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3rd National Native Seed Conference April 13–16, 2015 
Join the CPNPP staff and partners at this essential event in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  The call for presentations has been posted at: http://nativeseed.info/. The CPNPP Annual Meeting will be held jointly with the Great Basin Native Plant Program on April 16, 2015

The 2014 CPNPP Annual Science Meeting was held in May 2014 at the University of Utah's Rio Mesa Research Center in eastern Utah. A glorious setting with brand new tent cabins and meeting room complemented intellectual discussions on research results and future directions. Many thanks to Rio Mesa’s Director Zach Lundeen and manager Hau Quan Trong for making the meeting possible and to Troy Wood and Andrea Kramer for coordinating. Presentations & notes forthcoming.

 Upcoming Activities and Events


April 13-16, 2015, 3rd National Native Seed Conference, Santa Fe, NM, El Dorado Hotel. CPNPP Annual Meeting to be held concurrently and jointly with Great Basin Native Plant Program Annual Meeting. Visit http://nativeseed.info/ for details.

2014 Colorado Plateau Native Plant Program (CPNPP) Annual Meeting was held in Grand Junction, CO April 8 – 10. This was a great conference with a lot of dynamic discussion and interaction. Much appreciation goes to Troy Wood and Andrea Kramer (who stood in for retired CPNPP Coordinator Wayne Padgett) for coordinating the conference and field trip. The agenda and presentations are available here.

Link to NAU conference webpage12th Biennial Conference of Science and Management on the Colorado Plateau was held at the Du Bois Center on the campus of Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff September 16-19, 2013. This conference, which occurs every other year, is designed to bring managers and researchers together to discuss management needs and current research associated with both the natural and cultural resources of the Colorado Plateau.

This year’s conference theme was Effects of Rapid Climatic, Social, and Technological Changes on the Colorado Plateau. The Utah State Office of the BLM and the CPNPP joined together to develop a 2 hour symposium at the conference titled Landscape Level Management Approach and Rapid Ecoregional Assessments: A Vision and Tools in the Changing Environment of the Colorado Plateau. We had speakers from the BLM’s Washington Office, Conservation Biology Institute, USGS, and the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources among others that discussed the applications associated with the Colorado Plateau Rapid Ecoregional Assessment and followed up with a session in which all speakers joined together to answer questions.

Dedication of BLM’s Native Plant Demonstration Garden at the University of Utah Rio Mesa Center - September 2012

Colorado Plateau Native Plant Program (CPNPP) funded the establishment of a native plant demonstration garden through the University of Utah and their Rio Mesa Center northeast of Moab along the Dolores River. On Sept. 29, BLM Utah State Director, Juan Palma, and University of Utah President, David Pershing, were on hand to dedicate this garden and celebrate the partnership between the BLM and the University. 

The demonstration garden is designed to represent some of the Colorado Plateau’s major ecosystems and will be used to teach students of all ages the importance of native plants and resilient native plant communities for a variety of sustainable values. It is anticipated that university students will be involved in developing interpretive materials for use by grade school and high school students that will be brought to the Rio Mesa Center from nearby communities.

In addition to the demonstration garden, the BLM has funded the development of research (common garden) sites at Rio Mesa. It is the BLM's vision that Rio Mesa will become a collaborative research center where individuals from a variety of universities and agencies will come to conduct studies that will improve our ability to successfully restore native ecosystems. From the identification of native seed from the Colorado Plateau that can be commercially developed, to determining the best methods for ecosystem restoration, the center will provide opportunities for moving the native plant program forward. Included as well, will be research related to the effects of climate change on these native systems and how individual species might respond to these changes over the near- and long-term.

Utah BLM Director, Juan Palma (L) and University of Utah President, David Pershing (R) planting native grasses in the BLM’s native plant demonstration garden at the University’s Rio Mesa Center northeast of Moab. 

Utah BLM Director, Juan Palma (L) and University of Utah President, David Pershing (R)

BLM-UT State Director, Juan Palma (L) and University of Utah President, David Pershing (R) plant native grasses in the BLM’s native plant demonstration garden at the University’s Rio Mesa Center 

Ecological Society of America 97th Annual Meeting: Life on Earth: Preserving, Utilizing, and Sustaining our Ecosystems

The CPNPP sponsored an Organized Oral Session at the 2012 Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon. The following presentations were included in the program and are available for viewing here.

Organized Oral Session OOS-28 – Restoration of Colorado Plateau Ecosystems: Establishing Resilient Communities in the Face of Climate and Land Use Change

B116 Oregon Convention Center

Organized by: T Wood (twood@usgs.gov)

Moderator: W. Padgett

Restoration of degraded ecosystems on the arid and semi-arid lands of the Colorado Plateau requires the collaboration of diverse specialists, each with a refined understanding of how his/her research fits into the broader picture of building a highly interacting community that provides a suite of services.

OOS 28 - 1  Baker, B1, R Gillies2, SYS Wang2 and T Wood3, (1) The Nature Conservancy, (2) Utah State University, (3) U.S. Geological Survey. Climatic implications for restoration of ecosystems on the Colorado Plateau under a changing climate.

OOS 28 - 2   Strittholt, J, T Sheehan and B Ward, Conservation Biology Institute. Mapping landscape intactness for BLM rapid ecoregional assessments.

OOS 28 - 4  Wood, T1, M Choo2, T Nakazato2, M E Miller3, (1) U.S. Geological Survey (2) University of Memphis, (3) National Park Service. Population genetic structure in three foundational grassland species: Implications for restoration in Arches and Canyonlands National Park.

OOS 28 - 5 Rowe, CJ1 EA Leger2, (1) USDA Forest Service,(2)University of Nevada, Reno. Evolution meets ecology: Can native grasses evolve in response to cheatgrass invasions?

OOS 28 - 6  Pendleton1, R, B Pendleton1, SE Meyer1 BA Richardson1, TC Esque2, and SG Kitchen1, (1) USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, (2) Geological Survey, Western Ecological Science Center. Ecological dynamics of blackbrush (Coleogyne ramosissima), an iconic landscape dominant.

OOS 28 - 7  DeCrappeo, NM1, MA Bowker2 and VB Chaudhary3, (1) U.S. Geological Survey, Forest & Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center, (2) us Geological Survey, Southwest Biological Science Center, (3) Northern Arizona University. Reducing erosion, ameliorating stress, resisting invasion: Roles for soil organisms in ecological restoration.