Elk habitat modeling workshop

Models that predict habitat suitability for elk are commonly used in public agency land use planning. Existing elk habitat models used in some regions, however, do not reflect new research findings from the last 20 years. Thus, NCASI has been collaborating in a project to develop and evaluate new elk nutrition and habitat use models for management use in Oregon and Washington. The project is described at http://www.fs.fed.us/pnw/research/elk/.

Recently, scientists with NCASI participated in a workshop to present updated resource selection function models that incorporate new research findings, especially those related to elk nutrition and foraging dynamics. The models will benefit current land management plan revisions and habitat management and restoration for elk across the Blue Mountains of eastern Oregon and Washington. Dr. Rachel Cook of NCASI spoke at the workshop on the topic of "Elk Nutrition Models in the Blue Mountains."

The workshop, which was titled Final Nutrition and Habitat Models for Elk in the Blue Mountains, was sponsored by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Boone and Crockett Club, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, USDA Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

More information can be found at http://oregonstate.edu/conferences/event/elkhabitat2013/index.html.


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