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SEPTEMBER 2016 NEWSLETTER
September 1, 2016
Center for Urban Horticulture
Clay Antieau: "Whither WNPS"
In its 40th year as Washington's strongest voice for promoting the appreciation and conservation of Washington’s native plants and their habitats, what does the future of WNPS look like?? Like many non-profit environmental organizations, the relevance and effectiveness of WNPS is being challenged on numerous fronts. In this presentation, WNPS President, Clay Antieau, will share his views on the strengths and weaknesses that characterize WNPS--as well as the opportunities and threats that lie beyond.
Come prepared to share your thoughts about the future of WNPS!
Clay Antieau M.S., Ph.C. is a Horticulturist, Botanist, and Environmental Scientist who enthusiastically combines these disciplines to offer unique abilities and perspectives in project work and environmental education. Clay currently works for Seattle Public Utilities as an environmental permit specialist. He's a Fellow and current President of the Washington Native Plant Society (WNPS), a Past President of WNPS, a Past President of the Northwest Chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration, and a former Director of the Washington Trails Association.
October 6: Mark Egger presents: Botanizing in Peru
Center for Urban Horticulture, 7:30 pm
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Eastside Program: October 12; 7:00 pm
Gardening with Native Plants:
The What, Why, How and Where
Presented by Marcia Rivers Smith
Bellevue Botanical Garden
Tim Billo presents:
Landscape Changes Over Time and the Fern Die Off at Seward Park
Center for Urban Horticulture, 7:30 pm, check back for details.
Paul Hessburg: "Historical and Current Fire Regimes of Eastern Washington-
How Did We Get Here?"
Dr. Hessburg will characterize historical fire regimes and how they affected the E WA landscape. He will then show how 20th century management inadvertently altered the structure, composition, and patterns of forests, and how this has led to significant changes in the fire regimes of each major forest type. He will show how a warming climate, increased fuels, and a virtual epidemic of young trees have created a “perfect storm” condition for today’s wildfires. He closes his talk by showing how the study of historical landscape functioning gives us important clues to how we might restore our modern era landscapes.
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.
Seeking Native Plants -What to do with your surplus native flora? Donate of Course!