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Jerry O'Neal Fellowship: Matthew Larson, University of Montana

Avian Point Counts of Hayfields at Grant -Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site

Taylor Field at Grant-Kohrs Ranch

Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site (GRKO) is a working cattle ranch dedicated to historic preservation of the frontier cattle era. As part of the National Park Service, however, it is directed to conserve both its historic and natural resources.  The result is a working landscape that supports many native species of flora and fauna.

This project reflects GRKO’s mission: It informs best management practices of annual hay harvest with respect to grassland nesting bird species. Read More: Brief; Full Report

A field day

What's New

RM-CESU Current Newsletter: Summer 2014

Past Newsletters: April 2014March 2014; February 2014; December 2013/Janaury 2014; October-November 2013; September 2013; August 2013; July 2013; June 2013; May 2013


RM-CESU Announces the Annual Competition for Student Award:  The Rocky Mountains CESU annually recognizes outstanding students through an awards program.

The RM-CESU Student Award recognizes "above and beyond” accomplishments by students involved in Rocky Mountains Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (RM-CESU) projects.  Nominations may be submitted by any representative of the federal agency that sponsored the RM-CESU project, or by the student’s RM-CESU university.   

Nominations for the Student Award are due August 15, 2014. The award winner(s) will receive a citation and give a presentation on their project results at annual RM-CESU Fall Meeting in September.  For nomination instructions, click here.

RM-CESU’s Kathy Tonnessen receives the Department of the Interior’s Superior Service Award 
Dr. Kathy Tonnessen has just received the Department of the Interior’s Superior Service Award, which recognizes her exceptional career accomplishments and contributions.  Since the inception of the Rocky Mountains CESU, Kathy has been an outstanding leader in the development and evolution of the Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit network nationwide. She was one of the first agency representatives in the system and has provided leadership through participation in National CESU meetings and forums and served as the national program lead for the NPS CESUs from 2008-10.  Under Kathy’s leadership, the RM-CESU is the linchpin for the Intermountain CESUs, conducting monthly meetings with the Financial Assistance group to ensure currency, consistency, and overall excellence in customer service to parks. As a result the RM-CESU has become a service model for how Dept. of Interior CESU liaisons can best connect land and resource managers with the scientific community.  Read more.

Upcoming RM-CESU and Partner Events

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.