Laura Blume will defend her master’s thesis, “Garry Oak Restoration in Central Washington: Planting Technique Evaluation and Preliminary Target Identification through Stand Characterization,” at the Center for Urban Horticulture at the University of Washington in Seattle on Friday June 5th at 11:00 AM.
Laura’s research has centered around the survival and growth of Oregon white oak (Garry oak) seedlings in the experimental restoration site at the Swauk Valley Ranch in Kittitas County. This is the first effort of its kind to restore native oak East of the Cascades. By documenting the response of oak seedlings to various treament variables, Laura is establishing guidelines for restoration of this important dry forest community in other parts of the ecoregion.
Laura presented at GOERT’s research colloquium in 2008. See the abstract here on p. 8.