PORTLAND, Ore. March 8, 2004. Elk and mule
deer are highly valued wildlife in western North America. Yet little
was known about how these animals respond to forest and range management
until research began in the 1980s at the Starkey Experimental Forest
in northeastern Oregon. An upcoming national symposium will give
managers the chance to learn about the research findings of the
Starkey Project and talk directly with the scientists.
The symposium is Saturday, March 20, the final day of the week-long
69th North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference.
The conference will be held in Spokane, Washington, March 16 to
20 at the DoubleTree Hotel and the Spokane Convention Center. The
cochairs of the special session, “Policy Implications From
Long-Term Studies of Mule Deer and Elk: A Synthesis of the Starkey
Project,” are scientists Michael Wisdom and Martin Vavra,
of the USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station.
The day-long session will be a synthesis and integration of findings
from more than 10 years of Starkey Project research, with emphasis
on how the findings relate to land and resource policies and management,” says
Wisdom. “Our findings are commonly used across the Western
United States by state, private, and federal resource managers
for managing hunting, off-road recreation, livestock, and fuel
treatments in relation to deer and elk.”
The symposium topics
will include findings about deer and elk responses to open roads
with varying traffic rates, to timber harvest and
to fuel-reduction activities;
interactions of elk and deer with livestock; effects of hunting on nontargeted
animals; and nutritional and habitat needs of elk and deer.
Results from the session
will be published in the conference proceedings and in a separate
book later this year. Keynotes will be given by Jack Ward Thomas,
professor at the University of Montana, founder of the Starkey Project, and former
Chief of the Forest Service; and Thomas Quigley, Director of the Forest Service’s
Pacific Northwest Research Station. For more information about the symposium
go to http://www.fs.fed.us/pnw/starkey/NAWNRC2004.