate with the California Academy of Sciences. She has been working on bryophytes for the last 38 years and studied the ecology and phytogeography of the mosses within the San Juan Islands, Washington for her Ph.D. For eight and half years she was the U.S. Forest Service Regional Interagency Bryologist and provided bryophyte training and guidance for U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management botanists in Washington, Oregon and California.

March 2016                                                                       

Dr. Dennis Paulson- "Birds and Plants" 


Everyone knows that birds come to feeders full of seeds. There are a lot of seed-eating birds! But birds relate to our native plants in many more ways than that, both positive and negative, and Dennis Paulson will tell you about this in an illustrated lecture.

Dr. Paulson, recently retired as Director of the Slater Museum of Natural History, University of Puget Sound, and has been a professional biologist and naturalist all of his adult life. He began studying natural history as a boy and is a world expert on dragonflies and shorebirds, in addition to teaching master birder classes for the Audubon Society. He is the author of nine books, including Shorebirds of North America and Dragonflies and Damselflies of the West, and 90 scientific papers on birds and dragonflies.

February 2016                                                                                             

Ed Alverson- The genus Erythronium in Western North America

Western North America is the global center of Erythronium diversity, with 22 of the 33 species found worldwide. Ed has spent the last several decades roaming in search of fawn lilies, avalanche lilies and their kin.

The Western species exhibit a wide range of flower color and leaf form, and under optimal conditions, they can form large colonies. While some of these species are widespread, many are localized endemics.

Ed will show photos of both the common and the rare species, and share some of what he has experienced from his wide-ranging explorations.


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