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Pacific Northwest Research Station

 
 
 
Pacific Northwest Research Station
1220 SW 3rd Ave.
Portland, OR 97204

(503) 808-2100

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Elk Nutrition and Habitat Models for a New Century

 

  • Cowelk eating. Credit-Rachel Cook

    Photo Credit: Rachel Cook

  • Westside habitat. Credit-Mary Rowland

    Photo Credit: Mary Rowland

  • Cowelk eating. Credit-Rachel Cook
  • Photo Credit: Rachel Cook

  • Westside Habitat. Credit-Mary Rowland

    Photo Credit: Mary Rowland

  • Cowelk. Credit-Jim Ward
  • Photo Credit: Jim Ward

  • Cowelk Grazing. Credit-Maura Olivos

    Photo Credit: Maura Olivos

Scientists from state, federal, private, and tribal entities, led by the Pacific Northwest Research Station of the U.S. Forest Service, are developing and evaluating new elk nutrition and habitat use models for management use in Oregon and Washington. These next-generation models

  • Reflect key research findings from the last two decades, especially involving elk nutrition and foraging dynamics;
  • Include a nutrition and habitat use component;
  • Use innovative approaches, combined with large radiotelemetry data sets from GPS collars, to predict where elk will occur across large landscapes;
  • Benefit land management plan revisions and habitat management and restoration for elk across all land ownerships in Oregon and Washington; and
  • Target summer range habitats, considered a key driver of elk productivity.

The elk modeling project is being conducted in two phases. The first phase entailed development of “Westside” models that apply to elk in western Oregon and Washington (see map). The modeling team has completed all analyses for the project, and the team is currently finalizing manuscripts for publications. The second phase of modeling addresses the Blue Mountains of eastern Oregon and Washington. The modeling team is now finalizing the models and preparing publications.

Please continue to visit this Web site for future updates and information about the elk modeling project.

 

Elk Habitat Modeling Areas.
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If you have questions pertaining to the elk habitat modeling project, please contact:

Mary M. Rowland
USDA Forest Service, PNW Research Station
Phone: 541-962-6582
Email: mrowland@fs.fed.us
Michael J. Wisdom
USDA Forest Service, PNW Research Station
Phone: 541-962-6532
Email: mwisdom@fs.fed.us

Team Members

Sponsors:

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Boone and Crockett Club Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation   USDA Forest Service Bureau of Land Management
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Boone and Crockett Club Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Sporting Conservation Council USDA Forest Service Bureau of Land Management

Collaborators:

USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Region (R6) and Pacific Northwest Research Station

Bureau of Land Management, Oregon/Washington State Office

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

National Council for Air and Stream Improvement

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe

Makah Nation

Muckleshoot Indian Tribe

Quileute Nation

Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe

WEST, Inc.

Oregon State University

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

 

 

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