Brown Bag Talks
- Date:Friday, April 4, 2014Time:12:15 to 1:00 pmLocation:Metro, Room 370 A/B, 600 NE Grand Ave, Portland, ORSpeaker:Tom LiptanAffilitation:LIVE Center
The Red Cinder Ecoroof design is based on several years of study and testing. The goal has been the development of a viable, non-proprietary vegetated roof that is self-sustaining, utilitarian, low cost and low maintenance without the need for irrigation. The new ecoroof system relies on the resiliency of nature and each part is inseparable from the others. Early experimentation at numerous small scale locations provided the basis to test the system on actual buildings. Four Portland buildings have the new ecoroof system, starting with the first in 2010, another in 2011 and two in 2012. All have survived the 2012 driest summer on record for the city of Portland. These ecoroofs have endured drought with no maintenance and NO IRRIGATION. Modification to the design for even drier western cities is being explored. New test projects are planned for selected central and southern California cities.About the Speaker:Tom Liptan is a registered landscape architect (Oregon) and worked as an environmental specialist with the City of Portland, OR for 25 years. In Portland, he was the catalyst behind research and development of vegetative systems for sustainable building, site and street designs. He has been instrumental with integration of these approaches in design, construction and maintenance standards, and city code and program modifications. He has contributed to several books and is internationally recognized for his work using vegetated systems as green infrastructure. Currently he is writing a book about Landscape Stormwater Management, serves on the Urban Greenspaces Institute Board of Directors, and conducts research on vegetated systems at the LIVE Center (Landscape Infrastructure and Vegetation Experiments).
Cut more trees: Metro uses restoration thinning to improve habitat diversity, structure, and functionDate:Friday, May 2, 2014Time:12:15 to 1:00 pmLocation:Metro, Room 370 A/B, 600 NE Grand Ave, Portland, ORSpeaker:Kate HolleranAffilitation:Metro
Improving efficiency of invasive plant management in urban and rural settings using optimized field data workflowsDate:Friday, June 6, 2014Time:12:15 to 1:00 pmLocation:Metro, Room 370 A/B, 600 NE Grand Ave, Portland, ORSpeaker:Jeff LeshAffilitation:Clackamas County Soil and Water Conservation District
Invasive plant management on a large scale often requires organizational sophistication, especially in urban areas, due in part to the large number of land manager relationships and invasive plant data that must be collected, maintained, and utilized. Here, data collection often involves tracking land manager permissions and preferences; outreach efforts; and plant observations, surveys, and treatments. Additionally, increased use of contractors, infestation size, and number of staff involved often makes manual data management, including those partially-based on electronic tools, very time consuming. Newly developed tools running on consumer-grade tablets and smartphones connected to cloud services are increasing the efficiency and reducing costs of field data management for many applications relative to existing tools. This talk describes the use of one such tool, Fulcrum, in combination with several other tools to create a more efficAbout the Speaker:Jeff Lesh works for the Clackamas County Soil & Water Conservation District as a Conservation Technician focused on early detection and rapid response (EDRR) invasive plant management throughout Clackamas County. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science/Mathematics and Religious Studies from Lewis & Clark College. Jeff published research on peer to peer networking before moving on to work for a Fortune 500 software development company as a computer programmer and then transitioning to natural resource management. Jeff is the chair of the 4-County Cooperative Weed Management Area’s Mapping and Data subcommittee.
Moving beyond the “non-native=bad” paradigm: Examining the relationship between a native frog and introduced reed canary grassDate:Friday, August 1, 2014Time:12:15 to 1:00 pmLocation:Metro, Room 370 A/B, 600 NE Grand Ave, Portland, ORSpeaker:Katie HolzerAffilitation:University of California, Davis
- Date:Friday, September 5, 2014Time:12:15 to 1:00 pmLocation:Metro, Room 370 A/B, 600 NE Grand Ave, Portland, ORSpeaker:Bruce Roll, Ph.D., M.P.HAffilitation:Clean Water Services
As local and federal restoration funding sources dry up we are challenged to find new ways to leverage existing dollars to restore and steward large-scale restoration projects. Since 2004, many community groups within the Tualatin basin have worked together to restore watershed health on over 15,000 acres. The success of these projects is a reflection of a series of innovative approaches that weave community values and existing funding sources together in a manner that maximizes ecological uplift and supports long term stewardship. During this presentation, we will describe the mechanics of this program and the factors that need to be considered for success. In addition, the audience will be challenge to consider new opportunities to expand funding streams for natural areas restoration in the greater Portland Area.About the Speaker:Bruce joined Clean Water Services in 2007 as the Watershed Management Department Director. Prior to joining Clean Water Services, Bruce served as the Assistant Director for Whatcom County Public Works in Washington State for eight years where he oversaw Watershed Management, Salmon Recovery, Marine Resource, River and Flood and Solid Waste Programs. In addition, Bruce also worked for the Portland Water District in Portland Maine for 5 years where he was the Director of Water Resources and Laboratory Services. Bruce attended Colorado State University where he received a BS in Environmental Microbiology. In addition, Bruce received a MS and PhD from the Water Resources Research Center at the University of Hawaii and a MPH in Management from the School of Public Health. Bruce has served as a peer reviewer and technical consultant for the American Water Works Association Standard Methods Committee and the American Water Works Research Foundation. Bruce was actively involved in the development of the Puget Sound Salmon Recovery Plan where he was appointed to the Shared Strategy Steering and Oversight Committee. In his spare time Bruce continues to have unrealized athletic aspirations and struggles to race his bicycle on Alpenrose Velodrome.
Carnage and Mayhem on the Urban Landscape Part 2: Analysis of Urban Wildlife Phone Data from Audubon's Wildlife Care CenterDate:Friday, October 3, 2014Time:12:15 to 1:00 pmLocation:Metro, Room 370 A/B, 600 NE Grand Ave, Portland, ORSpeaker:Bob SallingerAffilitation:Audubon Society of Portland
- Date:Friday, November 7, 2014Time:12:15 to 1:00 pmLocation:Metro, Room 370 A/B, 600 NE Grand Ave, Portland, ORSpeaker:Sheilagh DiezAffilitation:Columbia Slough Watershed Council