Fall 2017 Destination: Deschutes!
What’s going on now
In this unique expedition-based ELP project, students are assisting U.S. Forest Service botanists at Newberry Volcanic National Monument (part of Deschutes National Forest in Central Oregon). Through multiple camping trips to Newberry caldera, the team is mapping the locations of six priority invasive species. Students are evaluating the success of past control efforts and making management recommendations for the future. In addition, they are revisiting research plots and examining factors that may help conserve whitebark pine, an imperiled keystone species. Watch this space for updates and a link to their website. (This project made possible by the Douglas C. Laidlaw Charitable Fund. Photos from the 2015 Aspen Adventures field expedition).