Generous Hearts Triumph over Adversity

by Tamara Mullen — last modified Oct 29, 2012 Spirit Mountain Community Fund – Grant Award Celebration IAE Board Member Carol Savonen and Development Coordinator Tamara Mullen, ventured north to the Grand Ronde Tribal Governance Center in Grand Ronde, Oregon, for the Spirit Mountain Community Fund Quarterly Check Presentation – a Confederated Tribes of Grand […]

Point Reyes bird’s beak: Population monitoring and disturbance evaluation

Cordylanthus maritimus ssp. palustris (Point Reyes bird’s beak)  Point Reyes bird’s beak (Cordylanthus maritimus ssp. palustris) is a unique hemiparasitic halophite native to salt marshes on the coasts of Oregon and California.  It is only found in tidal salt marshes, leaving many of the populations exposed to the threats of filling, tidal manipulation, and water […]

Population monitoring of Cusick’s lupine in Baker County, Oregon

Cusick’s lupine inflorescence Lupinus lepidus var. cusickii (Cusick’s lupine) is a narrow endemic forb inhabiting eroding volcanic ash deposits in eastern Oregon’s Baker County.  Given its extremely limited geographic distribution, the Oregon Department of Agriculture has listed it as a state endangered species.  The BLM considers it to be a special status species, meaning that […]

Population dynamics of Mulford’s milkvetch

Population monitoring at the South Alkali population. Vale, Oregon Although Oregon is well known for its coniferous forests, low valley prairies, and coastline that receive high amounts of rainfall, nearly two thirds of the state exhibits semi-arid habitat conditions.  Oregon’s eastern desert region experiences greater seasonal fluctuation than the western portion of the state and […]

The Effects of Fire on Parish’s horse-nettle

Beginning in 2009, IAE, in cooperation with the Medford BLM, has been conducting a fire ecology experiment in Jackson County in order to create a better understanding of the effects that fire has on the growth and reproduction of Parish’s horse-nettle (Solanum parishii).  Prior to this study, very little experimental research had been conducted looking […]

In Search of clustered lady’s slipper (Cypripedium Fasciculatum)

Clustered lady’s slipper habitat Clustered lady’s slipper (Cypripedium fasciculatum) is a member of the orchid family that occurs throughout the western states and it is one of only three members of the Cypripedium genus endemic to western North America.  The Bureau of Land Management and the USDA Forest Service have listed the plant as a […]

Population Monitoring of Calochortus greenei

In 2000, President Clinton designated 53,000 acres of federal land in South Oregon as a national monument due to the high variety of species in a geographically small area.  The Cascade Siskiyou National Monumentis the first monument in the nation that has been set aside solely for the protection of biodiversity.  The monument’s extreme diversity […]

Fritillaria gentneri Population Monitoring in Josephine County

2012 IAE conservation crew interns Guy and Charlotte conducting a demographic survey of Fritillaria gentneri in Josephine county. In the third week of April, the conservation crew monitored a population of Gentner’s Fritillary, scientific name Fritillaria gentneri Gilkey, on Picket Creek in the Siskiyou Range to the southwest of Grant’s Pass, Oregon.  Our monitoring of […]

Habitat Sampling in the West Eugene Wetlands

Historically, Oregon’s southern Willamette Valley was dominated by wet prairie habitat and oak savannahs.  Beginning in the mid 1850s, much of the fertile land was converted to agricultural use and urban development, causing fragmentation and degradation of wet prairies.  Currently, intact wetland prairie habitat covers less than 1% of its historical range.  Wetlands provide vital […]

Population Monitoring for Lomatium cookii

French Flat monitoring site The Klamath-Siskiyou wilderness region in Southern Oregon is well-known for its incredible biodiversity.  As home to over 1,800 plants, 131 of which are endemic to the area, the Klamath-Siskiyous are a hotspot for botanical research and have seen increased interest and investment in restoration of the forests, river systems, and native […]

Threat Assessment for Limnanthes floccosa ssp. pumila

Lower Table Rock and the Rogue Valley The second week of the field season (late April) took us to Southern Oregon’s Table Rocks to monitor the endangered dwarf wooly meadowfoam, Limnanthes floccosa,ssp. pumila. Upper and Lower Table Rocks are located in Jackson County and are unique volcanic plateaus that rise above the valley floor exhibiting a mixture […]

IAE Receives Joint Award from FHWA

by Tom Kaye — last modified May 22, 2012 ODOT and partners receive “Exemplary Ecosystem Initiative” awards for two projects in Oregon The Federal Highways Administration has awarded the Oregon Department of Transportation and its partners “Exemplary Ecosystem Initiative” awards for the Oregon 18: Fort Hill to Wallace Bridge Project (for preserving the endangered Nelson’s […]