Black Lives Matter: Institute for Applied Ecology Stands Against Racism

June 2020 The killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, and the ongoing violence and oppression endured by communities of color have caused terrible hurt and triggered ever louder, rightful demands for change. Racism, prejudice, and mistreatment of people of color have no place in a peaceful society and yet are still woven […]

IAE Celebrates the Seeds of Success Program’s 20th Birthday

By Laura Shriver June 2020 On May 8th, 2020, the Seeds of Success program turned 20 years old. Seeds of Success (SOS) is a national initiative led by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), to collect wild native seed for research, native plant materials development, restoration, and germplasm conservation. SOS collections are the first step […]

Restoring the land for wildlife and people: Seven years of restoration at Champoeg Prairie

By Michel Wiman May 2020 Please note: IAE’s work at Champoeg Prairie is currently on hold due to COVID-19. Willamette Valley native prairies occupy less than 1% of their original range, and are now among North America’s rarest ecosystems. Once blanketing the Willamette Valley with diverse forbs, grasses and shrubs, prairies have always provided critical […]

Extraordinary Measures by Extraordinary People for the Sagebrush in Prisons Project

By Stacy Moore May 2020 “Just because there is a virus doesn’t mean nature stops for us,” IAE contractor Shannon Swim commented recently from Nevada. The Institute for Applied Ecology (IAE), our contractors and Department of Corrections (DOC), with extensive Coronavirus safety protocols in place, have taken extraordinary measures to continue to engage adults in […]

Botanizing the Serpentines in SW Oregon

Here’s a photo essay of some great botany from Oregon’s Illinois Valley in Josephine County.  We recently had the opportunity to conduct field work in a socially-distant way to monitor populations of Cook’s desert-parsley (Lomatium cookii) and check for seedlings in seed-based population reintroductions in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management.  Along the way […]

Nursery supports the restoration cause

Peter Moore April 2020 Getting plants in the ground and seeing them thrive – this is a rewarding part of being a restoration ecologist at the Institute for Applied Ecology (IAE). Each year, IAE plants thousands of native plants at restoration sites throughout Oregon and New Mexico. For example, see the December blog How does […]

The Willamette Valley Oak and Prairie Cooperative

January 2020 IAE is proud to serve on the Steering Committee of the Willamette Valley Oak and Prairie Cooperative, and to have played a role in drafting the Strategic Action Plan as part of a contractor team with JK Environments.  Please read on, and click the images below to learn more! What is the Willamette […]

The Violet Restoration Hydra

By Rolando Beorchia January 2020 Restoration work at IAE is often like a multi-headed hydra (we’re talking the cute cousin to anemones type of hydra, not the scary monster that Hercules killed). ­­­­­Each project has multiple “arms,” including property owners, staff, funders and sometimes researchers, who all have to come together to make the magic […]

Oh, the places seed goes…

By Laynie Saidnawey and Maria Mullins February 2020 By the time seed arrives at the IAE Southwest Office Seed Studio in Santa Fe, New Mexico, to be processed and cleaned, some collections have traveled close to 300 miles from their source populations. However, this move is temporary; the seed will eventually make its way back […]

2019: A Better Year for Fender’s Blue Butterfly

By Carolyn Menke January 2020 Since 2016, IAE has coordinated annual surveys for the endangered Fender’s blue butterfly (Icaricia icarioides fenderi) across its range in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. The total number of Fender’s blue butterflies fluctuates on an annual basis, driven by variation in individual populations, which sometimes double or halve between years. We are […]

How does IAE get all of those plants in the ground?

By Andy Neill December 2019 Fall is planting season, which means IAE’s restoration ecologists are in the midst of their busiest time of the year. Most of the restoration work that takes place the rest of the year is in preparation for planting and seeding each fall. This year, nearly 116,000 plants were planted and […]

Rebuilding Habitat and Empowering Hope

By Stacy Moore November 2019 Carefully putting ten sagebrush seedlings into a plastic bag, inmate Jessie Downing places his bundle of plants into a box with 110 other plugs to be picked up by the Winnemucca Bureau of Land Management (BLM) field office in Nevada for planting on land scorched by wildfire. “The Sagebrush in […]

Prints for sale: Stilwell’s Oregon Botanicals Series

The Institute for Applied Ecology is very fortunate that Oregon artist Frances Stilwell has donated prints from her series titled “Oregon Botanical Landscapes: An Opportunity to Imagine Oregon Before 1800” to support our restoration, research and ecological education work. Ms. Stilwell is a scientist and artist whose love of Oregon ecosystems shines through in her […]

¡Unidos por el Amor de Aves!

por Dionné Mejía Octobre de 2019 Click here to read this blog in English. Este es el segundo año del programa llamado “Aves Compartidas Willamette-Laja” el cual une a estudiantes de primaria de dos naciones a través de la educación ambiental y el idioma compartido de español. Los estudiantes en el valle del río Willamette […]

United by the love of birds!

By Dionné Mejía October 2019 Haga clic aquí para leer este blog en español. This is the second year of the Willamette-Laja Migratory Bird Youth Education program, which unites elementary school students bi-nationally through ecological education and the shared language of Spanish. Students in the Willamette River Valley in Oregon and in the Laja River […]