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Research - McAlester Lake 2004


2004: MCALESTER LAKE, NORTH CASCADES NATIONAL PARK

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.


RESULTS
# of Collections  138
# of Specimens  313
# of Taxa  108
 
Pressing the day's collections back at camp.
Photo: Sarah Gage
Pressing specimens at camp after a full day of collecting.
Photo: Sarah Gage
Pressing a specimen at camp after a full day of collecting.
Photo: Sarah Gage
Pressing specimens at camp after a full day of collecting.
Photo: Sarah Gage
Peter Zika pressing specimens at camp.
Photo: Sarah Gage
Steve Hahn consulting Flroa of the Pacific Northwest.
Photo: Sarah Gage

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 hermaphroditica
Callitriche heterophylla ssp. bolanderi
Carex lenticularis var. lipocarpa
Carex luzulina
Carex nardina
Carex saxatilis
Cryptogramma cascadensis (new park record?)
Eleocharis quinqueflora
Festuca viridula
Isoetes tenella
Lloydia serotina
Potamogeton epihydrus
Salix boothii
Saxifraga odontoloma
Vaccinium caespitosum