ANTH 469A | ENVIR 495F

Ecology, Economy, and Politics of Resource-Extraction Ecosystems

Spring Quarter 2014
Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:30-10:50, MEB 235
Field trips Saturdays April 19, May 3, and May 31

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Forest Resources Field Trip to the Yakama Nation
Saturday, April 19

We will assemble at the three white SUVs in the Burke Museum Parking Lot at 6:45 a.m. We will be on the road at 7:00. It will take us about three hours, with a brief break, to get to Toppenish

After our arrival, we will do the following things in and around the Yakama Nation Reservation (subject to schedule changes):
  • Lecture by Steven J. Rigdon, Generation Manager, Yakama Power, on the history, ecology, and natural resources management of the Yakama.
  • Visit to the Toppenish Creek floodplain, on wetland restoration and cultural foods
  • Guided tour of the Yakama Forest Products sawmill
  • Visit to Yakama Power hydroelectric plantf
  • Visit to the site of the 2013 22,000 acre Mile Marker 28 Fire near Satus Pass, to see burnt and unburnt forests, and discuss issues of fire, forestry, and sustainability
We should leave Toppenish by 5:30 p.m. and thus be back in Seattle by 9:00, if we take a dinner break (depending on weather) or a little earlier otherwise. You need to consider the conditions of the drivers, as it's a long drive.

What to bring, wear, etc
  • Check the weather forecast for the Yakima Valley, and dress accordingly.
  • Wear shoes suitable for tromping in mud, forests, etc. No sandals, please and especially no flip-flops!
  • Bring a camera or be prepared to take pictures with your phone for the slide show in Tuesday's class, and for your own memories
  • Bring a notebook and something to write with, as you will need to be taking notes at just about every stop
  • Bring a lunch, and perhaps enough for a light dinner if we stop on the way back
  • There will be an opportunity (no expectation) to purchase real Native American frozen or smoked salmon. If you think you would like to buy some, bring cash (no credit cards)
Special Considerations
  • Remember that the Yakama are a sovereign nation, and that you are there as their guests. This trip is as much about appreciating the culture and position of Native Americans as it is about forest products. So be courteous. That doesn't mean don't have a good time, it just means be courteous.
  • Also remember that you are there to learn, and that active participation and active questioning are good ways to learn. So be engaged with the material!