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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 westside 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. The modeling team presented results at two workshops, held in Pendleton, Oregon in 2012 and 2013, and is currently completing final reports and manuscripts describing the models and their application.
The second and final Blue Mountains elk modeling workshop was held on April 30-May 1, 2013 in Pendleton, Oregon. Over 80 attendees listened to a variety of presentations about the final Blue Mountains nutrition and habitat use models. The last two presenters described example applications of the models in local landscapes – McCoy Creek and Mount Emily. The day ended with a guided discussion session led by Dr. Dana Sanchez, Assistant Professor at Oregon State University. Team members offered hands-on instruction in model applications in ArcGIS on the second day, with help from the model beta-testers who have been assisting the team by offering feedback based on their use of the models with their own data.
Bridgett Naylor, a spatial analyst for the elk modeling team from PNW Research Station,
explains how the components of the nutrition model work together at the 2013 Pendleton workshop.
Photo by Mary Rowland.
Wildlife Program Manager Mark Penninger from the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest
describes an application of the Blue Mountains elk models along McCoy Creek
in northeastern Oregon. Photo by Chris Moats.
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 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.
Participants of the first Blue Mountains elk workshop, held in April 2012 in Pendleton, Oregon.