Nature & Science

Research, Surveys, and Demonstrations....

Forest Service Resource Specialist and many of our partners are involved in a variety of research and monitoring programs to help us better understand the dynamic nature of the lands we manage.  By investigating how these natural processes work, and how we as humans influence these processes, we hope to better manage our forest. This will benefit the animals that thrive in our forest's diverse habitats, and will also benefit us -  the people who use the forest for recreation and for it's resources.   As we learn about nature's way and better understand the science behind it all, we try to bring that knowledge to you, through presentations, field trips, demonstrations and publications. Let us give you a brief overview of some of our current projects.

Surveys --- Fens on the GMUG

 two botanist surveying plants in a fen

The GMUG National Forest has many unique wetlands known as fens. Fens are wet meadows that have the soil, plant, and hydrologic charactersitics of a wetland.  Several biologists, geologist and soil scientists have investigated fens on the Grand Mesa. (2012 Fen ReportAppendix A)

Research -- Dust on snow studies

Man in snow pit taking core samples

The GMUG National Forests hosts a wide variety of research and monitoring projects including the effects of dust on snow on Red Mountain Pass conducted by the Center for Snow and Avalanche Studies in Silverton, Colorado.  Several forest restoration, demonstration  and fuels management studies are on-going on the Uncompahgre Plateau through the Uncompahgre Parternship.   For a brief overview of  on-going monitoring, and research studies, check out our land and resource management sections. A good source of current scientific information for our area can be found at the Rocky Mountain Research Station.


The Climate Change Resource Center

photo of blue planet

Rising global temperatures are causing the Earth's climate patterns to change. Changes in climate that are occurring as the planet warms include seasonal and regional changes in temperature and precipitation, and increase in extreme weather events.  Visit the Forest Service Climate Change Resource Center for:

  • Climate Change Basics
  • Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis
  • Managing Forests because Carbon Matters: Integrating energy, Products and Land Management Policy
  • Tools, lectures, videos and much more…..

Looking for teaching ideas on climate change?  Check out Forests, Grasslands and Climate Change!