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Pacific Northwest Chapter Research

Please contact PNW co-secretaries Maki Dalzell or Katrina Poppe to add wetland and aquatic research communications to this page.

Reed Canarygrass Annotated Bibliography

This annotated bibliography on the invasive reed canarygrass (Phalaris arundinacea) was completed in 2015 for Seattle City Light as part of ongoing habitat mitigation obligations at the Boundary Hydroelectric Project. The annotated bibliography reviews 44 of the most relevant articles, with an additional bibliography of articles not reviewed.

The Beaver Restoration Guidebook

Working with Beaver to Restore Streams, Wetlands, and Floodplains is available online. You can also connect to the guidebook directly here.

Fisheries Restoration-10 years of monitoring

Building Science and Accountability into Community-based Restoration: Can a New Funding Approach Facilitate Effective and Accountable Restoration? http://pnw.sws.org/fisheries_10yr_monitoring.pdf

Method for Rapidly Assessing Tidal Wetland Functions and Integrity

Based on field data collected from 120 wetlands on the Oregon Coast, this new HGM (hydrogeomorphic)-based method is intended for situations where limited time and budget don’t allow for direct measurement of functions. Users can assess conditions during a single site visit, then use a spreadsheet that assigns scores describing the relative levels of 11 wetland functions. Useful for regional profiling of estuarine and tidal wetlands, impact assessment, evaluating mitigation, and monitoring restored wetlands.

Review of New Literature on Wetland and Riparian Buffers

Based on a review of over 200 articles, this synthesis addresses the most recent scientific findings related to buffer (setback) characteristics, as relevant to protecting wetland and riparian water quality and the habitat of wetland-dependent species. The review emphasizes literature published after 2004, providing an update to a review published then by Sheldon and Associates for the Washington Department of Ecology. This new review was used as a foundation for updating the local wetlands protection ordinance.

Regional Profiling of Puget Sound Wetlands

This report features a quantitative profile of tidal and non-tidal wetlands in Island County, Washington, located in the center of Puget Sound. It involved field assessments of a probabilistic sample of wetlands, compilation and overlay of spatial data using GIS, statistical analyses of the collected data, comparison of historical and current aerial photographs, literature synthesis, and review of permit files. Data are interpreted in terms of status and trends in the health of the county’s wetland resource. Similar approaches can be used to characterize wetlands in other regions. The report served as a foundation for updating the local wetlands protection ordinance.

Wetland Amphibians

Selected Papers:

Occurence of the Amphibian Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in the Pacific Northwest. PDF 514KB

Incidence of the Fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in Amphibian Populations along the Northwest Coast of North America. PDF 238KB

Disease Associated with Integumentary and Cloacal Parasites in Tadpoles of Northern Red-legged Frog Rana aurora aurora. PDF 134KB

Decontamination & Swab Procedures:

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Decontamination Procedure for Preventing the Transmission of Chytridiomycosis PDF 17KB
(excerpted from July 2008 Ooze News article by Scott Luchessa)

Swabbing Method for Real Time PCR detection of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis

Control Strategies for Diseases in Wild Amphibians

Other useful links:

Amphibian Diseases Home Page

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