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Ecosystem Services and Field Identification of Select Southern Salish Lowland Native Plant Cuttings

2023 · Harstine Island Garden Club

Ecosystem Services and Field Identification of Select Southern Salish Lowlands Native Plant Cuttings

The native plants that can be grown from cuttings are dynamic tools that restore communities by putting plant-power in the hands of the public. Cuttings are sections of plant stem strategically harvested and installed to grow entire new plants. The native plants that can be grown from cuttings provide bountiful ecosystem services, namely erosion management, weed control, and habitat creation. Populus trichocarpa, Salix spp., Cornus sericea, Symphoricarpos albus, and Physocarpus capitatus have all shown great success when cuttings are propagated in the nursery setting and installed in the field as bioengineering materials for ecological restoration. Cuttings are an easy and inexpensive way to grow plants native to the southern Salish Lowland ecoregion. Winter field identification skills are needed to harvest cuttings. This two-part workshop opened with a hands-on field identification activity with cuttings of the five focus species, offering tangible pretext for the presentation.

Looking in the Woods for Leadership Lessons: What ecosystem services can we provide by leading authentically? A journey in the Homeward Bound leadership initiative

2022 · The WALT Institute

Looking in the Woods for Leadership Lessons: What ecosystem services can we provide by leading authentically?  A journey in the Homeward Bound leadership initiative

 

Basic principles of ecology are reflected in human societies. We are part of the same systems, not separate from them. Diversity enhances ecosystem resilience: the group is strengthened when we connect a diversity of people and collaborate. The Homeward Bound leadership initiative aims to increase global leadership diversity by growing the number and capabilities of femme leaders in STEMM. This is one journey of grounding in authentic leadership through a walk in the woods. We will connect Pacific Northwest native plants and the services and lessons they give, with the work of Homeward Bound and authentic leadership.

Badass Botanist + Relentless Researcher = Eternal Explorer

2021 · The Leading Ladies Club

Badass Botanist + Relentless Researcher = Eternal Explorer Leading Ladies Club

When we empower young people, we empower the future.

Young femmes around the world have vital offerings to share, but are often discouraged from the exploration, travel, and research needed to develop and disperse ideas. Samantha shares stories of international studies and fundraising taken-on as a young person to inspire the next generation to break gender norms and be international movers-and-shakers.

Samantha has contributed to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women with The Working Group on Girls, led for climate action internationally and in the Pacific Northwest, studied on five continents, and is headed to Antarctica in 2023 with an international team of femme-in-STEMM to hit number six before reaching 30 years old.

Teachings and Trainings Facilitated

Native Plant Excursions with Native Plant Salvage Foundation

In-person all day naturalist field trainings for the public identifying the variety of life in a range of Pacific Northwest ecosystems:

  • Sub-alpine winter twigs, trees, mosses, lichen, and animal track/scat identification. Mt. Tahoma Trails Association, Mt. Rainier, WA.
  • Coastal freshwater and sphagnum bog trees, shrubs, mosses, grass/sedge/rush, and perennial identification. North Bay Natural Area Preserve, Grays Harbor County, WA.
  • Lowland coastal forest and shoreline trees, shrubs grass/sedge/rush, and perennial identification. Griffiths-Priday State Park, Copalis Beach, WA.
  • Alpine and sub-alpine trees, shrubs, mosses, lichens, grass/sedge/rush, and perennial identification. Noble Knob, Mt. Rainier, WA.

Native Plant Excursions are a prized brain-baby collaboration between Samantha and a past board member both enthusiastic about duly expanding the non-profit’s education audience and ecosystems of study. These events are packed with adventure and delight. Because of our stellar partners, often NPSF are allowed into otherwise restricted ecosystems for our careful botany crawling. Highly recommend checking them out if you are near Olympia, WA www.nativeplantsalvage.org/excursions

Native Plant Propagation with Native Plant Salvage Foundation

in partnership with Thurston County Stream Team and Washington State University Thurston County Extension

In-person training for the public on native plant propagation from seeds, starts, cuttings, and salvaging at the Foundation’s nursery and holding beds.

Rain Garden Building with Native Plant Salvage Foundation

in partnership with Jefferson County Marine Resource Center, Northwest Straits Foundation, and Washington State University Jefferson County Extension

In-person field training on Rain Garden construction and proper planting technique in addition to “in-class” sessions on preplanning strategy, funding availability, and plant selection.

Winter Twig Identification with Native Plant Salvage Foundation

in partnership with Thurston County Stream Team and Washington State University Thurston County Extension

In-person field training for the public and professionals to identify lowland South Salish native trees and shrubs in their leafless-states.

Native Plant Salvaging with Native Plant Salvage Foundation

in partnership with Thurston County Stream Team and Washington State University Thurston County Extension

In-person field training for the public and professionals on native plant identification, salvaging, and propagation strategies.

Plant Outings with Native Plant Salvage Foundation

in partnership with Thurston County Stream Team and Washington State University Thurston County Extension                 

In-person field training for the public and professionals to identify lowland riparian South Salish native plants in their blooming and fruiting states.

Riparian, Estuary, and Lowland Forest Stewardship and Restoration

In-person field training for the public and professionals on riparian, estuary, and lowland ecosystem restoration and maintenance, native plants, and habitat conservation. Taught a variety of strategies for installation and plant selection. See Past Projects section for some specific restoration sites and partners.

Biological and Ecological Concepts Teacher with Heartlife Imagineering Homeschool Co-op 

Academic curriculum and budget planning for a class of students, ages 10-15. Lessons included introductory biology and urban ecology. Curriculum was place-based and art-centric, in order to encourage student development in creativity and leadership.

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