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Level II Invasive Annual Grasses Field Workshop

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In this two-day field and classroom workshop in Sheridan, WY, participants will build upon the information presented in the Level 1 Virtual Workshop: Defending and Growing the Core by Breaking the Cycle of Annual Grass Invasion. This hands-on workshop is designed to take a more in depth look at how you can strategically plan for and manage invasive annual grasses (IAG). Participants will visit various sites including intact core areas and growth opportunity areas where we will discuss potential management approaches in each situation. This is also a great opportunity for participants to see multiple management tactics and their effects on rangeland plant communities over time. We will explore various monitoring techniques and discuss strengths and weaknesses. Through this field workshop, participants will become familiar with different management practices and improve their capacity to determine which management tactics will best suite their needs in different situations.

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PNW Society for Range Management Summer Meeting and Tour

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The PNW Section Summer Meeting and Tour will be May 29-31 in Chewelah, WA.
  •  Forest grazing, cover crop grazing, silvopasture, hay production, seedstock beef production, water quality, apex predators, tribal history and issues
  • Headquarters: Mistequa Casino Hotel (pronounced Mist-a-quah), 2545 Smith Rd, Chewelah, WA 99109
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Threat-Based Strategic Rangeland Management field workshop for natural resource professionals

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The first day will cover a variety of topics such as soil ecology, plant identification, invasive annual grass and juniper management, and the foundations behind applying remotely sensed data. The second day will focus on taking the foundations from day 1 and learning how to ensure that planning and management meaningfully influences landscape scale dynamics. Topics will include defending and growing core rangelands, identifying threats, prioritizing areas of ecological importance, synthesizing remotely sensed data, and applying different types of knowledge to address threats at multiple scales on the ground knowledge to manage at meaningful scales. For those of you familiar, this will be similar to the college science in the sagebrush steppe field training we do for universities but targeted for natural resource professionals.

The training is $100 and will include all meals. Registration will open in March.

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SageSTEP Field Tour of Onaqui Sites

The SageSTEP research team invites you to join us for a tour of the Onaqui research site near Tooele, Utah on May 21, 2024.  We will tour the SageSTEP (https://sagestep.org/) shrubland network, SageSTEP woodland network and NEON sites (https://www.neonscience.org/field-sites/onaq), hear results from the past 15 years of data collection, and discuss management needs and research priorities for the next decade.  We are particularly interested in hearing management perspectives on areas of greatest future need.  2024 field tour flyer

Logistics

Tooele is less than an hour from SLC.  Lodging options include the Holiday Inn and Best Western.  We recommend SUV/Trucks, particularly if there is rain prior to the tour.

Meet at 8am on Tuesday, May 21 at the Holiday Inn in Tooele (Address: 1531 N Main St, Tooele, UT 84074) to carpool/caravan to the Onaqui site.  We plan to return to Tooele by 5pm.  Please bring adequate food/water and be prepared to be outside all day.

There will be a no-host dinner on Monday, May 20 at 6 pm for any who can join.

Please RSVP to Lisa Ellsworth at: lisa.ellsworth@oregonstate.edu

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What goes into a burn plan? Examples and results from White’s Creek

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Join us in the field to discuss prescription burn planning, treatments, monitoring, and results with Duncan Leao, Steve Howell, and Ali Paulson, USFS. This is an informal discussion open to all.

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Defending and growing the core by breaking the cycle of annual grass invasion

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Invasive annual grasses–such as cheatgrass, medusahead, and ventenata–are the leading cause of degradation and loss of America’s sagebrush grasslands, reducing forage and habitat, fueling more frequent and larger wildfires, and threatening rural economies. While invasive grasses are widespread, there remains a generational opportunity to proactively address this threat. However, many land managers may not be equipped with the information needed to plan and implement effective treatments.

​In this one-day virtual workshop, participants will learn about guiding principles, strategic planning processes, tools, and tactics for managing annual grass invasion in sagebrush country. Participants will be introduced to the proactive “defend and grow the core” management philosophy, which emphasizes protecting intact and functioning native plant communities, and expanding them through improved management techniques, rather than initially starting with the most degraded areas. This workshop seeks to inspire participants and start conversations across the sagebrush biome on how to meet the invasive annual grass problem head on in their own watersheds. We hope this information will be especially useful to any land manager, landowner, or conservation practitioner working to conserve and protect the sagebrush biome.

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14th North American Forest Ecology Workshop

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The 14th North American Forest Ecology Workshop (NAFEW) will take place June 24 – 27, 2024 in Asheville, NC

The format of the meeting will be different from past years, as we will kick off the meeting with all day field trips on Monday followed by a plenary talk in the evening. Sessions will be offered all day Tuesday, half day Wednesday, and all day Thursday. Local field trips will be offered Wednesday afternoon and workshops will occur throughout the week. A banquet is planned for Tuesday evening.

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Biennial Sage and Columbian Sharp-Tailed Grouse Workshop

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The Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) will continue its 70-year tradition of holding a biennial workshop August 5 through August 8, 2024 in Wenatchee, Washington.

The workshop will provide an opportunity for scientists, managers, and students to share results of their latest research, activities related to management and conservation, and strategies for dealing with the many issues impacting sage- and Columbian sharp-tailed grouse in western North America.

The workshop will be held at the Wenatchee Convention Center (WCC) in a setting that will provide a relaxed atmosphere, opportunities for activities, and unlimited potential for exchanging information. The event will be hosted by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife with tremendous help from WAFWA.

The following is a tentative schedule:
August 5, 2024 (morning): Sage- and Columbian Sharp-tailed Grouse Technical Team (Invitation only)
August 5, 2024 (afternoon): Rangewide Interagency Sagebrush Conservation Team (Invitation only)
August 5, 2024 (evening): Opening gathering at WCC
August 6, 2024 (all day): Research and management presentations at WCC (lunch provided)
August 6, 2024 (evening): Poster session and social at WCC
August 7, 2024 (all day): Field trip to see grouse habitat in Douglas County, Washington (lunch provided)
August 7, 2024 (evening): Banquet at WCC
August 8, 2024 (all day): Research and management presentations at WCC (lunch provided)

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8th Annual SageCon Summit

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The summit will be in Lakeview, OR on Sept. 26-27, 2023. There will be in-person and virtual options.

 

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University of Idaho Rangeland Fall Forum 2023

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This year’s forum will be held in Boise, ID with a symposium on October 5 and a field tour on October 6.

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