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Project Spotlight

Ice Patches as Sources of Archeological and Paleoecological Data in Climate Change Research in Glacier National Park

Ice patch in Glacier National Park

Ice Patch Project partners (University of Colorado Boulder, University of Wyoming, University of Arizona, the Blackfeet Nation, and the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Nation) are working together to document melting of sub-alpine ice patches, some thousands of years old; collect ancient remains of animals and plants to aid in understanding past climates; and protect cultural artifacts associated with Native American hunting and travel in these high-elevation areas in Glacier NP. Read More.


RM-CESU Calendar of Events

June 3-5, 2014: 2014 Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Units (CESU) Network National Meeting, National Conservation Training Center (NCTC) near Shepherdstown, West Virginia

October 1-2, 2013: Rocky Mountains CESU Fall Meeting, USGS Fort Collins Science Center, Fort Collins, CO.  The schedule includes:

October 1st
PM – Managers Meeting: We will have presentations by the two RM-CESU 2013 award winners and well as a panel on natural Resource Monitoring  Agenda

October 2nd
RM-CESU Executive Committee Meeting Agenda

Partner Calendar of Events

March 17-19, 2014: Climate Change Adaptation in the Crown of the Continent Ecosystem, Missoula, MT 

March 26-29, 2014: 85th Annual Conference of the Northwest Scientific Association, University of Montana, Missoula, MT.  This conference is jointly hosted with the UM College of Forestry & Conservation - Distinguished Plum Creek Lecture Series. Together we will explore The Future of Forests & Forest Management: Change, Uncertainty, & Adaptation. 

March 27-18, 2014: Stegner Center Nineteenth Annual Symposium National Parks: Past, Present, and Future, The City Library, Salt Lake City, UT.  The symposium seeks to explore the past, present, and future of the national park system. It has been nearly a century since Congress passed the National Parks Organic Act of 1916, giving legal expression to the idea of a national park system and the National Park Service to oversee it. Much has happened since then; the system has grown to encompass more than 400 units that extend across all fifty states and cover more than 84 million acres. Roughly 280 million people visit our national parks annually, and the national park idea now reaches across the globe. Although much beloved, the national parks face significant challenges that include seasonal visitation pressures, incompatible recreational demands, intense political and economic pressures from adjoining communities, potentially destructive external development activities (including climate change), an aging and non-diverse visitor pool, and diminished financial support. And yet another issue is whether and how the system should grow in the future. The Stegner Center symposium aims to examine and to untangle these matters to ensure future generations continue to enjoy our remarkable national park system.

April 1-2, 2014: 2014 Spring Runoff Conference, Utah State University, Logan, UT. The Spring Runoff Conference is held annually on the Campus of Utah State University hosted by the USU Water Initiative. This year's conference is supported by the Utah Water Research Laboratory, the Utah State University Department of Natural Resources, the Utah State University Ecology Center, and iUTAH.The conference provides a forum for interdisciplinary sharing and exchange of ideas on water-related issues in Utah and the Intermountain Region extending to all aspects of water science, policy, engineering and management. Topic areas include hydrology, water resources, water policy, water and society, water quality, water use and conservation, economics, climate change, soils, groundwater, snow hydrology, ecosystems, limnology and water computation, and information systems. 

July 13-16, 2014: 2nd North America Congress for Conservation Biology, Missoula, MT.  The biennial NACCB provides a forum for presenting and discussing new research and developments in conservation science and practice for addressing today's conservation challenges. In addition, these conferences connect our regional community of conservation professionals and serve as a major networking outlet for people interested in North America conservation.  Conference is hosted by North America Section of the Society for Conservation Biology, Montana Chapter of the Society for Conservation Biology, and Wildlife Biology Program at the University of Montana. 

September 10-12, 2014: 5th Annual Conference of the Roundtable of the Crown of the Continent, Waterton, Alberta, Canada.  

September 17-20, 2014: This Land Is Your Land: Toward a Better Understanding of Nature's Resiliency-Building and Restorative Power for Armed Forces Personnel, Veterans, and their Families, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT.  This symposium will bring together a variety of individuals and organizations dedicated to providing nature-based resiliency-building and restorative experiences for Armed Forces personnel, veterans, and their families. Delegates will include scientists researching the resiliency-building and restorative power of nature-based experiences, representatives from a cross section of organizations providing nature-based outings, and interested others from across the allied health professions.

October 5-9, 2014: Pathways 2014 Conference: Integrating Human Dimensions into Fish and Wildlife Management, Estes Park, CO.  Pathways is the premier scientific meeting for academic and government researchers, students, agency scientists, land managers, NGO representatives, and other individuals who are interested in the human dimensions of fish and wildlife management issues. The theme this year is Common Futures.

October 6‒8, 2014: 12th Biennial Scientific Conference on the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.  The Greater Yellowstone biennial scientific conference series, initiated in 1991, encourages awareness and application of wide-ranging, high-caliber scientific work on the region's natural and cultural resources. These conferences, with the active involvement of professional societies and other institutions, provide a much-needed forum for knowledge-sharing among hundreds of researchers, park managers, and the general public. They attract world-class speakers and are interdisciplinary by design. 

Meetins of Interest

April 15-17, 2014: River Management Symposium, “Managing Rivers in Changing Climes,” Denver, CO.

April 23-27, 2014: Society for American Archaeology 79th Annual Meeting, Austin, TX.

May 13 – 16, 2014: 2014 National Outdoor Recreation Conference, San Francisco, CA.

June 15-20, 2014: Challenges and Opportunities in (1) Genetics of Five-Needle Pines and (2) Rusts of Forest Trees Research: Conservation, Evolution and Sustainable Management in a Changing Climate, Fort Collins, CO.  This IUFRO Joint Conference will bring together scientists working with Genetics and Conservation of White Pine Species (5 needle pines) and those working with Rusts of Forest Trees. Great changes/advances have happened since each of these groups last meet (e.g. genome sequencing, gene conservation efforts, rust resistance advances), so it is extremely timely to bring each of these groups together. In addition, the conference includes two fieldtrips to see some unique forest ecosystems in the Rocky Mountains. 

July 28-August 1, 2014: Conference on Ecological and Ecosystem Restoration, New Orleans, LA.  CEER is a Collaborative Effort of the leaders of the National Conference on Ecosystem Restoration (NCER) and the Society for Ecological Restoration (SER). It will bring together ecological and ecosystem restoration scientists and practitioners to address challenges and share information about restoration projects, programs, and research from across North America.

September 15-18, 2014: MtnClim 2014, Consortium for Integrated Climate Research on Western Mountains 7th Biennial Conference, Midway, UT

March 29 - April 2, 2015: 2015 George Wright Society Conference on Parks, Protected Areas, and Cultural, Oakland, CA.