Paleoecology, Wetlands, and Land Management Policy

Project Description

This project utilizes paleoecological techniques to assess land management policies on the Southern Colorado Plateau in response to historic Euro-American settlement. Sites are located in the Coconino and Kaibab National Forests and the North Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park. Historic reconstructions of ecological and abiotic landscape parameters are used to evaluate the impacts of introduced disturbances to the landscape such as livestock grazing and fire suppression, and will also incorporate potential climate change effects to this region.

Project Map

Publicly Accessible: Yes
County: Coconino County, AZ
Project Size:
  • 1.0 acres

Project Sites

  • Bear Lake, Kaibab NF, AZ
  • Greenlands Lake, GCNP, AZ
  • Tiyo Lake, GCNP, AZ
  • Walker Lake, Coconino NF, AZ

Goals and Targets

Primary Motivations:

  • Conservation Mission
    Wetland Conservation; Paleoecological reconstruction.
  • Regulation
    Assess historic and contemporary land management regimes in response to historic changes on the landscape.
  • Climate Change Adaptation
    Identification of recent trends in landscape change; use historical records to plan for future projections.

Targeted Habitats:

  • Aquatic
    • Lakes and Ponds
  • Forests and Woodlands
    • Conifer Forests
    • Mixed Hardwoods and Conifer
  • Shrublands and Grasslands
    • Alpine and Subalpine Habitats (Meadows, Parklands and Shrublands)
  • Wetlands and Riparian Habitats
    • Forested or Shrub Wetlands and Swamps
    • Montane Riparian Forests and Shrublands

Targeted Species:

No targeted species were identified for this project.

Conservation Actions

Action Status Start Year End Year
Policy In Progress 2011 2012
Evaluate historic and current policies
Research In Progress 2011 2012


Is the success of this project's actions being monitored? No/Unknown

Quick Facts

Owning Organization

Colorado Plateau Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit

Managing Organization

(Educational Institution)

Contact Information

General Information

Project #: 100619
Last Updated: August 24, 2012

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