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  • Canyonlands Research Center - canyonlandsresearchcenter.org
    kts Pressure 29 67 Visibility 5 sm Dewpoint 17 6 deg Rel Humidity 79 4 Precip Canyonlands Research Center Climate Monitoring Search Search Canyonlands About Mission Science Committee Partners History Contact Facilities Field Station Rates Housing Availability Housing Request Form Liability Waiver Rules Driving Directions Research Projects Site Description Research Questions Publications Permitting Advice Data Spatial Data Weather Data Gallery Ecological Sites Landscape Facilities Support Supporters Donate Volunteer News The Sundial Newsletter The Sundial is a semi annual newsletter published by the Canyonlands Research Center highlighting projects and research activities occurring in the area Read More About Us The mission of CRC is to facilitate research education and collaboration for understanding the interactive effects of land use and climate and developing management solutions that meet human needs while maintaining ecological viability on the Colorado Plateau and in semi arid lands worldwide Read More Research The CRC is dedicated to long term research on the interactions between climate and land use in arid and semi arid lands The Study Area contains an array of environmental and management conditions an ideal location for research on the effects of climate on ecosystem processes and community dynamics Read More Partners The Nature Conservancy Utah

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  • About Us - Canyonlands Research Center - canyonlandsresearchcenter.org
    Mission Science Committee Partners History Contact Facilities Field Station Rates Housing Availability Housing Request Form Liability Waiver Rules Driving Directions Research Projects Site Description Research Questions Publications Permitting Advice Data Spatial Data Weather Data Gallery Ecological Sites Landscape Facilities Support Supporters Donate Volunteer News About Us The mission of Canyonlands Research Center is to facilitate research education and collaboration for understanding the interactive effects of land use and climate and

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  • Mission Statement - Canyonlands Research Center - canyonlandsresearchcenter.org
    most biologically diverse group with 300 endemic species found only on the Plateau The region also provides critical habitat for some of the West s most charismatic species including desert bighorn sheep pronghorn and mountain lions as well as a wealth of aquatic species such as the endangered Colorado pikeminnow and humpback chub A Growing Need The Colorado Plateau is facing mounting ecological problems that threaten its lands and waters Invasive plants and animals recreation development and inappropriate grazing are disrupting ecosystems threatening water resources and devastating native species More than 150 of the Plateau s plant and animal species are considered at risk and 27 species are currently listed as Endangered or Threatened In addition scientists predict that the Colorado River Basin is on track for severe and unprecedented drought which when combined with higher temperatures will accelerate the loss of native vegetation and wildlife habitat encouraging an explosion of invasive species such as cheatgrass and reduce soil moisture and a range of associated problems such as Accelerated plant death Increased susceptibility of soils to wind erosion More wind deposited dust on western snowpacks and Accelerated snowmelt and decreased runoff threatening the quality and quantity of Colorado River water The Canyonlands Research Center and the scientists agencies and partners involved are working to address these growing threats using on the ground research and developing working solutions for land managers throughout the West Solutions Designed to address the most pressing challenges facing rural Utah the Canyonlands Research Center will provide new information about how temperature rainfall and land uses combine to affect the productivity and health of natural resources on the Colorado Plateau Ideal Location With The Nature Conservancy s Dugout Ranch at its core the Canyonlands Research Center Study Area spans lands managed by the USDA Forest Service Bureau

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  • Science Committee - Canyonlands Research Center - canyonlandsresearchcenter.org
    University and was the class valedictorian Since then her work has focused on how different types of land uses can affect the stability and fertility of ecosystems in dryland regions and in finding ways to use these lands in a sustainable fashion She also studies the linkages between soils and plants including what factors make plant communities susceptible to invasion by exotic plants She travels extensively throughout the United States training federal state and private land managers on best management practices for rangeland ecosystems The results of her research have led to major changes in management of large tracts of these lands Dr Belnap s expertise on rangeland management is sought from countries around the world including South America Mexico South Africa Kenya Tanzania Zimbabwe Mongolia China Siberia Australia and Iceland Dr Janis L Boettinger is a Professor of Soil Science Department of Plants Soils and Climate College of Agriculture Utah State University She represents the Utah Agricultural Experiment Station in the Utah Western and National Cooperative Soil Survey programs Primary interests are predicting soil distribution using remotely sensed and topographic data and soil vegetation landscape interactions in rangeland and forest ecosystems Dr Mark Brunson is a Professor in the Department of Environment and Society at Utah State University His research combines methods of the social and ecological sciences to understand questions about how human behaviors interact with ecological processes and patterns to affect environmental and human conditions He holds a PhD in Forestry from Oregon State University but since coming to Utah State in 1992 his work has occurred primarily in rangeland ecosystems Dr Mike Duniway is a Research Ecologist with the USGS in Moab Utah He received a PhD in Soil Science from New Mexico State University and worked as a Research Soil Scientist with the USDS ARS Jornada prior to coming to the USGS His primary interests are in soils and soil processes in arid and semi arid ecosystems and the interactions between environmental and land use drivers vegetation soils and geomorphology Much of Dr Duniway s research efforts have centered around properties and processes that moderate plant available water including plant soil feedbacks soil quality and soil morphology He seeks to provide information for land managers and owners to facilitate sustainable land use activities and works closely with BLM NPS NRCS and DOD land managers Dr Mark Miller is the Chief of Resource Stewardship Science for the National Park Service Southeast Utah Group including Arches and Canyonlands National Parks and Hovenweep and Natural Bridges National Monuments in Moab UT His interests focus on the dynamics of rangeland ecosystems in relation to land use activities climate and soil geomorphic properties Research applications include ecosystem assessment and monitoring adaptive management and ecosystem restoration Before assuming his current positions with NPS in 2010 he worked for 7 years as a research ecologist for the U S Geological Survey and was previously employed as an ecologist for LGL Alaska Research Associates the Bureau of Land Management Grand Staircase Escalante National

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  • Partners - Canyonlands Research Center - canyonlandsresearchcenter.org
    Partners History Contact Facilities Field Station Rates Housing Availability Housing Request Form Liability Waiver Rules Driving Directions Research Projects Site Description Research Questions Publications Permitting Advice Data Spatial Data Weather Data Gallery Ecological Sites Landscape Facilities Support Supporters Donate Volunteer News Partners The Center is formed by a suite of diverse partners who support the importance of its mission and research Current partners include The Nature Conservancy in Utah Utah

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  • History - Canyonlands Research Center - canyonlandsresearchcenter.org
    Located at the doorstep of Canyonlands National Park in the heart of the Colorado Plateau this historic cattle ranch encompasses 5 200 acres of private land and 300 000 acres of associated public grazing allotments spanning some of the most spectacular red rock scenery in the world Beyond its beauty the ranch lands support bear cougar desert bighorn sheep Mexican spotted owl eleven globally rare wildflower species and more than 42 miles of vital cottonwood willow riparian forest Working with the Redd family long time owners and ranchers the Conservancy purchased the Dugout Ranch to save it from the threat of development ensuring that its magnificent landscapes and rich habitat will remain intact The Dugout Ranch still supports a private residence for rancher Heidi Redd who has a lifetime lease on a portion of the property Heidi has more than 40 years of experience running cattle at the Dugout and she and her family exemplify a lifelong commitment to stewardship and the health of the lands Today with her knowledge of the region and her connections to the ranching community Heidi plays an important role in the Canyonlands Research Center Formation of the Canyonlands Research Center While the protection of Dugout Ranch was a major coup for land conservation it also provided a crucial foothold in the Colorado Plateau from which the Conservancy could see the potential for a much larger conservation impact Years of field research revealed the Dugout Ranch and surrounding lands would provide the perfect setting for an outdoor laboratory devoted to the health of resources and communities on the Colorado Plateau In 2008 the Conservancy began to join forces with a suite of partners who shared similar concerns for this ecologically rich and increasingly pressured region and who saw the potential to make a difference for

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  • Contact - Canyonlands Research Center - canyonlandsresearchcenter.org
    Climate Monitoring Search Search Canyonlands About Mission Science Committee Partners History Contact Facilities Field Station Rates Housing Availability Housing Request Form Liability Waiver Rules Driving Directions Research Projects Site Description Research Questions Publications Permitting Advice Data Spatial Data Weather Data Gallery Ecological Sites Landscape Facilities Support Supporters Donate Volunteer News Contact For more information please contact Field Station Manager Philip Adams canyonlandsresearchcenter gmail com Dugout Ranch Project Manager Matthew Redd

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  • Facilities - Canyonlands Research Center - canyonlandsresearchcenter.org
    NNW 11 kts Pressure 29 67 Visibility 5 sm Dewpoint 17 6 deg Rel Humidity 79 4 Precip Canyonlands Research Center Climate Monitoring Search Search Canyonlands About Mission Science Committee Partners History Contact Facilities Field Station Rates Housing Availability Housing Request Form Liability Waiver Rules Driving Directions Research Projects Site Description Research Questions Publications Permitting Advice Data Spatial Data Weather Data Gallery Ecological Sites Landscape Facilities Support Supporters Donate Volunteer News Facilities The Canyonlands Research Center is located at The Nature Conservancy s Dugout Ranch a gateway to the Canyonlands National Park 20 miles northwest of Monticello Spanning over 3 000 square kilometers with an environmental gradient ranging from 1 100 3 600 meters the Center s study area in comprised of lands managed by the USDA Forest Service Bureau of Land Management and National Park Service As such scientists have the opportunity to study wide gradients of elevation ecology and land use histories making the Center an ideal location for research on the effects of climate on ecosystem processes and community dynamics The Center is also situated along the boundary of the southwestern monsoon climate zone making it particularly sensitive to climatic variation Partners The Nature Conservancy Utah State

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