Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center (FRESC)

Restoration and Monitoring

Filter Total Items: 22
Date published: November 9, 2017
Status: Active

Fire Rehabilitation Effects and Effectiveness

Mitigation of ecological damage caused by rangeland wildfires focuses on conservation of ecosystem function through reducing soil erosion and spread of invasive plants. The overall effectiveness of these treatments is variable, and their necessity has been debated recently. We conduct research projects and synthesize findings to determine if mitigation treatments: 1) protect ecosystems against...

Contacts: David A Pyke
Date published: November 9, 2017
Status: Active

Fire, Fuel Treatments, and Restoration Ecology

Land managers have invested considerable funding to decrease fuel loads and restore resilient ecosystems in forests and rangelands, using techniques such as grazing, mowing, herbicides, and thinning. Yet, little information is available about how such restoration activities have influenced wildlife species and habitats. We are conducting empirical studies and developing novel approaches to...

Contacts: David S Pilliod
Date published: November 9, 2017
Status: Active

Frameworks, Strategies, and Protocols for Monitoring and Interdisciplinary Research

Natural resource managers are faced with the prospect of dramatic climate change, the commencement of ecosystem- and landscape-scale restoration and management initiatives, as well as an interest in learning from and being accountable for restoration projects. The consequent needs for information have motivated many agencies to institute ecological monitoring programs and interdisciplinary...

Contacts: Andrea Woodward
Date published: November 9, 2017
Status: Active

Effects of Wind and Solar Energy Development on Wildlife

This research theme informs adaptive management and siting decsions in relation to bats at wind and solar power-generation facilities.

Contacts: Manuela M Huso
Date published: November 7, 2017
Status: Active

Ecosystem Baselines and Restoration

This research theme coalesces studies of old-growth temperate forests in several major thematic areas including landscape and ecosystem controls on watershed nutrient export, wildfire disturbance legacies on biogeochemical cycling, and the imprint of tree species on soil nutrients in old-growth forests. 

Date published: November 6, 2017
Status: Active

Conservation Ecology and Monitoring of Raptors

Raptors, or birds of prey, are often used to indicate the state of an ecosystem, and monitoring their populations can help us to understand ecosystem processes. Raptors are particularly good animals for monitoring because they are big and therefore charismatic and easy to observe. Whether we’re monitoring nesting biology and reproductive output, counting individuals on roads, or setting up...

Contacts: Todd E Katzner
Date published: November 6, 2017
Status: Active

Avian Movements, Monitoring, and Conservation

The Migratory Connectivity Project (MCP) is an effort to research, collect, and provide information about animal movement and full lifecycle biology, particularly for North American bird species, to agencies and NGOs interested in their conservation.

Contacts: Susan M Haig
Date published: November 6, 2017
Status: Active

Bird Movement and Migration

Migration is an amazing annual event. Every year billions of animals – birds, mammals, insects, and fish – make long-distance journeys from breeding grounds to wintering grounds. Most northern hemisphere birds migrate southward, but there are many other ways that birds move seasonally. If we want to protect birds that take these long distance journeys, we need to understand why they move, why...

Contacts: Todd E Katzner
Date published: November 6, 2017
Status: Active

Aquatic Invasive Species

Aquatic invasive species, like bullfrogs, stocked fish, and crayfish, can affect aquatic systems in a variety of ways and have been linked to declines in some amphibians.

Contacts: Michael J Adams
Date published: October 24, 2017
Status: Active

Applied Statistical Methods and Tools

This research theme addresses several issues important in deriving accurate and precise estimates of fatality at wind and solar power-generation facilities.

Contacts: Manuela M Huso