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 […]

Oregon Sustainability in Prisons Project yields threatened plant harvest!

by Tom Kaye — last modified Jul 29, 2013 Adults in custody at Oregon State Correctional Institution grow threatened plants for seed Nearly two years ago inmates at the Oregon State Correctional Institution (OSCI) started an experimental garden to produce seeds of Kincaid’s lupine, a threatened plant species that is the primary host of an […]

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, […]