Summer Course (B_Term) : READING THE ELWHA

READING THE ELWHA: TRACING THE DYNAMICS OF LANDSCAPE CHANGE

LARCH 498A/598A_SUMMER 2013 B TERM_4 CREDITS

ONE WEEK FIELD COURSE IN THE ELWHA RIVER WATERSHED _ JULY 29 – AUGUST 02 (The class leaves early Monday, July 29 and returns in the evening of Friday August 2)

Located on the Olympic Peninsula, the Elwha River and the watershed through which it drains, is steeped in the social and cultural histories of local Native American tribes, Euro-American settlement and subsequent development within the region. Once supporting some of the most productive runs of salmon on the Olympic Peninsula, two dams were constructed on the river in the early 20th century. The largest dam removal in U.S. history, removal of both dams began in September 2011 and should be completed sometime in September.

Reading the Elwha is a 5-day intensive field based course tracing the biophysical and social dynamics of the watershed over ! the past 150 years. We will explore the potential impacts the removal of the dams will have on the ecology of the region, and meet with agencies and individuals engaged in the dam removal project. Through daily hikes and semi-structured activities we will “read and record” our experiences in the watershed.

Students will be camping at designated sites and are asked to bring their own provisions. Transportation will be provided. One pre_trip planning session will be held on July 25th.

For more information, please email: kyocom@uw.edu or visit http://courses.be.washington.edu/LARCH/498a/index.html (a bit out of date, but you can get the gist)

Ken Yocom
Assistant Professor, Landscape Architecture Graduate Program Coordinator University of Washington

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