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Research - NOCA 2002


WTU's Sarah Gage, with assistance from NOCA's Dr. Regina Rochefort, Mignonne Bivin, and Steve Hahn, led trips in June, July and August. In June the focus was low elevation forest and wetlands in the Thunder Creek drainage. A total of 159 collections were made along the Thunder Creek Trail, Stetattle Creek, and Thunder Knob Trail. Including the replicates, over 400 specimens were gathered over three days. July's outing required a boat trip up Ross Lake for access to the area around Desolation Peak. 274 collections were made in three days, totaling over 700 specimens. Sites targeted included alpine habitat on Desolation Peak, and areas along Little Beaver and Perry creeks. Alpine habitats were the focus in August, with groups collecting in the vicinity of Cascade Pass. 319 collections (nearly 800 specimens) were made over three days from areas that included Sahale Arm, and Boston, Horseshoe, and Pelton Basins.

By summer's end 28 volunteers had spent nine days in the field and had helped make 752 collections totaling 1,909 specimens. All specimens from the trip were identified at WTU in fall 2002/winter 2003, with assistance provided by a Graduate Research Assistantship funded by North Cascades National Park.

Volunteers from WTU during the 2002 season included Phil and Barb Smith, Amy Dearborn, Cindy Spurgeon, Dena Grossenbacher, Jim Duemmel, Jeff Walker, Kimiora Ward, Nancy Job, Robert Goff, Ben Legler, Peter Zika, Alison Colwell, Andreas Tribsch, Diane Hennessey, Don Knoke, Gerald Schneeweiss, Hanna Weiss, and Peter Schonswetter.

Participating NOCA staff included Michael Brondi, Greg Gust, Justin Hohn, Kelly O'neil, and Todd Neuberger.

  Colonial Creek  Ross Lake  Cascade Pass 
# of Collections  159 274 319
# of Specimens  411 720 778
# of Taxa  102 184 172

New Records for NOCA Park Complex: The following taxa were not previously documented from within the park complex with a voucher specimen at the NOCA herbarium.

Packing up specimens at Lightning Creek Camp on Ross Lake.
Photo: Ben Legler
View of Ross Lake from Little Beaver Trail.
Photo: Ben Legler
View of Boston Basin northwest of Cascade Pass.
Photo: Ben Legler
Glacier at head of Boston Basin northwest of Cascade Pass.
Photo: Ben Legler
Moraine in Boston Basin northwest of Cascade Pass.
Photo: Ben Legler
Valeriana sitchensis, Boston Basin northwest of Cascade Pass.
Photo: Ben Legler
Negotiating avalanche debris on trail to Boston Basin.
Photo: Ben Legler

Colonial Creek:
Amelanchier alnifolia var. alnifolia
Carex aquatilis var. dives
Carex inops
Cerastium arvense
Delphinium menziesii ssp. menziesii
Heuchera micrantha var. diversifolia
Mitella caulescens

Ross Lake:
Agoseris grandiflora
Allium cernuum
Amelanchier alnifolia var. humptulipensis
Artemisia michauxiana
Botrychium lanceolatum ssp. lanceolatum
Botrychium montanum
Bromus vulgaris
Fragaria vesca ssp. bracteata
Juncus effusus ssp. effusus
Lathyrus nevadensis ssp. lanceolatus var. pilosellus
Lysichiton americanus
Melica subulata
Penstemon procerus var. procerus
Potentilla arguta ssp. convallaria
Pyrola minor
Rubus pedatus
Rupertia physodes

Cascade Pass:
Caltha leptosepala ssp. howellii (syn. C. biflora)
Carex breweri
Carex pyrenaica
Chamaecyparis nootkatensis
Chamerion latifolium
Epilobium ciliatum ssp. glandulosum
Epilobium glaberrimum ssp. fastigiatum
Epilobium glaberrimum ssp. glaberrimum
Huperzia haleakalae
Larix lyallii
Lycopodium alpinum
Mimulus lewisii
Petasites frigidus var. frigidus
Phacelia sericea
Polygonum bistortoides
Salix pseudomonticola
Saxifraga oppositifolia
Senecio triangularis
Silene acaulis var. exscapa
Spiranthes romanzoffiana