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2017 SWS-PNW Chapter Mini-Meeting SWS Fall Mini Meeting Flier

The 2017 Pacific Northwest Chapter meeting, Applied Wetland Science in a Changing Northwest World will be held September 26th and 27th, 2017 at the Red Lion Hotel in Kelso, WA. This year’s meeting will take a plenary format with day one comprised of a dozen plenary talks on emerging topics in wetland policy, mitigation planning, restoration, and carbon accounting for climate change. Day two will potentially consist of workshops and field trips (with separate registration costs). The meeting is catered and includes an evening social on Tuesday, the 26th

Invited Sessions on Tuesday, September 26th:

8:00am - 8:30am Registration
8:30am - 10:00am Wetland Inventory and Mapping in Washington State
10:00am - 10:30am           Break
10:30am - noon Beaver and Wetland Resilience and Restoration
noon - 1:30pm Lunch and Chapter Business Meeting
1:30pm - 2:30pm Climate Change and Estuaries - Blue Carbon
2:30pm - 3:00pm Break
3:00pm - 4:30pm Oregon's Aquatic Resources Mitigation Strategy
4:30pm - 5:00pm  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Status and Trend
5:00pm - 8:00pm Social* - drinks and hors d'oeuvres


*Contributed Poster Session - September 26th, 2017

During the closing social on Tuesday, we invite attendees to present a wetland-related poster of their choosing. Students are encouraged to present preliminary results or projects in their early stages. This is the opportunity for anyone in attendance to repurpose her/his poster that presents recent applied wetland and floodplain research, policy briefs, mapping and condition assessment efforts, wetland mitigation, restoration, and conservation projects. All wetland-related topics are welcome. Please enter the anticipated poster title when registering. There is no additional cost to present a poster.

The conference will provide easels and pushpins for poster hanging. To ensure adequate space for all attendees, please keep posters to a reasonable size. Direct any poster-related questions to nate@natehough-snee.org


Field Trips and Workshops on Wednesday, September 27th:

All field trips and workshops take place on September 27th and depart from the Red Lion Hotel and Conference Center, Kelso. 

Cowlitz Indian Tribe Restoration Projects Tour - 9:00am-2:00pm

Registration - $35 (includes coffee service at Red Lion Hotel, and box lunch).  Transportation to the restoration sites are on your own, but carpooling is encouraged. Sites are located near Kelso, WA. 

Tour of the Abernathy Creek Restoration Projects- A series of restoration projects have been implemented by the Cowlitz Indian Tribe Natural Resources Department since 2014 in an effort to improve salmon habitat within Abernathy Creek in Cowlitz County, Washington.  The Tribe first restored a 600-foot historical side channel of Abernathy Creek that had become filled with debris. The Tribe removed sand and rocks, restored access to the main channel of Abernathy Creek and strategically placed engineered log jams to create pools and resting areas. Other projects have included the installation of whole trees and wood accumulations in 1.3 miles of upper Abernathy Creek and Ordway Creek. These creeks are used by winter steelhead, coho and chinook.Abernathy Creek is part of the Intensively Monitored Watershed (IMW) project which is a joint effort of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Ecology, NOAA Fisheries, the Environmental Protection Agency, Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe, Cowlitz Indian Tribe, and Weyerhaeuser Company. The Mill, Abernathy, Germany watershed is one of three IMWs in the state. The IMW cooperators collected water quantity, water quality, habitat, summer juvenile fish abundance, and smolt production data and are identifying specific restoration actions for each IMW treatment watershed.  The Cowlitz Indian Tribe Biologist will lead the fieldtrip up Abernathy Creek, explaining their restoration design considerations and monitoring effort.

Coweeman Mitigation Bank Site Tour - 9:00am-11:30am

Registration- $35 (includes morning coffee service at the Red Lion Hotel and box lunch). Transportation to the bank site is on your own, but carpooling is encouraged.  Site is located less than 3 miles from the Red Lion Hotel in Kelso, WA.

This 312 acre site located along the Coweeman River was approved in 2016 as a joint wetland and habitat (endangered species) mitigation bank.  The project includes approximately 100 acres within the tidally influenced portion of the Coweeman River floodplain and approximately 200 acres of old growth forest surrounding the river. A large palustrine forested/shrub/emergent/aquatic bed wetland complex locally known as “Hart’s Lake” and three smaller wetlands are located within the floodplain of the Bank site. The old growth forest includes wetlands and small tributaries that flow into the Coweeman River.  The project restored wetlands and riparian areas within the floodplain and preserve critical wetland, upland and riparian habitat within the old growth forest areas.  Historically these areas were grazed by cattle or hayed each summer which had significantly degraded and impaired their condition. The bank sponsor will lead the field trip explaining their restoration design and the process for getting approval for a joint wetland and habitat bank. 

Restoration/Mitigation Planting Workshop - 8:30am-2:30pm

Registration- $125 (includes morning coffee service at the Red Lion Hotel and box lunch). Morning is in a class room setting at the Red Lion Hotel. Afternoon field session is at the Coweeman Mitigation Bank site. Transportation to the field site is on your own, but carpooling is encouraged.  Field site is less than 3 miles from the Red Lion Hotel in Kelso, WA.

Sarah Cooke will provide a workshop on “what to plant and what not to plant” appropriate in many different types of aquatic environments including –stormwater ponds, small residential applications, wastewater treatment, bioswales, emergent meadows and forest wetlands. Learn from the master on what species work best in these different and often challenging locations and the importance of using native species in your plantings to avoid future problems. 



Membership Type Early
   (Through Friday, Sep. 15th, 2017)     
   (After Sep. 15th; including onsite)   
SWS Member $60.00 $70.00
Non-member $80.00 $90.00
Student $40.00 $50.00

Registration for this event is open. To register, click here



As the host location for this year’s meeting, the Red Lion Kelso is offering a group room rate of $106 to those in attendance. Please call the hotel directly and request the “SWS-PNW” meeting rate.

Red Lion Hotel and Conference Center Kelso
510 Kelso Dr. 
Kelso, WA 98626
Phone: (360) 578-4006


Andy McMillan Student Scholarship Information

To encourage student participation at the Pacific Northwest Chapter meetings, the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Society of Wetland Scientists sponsors student travel awards. These funds are available to assist students with the costs associated with traveling to and from SWS national meetings and Chapter meetings to present their research and network with professionals. Learn more by visiting the scholarships and awards page.

Helpful Links

View the new 2017 Field Indicators of Hydric Soilshere

View Field Guide for the Identification and Use of Common Riparian Woody Plants of the Intermountain West and Pacific Northwest Regions here

SWS is pleased to provide a monthly webinar series on wetland science topics of interest. Webinar registration is complimentary to all SWS members. Check out the Upcoming Webinars page to learn more! In addition, all webinars are recorded and archived for complimentary viewing by members on our Past Webinars page.

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