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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

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RM-CESU Current Newsletter: April 2014

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


Jerry O'Neal National Park Service Student Fellowship -2014 Call
Applications are now being accepted for the Jerry O'Neal Fellowship for work in Glacier National Park, Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site, and Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument. 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, archeology, and ethnographic research
  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 $1000-4000. Applications must be submitted electronically by February 14, 2014. For details on the application process please click here.

Call for Nominations: the John L. Cotter Award for Excellence in National Park Service Archeology  National Park Service archeologists created the John L. Cotter Award for Excellence in National Park Service Archeology to honor the long and distinguished career and pioneering contributions to professional archeology within the National Park System of Dr. John L. Cotter.  This unofficial award was established by agency archeologists as inspiration for student and professional archeologists to continue Dr. Cotter’s model of excellence in scientific archeology.  The award recognizes the archeological accomplishments of NPS staff or a partnership researcher within a unit or units of the National Park System.  For more information, please click here.  Nominations due February 28, 2014.

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

February 2-4, 2014: International Conference on Outdoor Leadership, Salt Lake City, UT.  The conference will feature workshops centered on the WEA curriculum’s educational components, research and program symposiums, a keynote address about current issues facing outdoor leaders, and a celebration of 50 Years of the Wilderness Act.

February 19-20, 2014: Eighth Montana Plant Conservation Conference, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT, The first day will be a symposium on plant pollination.  Topics will include: effects of fragmentation on pollinators, phenology of pollinators and their plants, generalist versus specialist pollinators, invasive plants and pollinator communities, and effects of prescribed fire on pollinators.  In addition, there will be a pollinator identification workshop.  The second day will be devoted to reviewing the status of Montana Natural Heritage Program species of concern and nominations for Important Plant Area designation.

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.

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.