WTU's Sarah Gage and NOCA's Steve Hahn led a group of seven volunteers on a 4 day, 3 night backpacking trip to the area around McAlester Lake south of Rainy Pass. Collections were made around McAlester Lake, Dee Dee Lake, Rainbow Lake, and Rainbow Ridge, in a variety of subalpine, alpine, and wetland habitats.
138 collections were made, totalling 313 specimens. 108 unique taxa were collected; nearly 16% of which represented new park records for the NOCA park herbarium. Nearly 60 years ago Don Knoke visited this lake as part of a 55 mile backpacking trip led by C. L. Hitchcock. Don remembered findingIsoetes tenella at the lake, which was successfully relocated on the 2004 trip.
Participating staff included Sarah Gage (WTU), Steve Hahn (NOCA), and Heather (horse wrangler for NOCA).
Volunteer participants included Leslie Batten, Mindy Chairez, Jim Duemmel, Steve Karafit, Gene Myers, Steve Walker, and Peter Zika.
|# of Collections||138|
|# of Specimens||313|
|# of Taxa||
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.
Callitriche heterophylla ssp. bolanderi
Carex lenticularis var. lipocarpa
Cryptogramma cascadensis (new park record?)