For the third year running, a WSU Stream Stewards class is being offered this fall by WSU Extension on the Olympic Peninsula.
The six-week course is set for 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Thursdays, Oct. 10-Nov. 14, at the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe’s Red Cedar Hall, 1033 Old Blyn Highway, Blyn.
The course format combines classroom presentations by regional experts followed each day by field trips around the Olympic Peninsula. The focus is on the rivers and streams that flow into the Strait of Juan de Fuca with an emphasis on restoration efforts.
The class highlights a number of topics: stream and watershed ecology; water quality issues; salmon life history, management and recovery; Tribal treaty rights; water supply; forest ecology, native plants and noxious weeds, and habitat conservation and restoration.
Class participants apply what they’ve learned by volunteering at least 40 hours with local organizations to support watersheds.
Volunteers have worked with local land trusts, conservation districts, North Olympic Salmon Coalition, Dungeness River Audubon Center and other organizations and groups.
Volunteer activities include stream and salmon monitoring, public outreach, tree planting, habitat restoration and more.
Applications are being accepted through Sept. 30.
Cost is $25 and is supported by a grant through the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Contact coordinator Laurel Moulton at 360-565-2679 or firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.