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Fall 2017 Project

Course is Full.

Contact Peg Boulay (boulay [at] uoregon [dot] edu) if you would like to be considered for the waiting list.


In this unique expedition-based ELP project, you will assist botanists with rare plant and invasive species surveys, as well as invasive species control, on the Deschutes National Forest in Central Oregon. In addition, you may have the opportunity to map snags or conduct other forest monitoring on privately-owned conservation lands near Bend. You will learn about about Central Oregon forest and shrubland ecology, public land management issues, and methods for conserving rare species, as well as dealing with invasive ones. You will become proficient with field methods such as field mapping using Global Positioning System units, identifying native and non-native plants, silvicultural measurements, and analyzing data. This project has an unusual structure: due to the distance of the study sites from UO, this team will go on a multi-day camping expedition to collect data during the week before fall term classes begin. A knowledge of botany, ecology, forestry, GIS, outdoor leadership, and/or camping preferred but not required. You must be able to participate in the entire data collection camping expedition, 9/16 – 9/23/17.  (This project made possible by the Douglas C. Laidlaw Charitable Fund. Photos from the 2015 Aspen Adventures field expedition).