Shadow Lake Bog, Renton, WA
Second Annual Chapter Photo Contest
The Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Society of Wetland Scientists is hosting its second annual wetland photograph contest this spring/summer. Chapter members are encouraged to submit their original, wetland-related photos now through July 31st. Online voting by Chapter members will take place through the month of August. At least twelve winning photos will be selected by online voters and displayed in a beautiful, full-color 2014 calendar. The calendar will be available for sale on the Pacific Northwest Chapter website beginning in November. Winners will receive a free calendar!
SWS Event – Shoreline Management Tool Presentation
Thursday, May 16, 2013 from 12:00-1:00 at Lucky Labrador Brewpub (915 SE Hawthorne Blvd - Portland, OR)
- Learn about a recently developed USGS tool for assessing shoreline habitat
- Take a break from work to network with like-minded individuals
- Enjoy tasty Lucky Lab fare
2013 Student Scholarship Awards
The Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Society of Wetland Scientists would like to encourage student participation at our regional and national meetings. Currently, the chapter is sponsoring student participation at the annual meeting in Duluth, MN June 2-6, 2013. We would like to announce the availability of funds to assist students with the costs associated with traveling to and from the meeting to present their research.
Wetland Foundation 2013 Travel Grants
The Wetland Foundation is now accepting applications for 2013 travel grants from any student currently enrolled full-time at an academic institution in the USA and who meets the application criteria for any of the following grants. Note international students are eligible if attending a university in the States. Click here for more information. The application deadline is November 30.
- Conference Travel Grant - $600 – for advanced undergraduate and graduate students who have never attended a wetland scientific conference and who have limited funds for travel.
- Conference Travel Grant - $1200 - for advanced undergraduate and graduate students with limited funding to present their wetland research findings at a conference.
- Field Trip Grant - $800 – for outstanding graduate students with limited funding to defray field expenses associated with thesis or dissertation research on wetlands.
- Field Trip Grant - $1000 – for promising undergraduate students to attend field courses focused on wetlands.
Final National Wetland Plant List Effective As Of June 1st, 2012
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), as part of an interagency effort with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), is announcing the availability of the final 2012 National Wetland Plant List (NWPL). The NWPL is used to determine whether the hydrophytic vegetation parameter is met when conducting wetland determinations under the Clean Water Act and the Wetland Conservation Provisions of the Food Security Act. Other applications of the list include wetland restoration, establishment, and enhancement projects. The list will become effective on June 1, 2012 and will be used in any wetland delineation performed after this date. Delineations received prior to this date may still use the 1988 list, or you may chose to use the 2012 list. For the Federal Registry Notice, May 9, 2012, click here.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has released its updated website with the North American Digital Flora: National Wetland Plant List (NWPL). Interest in wetland plants comes from all levels of government, academia, the private sector, and nonprofit organizations. The NWPL (and the information implied by its wetland plant species status ratings) is used extensively in wetland delineation, wetland restoration and research, and the development of compensatory mitigation goals, as well as in providing general botanical information about wetland plants. The geographic area of NWPL covers all 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Caribbean and Pacific islands that are considered to be territories of the U.S. However, to provide additional insights regarding plant distribution awareness, we have included the total geographic range for each taxon throughout North America, North of Mexico. The plant data are organized into ten regions that coincide with Corps wetland delineation regions. Updating the NWPL has been a cooperative effort of the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, The Biota of North America (BONAP), states, Indian Nations, the academic community, and the scientific portion of the public. Each region of the United States is represented by a panel consisting of botanists or ecologists from each of the four lead federal agencies; these panels will initiate draft wetland plant ratings. To visit the National Wetland Plant List, click here.
Estuarine Wetland Responses to Sea Level Rise,
a presentation by Laura Brophy to the National Academies' Sea Level Rise Committee, March, 2011
(Please note that each slide has lots of notes attached, which are accessed by clicking on the small "balloon" in the upper left corner of each slide.)
For more information: Laura@GreenPointConsulting.com
Soil & Wetland Scientist Certification in Washington update
The 2011 Legislative session is coming soon and with it a revised bill for certifying soil and wetland scientists in Washington state. Please see the new and improved website for information on other states that have certification programs, the latest bill language, and more. See the In-Depth Info and Links page on the website https://sites.google.com/site/soilwetlandscientists/home. Also, please listen to the podcast for answers to some commonly asked questions about the proposed certification bill.
Fairy Shrimp in Washington
To read the article in the Ooze News click here
Fairy Shrimp Data Sheet 2010/11