The 2014 field season is gearing up and the IAE Conservation Research crew will be back on the road to conduct annual monitoring and research on plant species and ecosystems in the Pacific Northwest. Projects scheduled for this year include monitoring and researching management techniques for the Cook’s desert parsley, surveying for Cusick’s lupine in […]
View from Lower Table Rocks, Pictured from left: Erin Gray, Scott Orr and Denise Giles-Johnson Photo credit: Tara Callaway It’s that time of year again! Field season has kicked off for the Conservation Research program at the Institute for Applied Ecology (IAE). This year, our season began at Lower Table Rocks located in southern Oregon […]
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Submitted by Laura Brown, Ecologist, Estuary Technical Group In December of 2013, the Institute for Applied Ecology (IAE) welcomed a new ecologist, Laura Brown, to the Estuary Technical Group (ETG). Laura is originally from North Carolina, but moved to Oregon from Louisiana where she had been conducting research on oyster reef restoration along the northern […]
Article contributed by Ian Pfingsten, Plant Conservation Biologist, Special Projects Program Oregon’s flora and fauna face a no-analog future climate, a climate where environments are changing faster than many species have ever experienced. If we maintain business as usual, then by 2100, the average annual temperature of the Pacific Northwest will rise by at least […]
Three separate books cover most of Oregon from the coast to the Willamette Valley to the eastern half of the state
Plan now for the coming field season! Three up-to-date weed guides for Oregon are currently available:
- Field Guide to Weeds of the Willamette Valley
- Field Guide to Weeds of Eastern Oregon
- Field Guide to Weeds of the Oregon Coast
These books are organized by plant group, with icons to make finding plants by type (e.g., tree, grass, or flower) and flower color easier. These are is indispensable pocket-sized (4 x 6 in) guides designed for use by landowners, amateurs, technicians, and professional botanical personnel. Each book contains clear descriptions of 50-60 invasives with full color photos. New invaders are presented, as well as established weeds, and the guides include details about look-alikes to avoid confusion.
This is an ideal guide for agency field staff, landowners, and others seeking an easy-to-use, field-friendly resource. Great as an outreach tool at special events!
The books can be viewed, downloaded, and purchased online here
Books can be ordered online or by phone (541-753-3099 ext 101). Cost is $4 each with check or cash, or $4.20 by credit card online, plus shipping. Small or large orders welcome.
Denise Giles-Johnson and Erin Gray out-planting natives and removing invasive species. Since 2006, the Institute for Applied Ecology (IAE) has partnered with Eugene District BLM to coordinate research and restoration efforts at Horse Rock Ridge. Horse Rock Ridge is dually classified as an Area of Critical Environmental Concern and a Research Natural Area. The site […]
Ten young adults, a van, and a mission of service By Emily Sugarman (AmeriCorps NCCC Green 2 team member) and Peter Moore (IAE Restoration Ecologist) The Green 2 AmeriCorps crew and Guy Banner (IAE) during a day’s planting of Nelson’s checkermallow and other prairie species. The Institute for Applied Ecology (IAE) recently had the good […]
This summer golden paintbrush were thriving at a reintroduction site at William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge (photo by Caitlin Lawrence). Golden Paintbrush, Castilleja levisecta, is an endangered herb which is endemic to the Pacific Northwest. While it was once abundant in British Columbia, Washington, and Oregon, there are only eleven known natural populations remaining. […]
Kincaid’s lupine flowering at Fir Butte. Kincaid’s lupine (Lupinus oreganus), a rare species native to prairies of western Oregon and southwestern Washington, is a host for the endangered Fender’s blue butterfly (Icaricia icarioides fenderi). As such, Kincaid’s lupine has become the focus of restoration efforts throughout its range. Populations are generally found on private, unprotected […]
Willamette daisy in bloom. Once found throughout the prairies of the Willamette Valley, the Willamette daisy (Erigeron decumbens var. decumbens) is listed endangered on both state and federal levels. The Institute for Applied Ecology has partnered with United States Fish and Wildlife Service, United States Army Corps of Engineers, and the City of Eugene in […]
Eucephalus vialis produces only disc flowers This year the Conservation Research department at the Institute for Applied Ecology (IAE) received funding from the Eugene District Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to monitor and make management recommendations at select Eucephalus vialis populations. Eucephalus vialis, or wayside aster, is a perennial plant native to transitional habitats between forest and […]
Historically, coastal prairie communities occupied an extensive range from northern California to British Columbia. Today, these communities have been severely fragmented as a result of development, agriculture, recreational use, and invasion from non-native species. With the degradation of these habitats, many plant and animal species have experienced a quick decline, most notably the Oregon silverspot […]
The Conservation Research program at the Institute for Applied Ecology (IAE) frequently conducts research on public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management. Our focus on rare plants often brings us to Areas of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC). ACECs are federally designated conservation areas intended to protect the habitats of threatened and endangered species, […]
Maxfield meadows Since 2007, IAE has been partnering with the Salem district BLM to restore meadow and oak savanna habitat at Maxfield meadows. The site, located northwest of Corvallis, consists of a variety of meadows and forested areas. Much of the area is a stand of mixed pines with the understory generally characterized by high […]