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Blue Mountains Elk Nutrition and Habitat Models
Mountains cow elk. Photo by Jim Ward.
Recognizing the complex topography, climate, and vegetation communities
in eastern Oregon and Washington the modeling team moved from the west side to develop
new nutrition and habitat use models for this region (see map).
The models were developed and tested with data from August, a period when
conditions can be severely limiting. Scientists presented draft findings
at a workshop in April 2012 and have now completed final revisions to the models.
The modeling team is now beta-testing the Blue Mountains elk models with over 20 biologists and planners from the region, and will showcase some of their example applications at the workshop in April 2013. Ultimately, the objective is for management agencies in the Blue Mountains to formally adopt the models for use later in 2013.
Participants of the first Blue Mountains elk workshop, held in April 2012 in Pendleton, Oregon.
An audience of more than 120 people attended the first Blue Mountains elk workshop
on April 25, 2012, at the Wildhorse Resort in Pendleton, Oregon, to hear about
the initial results of the elk modeling project in this region. The program included presentations by modeling team members (see links at right) of the
background and need for the models, methods for collecting and analyzing
data, and draft results. The day concluded with a question and answer session
by Dr. Daniel Edge, head of the Fisheries and Wildlife Department at Oregon
State University. A brief summary of the workshop is available. A more in-depth summary can be found below.
Mountains. Photo by Miles Hemstrom.