Clean Water Act’s Failure to Protect Wetland Ecological Integrity

January 28, 2012  •  Leave a Comment
The purpose of the Clean Water Act (CWA) is to “restore and maintain the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of the Nation’s waters.” Section 404 of the CWA, which is one of the mechanisms used to achieve this goal, regulates the discharge of fill into “waters” of the United States. The CWA defined waters of the United States to include “t...
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Shrub Steppe of the Columbia Basin: Our Natural Heritage

May 02, 2009  •  Leave a Comment
I was recently invited to put together a presentation about the biodiversity of the Columbia Basin for a regional conference about shrub steppe. Unfortunately, the conference was canceled. Rather than let the presentation sit idle on my computer, I thought I’d post it here as it seemed to be a relevant sequel to my previous post about shrub steppe.
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High Creek Fen: A Pocket of Unique Beauty & Diversity in the Southern Rocky Mountains

March 08, 2009  •  Leave a Comment
Descending Kenosha Pass and driving south toward Fairplay on U.S. Hwy. 285, South Park's expansive, high montane grassland fills the view out the windshield. This short, sparsely vegetated grassland is dominated by Festuca arizonica (Arizona fescue) and Muhlenbergia filiculmis (slimstem muhly) and covers much of South Park's 900 square mile (50x35...
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Shrub Steppe: Washington's Disappearing Sea

February 20, 2009  •  Leave a Comment
Washington State is known for its incredibly old, large and lush forests, beautiful coastline, and massive volcanoes, but nearly 1/3 of the state is occupied by what was once an expansive sea of sagebrush--the Columbia Basin. This area, known locally as shrub steppe, occurs from the eastern base of the Cascade Range, the southern base of the Okanog...
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My Summer Travels in Washington State (Video)

January 20, 2009  •  Leave a Comment
This past summer was my first field season working for the Washington Natural Heritage Program. Much of the summer was devoted to traversing the State in order to gain familiarity with the diversity of ecosystems found in Washington, although most of my time was spent east of the Cascades. This video is a collection of images from some of the place...
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