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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, have developed and evaluating new elk nutrition and habitat use models for management application in Oregon and Washington. These next-generation models:

  • Reflect key research findings from the last two decades, especially about elk nutrition and foraging dynamics;
  • Include both a nutrition and habitat use component;
  • Use innovative approaches, combined with large radiotelemetry data sets from global positioning system collars, to predict where elk will occur across large landscapes;
  • Can benefit land management planning, habitat management, and restoration for elk across all land ownerships in Oregon and Washington; and
  • Specifically target summer range habitat conditions, often 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 this project, and a manuscript summarizing the Westside models is currently being revised after initial review as a Wildlife Monograph. The second phase addresses the Blue Mountains of eastern Oregon and Washington. The modeling team is now finalizing the Blues 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 USDA Forest Service Bureau of Land Management Sporting Conservation Council

 

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 Tribe

Muckleshoot Indian Tribe

Quileute Nation

Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe

WEST, Inc.

Oregon State University

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

 

 

US Forest Service - Pacific Northwest Research Station
Last Modified: Monday,13February2017 at11:11:00CST


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