Eighth Western Native Plant Conference
End Date: November 14, 2019
Location: Olympia, WA
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Pre-Conference Field Tour hosted by the Center for Natural Lands Management, South Puget Sound Program (optional event on registration form)
Transportation and lunch included
Field tour weather could be cool and rainy; participants should bring sturdy, waterproof walking shoes and clothing suitable for cold, wet, or muddy conditions.
8:30 Board buses at The Hotel RL
5:00 Arrive back at The Hotel RL
The field tour will consist of several stops including: Violet Prairie Scatter Creek Preserve (agriculture conversion project); Violet Prairie native seed farm; Mima Mounds Natural Area Preserve; Shotwell’s Landing Nursery (seed cleaning, greenhouses, and seed beds); and Glacial Heritage (1,000-acre restored prairie).
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
8:30 Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 Welcome and Introductions – Diane Haase, Western Nursery Specialist, USDA Forest Service, Portland, OR
9:10 Growing Wild Plants: Philosophy and Practice – Ned McGinely, Sound Native Plants, Olympia, WA
9:45 Climate Influences Range and Phenology of Northwest Shrub Species – Connie Harrington, USDA Forest Service, Olympia, WA
10:50 Long-Term Management Impacts on Plant Communities in Upland Prairies in the Willamette Valley – Matt Bahm, Institute for Applied Ecology, Corvallis, OR
11:25 If You Build It, Will They Come? The Effects of Plant Restoration on Pollinator Diversity in Willamette Valley/Puget Trough Prairies – Susan Waters, Center for Natural Lands Management, Olympia, WA
12:00 Lunch (included with registration)
1:15 Seed Propagation Using an Oxygenated Water Bath – Derek Tilley, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Aberdeen, ID
1:50 Outcomes of Post-Fire Seeding Experiments Using Native Seed Mixes in the Great Basin – Jeff Ott, USDA Forest Service, Boise, ID
2:25 Expanding the Conservation Portfolio: Reintroducing Native Plants to Working Lands in Western Washington – Sarah Hamman, Center for Natural Lands Management, Olympia, WA
3:30 Native Plant Curriculum for Middle and High School Students – Tyler Knapp, Institute for Applied Ecology, Corvallis, OR
4:05 Using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and Seed Technology for Direct Seeding In Forests and Rangelands – Tiffani Manteuffel-Ross, DroneSeed, Seattle, WA
Thursday, November 14, 2019
8:00 Continental Breakfast
8:15 What’s Luck Got to Do with It? Rollin’ on the Restoration River – Lee Riley, USDA Forest Service, Cottage Grove, OR
8:50 Role of the Plot-Sized Farmer in Native Seed Production – Sierra Smith, Center for Natural Lands Management, Olympia, WA
9:25 Establishing Habitat for Honeybee Health and Conservation – Ashley Baird, Beecoming Project, Portland, OR
10:30 Determining the Scale of Local Adaptation: What Can We Learn From A Large-Scale Reciprocal Transplant Study of an Important Restoration Grass Species? – Francis Kilkenny, USDA Forest Service, Boise, ID
11:05 ‘Restoring’ for Future Climates: Plant Population Dynamics Across a Latitudinal Gradient in a Climate Manipulation Experiment – Paul Reed, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR
11:40 Combining Nitrogen and Rhizobia to Improve Nursery Growth of Nitrogen-Fixing Plants – Kas Dumroese, USDA Forest Service, Moscow, ID
12:15 Lunch (included with registration)
1:30 Teaching, Growing, Restoring: Developing Vocational Curricula for Adults in Custody Involved in Sagebrush Production – Dionné Mejia, Institute for Applied Ecology, Corvallis, OR
2:05 Speaker TBA
2:40 Speaker TBA
The registration fee is $395 on or before Nov. 1, 2019 or $450 after Nov. 1. The registration fee includes a book of speaker materials, 2 lunches, and refreshments. The field tour is $75 on or before Nov. 1 or $95 after Nov. 1. The tour fee includes transportation and lunch. Checks should be made payable to Western Forestry and Conservation Association. Purchase orders, VISA/MasterCard, and American Express are accepted. Tax id # 930-331-712. No refunds for cancellations after Nov. 4, but substitutions are always welcome.
Exhibit and Sponsorship Opportunities
Each exhibitor slot is $600 and includes one conference registration and all meals. The exhibit area is adjacent to the meeting room and all coffee breaks. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available to increase visibility by having your company’s name listed in the program as a coffee break sponsor or the placement of your print advertisement in the program booklet (approximately 1/3 page in size). For more information on these sponsorship opportunities, contact Richard Zabel at 503-226-4562 or use the contact form below.
Reduced rate lodging is available at the Hotel RL by calling (800) 733-5466 and mentioning Western Forestry and Conservation. The rate for a single room is $90 plus tax. After 10/16/19, reduced rates will be subject to availability.