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Forest Resources Field Trip to the Yakama Nation
Saturday, April 20
We will assemble at the white 12-passenger UW vans in the Burke Museum Parking Lot at 6:15 a.m. We will be on the road at 6:30. 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):
We should leave Toppenish by 5:00 p.m. and thus be back in Seattle by 8:30, if we take a dinner break (depending on weather) or a little earlier otherwise. You need to consider the conditions of the drivers, as only two people (Steve and Sam) have the clearance to drive the vans.
- Lecture by Steven J. Rigdon, Generation Manager, Yakama Power, on the history, ecology, and natural resources management of the Yakama.
- Presentation by Greg Sutterlict on Sahaptin Language and Yakama Culture (tentative)
- Presentation at the Toppenish Creek floodplain, on restoration and Wapato cultural foods
- Guided tour of the Yakama Forest Products Sawmill
- Trip to the Yakama Nation Forests to explain current forestry management practices
- Visit to Yakama Power Hydroelectric Plant (if time permits)
What to bring, wear, etc
- The weather forecast for the Yakima Valley looks good as of Wednesday, but check again before Saturday. 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 smoked salmon. If you think you would like to buy some, bring cash (no credit cards)
- 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!