Guest Blog from Sagebrush in Prisons Graduate

As we work to save the Sagebrush in Prisons project, we’ve collected testimonials from graduates of the project. This excerpt is from an inmate who presented at our Stories from the Field Annual Meeting and Social Hour in November. The event raised one-fifth of the amount needed to support the program for one year. Thank […]

Nature as a Context for Learning

3rd grade teachers Ruben Sandoval from Garfield Elementary School and Susan Reeves from Adams Elementary School carefully dug through leaf litter looking for insects during an “ecosystem comparison” lesson at Bald Hill Farm as part of the IAE-sponsored teacher professional development workshop, “Exploring Oregon’s Ecosystems: from Oak Savanna to Riparian Woodland.” During the 3 day workshop, […]

Bringing Nature and Science Into Prisons

In June, a golden eagle named Jackhammer paid a visit to the Snake River Correctional Institution (SRCI) in Ontario, OR. Jackhammer and her handlers, Joe and Cordi Atkinson of Vale, were there to teach inmates about one of the top predators living in the sagebrush-steppe. The Atkinson’s presentation was one of several interactive lectures that […]

SPP Thanks the American Legion

The Institute for Applied Ecology and the Lovelock Correctional Center Sagebrush Crew would like to thank The American Legion Sean M. Ward Post 519 group for their help in restoring greater sage-grouse habitat for our Sagebrush in Prisons Project. They have volunteered many hours helping us thin out the sagebrush containers to our target goal […]

High School leads recovery of Rare Plant Species

May 25, 2017 Twenty-eight juniors and seniors from College Hill High School conducted ecological surveys at Bald Hill Farm. Students assessed the health of a restoration site where they will plant the rare thin-leaved peavine (Lathyrus holochlorus) in 2018. During today’s field trip, students learned and applied plant conservation and land stewardship principles while working to prevent […]

Inmates honored for conservation actions

Inmates who dedicated over 100 hours managing a nursery that produces plants for habitat conservation in Oregon, such as early blue violet plants for feeding and restoring habitat for the Oregon silverspot butterfly, received Certificates of Achievement on March 18th, 2016. IAE’s Executive Director, Tom Kaye, spent the morning honoring a select group of women inmates […]

Silver Falls Day Hike with Oregon Youth Authority

What better way to spend a sunny day than to explore one of Oregon’s magnificent natural treasures! IAE’s education team spent the day at Silver Falls State Park with Cascadia Expeditions (CE) and a group of high school age ladies from Oregon Youth Authority’s (OYA) Young Women’s Transition Program. IAE’s Stacy Moore and Jessie Brothers partnered with Cascadia Expeditions’ Brett Gallagher on […]

Upper Oak Basin Propagation Project with Kalapuya HS

The Oak Basin Propagation Project is a collaboration between Oregon Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Institute for Applied Ecology’s (IAE) Habitat Restoration (HR)  group and Ecological Education (EE). Together, teams are working to restore a prairie site for the endangered Fender’s blue butterfly just east of Brownsville, OR. Ian Silvernail (HR) is the lead biologist […]

IAE Education team offers lecture series to inmates

Our education team has been busy presenting interactive lectures and presentations at participating SPP prisons throughout Oregon and Idaho. Our Great Basin Sagebrush Project is part of the greater Sustainability in Prisons Project.  We work closely with the Department of Corrections, Bureau of Land Management, and the SPP network to provide unique and meaningful ecological activities to incarcerated men and women […]

BLM Staff visit Sagebrush in Prisons Project at Coyote Ridge CC

The iconic greater sage-grouse, a species recently being considered for endangered species listing, is getting a helping hand from a unique set of partners from Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Institute for Applied Ecology (IAE), Sustainability in Prisons Project (SPP), and more recently Washington Department of Corrections (WDOC). Peggy Olwell, the National Plant Materials Program Lead, […]

Paddling and Pinot for Natural Areas Week

On May 7th eleven people experienced the Marys River up close and personal on a magical kayak adventure. Institute for Applied Ecology teamed with Cascadia Expeditions to guide participants on the river while learning about local wildlife and native plants. Participants practiced birding skills and handled bird study skins as well as learning some bird […]

Inmates Helping Greater Sage-Grouse

Inmates at Snake River Correctional Institutional (SRCI) and 3 Idaho prisons are growing 140,000 sagebrush plants to help restore habitat for the greater sage-grouse. The greater sage-grouse, once common in the western part of the U.S. and numbering in the millions, has declined to an estimated population of between 200,000 to 500,000 and may be […]