Rocky Mountains Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit

Mission & Vision

The mission of the Rocky Mountains Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit is to improve and disseminate the knowledge base for managing natural and cultural resources in the rapidly changing social, cultural, and environmental landscape of the Rocky Mountain Region, and to extend its expertise to national issues where appropriate.

With rapidly growing and urbanizing populations, the Rocky Mountain Region presents opportunities for innovative and creative resource management.  The RM-CESU meets these opportunities by bringing together the region’s best scientific talent and scholarship to help manage resource problems across social, cultural, economic, political, and environmental arenas. The RM-CESU works to aid in the development and transmission of knowledge to land managers, political and industry leaders, and others who need such information.  The RM-CESU conducts research, education, and technical assistance on both agency specific issues and on issues concerning areas of mixed ownership.  In fact, one of its strengths is the ability to identify and manage activities that require partnerships that involve more than two of its partners.


  • Identify research, education, and technical assistance needs of the federal land management agencies in the Rocky Mountain Region.
  • Cooperate in the development and implementation of research, education, and technical assistance projects.
  • Coordinate research, education and technical assistance projects among member agencies and academic institutions.
  • Facilitate opportunities for student research, internships, and education that are pertinent to the needs of management agencies.
  • Make the RM-CESU an operationally effective and publicly visible organization.


  • Provide research, technical assistance and education to federal land management, environmental and research agencies and their potential partners
  • Develop a program of research, technical assistance, and education that involves the biological, physical, social, and cultural sciences needed to address resources issues and interdisciplinary problem-solving at multiple scales and in an ecosystem context
  • Place special emphasis on the working collaboration among federal agencies and universities and their related partner institutions.