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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Historic Resource Study addendum on African American History at FRST

May 11, 2022

The National Park Service (NPS), through the Interior Region 1, North Atlantic-Appalachian History and Preservation Assistance Office, requires the performance of research and writing of a Historic Resource Study (HRS) Addendum for First State National Historical Park (NHP) located in Delaware

Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument Visitor Use Study

April 11, 2022

Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument (BICR) was created in 2017 by presidential proclamation to commemorate, preserve, and interpret the dramatic events and struggle for human and civil rights played out in Birmingham in the 1950s and 1960s. BICR contains a collection of buildings and places that stand as a reminder of the violent opposition to integration. These places became a battleground for freedom during nonviolent protests that came to a head in 1963 and directly influenced the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Examining Commercial and Non-commercial Visitor Use on Blue Mesa Reservoir and the adjacent Gunnison River at Curecanti National Recreation Area

April 11, 2022

Blue Mesa Reservoir is the largest of three lakes at Curecanti National Recreation Area (CURE) that were created by the damming of the Gunnison River between Morrison and Gunnison, CO. Blue Mesa Reservoir is the largest body of water in Colorado and is well-known for salmon and trout fishing. Immediately East of Blue Mesa Reservoir is a flowing section of the Gunnison River, which also offers outstanding opportunities for fishing, including wading and boat fishing.