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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Welcome to the 2013 Field Season!

The 2013 field season is starting up and the Conservation Research crew will be back on the road to conduct annual monitoring and research on plant species and ecosystems in the Pacific Northwest.  Projects scheduled for this year include researching management techniques for the Bradshaw’s lomatium, establishing monitoring protocols for coastal grassland restoration, and monitoring […]

Reintroduction and management of the Willamette daisy

Vegetative E. decumbens in the greenhouse The Willamette daisy (Erigeron decumbens var. decumbens) is an herbaceous perennial in the Asteraceae family that is endemic to Oregon’s Willamette Valley.  Although it was once common throughout wet prairies and upland meadows in the region, habitat degradation and fragmentation has caused a severe decline in population numbers.  There […]