Bedrock BioBlitz: Monitoring Riparian Restoration for Adaptive Management

Project Description

Wildlife habitat restoration projects are often initiated with the objective of increasing habitat suitability for a single species or suite of species. Often, it is assumed that habitat restoration for a focal species will concomitantly benefit the habitat for other wildlife species as well. Biological assessments that have a broad scope of inquiry are required in order to determine the full effect a restoration project has on wildlife. However, this critical phase of restoration is often omitted; mainly due to the time and expense required to implement a comprehensive baseline invent...

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Publicly Accessible: No
County: Montrose County, CO

Project Sites

  • Bedrock BioBlitz (Not publicly accessible)

Goals and Targets

Primary Motivations:

  • Conservation Mission
  • Personal Interest
  • Public Benefit

Primary Goals:

  • The goal of the Bedrock Bio-Blitz is to leverage the expertise of multiple environmental specialists to document the composition of a riparian habitat before and after a restoration project. At the same time it will integrating environmental and natural history education opportunities for rural and underserved communities in a portion of southwestern Colorado. Outputs from the Bedrock Bio-Blitz will include: 1) comprehensive baseline biological inventory of riparian wildlife along the Dolores River; 2) estimates of biological diversity and relative species abundance; 3) documentation of short and long term biological dynamics in response to habitat restoration; 4) documentation of soil condition before and after restoration project; 5) multiple opportunities for “field schools”, where communities can participate in data collection and learn about their local environment.
    Progress: Continuing

Consistent With Plans:

  • State Wildlife Action Plan
  • Conservation Plan

Targeted Habitats:

  • Wetlands and Riparian Habitats
    • Forested or Shrub Wetlands and Swamps
    • Lowland Riparian Forests and Shrublands
      • Introduced Riparian and Wetland Vegetation

Targeted Species:

No targeted species were identified for this project.

Conservation Actions

Action Status Start Year End Year
Other - Monitoring: bird surveys, mammal traps, acoustic recorders, trail cameras, track plates, pitfall traps In Progress 2012 --

Outcomes

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

Quick Facts

Owning Organization

Colorado Plateau Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit

Managing Organization

Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory
(Non-Governmental Organization)

Contact Information

martin moses (private lands wildlife biologist)
nrcs/rmbo/cpw

General Information

Project #: 197644
Last Updated: March 18, 2013

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