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Restoring the West

Restoring the West: Managing Water by Managing Land
Eccles Conference Center, Logan, UT
October 8-9 - details here

In the West, upland forests protect the land that yields the water we all depend on for life. However, wildfires, forest pests, drought stress, outdoor recreation, poorly managed livestock grazing, timber harvesting, and unsustainable development can threaten watershed security, longevity, and resilience to disturbance. Despite these threats, there are many excellent examples of well-functioning watersheds in the West and in Utah that have been providing pristine water for over a century. If watershed managers, foresters, scientists, and others understand the correct ways to manage threats to watersheds we can continue to supply water for the millions of people and industries that depend on it. This conference will bring together water and land managers and scientists to share guidance, success stories, and research results to ensure that clean water availability is sustained in the Intermountain West. The conference will include two days of plenary sessions an evening social on Tuesday and poster session during Wednesday morning and afternoon breaks.

This conference is organized and sponsored by Utah State University Extension Forestry and USU's Departments of Wildland Resources and Watershed Sciences in the Quinney College of Natural Resources, the Ecology Center, and the Western Aspen Alliance.


Learn at Lunch Webinar: ew as a pdf

Answering Questions about the Appropriateness of Woody Vegetation Treatments
Eric Thacker, Mark Brunson
Tuesday, October 29, 2019 | 12 pm (MDT)

 1 CEU from Society of American Foresters, OR 1 CEU from International Society of Arboriculture is available, OR you may receive a letter of certification to submit to whatever organization you would like. You must enter your CEU preference on the Zoom Registration page for the webinar.

Co-sponsored by Great Basin Fire Science Exchange

Federal and state agencies across Utah and the Great Basin have been actively treating pinyon and juniper woodlands to improve wildlife habitat, reduce fuel loads, and achieve watershed objectives. Increasingly these activities have been questioned by stakeholder groups and citizens who are concerned about the unintended consequences of such treatments. In this webinar, we’ll address some of the recent criticisms of pinyon-juniper treatment, sharing results of research on woody vegetation removal as well as identifying questions that still need to be answered through research and monitoring.

Eric Thacker is an associate professor and rangeland Extension specialist at Utah State University. He has conducted research and published articles on rangeland wildfire, Greater Sage-grouse biology, shrub reduction, and rangeland monitoring. Mark Brunson is a professor of Environment and Society at Utah State University. He directs the Great Basin Fire Science Exchange and has been part of the Sagebrush Steppe Treatment Evaluation Project (SageSTEP) since it’s initiation in 2005.

See other webinars (past and upcoming) here -