Clearing Meadows for Nelson’s Checkermallow

The range of Nelson’s checkermallow consists of highly fragmented, mostly small, populations within the Willamette Valley and flanks of the Coast Range, Oregon. One problem the species faces in the Coast Range is that meadows are being over-run with shrubs and Douglas-fir.  In the past these meadows would have been kept open by more frequent […]

Sidalcea nelsoniana Experimental Plots

Last week an IAE team monitored Nelson’s checkermallow at experimental plots to compare the success of planting seeds, plugs or rhizomes, four years after establishment. The plots were at 6 Wetlands Reserve Program (NRCS) conservation easements in the Willamette Valley. Pictured are summer field crew members Scott Orr, Emma MacDonald and Amy Comstock, and IAE […]