Our fearless leader is the only one awake on the plane to start off the trip.
With Greg at Simpson Tacoma Kraft Paper Mill
Paper mills start with fiber like these wood chips
End results of the cleanup of a superfund site. Kudos to Simpson!
Final paper product packaged and ready to ship.
Welcome to Port Angeles
Strait of Juan de Fuca as seen from our motel looking over downtown Port Angeles, WA
Visitor at our motel
Port Angeles and nearby Forks are enjoying an economic boost from the Twighlight book and movie series
Home of the world's slowest service. "Aayyyy"
While Scotch Broom (Cytisus scoparius) is aesthetically pleasing, it's a nasty exotic invasive from Europe.
Flowers are usually yellow.
The fruit shows that it's a member of the Fabaceae (pea family).
Odd Northwestern Crow with an abnormally elongated upper mandible.
Normal Northwestern Crow!
Glaucous-winged Gulls were everywhere along the water
Glaucous-winged Gulls in the mitigation/restoration site at Port Angeles
Pigeon (technically, a Rock Pigeon)
Meeting with Herb, Harry, and Tom with Green Crow at a sawmill.
They start with big logs, often douglas-fir
run the logs through the mill
This mill makes mostly utility pole cross bars and large beams for export to Japan and Korea.
Nearly ready for distribution
Ted with the DNR tours us around the Striped Peak logging site with a cable yarding system.
Lunch at Salt Creek Park included a quick venture to the tidepools for some folks.
Herb and Harry show us a riparian buffer next to a logging site.
Western (Pacific) Bleeding Heart (Dicentra formosa).
One of the springbeauties, perhaps Claytonia lanceolata or C. perfoliata.
Same, but pinker.
Salmonberry (Rubus spectabilis)
Red Alder (Alnus rubra) stand
The afternoon of May 2nd, we headed for Hurricane Ridge.
Mule Deer (=Black-tailed Deer)
That Gray Jay looks hungry.
While this was fun, note that we environmenalists do not normally condone feeding wildlife by hand :-)
Jeff's life bird for the trip -- Sooty Grouse!!
Another Red Alder stand
"Fruiting" lichen in the rain forest with a hemlock cone on it at right
Another Trillium sp.
Not sure if this is an Olympic Torrent Salamander or something different...
Cool stream macroinvertebrate
Buncha tree huggers
I just pushed this tree over...
Touring the Elwha dams with Cat, Pat, and Chris.
Cat gives us background info and Steve (next to Cat) and Jerry (far right) also joined us at Glines Canyon Dam.
On the 5th, we met the USFS at Mt. Hood Ranger District where we learned about "timber vistas".
Lisanne needs more things on her head
'Echo" Spring Azure (Celastrina ladon echo)
Learning about fish stream restoration
Tamara demos tree planting with a hoedad.
It was a tad cool and rainy, but then headed off to Timberline Lodge...
Timberline Lodge was a bit of a challenge to get to!
Timberline Lodge was used to film part of "The Shining".
All work and no play makes Jeff a dull boy...
Nice snowbank outside the window where one would normally see Mt. Hood.
Learning some interesting things about National Park management from Kevin.
Returning from wading across a creek to look at succession in action at Mt. St. Helens.
Pacific Tree Frog (green phase)
I originally thought this was a chorus frog, but there are no chorus frogs in Washington. Turns out this is a tan phase Pacific Treefrog
This was the condition of our vehicle most of the time...
Viewing elk herd
Elk herd aftermath
Ken demos how willows are planted in revegetation plots
Viewing the river from the visitor center after lunch
Getting closer to Mt. St. Helens
Hiking the hummocks
This two-tiered beaver dam was really impressive
29 years after the blast and much of the river bed is still unvegetated. Before the blast, there were trees right up to the river bank.
Golden-mantled Ground-Squirrel (look closely)
Preparing to hear from the Commissioner of Public Lands for the state of Washington on 7 May, our last full day.
Larry discusses salmon protection at Kennedy Creek in Olympia
Salmon habitat upstream and buffer zone discussion
Vine Maple (Acer circinatum)
Largeflower Fairybells (Prosartes smithii)
Banana Slug (Ariolimax sp.)
Bigleaf Maple (Acer macrophyllum)
Mustard White (Pieris oleracea)
Another Banana Slug
Michelle tells us about managing this area for protected seals, bats, fish, birds, cultural heritage, etc.
Pacific Harbor Seals on the log rafts at Woodard Bay
Probably a Geranium sp.
Forget-me-nots (Myosotis sp.)
Eastern Cottontail, same species we have in NC, but it is an introduced exotic in Washington
Boarding Ken's 40 footer
Ken explains folding and flying the flag
I'm on a BOAT!!
Uh oh, we're gonna crash!
Note the boat angle compared to horizon. We had good wind that day!
The railing was in the water more than once!
The Capitol in Olympia
Back to the docks with no one overboard!
Mt. Rainier from the plane