Reading the Elwha: Tracing the Dynamics of Landscape Change; Summer Course LARC 498A/598A

READING THE ELWHA: Tracing the Dynamics of Landscape Change
L ARCH 498A (SLN# 11964); L ARCH 598A (SLN# 11968); 4 credits
Planning Meeting July 24th, 2014, 5:00-7:00 pm, GLD 312
Camping Trip:  July 28th – August 1st, 2014

Located on the Olympic Peninsula, the Elwha Rivers flows north out of the Olympic Mountains in Olympic National Park before emptying into the Straits of Juan de Fuca. Historically the river supported diverse and viable populations of five species of salmonids, but for the last century two dams have blocked the river to migration and altered the biophysical processes of the watershed. After three years of deconstruction, the dams will have been fully removed and the historic flows of the river will return. The removal marks the largest dam removal in U.S. history and establishes a precedent for the future management of rivers in the Pacific Northwest and the U.S. This course is a five-day, four night (July 28th – August 1st, 2014) field intensive exploration of the watershed. Activities include moderate hiking in all areas of the watershed and discussions with the public agencies and tribes that have led and are studying the biophysical responses of the river. Aside from the week!
 in the field the class meets formally for one planning meeting prior to the trip (July 24th). The class is open to all University of Washington students. An informational meeting will be held in mid-April, but questions regarding the class are always welcome. Please direct inquiries to Ken Yocom, kyocom@uw.edu.

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