2018 Washington Botanical Symposium

Washington Vernal Pool
Joe Rocchio
Washington Vernal Pool

 Wednesday, March 21, 2018
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Reception to follow, 4:00 – 6:00pm

UW Botanic Gardens
Center for Urban Horticulture – NHS Hall
3501 NE 41st St.
Seattle, WA 98105


Co-hosted by: University of Washington Botanic Gardens and the University of Washington Herbarium at the Burke Museum

An extensive network of professional, academic, and amateur botanists are actively engaged in the conservation, management, and study of Washington’s diverse flora.  Their expertise ranges from how best to manage biodiversity, to understanding climate change impacts on plant communities, to naming and classifying the flora’s rare, common, and invasive elements.  Invited speakers and poster presentations will share new insights and discoveries about these topics and more.  Participants from throughout Washington and adjacent areas will have the opportunity to exchange ideas with colleagues within and across disciplines.

Symposium Announcement (PDF)

Printed Program


Opening Session:

  • Recent changes to Washington’s flora: new taxa, new arrivals, and new taxonomy (Presentation PDF)
    David E. Giblin, Ph.D. Collections Manager, University of Washington Herbarium, Burke Museum
  • Using the PNW Herbaria web site to study Washington’s flora: tools, tips, and tricks (Presentation PDF)
    Ben Legler, University of Washington Herbarium, Burke Museum

Mid-morning Session:

  • Prioritizing vascular plant species for conservation: some lessons from Wyoming (Presentation PDF)
    Walter Fertig, Ph.D., Rare Plant Botanist, Washington Natural Heritage Program
  • Introduction to the vernal pool flora of the Pacific Northwest (Presentation PDF)
    Ed Alverson, Natural Areas Coordinator for Lane County Parks
  • Bryophytes of the Okanogan: finding the hidden gems (Presentation PDF)
    Erica Heinlen, MSc., Seasonal Botanist, Tonasket Ranger District, Okanogan-Wentachee National Forest

Afternoon Session:

  • Understanding the traditional value of Pacific Northwest plants (Presentation PDF)
    Warren KingGeorge, Historian at Muckleshoot Indian Tribe Preservation Program
  • Classifying and mapping vegetation in Washington’s National Parks (Presentation PDF)
    Catharine Copass, NCCN Vegetation Inventory and Mapping Project Coordinator, National Park Service

Closing Session:

  • New insights from plant-pollinator networks for conservation and restoration (CNLM website)
    Susan Waters, Ph.D., Rare Species Ecologist, Center for Natural Lands Management (CNLM)
  • Vegetation dynamics in the Columbia Basin sagebrush-steppe (Presentation PDF)
    Claire Wainwright, Ph.D., Research Associate, Terrestrial Restoration Ecology Lab, School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, University of Washington
  • Refugia for endemic alpine plants in the Pacific Northwest (Presentation PDF)
    Eric DeChaine, Professor of Biology and Herbarium Curator, Western Washington University

Steering Committee Members

Alison Halpern, Chair Executive Secretary, Washington Noxious Weed Control Board
Clayton Antieau Senior Specialist, Environmental Review and Environmental Permitting,
Seattle Public Utilities, City of Seattle and Past President, Washington Native Plant Society
Wendy DesCamp Education Specialist, Washington State Noxious Weed Control Board
Wendy Gibble Associate Director, University of Washington Botanic Gardens and the Rare Plant Care
and Conservation Program Manager (Rare Care)
David Giblin, Ph.D Collections Manager, University of Washington Herbarium, Burke Museum
Joe Rocchio Senior Vegetation Ecologist, Washington DNR, Natural Heritage Program
Kelli Van Norman Inventory Coordinator, Oregon/Washington BLM and Region 6 Forest Service,
Interagency Special Status/Sensitive Species Program

We want to express our appreciation to UW Sustainability, UW College of the Environment, and UW Continuum College – EGDE Program for their assistance in supporting the remote attendance option for participants.







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