Sagehen Events, 2009...

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Sagehen Experimental Forest Celebration

June 2-3, 2009

Event: Sagehen Experimental Forest Celebration
Location: Sagehen Experimental Forest, 11616 Sagehen Rd; Truckee, CA 96160
Date: June 2-3, 2009
RSVP and send registration fee by May 20, 2009 to: Valerie Hipkins

The US Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station is hosting a Centennial Celebration for US Forest Service Research & Development at the Sagehen Experimental Forest on June 2-3, 2009.

You are invited to this event which is being held both to honor 100 years of Forest Service research at Experimental Forests and Ranges across the country and to develop a long-term research vision for the Sagehen Experimental Forest. Please see the tri-fold invitation for details.

For those who are visually impaired, please contact Larry Rabin to request a Microsoft Word version of this invitation.


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Highway-89 Stewardship Team
Kyburz Flat Wildlife Underpass Dedication Ceremony

June 25, 2009


From "Sierraville (California) Highway 89 stewardship team: ahead of the curve":

Highway 89 stretches from north to south across California, through Sierra County from Sierraville to Truckee. The highway bisects an important portion of the Loyalton-Truckee deer herd, as well as important habitat for forest carnivores, amphibians and other wildlife on the Tahoe National Forest.

By 2002, several groups were working independently to investigate different aspects of animal-vehicle collisions along the highway...

These groups and their efforts were brought together in 2002 when they were catalyzed by the USDA Forest Service into a stewardship team to work together collaboratively to improve the high wildlife mortality and increasing habitat fragmentation on the highway.

Join the Team as they dedicate their first completed mitigation structure: an animal underpass at Kyburz Flat. directions & more info about event in invitation at left.


Hwy-89 Stewardship Team videos.
News about the Team.

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2009 Sagehen Summer Speaker Series:
"The Year of Science, 2009"

July 9 -August 20, 2009


The Coalition on the Public Understanding of Science (COPUS) has designated 2009 as the Year of Science 2009 (YoS2009), a national, yearlong, grassroots celebration: “If you don’t stand up for science, then no one else is going to do it."

As our contribution to this celebration, Sagehen Creek Field Station & the Truckee River Watershed Council have lined up another roster of interesting summer speakers & topics.

We pride ourselves on recruiting some of the top folks in the country to come and share their knowledge with the public. We'll post information on the speakers & topics as it becomes available.

Watch a video of one of the past presentations, including:

A few requirements:

  1. Kids welcome!
  2. We will have trash receptacles in the meeting area.
  3. No pets beyond the main gate--no exceptions!
  4. We will have folks to assist you in parking; carpooling is a good thing!
  5. No fires!
  6. Folks with special access needs are asked to contact the station several days in advance so that we can make arrangements to accomodate these needs.

Directions to the station are available here, or download a printable information sheet

PDF Map and directions (286K). 11-30-02   PDF Information Sheet (323K). 5-20-03

The station opens to the public at 4:30pm (2:30 for field trips). We invite you to come in and bring a picnic dinner. The talks begin at 6:00pm & run until around 8:00pm.

Date: Speaker: Topic:

July 9


Amber Nordby
Master's Candidate in Biology;
San Francisco State University

Bees of the Sierra Nevada.

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July 23


Scott Crosbie
Scott Crosbie

Ph.D. Candidate in Animal Biology;
Wildlife and Ecology Unit, U.C. Davis.

Central Sierra Bird Monitoring; and

Impact of West Nile virus on California Birds.

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Scott’s work has focused on the impact of West Nile virus on corvids (birds in the crow family), with special focus on the Yellow-billed Magpie, a species found only in California.

Since 2002, Scott has also been contracted by The Nature Conservancy to monitor bird populations at the Sagehen Creek Field Station with Walter Clevenger. Scott will be discussing bird population monitoring and the recent impact of West Nile virus on birds in California.

August 13


Malcolm North

Research Plant Ecologist, Pacific Southwest Research Station, US Forest Service; and
Associate in Forest Ecology, Department of
Plant Sciences, UC Davis

Sustainable management of fire-dependent forests.

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"An Ecosystem Management Strategy for Mixed-Conifer Forests", the PSW-produced document that is the basis of Dr. North's talk, is available here [PDF].

More info about forest fire research at Sagehen.

Watch video.

August 20


Gary Scoppettone
Fisheries Biologist;
Western Fisheries Research Center,
US Geological Survey

Last self-reproducing lake population of Lahontan cutthroat trout in the Truckee River system: Chances for survival.

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Vegetation Rapid Assessment Workshop

August 11-13, 2009

Primary Instructors: Todd Keeler Wolf, Jennifer Buck, and Rachelle Boule
Location: Clair Tappaan Lodge and Onion Creek Watershed, Donner Summit

Course Description: The California Native Plant Society (CNPS), the California Department of Fish and Game (CDFG), present a Vegetation Rapid Assessment workshop near Donner Summit. The course will be a combination of lecture and field exercises in vegetation sampling. The course will focus on collecting data using the CNPS Rapid Assessment protocol. We will discuss applications of fine-scale vegetation sampling, classification and mapping, how to document rare natural communities, and how vegetation information fits into planning documents.

Cost: Members $365; Non-members $390. Optional additional $55/day for lodging and meals at Clair Tappaan Lodge (venue site) $110 total

Complete details and registration. Or call Josie Crawford at (916) 447-2677 ext 205

Also check out the upcoming "Introduction to the second edition of A Manual of California Vegetation, three-day transect across the central Sierra Nevada", Sept 15-17, 2009.

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Kidzone Family Camp

August 14-16 , 2009

This summer, the Kidzone Museum in Truckee, California will offer a family camp and several kids' camps. Kidzone Family Camp at Lake Tahoe/Truckee - Kidzone Museum programs fill-up quickly, so early registration could be important.

Family Camp will take place August 14 - 16, at the University of California, Berkeley facility, in Truckee, CA, known as Sagehen Creek Field Station. Activities will include: hiking, bugology, fishology, watersheds, camping, making friends, arts and yummy foods. For the second year, Kidzone family camp with feature Micheal Ross as guest educator. Micheal has the amazing gift of being able to teach natural history to adults, as well as young children. He is a prolific author of books about teaching children in nature. Kidzone Family Camp is open to kids of all ages, with their parents. The price for a family of 4 is $350. One parent and one child can attend for $125. An additional person with a family pays $70 to attend.

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August 17-21, 2009

Sagehen Creek Field Station near Lake Tahoe, California
Why take this course?

River restoration has become big business in the US, with well over $17b spent on over 40 thousand projects since 1990. Despite strong public support and the magnitude of the investment, the field has not advanced as quickly as one might expect, because learning through post-project evaluation is rare, and insights from current research are often not effectively incorporated in planning and design. Not surprisingly, many restoration projects are ecologically ineffective or have washed out, although the extent of failure is hidden by the lack of post project evaluation. River restoration can be more effective when it is designed with an understanding of processes and the larger context, when it benefits from systematic learning from previous built projects, and when it is based on predictive connections between objectives and actions.

 This shortcourse emphasizes sustainable river restoration through:

  • understanding geomorphic and ecological processes in rivers
  • watershed-scale and longer-time scale context
  • incorporating insights from recent research in fluvial geomorphology and ecology
  • developing predictive connections between objectives and actions
  • analyses of effectiveness of built restoration projects
  • strategies to restore (where possible) physical and ecological processes in rivers
  • setting goals in the context of a continuum from urban-to-wilderness settings
  • developing restoration strategies and innovative management approaches based on understanding of underlying causes of channel or ecosystem change, rather than prescriptive approaches
  • knowing when to intervene and when the river can heal itself without meddling
Photos from 2006 Summer Shortcourse in Lake Tahoe, California:
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Registration & More information:

See this link for more information & contacts.

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Carex Identification & Ecology Workshops

August 21-23 , 2009

August 23-25 , 2009


Peter Zika, Jepson Herbarium.

It is nice to know your grasses and rushes, but you must master sedges to understand California's meadows, many of which are dominated by the genus Carex. Come to the Sierra and sample its rich spectrum of Carex diversity. With ample fresh material, we will learn the groups of Carex, using existing keys and some new materials. Several species not included in The Jepson Manual will be included. We will study the plants in the field, with dissecting scopes in the lab, and encourage students to bring fresh or pressed sedges from other parts of the state.

Course fee ($360/$385) includes transportation (12-passenger van), meals, and accommodations from Friday evening through Sunday lunch, or Sunday evening through Tuesday lunch. Lodging is at Sagehen Creek Field Station with dormitory-style bunk beds. Facilities include potable water, flush toilets, and showers.

Due to high demand, there are two offerings of this workshop: August 21-23 and August 23-25.

More information.


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