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Scientists and science educators in the Wenatchee Valley have been gathering for the past few years for weekly seminars to catalyze the development of an engaged regional scientific community. Each series features the research of local scientists and invited guest speakers.

This year’s events are held at the Washington State University Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center in Wenatchee, and are open to the public. Join us for this great opportunity to learn about the incredible research in our own backyard. Prior registration is not required to attend these events.

This project is supported by a grant from Our Valley Our Future. Other supporters include: NCESD, Apple STEM Network, Washington State University, The Bridge, Wenatchee Valley College, and USDA.

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Forests at the Fringes: Detecting shifts in tree species habitat

Presented by Dr. Tara Barrett, Research Scientist, USDA Forest Service

Each tree species in the western United States has a unique climatic and geographic niche. For example, ponderosa pine is found in relatively dryer warmer low-elevation sites, cottonwood is found along moister riparian areas, and lodgepole pine is found at higher elevations with relatively more winter snowpack. As climate changes, some areas will become unsuitable for current tree species, while other areas may become newly suitable.

How can the ongoing shifts in tree species be monitored to better understand the ways that forests are changing and predict what those changes mean for the forest? This presentation will discuss some of the methods used to better understand how forests are changing, and the uncertainty around those changes.

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The seminar presentations are intended for a ‘science-based’ audience, including researchers, postdoctoral scientists, teachers, graduate students, undergraduate scientists, and science enthusiasts.

K-12 educators are also encouraged to attend the seminar series to learn about local career connections and research efforts that they can bring back to their students. Clock hours are available through the North Central Educational Service District for attending the series.

Date & Time

Wednesday, February 15
4:00pm – 5:00pm


WSU Tree Fruit Research & Extension Center
1100 N Western Ave, Wenatchee, WA 98801

Registration Price


Clock Hours

1 Clock Hours Available for Purchase

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