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Program Schedule - Schedule & Evening Programs

Friday, May 19

Dinner is on your own for Friday evening - see Lodging resources for options close by.

2:00 – 6:30 PM - Registration – Hargreaves Hall, EWU Campus
6:00 – 7:00 PM – Reception with light refreshments – Hargreaves Hall, EWU Campus
7:15 – 8:30 PM - Speaker Kurt Merg: WA Dept of Fish and Wildlife Habitat Restoration
Hargreaves Hall


FRIDAY Program:

Kurt Merg  is a Restoration Ecologist working out to the Spokane Office of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.  His academic background is in plant animal interactions and he has published on the role of plant polyploidy in plant-pollinator interactions.  As part of his role with WDFW, he coordinates the Palouse Prairie Project for the State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement Program.  The goal of this program is to increase Palouse Prairie habitat by re-establishing diverse stands of grasses, forbes and shrubs on private land.  Kurt also serves on the Channeled Scabland Cooperative Weed Management Area Steering Committee.  At our Friday evening welcoming address he will be sharing some of his experiences in combating the notion that Palouse prairie plants are “impossible” to re-establish by adapting traditional agricultural techniques to the special needs of native plants.


Saturday, May 20

Breakfast is on your own. 

7:30 – 9:00 AM – Departure for field trips from lot P-15, EWU Campus; Pre-Ordered Lunch pick up   
1:00  - 5:00 PM – Room 246 in Science Building on EWU Campus
                          open for keying of plants,
dissecting microscopes available
5:00 – 6:00 PM – Reception with light refreshments  - Hargreaves Hall
6:15 – 7:15 PM – Dinner Banquet – Hargreaves Hall

7:30 – 8:30 PM – Keynote addressGeologic and Human History of the Spokane River and
                        Channeled Scablands by Jack Nisbet and Gene Kiver


Geologic and Human History of the Spokane River and  Channeled Scablands

presented by Jack Nisbet and Gene Kiver.


Jack Nesbit is a local author, historian, and naturalist who has written several books on the human and natural history of the Columbia Plateau region.   He has authored books featuring the life and adventures of David Thompson, one of the first Europeans to explore the Columbia River, and David Douglas who pioneered botanical exploration of the Pacific Northwest.  His book Burning Grass, Singing Sage focused on the birds, insects, plants and reptiles of the Columbia Basin shrub steppe, dispelling the notion that this semi-arid region as a dry barren wasteland.  More recently his book Ancient Places weaves together essays on the ice age floods that shaped the channeled scablands, meteorites, fossil beds, traditional native fishing sites, biscuit root, and ants, among other elements of the eastern Washington landscape. 

Gene Kiver is a professor emeritus in the Geology Department at Eastern Washington University.   Gene began his career as a geologist specializing in glacial geology.  In the 1970’s he was part of a small team of geologists who first mapped the ice caves on the summit of Mt Rainier.  Throughout his career at EWU, Gene has been involved in untangling the story of the Ice Age Lake Missoula floods, and was one of the founding members of the Ice Age Floods Institute dedicated to educating the public about the unique geologic history of the Columbia Basin.  

As our keynote speakers on Saturday Jack and Gene will present a story of the role of giant fissures in the earth, massive floods, Native American traditions, explorations and invasions by Euro-Americans, introduction of alien plant and animal species, and preservation of ancient flora and traditions that shape the eastern Washington landscape.

Updated: February 10, 2017
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