Horse Rock Ridge Outplantings and Updates

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 […]

AmeriCorps Team Helps IAE Restore Prairies

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 […]

Untangling soil nutrients, prairie communities, and golden paintbrush

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 and the Prospects of Climate Change

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 […]

The Camas pocket gopher – Small but fierce!

by Tom Kaye — last modified Oct 22, 2013 IAE and ODOT find win-win solution for gopher and lupines Recently IAE’s Ian Silvernail, Restoration Ecologist with the Habitat Restoration Program, caught this pocket gopher on camera. The Camas pocket gopher (Thomomys bulbivorus) is the largest species of its kind in our region, and it has […]

Exploratory science in a youth prison

by Tom Kaye — last modified Oct 22, 2013 Water scorpions, salamanders and dragonfly nymphs created smiles and laughter as women at the Oak Creek Youth Authority examined aquatic insects as part of an exploratory science lesson taught by IAE Ecological Education staff. Students learned about bio assessment and how macro invertebrates can teach scientists about […]

Tribal Ceremony Celebrates the Restoration of Tyee Nature Reserve

by Tamara Mullen — last modified Oct 17, 2013 Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde and IAE bring treasured prairie remnant back to life. Last May marked a special dedication ceremony to celebrate the restoration of the Tyee Nature Reserve of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde. The Reserve is held as a treasured remnant of […]

Cheldelin Students Experience Wetlands

by Tom Kaye — last modified Oct 16, 2013 Outdoor Experience at the Jackson-Frazier Wetland Sixth graders from Cheldelin Middle School in Corvallis walked out of the classroom at the beginning of the school year last month, trading classroom ceilings for cloudy skies. IAE staff organized their field trip to Jackson-Frazier Wetland as part of […]

Willamette Daisy Management Experiment Update

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 […]

Wayside Aster Monitoring and Management Recomendations

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 […]


by Michelle Allen — last modified Sep 04, 2013 Institute for Applied Ecology is assisting with Cheldelin Middle School’s Outdoor Experience this fall. We would like to invite you to join us at Jackson Frazier Wetland working with these students one morning if you are interested – we would love to work with you! The […]

Peggy Olwell Receives IAE’s 2013 Ecological Conservation Award

by Tom Kaye — last modified Jul 30, 2013 Peggy Olwell Receives IAE’s 2013 Ecological Conservation Award The Institute for Applied Ecology presented Peggy Olwell, Plant Conservation Program Manager for the Bureau of Land Management, with its 2013 Ecological Conservation Award in recognition of her outstanding and ceaseless effort to conserve native vegetation on public […]