The Master Gardener Foundation's monthly educational meeting presents Sensitive Habitat Restoration in Clark County with Carlo Abbruzzese, Natural Areas Manager, WA Department of Natural Resources.
This month features Carlo Abbruzzese, the Natural Areas Manager of the Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) Pacific Cascades Region. His presentation will provide background on DNR’s statewide Natural Areas Program and will describe the preservation and restoration of Quercus garyana (Oregon white oak) forest and Willamette Valley wet prairie in two Clark County natural areas. The talk will describe some of the rare plant and animal species that are protected at these two sites as well as the successes and failures in trying to restore these sensitive habitats. At Washougal Oaks Natural Area, Douglas fir trees were thinned around Oregon white oak trees to prevent overtopping and eventually killing of oak trees. At Lacamas Prairie Natural Area, wet prairie is being restored using prescribed fire control of non-native grasses, and the seeding and planting of native prairie plants.
Carlo Abbruzzese works as a Natural Areas Manager for the Washington Department of Natural Resources in southwest Washington. His work involves the protection and restoration of rare plant communities and habitat for rare plants and animals. Restoration of these sites includes control of non-native species and planting natives in their place. The position also includes trail management and environmental education. His past work has also included working as a biologist on the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve near Austin, Texas which provides protection for two endangered birds, cave invertebrates and several rare plants species. He has also worked on various field projects involving Northern and Mexican Spotted Owls in Oregon, Washington, and New Mexico. He holds a B.A. degree in biology from Lewis & Clark College and an M.S. degree in Biology from Eastern Kentucky University where he studied the hunting behavior of Eastern Screech-owls.
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