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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:  March- April 2016

Past Newsletters: January-February 2016November-December 2015September-October 2015August 2015June-July 2015May 2015April 2015March 2015Winter 2014-2015


Jerry O'Neal National Park Service Student Fellowship Applications are now being accepted for the Jerry O'Neal Fellowship for work in Glacier National Park, Grant-Kohrs Ranch NHS, and Little Bighorn Battlefield NM. The fellowship aims to provide educational assistance for students seeking to understand natural and cultural resources issues and how these interact with human values. Special consideration will be given to proposals that address the following:

  1. natural resource issues such as aquatic ecology, terrestrial ecology, fire ecology, invasive plants, and climate change
  2. cultural resource issues, such as history and architectural studies, cultural landscape reports, ethnographic research and archeology
  3. social science that informs resource management about a natural or cultural topic and/or that addresses visitor impacts to park resources

Competition is open to graduate students or superior upper division undergraduate students at RM-CESU universities and colleges only.  Awards range from $1000-5000. Applications must be submitted electronically by February 18, 2016. For details on the application process please click here.

Boyd Evison Student Fellowship for research in the Greater Yellowstone
The Grand Teton Association offers a graduate fellowship of up to $10,000/project for graduate studies focused on documenting the almost intangible and disappearing aspects of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, including Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, the John D. Rockefeller, Jr., Memorial Parkway, and other public or private lands. Emphasis areas are lesser-known ecosystem elements such as air and water; geologic or other processes; plants, insects, reptiles, or amphibians, fungi; natural soundscapes; and social science related to public understanding of natural resources and their use or management. Graduate students pursuing either a Master’s or Doctoral degree are invited to submit proposals on the application form by February 5, 2016.  To view the call, click here.

Upcoming RM-CESU and Partner Events

March 15-17, 2016: 2016 Crown Managers Partnership Forum:  We Need the Needles: Coordinating Action to Conserve 5-Needle Pine Forests in the Crown of the ContinentFernie, British Columbia.  The 2016 Forum will bring together managers, tribes, First Nations, NGOs, industry, researchers and community members interested in working together to significantly advance efforts to restore five-needle pine forests (whitebark and limber pine) across all land ownerships in the Crown of the Continent Ecosystem. This Forum will also feature new scientific recommendations on how to effectively restore these species given the challenges associated with rapid climate change. Please register by March 7th.

February 23-25, 2016: Sagebrush Ecosystem Conservation: All Lands, All Hands Conference, in Salt Lake City, Utah.  The Great Basin Consortium, the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, and Utah State University are co-sponsoring this conference to continue sharing the latest information and to plan for the conservation, restoration, and maintenance of resilient sagebrush ecosystems. Session topics are listed below.  Early Bird Registration is $175 and is available until January 22, 2016. Regular registration will be available after Jan. 22 until Feb. 17, 2016, for $200.  Online streaming will be available for $75.