A Fresh Look

Over here is where recent news items will be displayed. The posts will be categorized for selective viewing. Welcome to IAE’s new website! This site is a draft, but it is planned to replace the original during summer 2014. Please contact Mark with suggestions, questions, comments, or concerns. In the meantime, keep saving the world.  

Outcomes of Oyster Reef Restoration Projects in the Gulf of Mexico

Submitted by Laura Brown, Ecologist, Estuary Technical Group In December of 2013, the Institute for Applied Ecology (IAE) welcomed a new ecologist, Laura Brown, to the Estuary Technical Group (ETG).  Laura is originally from North Carolina, but moved to Oregon from Louisiana where she had been conducting research on oyster reef restoration along the northern […]

Long-term Demographics and Climate Change Effects on Rare Native Plants

Article contributed by Ian Pfingsten, Plant Conservation Biologist, Special Projects Program Oregon’s flora and fauna face a no-analog future climate, a climate where environments are changing faster than many species have ever experienced.  If we maintain business as usual, then by 2100, the average annual temperature of the Pacific Northwest will rise by at least […]

Fire for Flowers Video

New video released on use of fire to manage prairies on Willamette Valley Wildlife Refuges. Features IAE’s Tom Kaye and the golden paintbrush. Produced by George Gentry. Posted: 2/19/2014

Sage-Grouse Habitat Restoration through Prisons

by Tamara Mullen — last modified Feb 09, 2014 The Snake River Correctional Institution Project The Institute for Applied Ecology (IAE) continues to expand its conservation work within Oregon prisons, moving eastward to the Snake River Correctional Institution (SRCI, Malheur County), the largest facility in the Oregon Department of Corrections system. Through a partnership with […]

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 […]