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

October 27-28, 2009, Utah State University, Logan, Utah |

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Tuesday Session - October 27, 2009

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
Jim Grace, Research Ecologist, U.S. Geological Survey, National Wetlands Research Center

Brett Roper
Restoring Native Fish Species in the Great Basin

Brett Roper, Aquatic Ecologist, USDA Forest Service and Utah 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

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

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

Conference Sponsors

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