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College of Forestry and Conservation

Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument

Contact Information:

Melana Stichman, LIBI, Natural Resources     (406) 638-3225, melana_stichman@nps.gov
Sharon Small, LIBI, Cultural Resources    (406)-638-3213, Sharon_small@nps.gov

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Research Needs

Cultural Resources

  • 3-D animation of historic base map
  • Archeological monitoring- annual reconnaissance surveys
  • Dry-boxing for metal artifacts
  • Develop a Cultural Awareness Training
  • Catalog new accessions for the museum collections
  • Improve Archive Storage
  • Photograph Museum Collection
  • Archeological Surveys, Adjacent Lands: Private & Preservation Committee.
  • Oral History: Battle of the Little Bighorn, Native American Perspectives
  • Archeological/Geophysical Investigations of Marker, and Rifle Pit Sites
  • Update Cultural Sites Inventory
  • Implement Resource Data System-Historical Records
  • Ethnographic Assessment and Overview
  • Ethnographic Oral History Project
  • Research historical storehouse to restore/furnish superintendents' quarters completed 1894
  • Research requests assistance (for searches on photos and other documents; possible internship)

Natural Resources

  • Explore conservation easements in the Monument Area
  • Geomorphological study of the Little Bighorn River channel
  • Geoscientist to identify and inventory disturbed areas (like cut/fill areas of roadsides, cemetery, and housing) at LIBI.
  • basic research on the "reference conditions" for soils and especially upland and riparian vegetation
  • Soil erosion monitoring
  • Monitor effects of livestock on riparian area
  • Surveys for rare native plants
  • Baseline information/Assessment and Evaluation for plant species of concern
  • Vegetation Monitoring Pre and Post Prescribed burning (Education)
  • Monitoring protocols- Specifically grasses (cheatgrass, Japanese brome, bulbous bluegrass), but forbes (Canada thistle, St. Johnswort, Dalmatian toadflax) is also needed
  • Compare aerial surveys to detect how patches of smooth brome have changed over the years.
  • Compare findings from previous vegetation studies to current survey findings, with special emphasis on the annual bromes
  • Examine the links between increases in invasive species (bromes) related to drought, temperatures, and timing and amount of precipitation. Based on the experience at Washita Battlefield, it would be interesting to see what happens to the cheatgrass there, and if we can learn enough to prevent a similar event happening at LIBI

      Visitor Use Studies

      • Survey park visitors regarding sounds that a visitor would expect in a national battlefield and investigate particular military aircraft noises and associated annoyance levels
      • Surveys regarding traffic, congestion, and alternative transportation; related to Alternative Transportation Feasibility Study

      Interdisciplinary Resources Needs

      • Ethnobotany Overview
      • Website assistance
      Last Updated Febraury 2013