Oak Meadow Restoration
The Pacific Northwest is home to the beautiful and unique camas (Camassia spp.) meadow communities that were created through the stewardship and cultivation of Coast Salish communities. They are breathtaking in their species diversity and cultural importance. More than 95% of the historical range has been lost due to land conversion, and the remaining patches are threatened by the loss of traditional management practices, invasive species, over-browsing, and high pressures of recreational use. Western restoration science and practice in these systems is wide-spread, knowledgeable, yet still facing many challenges including its problematic disconnection from the Nations that are so deeply embedded in these landscapes. Our lab is excited to contribute by exploring landscape context of the remaining meadows, ecosystem function and trait-based restoration tools, and plant-soil interactions in restoration success. We recognize that the perspective we bring is fundamentally Western, from a predominantly colonial context. We continuously push to deepen our relationships with Coast Salish peoples, and hope that what we do can support the resurgence of these spaces.