Restoring the West Conference 2009

Restoring the West 2009 - Peaks to Valleys: Innovation Land Management for the Great Basin

Explore these pages to find presentations, photographs, and documents from the 2009 Restoring the West Conference held at Utah State University in Logan, Utah October 27 & 28, 2009.

Click here for the conference booklet, including the agenda and abstracts.

Visit www.restoringthewest.org for information about future and past Restoring the West Conferences.


Tuesday Session
- October 27, 2009

Click on the links below to view abstracts, contact info, and PowerPoint presentations with audio.

Note: Presentations with audio run in Adobe Connect. To view with a mobile device, you may need to download the free Adobe Connect Mobile application.

Bob Nowak   Ecohydrology in the Great Basin: Plants and Water in Arid Ecosystems
Bob Nowak, Professor, University of Nevada, Reno
Mark Brunson  

Myth, Metaphor, and the Social Dimensions of Restoration in the Great Basin
Mark Brunson, Department Head and Professor, Utah State University

Jeanne Chambers

Jim Grace

 

Understanding Resistance to Invasion and Resilience to Disturbance - the Key to Restoring Great Basin Ecosystems?
Jeanne Chambers, Research Ecologist, USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Reno, and Jim Grace, Research Ecologist, U.S. Geological Survey, National Wetlands Research Center

Jack Schmidt  

River Restoration in the Great Basin - What Can We Really Hope to Achieve?
Jack Schmidt, Professor, Utah State University

Brett Roper  

Restoring Native Fish Species in the Great Basin
Brett Roper, Aquatic Ecologist, USDA Forest Service and Utah State University

Matt Germino  

Exotic and Native Herbs in Sagebrush Steppe: Diagnoses, Prognoses, and Prescriptions for Restoration
Matt Germino, Associate Professor, Idaho State University

Frank McCormick  

Assessing Risk to Aquatic Systems
Frank McCormick, Program Manager, Air, Water, and Aquatic Environments Science Program, USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Boise

Annie Loosen  

An Approach to Landscape Scale Aspen Inventory and Assessment: Applications in the Great Basin
Annie Loosen, Teton Science Schools

Peter Weisberg  

Pinyon and Juniper Woodland Expansion: Can a Historical Perspective Guide Management of Future Landscape Change? (powerpoint only)
Peter Weisberg, Associate Professor, University of Nevada, Reno

Duncan Patten   Ecology and Restoration of Riparian Vegetation in the Arid and Semiarid West: Lessons Learned
Duncan Patten, Research Professor, Montana State University

Wednesday Session - October 28, 2009

Julio Betancourt  

Climate Variability, Climate Change, and Large-scale Ecological Responses: Challenges for Ecosystem Science and Management in the West
Julio Betancourt, Senior Scientist, National Research Program, Water Resources Division, U.S. Geological Survey

Connie Millar  

Adapting to Climate Change in Great Basin Mountain Ecosystems
Connie Millar, Research Paleoecologist, USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station

Andrea Brunelle   Paleoecological Data and their Utility in Ecosystem Restoration
Andrea Brunelle, Associate Professor, University of Utah
Stan Kitchen   Historic Fire Regimes as Templates for Fire Restoration in Eastern Great Basin Mountains - or: Eating the Elephant a Bite at a Time
Stan Kitchen, Research Botanist, USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station
Patty Champ   Pricing the Priceless: Valuing Nonmarket Goods and Ecosystem Services
Patty Champ, Economist, USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station
Jack Connelly   Sage-grouse and Fire: Smokey the Bear Was a Good Guy
Jack Connelly, Principal Wildlife Research Biologist, Idaho Department of Fish and Game
Carl Wambolt  

Fire Ecology of Sagebrush Systems: To Burn or Not to Burn for Wildlife Habitat (abstract only)
Carl Wambolt, Emeritus Professor, Range Science, Montana State University

Dean Pearson   Ecology and Management of Invasive Species
Dean Pearson, Research Ecologist, USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station
Kate Dwire   Wildfire and Fuel Treatments in Riparian Areas of the Interior West
Kate Dwire, Research Riparian Ecologist, USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station

 
Other Conferences

Click here to see the web page for the 2010 Restoring the West Conference: Managing Plant and Animal Conflicts.
Click here to see the web page for the 2009 Restoring the West Conference: Peaks to Valleys - Innovative Land Management for the Great Basin.
Click here
to see the web page for the 2008 Restoring the West Conference: Frontiers in Aspen Restoration
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Click here to see the web page for the 2007 Restoring the West Conference: Sagebrush Steppe Restoration.
Click here to see the web page for the 2006 Restoring the West Conference: Aspen Restoration.
Click here to see the web page for the 2004 Managing Aspen in Western Landscapes Conference.

Conference Organizers

Darren McAvoy
Conference Chair
USU Forestry Extension

Mike Kuhns
USU Forestry Extension
Ron Ryel
USU Department of Wildland Resources

Barbara Bentz
USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station

Josh Leffler
USU Department of Wildland Resources

Paul Rogers
USU Department of Wildland Resources

Olivia Salmon
USU Forestry Extension

Kendra McKenna
USU Conference Services

Conference Sponsors

The S.J. and Jessie E.Quinney Foundation
USU Department of Wildland Resources
USU College of Natural Resources
USU Ecology Center
USU Extension Forestry
Western Aspen Alliance
USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station

       

USU Ecology Center      Utah State University Extension     Utah State University Department of Wildland ResourcesWestern Aspen Alliance
                           
                               US Forest Service       Utah State University College of Natural Resources             US Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station