The Ecosystem Guild/Skykomish Field Station
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The Skykomish Field Station is a volunteer-driven stewardship program developed by The Ecosystem Guild and sponsored by Snohomish Conservation District and NOAA Restoration Center as a prototype in developing a network of Bio-Cultural Restoration Field Stations in the Salish Sea. Stewardship groups can gather and camp on conservation lands in the Lower Skykomish Floodplain to design, install and tend riparian forests, developing a Regenerative Riverscape Agroforestry framework.
Efforts and documentation are designed within a standard Landscape-Site-Unit framework.
- File:Skykomish field station map set.pdf - provides landscape and site sheets
- - current flier for promotion
Lower Skykomish Floodplain Landscape
- The Landscape is the Lower Skykomish Floodplain
Reiner Farm Site
- Site documentation can be found at the Reiner Farm page.
- File:Cereghino 2022 preliminary Reiner buffer assessment.pdf describes vegetation and provides a preliminary species lists.
- File:Soil series descriptions.pdf includes NRCS soil descriptions for the Pilchuck and Sultan soil series common on the farm.
- Haskell Slough Protection and Restoration - the Reiner family was an early adopter in attempting to improve habitat conditions along the river and Haskell Slough.
Units Under Stewardship
File:Cereghino 2023 Reiner stewardship plan.pdf is a working document describing units and management strategies in the Reiner Farm Buffers. There are currently 4 units in assessment, design or under management. Cereghino & Busen 2023 provides unit assessments to support design at The Mother Garden, The Pond Forest and The Conifer Plantation.
Other Efforts of the Field Station
A field station may have other experiments and topics, and on obvious focus for Skykomish is Knotweed control:
- Knotweed Control Experiments - initial research and experimentation with shading and harvest for mulch for root starvation.
- A NOAA/SCD VetCorps position supports the field station in development of Regenerative Riverscape Agroforestry - File:VetCorps position 2023.pdf describes the last recruitment.
Field Station Gallery
Each field station adds to photo documentation sheets to a working document. Events are build around an eight-season year.