The application for the Experience Mountain Science Program summer field course is now available!
Join us to learn about forest health, current conditions, and the future of our forests.
Join us for a panel discussion about current forest conditions from the managers that address them.
Local managers will delve into collaborative management strategies, shifting forest ecology, and economic opportunities to improve future forests.
The Animas High School Chemistry students, in partnership with Mountain Studies Institute, welcome the public to join them for their Exhibition at the Powerhouse Science Center. Students will be displaying and welcoming feedback on their conceptual designs and prototypes of educational exhibits. The students hope these exhibits can inspire the educational space that will be constructed as part of the future Administration Building at the Santa Rita Water Reclamation Facility.
Join us to celebrate 15 years of research and education in the San Juan Mountains. In the meantime follow our 15 stories for our 15 years.
- thank partners and supporters
- celebrate science, learning, and MSI's favorites stories
- launch the next 15 years together
Thursday, Dec. 14th, 2017 4:30-6:30pm
At "R Space" - 734 E. 2nd Ave
*libations and light appetizers will be served
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Three Diné speakers will share their perspectives about the importance of the Animas-San Juan river system to Navajo health, farming, and cultural practices. Dr. Karletta Chief (Univ of AZ) will speak about the collaborative research partnership to monitor the San Juan River. Duane “Chili” Yazzie (President, Shiprock Chapter) will describe the importance of subsistence farming to Diné communities. Janene Yazzie (Tó Bei Nihi Dziil organizer) will discuss efforts to organize tribal youth and community members around issues of water sovereignty.
Where: Durango Rec. Center, Durango, CO 81301
Join us for presentations on Bioclimate models and change projections to inform forest adaptation in Southwestern Colorado. Forest adaptation strategies can help reduce anticipated impacts of climate change and increase the likelihood of maintaining forest cover into the future. Bioclimate models provide spatially explicit projections of impacts to tree species that can be used to guide adaptation at landscape and project scales.
For more information, visit http://www.mountainstudies.org/bioclimate.
Contact Priscilla@mountainstudies.org or 970-387-5161 with questions
Please register at Bioclimate Workshop.
Join us November 1 for a mini-workshop that builds upon the success of the original C4C to offer opportunities for the growth and improvement of existing partnerships, and encourage a broader dialogue about the greatest potential and impact of collaborative conservation efforts. This mini-workshop will lay the groundwork for a larger, more in-depth workshop next spring (2018).
Where: Room 130 in Noble Hall, Fort Lewis College, Durango CO
Join Trout Unlimited and Mountain Studies Institue for a presentation and conversation about potential climate change impacts on trout habitat and populations in the Dolores River. Partners from both organizations will present findings from a recent coldwater-fisheries adaptive management framework and answer questions from stakeholders.
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Join us for a fun, informative volunteer day in celebration of National Public Lands Day.
Join expert interpretive guides for an exciting tour through the San Juan Mountains.
Mountain Studies Institute invites the community to an open house celebrating the new Mountain Discovery Center! This family friendly event will feature fun activities, light refreshments, and the opportunity to check out the Discovery Center’s exhibits. MSI staff will be on hand to answer questions about the hydrology and natural history of the San Juan Mountains. Tuesday, July 11th from 5:30 - 7:30 pm at the Mountain Discovery Center, 114 East 12th Street. Learn more about the Mountain Discovery Center here.
A two-day workshop for teachers who want to learn watershed science and the model lessons using the My Water Comes from the San Juan Mountains teacher guide, children's book, and kit. Learn more at our webpage.
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Join Dan West, entomologist for the Colorado State Forest Service, for an evening talk about Spruce Beetles and their impacts on the forests of southwestern Colorado. Tuesday, June 13th, 6:30 pm at Silverton Town Hall. This event is free and open to the public.
This year's San Juan Mining Conference will take place in Ouray, CO on May 25th - May 26th. The theme will be address Measuring Success, Innovation, and the Future. The conference is currently soliciting abstracts for presentations, posters, & roundtable discussions; Deadline is March 15th. More information: www.mountainstudies.org/sjmrc
Wildfire Season is here. Is Pagosa Springs prepared? Join representatives of the Colorado State Forest Service, FireWise of Southwest Colorado, San Juan Headwaters Forest Health partnership, and the United States Forest Service at the Liberty Movie Theatre in Pagosa Springs for a Movie Night and panel discussion all about wildfire.
This evening will include short films from across the country, conversation, and door prizes. Come learn, have fun, and discuss how we can make Pagosa Springs more prepared. The evening is sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association and State Farm as part of Wildfire Awareness Week.
Join us March 4th at the Himalayan Kitchen from 11:30 - 1:30 for our quarterly luncheon bringing conservation minded businesses, land managers, citizens, and non-profits together to discuss potential collaborations on projects in Southwest Colorado and the Four Corners.
Join Mountain Studies Institute for a fun and informal mixer at the home of board member Judith Graham. This will be a great opportunity to learn about upcoming MSI initiatives and get to know the three talented staff members that are based out of our Silverton office: Anthony Culpepper, Jeremy May and Lisa Branner. Thursday April 6th, 5:30 - 7:30 pm at 1045 Snowden Street in Silverton. Light refreshments will be served.
Part of the Social-Ecological Resilience and Changing Landscapes series.
Follow this link to learn how to participate in the webinar.
Presented by Nina Burkardt (United States Geological Survey) and Laurie Yung (University of Montana) More description to follow.
Part of the Social-Ecological Resilience and Changing Landscapes series.
Follow the link to learn how to participate in the webinar.
Presented by Marcie Bidwell (Mountain Studies Institute) and Betsy Neely (The Nature Conservancy) More description to follow
Please join us next week for the fifth webinar in The Social-Ecological Resilience and Changing Landscapes Webinar Series. This series explores activities and tools that facilitate effective adaptation and build social-ecological resilience in the context of changing landscapes. For additional information, visit the series website or contact Laurie Yung at the University of Montana W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation. The full webinar series schedule is also attached.
Next week’s webinar (Wednesday, March 22nd, Noon-1:00 PM(MST)) will focus on Engaging Stakeholders in Developing Adaptation Strategies. Adapting to a changing world is a complex social-ecological problem that no single organization, agency or individual can solve in isolation. This webinar will focus on techniques for engaging stakeholders in adaptation planning. Drawing on work in Southwest Colorado, the webinar will describe processes that bring scientists, land managers, and stakeholders together to identify strategies to reduce the negative impacts of climate change. This webinar will be presented by Marcie Bidwell (Mountain Studies Institute) and Betsy Neely (The Nature Conservancy).
This webinar series is sponsored by the U.S. Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station, North Central Climate Science Center, University of Montana W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation, United States Geological Survey, The Nature Conservancy, Mountain Studies Institute, Colorado Natural Heritage Program, Western Water Assessment, University of Colorado, and NOAA.
Presentation Topic: Rory Cowie, MSI's Water Resource Program Director will speak on Surface and Groundwater Interactions in mining impacted mountain watersheds
This presentation is part of the Animas River Community Forum meeting series, which is free and open to the public. Dr. Cowie will speak on Surface and Groundwater interactions and how the mines are impacting water quality in the Animas River. He will share insights from three different mine investigations to illustrate modern methods to explore hydrologic connections in the San Juan Mountain mining districts. Dr. Cowie is a hydrologist and program director for water research at MSI and is currently contracted by the EPA to conduct hydrologic investigations in the Bonita Peak Mining District.
Ecologist Anthony Culpepper will present "The Natural History and Stakeholder-Driven Approach to Forest Health of Warm-dry Mixed Conifer Forests of the San Juans." Anthony will discuss the forest health issues currently facing these forest types; changes in fire ecology; insect outbreaks; possible community changes due to climate change; and increased human interface. He will then use the San Juan Headwaters Forest Health Partnership (SJHFHP) as a case study of a stakeholder group focusing on the restoration and management of warm-dry mixed conifer forests near Pagosa Springs. He will conclude with an overview of monitoring activity and subsequent findings conducted by the Mountain Studies Institute to assess the effectiveness of stakeholder-driven management activities.
Location: Fort Lewis College, Center for Southwest Studies, Lyceum