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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Characterize and Model Abiotic Factors Associated with Sea Turtle Nesting Success at Assateague Island National Seashore

November 18, 2022

The first successful loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta) nest at Assateague Island National Seashore (ASIS) in Maryland occurred in 2017, followed by successful nests in 2019, 2020, and 2021. A total of nine nests have been documented. ASIS is at the northern range of the species, and successful nesting in the park is important for the species’ recovery and northern range expansion. Analyzing the effects of inundation and temperature on egg/hatchling mortality will allow ASIS to identify the likelihood and timing of nest failure (if it occurs) and support science-based decision making within a future management plan for sea turtles, with considerable input from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Ecological Services Program.

Solicitation for CESU Cooperator to complete NHA Evaluation for Abraham Lincoln NHA

June 15, 2022

The non-profit Looking for Lincoln acts as the coordinating entity for the 43-county heritage area and partners with Lincoln Home National Historic Site, local communities, organizations, and individuals dedicated to enhancing the communities and landscapes of central Illinois through recognition and support of their significant natural, cultural, and historical legacies.

Delivering Scalable Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) Management Technologies in the Ohio Region

June 7, 2022

Aquatic nuisance species, including harmful algae, impact US waterways (including those maintained by USACE), infrastructure, and associated resources across the Nation; it’s estimated that Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) cause an estimated $1B per year in lost tourism revenue alone. In response, innovative, cost-effective, and scalable technologies for early detection, prevention, and management of aquatic nuisance species are required.

Delivering Scalable Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) Prevention Technologies in the Ohio Region

June 3, 2022

Aquatic nuisance species, including harmful algae, impact USACE waterways (including those maintained by USACE), infrastructure, operations, and associated resources across the Nation; it’s estimated that Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) cause an estimated $1B per year in lost tourism revenue alone. In response, innovative, cost-effective, and scalable technologies for early detection, prevention, and management of aquatic nuisance species are required.