Research Permit

Wetlands Research Permit Requirements

We allow the use of the campus wetlands for research, but only where it can be done with minimal impacts to the natural resources of the site. We encourage observational studies. Experimental studies will be considered, but scrutinized very closely for potential impacts. We require that you (1) read and follow the Wetlands Access Regulations, (2) read and abide by the Wetlands Research Guidelines below, and (3) complete the form further below to obtain a Wetlands Research Permit. This permit allows us to keep track of how the wetlands are being used by groups as well as altering campus security and the wetlands maintenance staff to your presence. We will strive to process this request as fast as possible, dependent upon the availability of experts to review potential impacts. We will send you a permit that you should always keep with you during your visits.

Wetland Research Guidelines for the Wetland Restoration Area (WRA)

  • Each individual will take responsibility for his or her own safety and accepts the risks inherent with touring and accessing this area.
  • A copy of the research permit must be carried by at least one member of the group at all times when in the WRA. This permit must be displayed upon request to campus Public Safety officers, Facilities employees, or faculty. Failure to have a valid permit will result in removal from the site and possible revocation of the permit.
  • If you must modify the dates/times of your activities you MUST us (use the “Questions?” form on the Wetland web page) at least 24 hours in advance so the appropriate campus personnel can be notified.
  • Access to the wetlands area must be coordinated in such a way as to minimize impacts and avoid disruption to the restoration site and wildlife inhabitants.
  • No destructive sampling is allowed unless specifically permitted. This includes the removal of animals, plants, plant parts, soils, rocks, streambed material, water, etc.
  • Whenever possible do not trample the vegetation.
  • No sampling devices, stakes, flags, etc. shall be left in the WRA unless specifically permitted. These items must be removed at the end of the research project.
  • No harassment of wildlife (including no fishing, no hunting, etc.). This includes keeping noise to a minimum.
  • No use of chemicals in the stream or floodplain is allowed unless specifically permitted.
  • No smoking.
  • Do not introduce any plants or animals into the WRA unless specifically permitted. Boots will be thoroughly cleaned each time prior to entering the WRA. Specific protocols for boot cleaning may be required in different situations to prevent the invasion of non-native species.
  • You are required to submit a research report within 60 days of completing your research project. This report should detail your methodology, findings, and interpretations of those results. Submit your report to the UWB Wetland Advisor, Warren Gold, at wgold@uw.edu.

Wetlands Research Permit Application

To apply for a Wetlands Research Permit, fill out and submit the following form. If you have any questions please contact the Wetlands Advisor, Warren Gold, at wgold@uwb.edu.

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