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


Identifying visitor services and opportunities to inform the application of the National Park Service Intermountain Region’s Tourism Toolkit

April 11, 2022

Visitation to units of the National Park System has grown in recent decades, but this growth has been uneven. In some cases, park units have seen stalled or declining visitor use or are in a position where they are looking to grow their visitation. The Tourism Toolkit – developed in the Intermountain Region - is a first-of-its-kind effort in the NPS that aims to engage tourism networks and tourists.

Molecular Tools for Management of Threatened and Endangered Species

February 1, 2022

The government seeks research and technical support for the development and demonstration of molecular tools to assess at-risk species occurrence, genomics, and disease risk on military installations from which samples were collected (Fort McCoy, WI, and Camp Grayling, MI). Exact analyses conducted and the need for additional sample collection will be decided based upon input from installation, ERDC-CERL, and CESU partners. It is anticipated that results from these analyses will be relevant for management throughout the focal species ranges.

GLNF Launches New Website

November 8, 2021

The Great Lakes Northern Forest Cooperative Ecosystems studies unit has updated our website and content management system to Drupal Lite 9. If you find any mistakes and missing information, please contact Ben Findlay, GLNF CESU Coordinator at [email protected].