Research ecologist receives partnership award

Dr. Jeanne Chambers, Rocky Mountain Research Station research ecologist. Forest Service photo.

Rocky Mountain Research Station research ecologist Dr. Jeanne Chambers and her colleague, Mr. Ken Mayer, Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, received the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Regional Director’s Partnership Award for their significant contributions to the service’s Mountain-Prairie Region priorities over the past year. The annual award was established to honor the people and partnerships that contribute significantly to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s conservation. Chambers and Mayer received the award for their contributions to the rangewide effort to conserve America’s sagebrush ecosystem.

As the award citation reads, “Dr. Chambers’ work as a research ecologist focuses on increasing our understanding of the effects of global change processes — such as climate change, species invasions and altered fire regimes — on plant species, plant communities and ecosystems. This vital work directly supports the maintenance and restoration of arid, semi-arid and riparian ecosystems. Through her innovative and collaborative work to develop and deploy an essential ‘resistance and resilience’ framework and promote rangeland health across the sagebrush ecosystem, Dr. Chambers demonstrated great vision and leadership in the fight against invasive annual grasses and destructive wildfire. In so doing, Dr. Chambers positively impacted the West-wide collaboration to conserve greater sage-grouse and the hundreds of other native wildlife species that depend on a functional sagebrush ecosystem.”

The Resistance and Resilience Framework allows managers to focus resources on areas where they are likely to have the greatest benefits. Land, wildlife, and fire managers quickly adopted the “Resistance & Resilience” Framework (R&R) at an operational level across the Great Basin range. The framework also positively impacts human communities that rely on healthy sagebrush rangelands for livestock production, recreation and other important regionally and nationally significant economic uses of the landscape.