Webinar: Using moss to detect air pollution in Portland, Oregon: details of a groundbreaking study
The webinar featured the Portland moss and air quality study. A panel of speakers provided an overview of the study’s groundbreaking methodology, how it identified previously unknown sources of toxic heavy metals, and how it might change the way regulatory agencies monitor air quality in cities.
Rob Mangold, Director, Pacific Northwest Research Station, USDA Forest Service
Sarah Jovan, Research Ecologist, USDA Forest Service
Katie McClintock, Air Enforcement Officer, US EPA Region 10
Forest Landscape Assessment Tool (FLAT)
The Forest Landscape Assessment Tool (FLAT) is a set of procedures and tools used to rapidly assess forest ecological conditions and potential threats in urban areas. Designed for municipal, park, recreation, and forest land managers, it provides baseline data, a prioritization framework for management strategies, and a monitoring tool for evaluating changing conditions. King County Department of Natural Resources is using FLAT to collect and map condition data for all their park and ecology lands. This information will help them target the restoration efforts of their volunteer program.
The FLAT Field Manual, which describes the methods for applying the tool, is currently available through King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks (contact David Kimmett).
Coming soon! A Pacific Northwest Research Station general technical report, due in 2016, will describe FLAT’s methodology and the results of the King County forest assessment.