FT 8 - Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Fire-Restoration of Ecological and Tribal Significant Habitats in the Willamette Valley

Sunday, August 6, 2017: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
M.L. King Jr. Lobby, Oregon Convention Center
Frank K. Lake, U.S. Forest Service
This field trip will visit two ecologically significant and culturally important areas in the Willamette Valley located near Portland, Oregon. The sites offer examples of cooperative restoration projects that involved local tribes, federal agencies, non-governmental organizations, and other partners to restore and establish native plant species and provide valuable wildlife habitat adjacent to more urban populated areas. Several guest field trip leaders will discuss and share their cooperative work for different restoration projects. The field trip will focus on ecologically significant habitats, historical and contemporary tribal uses and values for natural and cultural resources linked with restoration strategies. In particular the use of Traditional/prescribed burning in a contemporary context to achieve multiple resource objectives that emphasize how tribal Traditional Ecological Knowledge and partnerships with tribes assist restoration efforts.

Field trip location 1: West Linn, OR. Camassia Preserve, The Nature Conservancy.

The site is a rocky plateau with high levels of Willamette Valley plant diversity, including many species of cultural significance to local tribes.  This rocky plateau supports wet meadows, Oregon white oak-madrone woodlands, vernal and permanent ponds, and even a stand of quaking aspen.

Field trip location 2: Sherwood, OR. Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, US Fish and Wildlife Service.

The Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge is restoring habitats to a more natural state within the floodplain of the Tualatin River basin. The field trip participants will see current restoration and prescribed burning projects conducted cooperatively with the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde.

Registration Fee: $100

Equipment and Attire: Backpack or bag to carry personal items such as water bottle, sun screen, hat, snacks, etc. Sturdy foot wear: boots or closed toed shoes. Walking trails are easy to moderate.

9:00 am Leave Oregon Convention Center for Camassia Preserve [Walnut St., West Linn, OR. 97068] to arrive by 9:30am.
Visit the Preserve until 12:00 noon.
Leave Camassia Preserve at 12:00 noon to arrive at Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge [19255 SW Pacific Hwy, Sherwood, OR 97140] at 12:30 pm.
Lunch from 12:30 pm-1:30pm.
Visit the Refuge until 4:30 pm.
Leave Refuge at 4:30 pm, travel back to Convention Center to arrive by 5:00 pm.

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