PNW Section Summer 2017 Tour

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Join us in Washington’s Moses Lake on June 6-8, 2017 for the PNW Section summer meeting and tour. We are joining forces with the Society for Ecological Restoration to bring you a workshop filled with native plants, pollinators, and birds.  The Columbia Basin in early June is sure to be a delightful kick start to summer (printable flier).

Unwind from your travels on Tuesday evening with a social at Moses Lake’s Best Western Plus Lake Front Hotel.  Jump on board the bus on Wednesday for a visit to BFI Native Seeds where Jerry Benson will host us at BFI’s native seed farm in Warden  followed by a trip to Othello to look at plots testing herbicide-native seeding interactions. We will wrap up the day with a catered dinner at Big Bend Community College where Dr. Don Rolfs will present a look at the hundreds of species of native bees he has catalogued in Washington.

Thursday will bring all aspects of native plant restoration together at the Moses Lake Museum. Jim Hallet of the Society for Ecological Restoration will line us out on international standards of restoration, and we’ll dig deeper with Renel Anderson of Biochar Supreme™ as she discusses biochar as a soil amendment in restoration. Chris Sheridan of the Bureau of Land Management will bring us back to the surface with a look at the ongoing restoration projects in the area. Finally, we will take flight with Christi Norman of the Washington Audubon Society and the vegetation needs of sagebrush obligate passerines. Shake off the winter blues and register early for this opportunity to get your summer off to a great start!

Schedule (watch here for updates)

Tuesday, June 6 – Best Western Plus Lake Front Hotel (map)

  • 1 pm – 5:30 pm:  Advisory council/Board of Directors meeting
  • 6 pm – 9 pm:  Meet and greet social gathering

Wednesday, June 7 – Bus departs Best Western Plus Lake Front Hotel at 8 am

  • 8 am – 5 pm:  Tour BFI Native Seeds, Jerry Benson
    • Native Species Farm
    • Experimental Seeding Plots
  • 6 pm:  Catered dinner, Big Bend Community College (ATEC Building 1800, map )
    • Presentation:  Dr. Don Rolfs, Native Bees of Washington

Thursday, June 8 – Moses Lake Museum (map)

  • 8 am – noon: Technical Presentations
    • International Standards of Restoration – Jim Hallet, Society for Ecological Restoration
    • Biochar as a Restoration Tool – Renel Anderson, Biochar Supreme™
    • Ongoing Native Plant Restoration Projects – Chris Sheridan, BLM
    • Vegetation Needs of Sagebrush Obligate Passerines – Christi Norman, Audubon WA

Registration

Registration Fee: US $85 postmarked by May 20, 2017; $100 thereafter. Registration fee includes Tuesday evening social; all Wednesday meals, transportation, and entertainment; and Thursday presentations.

Accommodations

Best Western Plus Lake Front Hotel is holding a block of 30 (substantially discounted) rooms at a $90/night ($10/additional person) until May 25, 2017.  All 30 rooms must be filled for two nights to ensure this meeting package price.  Be sure to let them know you are with the Society for Range Management or Society for Ecological Restoration.

Best Western Plus Lake Front Hotel, 3000 Marina Drive, Moses Lake, WA 98837, 800-780-7234 or 509-765-9211.

Nearby Activities (Grant County, WA Tourism)

  • Hiking at Columbia National Wildlife Refuge
  • Watersports at Moses Lake
  • Golfing, Moses Lake
  • Wineries, fishing, and more!

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For more information, contact:  Will Keller (509-237-2912; Will.Keller@wa.usda.gov) or Cathy Cannon (509-449-8063; Catherine.cannon@wa.usda.gov).