Great Lakes Northern Forest Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit

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The Great Lakes Northern Forest (GLNF) Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (CESU) is a regional network of faculty, specialists, managers, and staff from leading academic institutions, conservation organizations, and federal agencies. All units transcend political and institutional boundaries to improve the scientific base for managing public lands. They provide resource managers with high quality scientific research, technical assistance, and education. The GLNF CESU seeks to resolve resource problems at multiple scales using interdisciplinary ecosystem studies involving the biological, physical, social, and cultural sciences. The GLNF CESU has been hosted by the University of Minnesota’s Department of Forest Resources since 2002.


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2022-2027 Master Agreement


Effects of Sound in Units of the National Park System

March 21, 2023

The National Park Service has posted a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) related to measuring and interpreting responses of wildlife to noise, monitoring noise levels in parks and protected areas, and quantifying the benefits of managing or mitigating noise in units of the National Park System.  

Lake Huron Phosphorous Efflux

March 9, 2023

The U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) seeks applications for: Sampling phosphorous efflux from Lake Huron to learn how concentrations change in the downstream direction and ultimately impact Lake Erie.

Application deadline: April 7, 2023. 

Archeology Study on the Lives of Enslaved African Americans at Manassas National Battlefield Park

February 3, 2023

Manassas National Battlefield in Prince William County, Virginia, is a national park on the site of two major Civil War land battles. Preservation of the wartime landscape has also meant the preservation of agricultural lands that were sites of enslavement for African Americans in the years leading to the Civil War. 

The goals of this project are to expand our understanding of the lives of enslaved African Americans and the ways they shaped and experienced the historic landscape, to make tangible connections to places and resources that should be preserved, and to bring greater knowledge and humanity to telling their stories.

Conduct Archeological (Geophysical) Survey of 1868 Treaty Encampment Area at Fort Laramie National Historic Site

January 30, 2023

Fort Laramie National Historic Site (FOLA) in Fort Laramie, Wyoming, proposes a comprehensive archeological survey to investigate the 1868 Treaty encampment site. This research should employ complementary sets of low-impact geospatial and geophysical techniques to investigate possible encampment locations and historical land use. This survey will identify and locate near surface and sub-surface cultural resources. Features identified by geophysical methods, as well as isolates on the surface will be documented to NPS and SOI standards and will be recorded via GPS for creating GIS layers. FOLA will use this data to develop a map of sub-surface anomalies which will inform researchers of areas in need of additional protection and future research such as limited sub-surface testing.