Central Puget Sound Chapter
Washington Native Plant Society Central Puget Sound Chapter
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.
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.
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.
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. _____________________________________________________________________________________________
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