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Grass, Sedge, and Rush Identification for Western WA Puget Lowland Habitats

This 2-day class emphasizes field character identification of the most common freshwater, estuarine wetland, and associated upland buffer species found in the Puget lowland region of Washington State. It is oriented towards the needs of shoreline planners, delineators and those involved with Ordinary High Water Mark determinations, and restoration.


The format is a lecture/laboratory setup. Each class begins with a short lecture covering the terminology and salient morphological characteristics needed for a taxonomic identification of the species of choice, field characteristics, some ecological aspects of the species’ common habitat, commonly associated species, distribution, potential use for restoration purposes, and any special ecological requirements. Lecture materials include drawings, slides, and dried plant material. Ample dried material will be available for everyone to practice their keying skills. (14 CM AICP Credits/CEP Points)


Recommended text: Cooke. 1997. A Field Guide to the Common Wetland Plants of Western Washington and Northwestern Oregon. Seattle Audubon. (NOTE: This book is currently out of print and is being updated. There will be loaner copies available during class.)


Recommended text: Hitchcock, c. 1973. Flora of the Pacific Northwest. University of Washington Press.

Available from Amazon, University Bookstores, Local Libraries.


Please also bring a plant dissecting kit (at least a pair of forceps and a dissecting needle).


Lunch is provided. 


Instructor: Dr. Sarah Cooke specializes in wetland creation, restoration and enhancement projects, both in design and implementation. She excels in permitting assistance on the local, state, and national level. She has conducted scientific research on wetland ecosystems for the Puget Sound Wetland and Stormwater Management Manual. Her expertise includes restoration designs, wetland inventories, wetland delineation, OHWM studies, baseline studies, impact assessments, monitoring programs, rare plant surveys, soil surveys, vegetation mapping, and watershed analysis in the region.

Event Properties

Event Date 01-15-2019
Event End Date 01-16-2019
Individual Price $225.00
Location Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

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