March 9, 2020

Current Research

Evaluating Mesic Restoration Efforts in Montana with Geospatial Tools

Montana Conservation Corps, The Nature Conservancy, and the World Wildlife Fund
In conjunction with The Nature Conservancy-Montana (TNC), Montana Conservation Corps (MCC), and World Wildlife Fund (WWF), our team is creating a protocol to evaluate the impacts of low-tech stuctures, sometimes referred to as beaver dam analogs, that have been installed in central Montana. This protocol will leverage GIS and remote sensing technologies, challenging our team to identify metrics that can be detected remotely to aid in understanding the impact of these projects. Read more…

Funding Priorities for Improving Ecological Value and Agricultural Viability on Colorado Rangelands

The Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust (CCALT)
Kathleen Voight is working with the Additive Conservation department of the Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust (CCALT) to determine funding priorities for their internally-managed Agricultural Resiliency Fund. CCALT holds easements over 700,000 acres of ranchland across Colorado, with the goal of conserving working landscapes for the benefit of future generations. When managed effectively, rangelands provide numerous ecological benefits, all while supporting local communities and livelihoods. Read more…

A Systems Thinking Approach to Wood Processing and Forest Health in Wyoming

The Nature Conservancy Wyoming
Julia Chen and Jake Barker are collaborating with The Nature Conservancy-Wyoming to investigate strategies to improve forest health and resilience through targeted forest restoration in Wyoming. At present, the pace and scale of forest restoration in Wyoming is constrained by several factors, including high costs and limited wood-processing infrastructure. The team will apply a system thinking approach to build a conceptual model that describes the dynamic relationships between the ecological, economic, and social factors underlying forest management and wood processing in Wyoming. Read more…