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Workshops

Several workshops will accompany the conference, and will take place on Monday, April 4 (see Program). In order to participate in a workshop, you must register for at least one day of the conference, and register for the specific workshop you wish to attend through the Registration site.

Workshop details will be added as they become available.


Soil Survey Support for Restoration Planning: Utilizing Web Soil Survey and the ArcMAP Soil Data Viewer Extension (click for more info)

Steve Campbell – Natural Resources Conservation Service
Schedule: Monday, April 4, 8:00a-12:00p
Cost: $50

Participants will receive classroom training on how to access, interpret, and report soil attributes through the National Cooperative Soil Survey tool Web Soil Survey (WSS) and the Natural Resources Conservation Service ArcMAP extension – Soil Data Viewer (SDV).  Attendees will learn how to navigate WSS and SDV graphical user interfaces, define areas of restoration interest, select soil properties and their associated land-use interpretations, and produce a project specific soil survey report. Workshop handouts detailing step-by-step instructions on WSS and SDV usage will be provided.  For maximum workshop retention, participants are encouraged to bring their own ArcGIS-enabled laptop.  An individual breakout session will be provided at the end of the classroom presentation for those who wish to have one-on-one support for working through a soil report for a personalized project. Questions?  Please contact Mark Kimsey at mkimsey@uidaho.edu


Natural Processes for the Restoration of Drastically Disturbed Sites (click for more info)

David F. Polster – David Polster, Polster Environmental Services, Ltd.
Schedule: Monday, April 4, 8:30a-5:30p
Cost: $125

Natural processes have been “restoring” drastically disturbed sites since the advent of terrestrial vegetation over 400 million years ago.  This workshop will explore how these natural processes, systems and functions can be used to restore sites that humans have disturbed such as large mines, industrial disturbances, landslides, shorelines and other disturbed sites. We will look at how natural systems address constraints to recovery such as erosion and steep, unstable slopes and how we can design restoration treatments that address these filters. We will explore the natural processes that provide nutrients and nutrient cycling capacity to ecosystems and how these can be re-established on drastically disturbed sites. In many cases restoration treatments based on these natural processes can be used to restore anthropogenic disturbances more easily and at a lower cost than traditional reclamation treatments. Examples will be drawn from the experience (over 38 years) of the instructor in the mining and heavy construction industry.


Learning to Adapt: Monitoring Design and Data Analysis for Adaptive Management (click for more info)

Lindsay Mico – Bright Eye Analytics
Schedule: Monday, April 4, 1:00p-5:00p
Cost: $75

Workshop participants will learn key technical skills needed to effectively design monitoring programs and analyze data to inform adaptive management. This workshop is intended for both novices and experienced professionals alike to develop and refine their skills in building an effective adaptive management monitoring program. A key point of emphasis will be leveraging modern tools to improve the quality of your results and the efficiency of your monitoring.


Practical Applications for Soil Biological Amendments (click for more info)

Sarah Hamman – Center for Natural Lands Management
Allison Warner – Tulalip Tribes of Washington
Schedule: Monday, April 4, 1:00p-4:30p
Cost: $75

A panel of experts from the research, commercial testing and soil inoculum industries will present soil testing and application considerations for various soil amendments, including biochar, soil fungal inoculants, compost tea and biocontrol. Learn which biological amendments to consider with different soil conditions, how to apply soil inoculants to your site, and how to choose appropriate application rates.

Presenters will discuss the nuts and bolts of soil testing, both for general plant nutritional status and for soil biological community health, and provide practical aspects of soil biological amendments from biochar to compost tea.

This workshop will get your restoration projects on firm ground, from the soil up, providing information to promote healthy roots, appropriate soil ecological communities and amendments to feed them.  A panel of experts will present their areas of expertise, followed by questions from the workshop participants. Bring your practical questions and examples.

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