Adaptive Management for a Coastal Prairie Community

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 […]

Conservation Research in Areas of Critical Environmental Concern

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, […]

False-brome at Maxfield Meadows

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 […]

Gentner’s Fritillary: Findings and Future

Two weeks into the field season this April the Conservation Research crew ventured to southern Oregon to monitor a rare lily, Fritillaria gentneri (Gentner’s fritillary). F. gentneri is a listed endangered species by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the State of Oregon. It is a hybrid of two other species, Fritillaria recurva and Fritillaria affinis, […]

Welcome to the 2013 Field Season!

The 2013 field season is starting up and the 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 researching management techniques for the Bradshaw’s lomatium, establishing monitoring protocols for coastal grassland restoration, and monitoring […]

Reintroduction and management of the Willamette daisy

Vegetative E. decumbens in the greenhouse The Willamette daisy (Erigeron decumbens var. decumbens) is an herbaceous perennial in the Asteraceae family that is endemic to Oregon’s Willamette Valley.  Although it was once common throughout wet prairies and upland meadows in the region, habitat degradation and fragmentation has caused a severe decline in population numbers.  There […]

Umpqua green gentian on the Calapooya Divide

ASE intern, Eddie, monitors a transect Frasera umpquaensis (Umpqua green gentian) is a tall, tap-rooted perennial plant that is endemic to Oregon and northern California.  Although there are populations of Umpqua green gentian in southern Oregon that appear to be healthy in size and distribution, there are five peripheral populations along the Calapooya Divide that […]

Horse Rock Ridge Restoration and Monitoring

Grass meadows and Douglas fir forests create a mosaic landscape at Horse Rock Ridge Horse Rock Ridge is a unique mosaic habitat located in the Coburg Hills that has received dual designation from the Bureau of Land Management as an Area of Critical Environmental Concern and a Research Natural Area.  Areas that receive such designations […]

Pink sand verbena monitoring on the Oregon Coast

Abronia umbellata ssp. breviflora Pink sand verbena (Abronia umbellata ssp. breviflora) is a short-lived perennial in the Nyctaginaceae family that is native to the Pacific Coast.  Individuals of this species only reproduce by seed and many individuals act as annuals, flowering and dying in their first year of growth.  Given their placement on dynamic dune […]

Kincaid’s lupine in Douglas County, Oregon

Lupine leaves and racemes Lupinus oreganus, commonly known as Kincaid’s lupine, is a perennial forb native to the Pacific Northwest ecoregion.   It is found in wet prairie habitats and open oak woodlands, both of which are habitat types that have experienced extreme degradation and fragmentation due to urban and agricultural development.  Although Kincaid’s lupine is […]

Point Reyes bird’s beak: Population monitoring and disturbance evaluation

Cordylanthus maritimus ssp. palustris (Point Reyes bird’s beak)  Point Reyes bird’s beak (Cordylanthus maritimus ssp. palustris) is a unique hemiparasitic halophite native to salt marshes on the coasts of Oregon and California.  It is only found in tidal salt marshes, leaving many of the populations exposed to the threats of filling, tidal manipulation, and water […]

Population monitoring of Cusick’s lupine in Baker County, Oregon

Cusick’s lupine inflorescence Lupinus lepidus var. cusickii (Cusick’s lupine) is a narrow endemic forb inhabiting eroding volcanic ash deposits in eastern Oregon’s Baker County.  Given its extremely limited geographic distribution, the Oregon Department of Agriculture has listed it as a state endangered species.  The BLM considers it to be a special status species, meaning that […]