Wildlife, Fisheries and Botany

The wildlife, fisheries, and botany staff of the Rio Grande National Forest manages animal and plant habitats within the National Forest system and provides guidance for interdisciplinary projects such as timber, recreation and fuels treaments. The intent is to ensure diverse and sustaianble populations of native plants and animals.

New – July 22, 2020

A publication on Canada lynx was recently published in Forest Ecology and Management that describes the feline’s adaptations to the changed landscape of spruce-beetle impacted forests. The Rio Grande National Forest has seen a drastic change to the vegetation in large swaths of the forest over the past 10 years. Former RGNF Wildlife Program Manager, Randy Ghormley, is a co-author of the study.

Here is a link to the article:

A specialized forest carnivore navigates landscape-level disturbance: Canada lynx in spruce-beetle impacted forests

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