Rivers to Ridges Tour with the LTWC

On Earth Day, Christina Appleby participated in the Long Tom Watershed Council’s Rivers to Ridges group tour along the lower Long Tom River. The tour was attended by many partners of the Rivers to Ridges group including representatives from the Nature Conservancy, the Army Corps of Engineers, USFW, Lane County Parks, and Friends of Buford Park. The tour included intact hardwood floodplain forest, oak woodland and savannah, vernal pools, and wet and upland prairie habitats just north of the Fern Ridge Reservoir. The group learned about LTWC’s interest in the reconnection historic channel segments and their ongoing efforts to recreate wet prairies and restore open white oak woodlands on private lands.

Christina shared some of her thesis research ideas with the group as a part of the investigation into reconnecting historic meander bends to the main stem of the lower Long Tom River for fish passage improvement and floodplain reconnection. She was impressed by the widespread and beautiful camas flowers in the wet prairies and was pleased to see a herd of more than forty elk utilizing the restored woodlands.

Camas Prairie
Camas Prairie

 

Camas flower
Camas flower

 

LTWC R2R Tour
LTWC R2R Tour

 

Oak woodland
Oak woodland

 

LTWC's Katie MacKendrick
LTWC’s Katie MacKendrick

UO river group well represented at AAG 2016

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Past and present River Rats were well represented at the Annual American Association of Geographers Meeting in San Francisco a couple weeks ago (March 29th – April 2nd). Present members Mark Fonstad, Pat McDowell, Pollyanna Lind, Matthew Goslin, and Devin Lea were joined by past members Didi Martinez, James Dietrich, Suzanne Walther, Sarah Praskievicz, Helen Beeson, and Denise Tu. Many of these individuals presented papers or posters, a sampling of which are provided here:

Mark Fonstad – Remote Sensing of River Discharge, Depth, and Velocity from Standing Wave Trains

Pollyanna Lind – Bedload Transport and Connectivity in a Steep Montane Tropical River – Rio Pacuare, Costa Rica

Matthew Goslin – Modeling Species Distributions of Carex Nudata, a Riparian Sedge Associated with Hydrological Variables within River Basins

Devin Lea – Channel migration and hazard vulnerability management in the Anthropocene

Didi Martinez – Sensitivity of Modeled Channel Hydraulic Variables to Invasive and Native Riparian Vegetation

Sarah Praskievicz – Satellite-Derived Local Topographic Lapse Rates of Precipitation for Use in Downscaling Climate-Model Output in Remote Mountainous Regions

James Dietrich – Detecting Fluvial Wood in Forested Watersheds Using LiDAR Data

Suzanne Walther – Flash flooding in Capitol Reef National Park, Utah: Quantifying Geomorphic Change on Pleasant Creek

San Francisco gave ample opportunity for past and present River Rats to (re)unite, and we look forward to another strong group attending AAG 2017 in Boston!

Picture: Pat Bartlein, Pat McDowell, Mark Fonstad, Didi Martinez, Suzanne Walther, Sarah Praskievicz, James Dietrich, Denise Hu, and Polly Lind (from left to right) at AAG 2016