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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Archeology Planning, Survey, Evaluations, Reporting and Education, Fort Drum

August 7, 2023

RSOI from the Fort Worth District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: Archeological Planning, Survey, Evaluations, Reporting, and Education for Fort Drum, New York. 

The work shall involve: planning and implementation for archaeological survey; archaeological site evaluation; recommendations for archaeological site stewardship; analysis of finds; cataloguing and curation of cultural material; data management; monitoring of ground disturbing activities; support for outreach and education; and synthesis and reporting of the results of the survey. 

Natural Resource Management Support for Natural Resource Branch, Fort Drum, New York

August 4, 2023

Fort Worth District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has issued a Request for Statement to conduct rare, invasive and noxious plant management for the Fort Drum Natural Resources Branch/Environmental Division located at Fort Drum, NY. The scope of this agreement includes supporting the program manager (PM) through various program management duties such as floral and faunal identification; developing and implementing survey and monitoring protocols for species and communities; vegetation and insect classification; compiling installation and regional occurrences of species of management concern; analysis and reporting of findings through technical documentation partnered with GIS interpretation; and developing, testing and analyzing management treatments.

Understanding Reservoir Sedimentation Sources and Economics in the Kansas River Basin

June 20, 2023

The US Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas City District, seeks RSOIs for long-term sediment management of Kansas River Basin reservoirs.

Sediment accumulation in reservoirs is a national problem. In USACE reservoirs in the Kansas River Basin, sediment accumulation is projected to shrink available multipurpose pool storage by an additional 407,000 ac-ft over the next 100 years. Over 40% of the population of Kansas depend on the flood control and water supply benefits of Tuttle Creek Reservoir and many more utilize the recreational and environmental benefits.

Kansas City District efforts are underway to pilot innovative dredging technologies to remove sediment from Tuttle Creek Lake. However, prior to making decisions on long-term sediment management, it needs to be able to quantify sediment sources and to sensibly compare the economic consequences of sediment load reduction, sediment removal, and the damages and lost benefits of doing nothing. 

2023 SPSD Collaborative Soil Science Research

June 9, 2023

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), an agency under the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), is announcing the potential availability of funding for agreements for the purposes of supporting cooperative research in soil science and soil survey. The purpose of the 2023 Soil Survey Cooperative Research Proposals is to promote research that informs and improves soil survey. As such, each proposal must include significant collaboration with soil survey personnel (such as National Soil Survey Center Research staff, Major Land Resource Area (MLRA) Soil Survey or Regional offices). The proposal’s deliverables and their connection to soil survey must be clearly explained.

This Notice of Funding Opportunity (NFO) is being released prior to appropriation and/or apportionment of funds for fiscal year 2023. Enactment of additional continuing resolutions or an appropriations act may affect the availability or level of funding for this program.