HAR-CeRSER 2017 Conference

Conference Program-At-A-Glance


Thank you to all participants, keynote speakers, presenters, sponsors, vendors, and volunteers interested in ecological restoration for making the HAR-CeRSER 2017 Conference a success!


All events in Lory Student Center Ballroom AB unless otherwise noted.

 Tuesday, March 7

7:30 AM Registration opens  (LSC, 2nd Floor)
9:30 AM Welcome Brett Wolk, President – Central Rockies chapter of SER
Bethanie Walder, Executive Director – Society for Ecological Restoration
9:45 AM

Keynote Address I: Katharine Suding

Can we manage for resilience? Making decisions about where and how to restore in a changing world

10:15 AM Break  (Ballroom CD)
10:30 AM

Session 1 – Policy    (Moderator: Tim Hoelzle)

10:30 AM Jeremy Sueltenfuss Ensuring wetland restoration success with the use of hydrologic performance standards
10:50 AM Tony Waldron Reclamation of mined lands across Colorado
11:10 AM David A. Ross Lost natural resource services in Colorado, can they be found?
11:30 AM Chris Huber The role of benefit transfer in ecosystem services restoration assessment
11:50 AM Lunch (provided, Ballroom CD)
12:15 PM CeRSER chapter meeting
— Non-members interested in learning more about CeRSER are welcome!
1:30 PM

Session 2 – Wildlife   (Moderator: Mark Paschke)

1:20 PM Michael Curran Insect community response to vegetation treatments on reclaimed wellpads in a semi-arid natural gas field
1:40 PM Randy H. Mandel The use of ecotypic plant collection in restoration design and implementation to benefit pollinator habitat
2:00 PM Betsy Neely Restoring Gunnison sage grouse brood-rearing nesic meadow habitat, one rock at a time
2:20 PM Tatiana Espinoza Assessment of small mammal populations within a restored wetland habitat affected by erosion at Los Alamos National Laboratory
2:50 PM Break  (Ballroom CD)
3:20 PM

Session 3 – Wetland, Riparian, and River Systems I   (Moderator: Carla DeMasters)

3:10 PM John Rizza Riparian restoration on private lands (TRO removal and restoration program on the Western Slope)
3:30 PM Andrew Breibart Remodeling Gunnison sage-grouse habitat-mesic meadow/riparian restoration
3:50 PM Annie Henry Spatial modeling improves prediction for bio-control impact on an invasive riparian tree
4:10 PM Karen J. Schlatter Modeling groundwater support for riparian habitat in the Colorado River Delta under different climate change and water management scenarios
4:40 PM

Poster and Networking Session I

(Ballroom CD)

1-1 Erin Hauer The contribution of existing ecologies to the design of place-based urban landscapes
1-2 Graham C. Buggs Leaf decomposition and macroinvertebrate colonization of native gambel oak (Quercus gambelii) in a low-order freshwater stream with riparian vegetation invaded by New Mexico Locust (Robinia neomexicana)
1-3 Amanda Pennino Geomorphic reclamation and landscape heterogeneity: A preliminary approach to quantify geomorphic stability, vegetation community establishment, and economics
1-4 Kelsey Foster Elucidating the impact of acid mine drainage on bacterial communities within the Chattanooga Fen
1-5 Jena Christiansen Glade road-to-trail conversion within Timberline Ski Area’s special use permit area boundary, Mt Hood, Oregon
1-6 Laura C. Archuleta Getting the lead out while enhancing habitat for Preble’s Meadow Jumping Mouse – Lower Creek Restoration Project, Boulder County, CO
1-7 Ian Sexton Pile burn scar restoration in Rocky Mountain National Park
1-8 Laurel Smerch Mediating industry and stewardship: An analysis of salvage logging on Slumgullion Pass, Hinsdale County, Colorado
1-9 Brian Yakiwchuk Restoration in Banff National Park
1-10 Wade Tinkham Establishment of the Pike Forest dynamics plot
1-11 Randy H. Mandel Restoration matrix for revegetation of 2013 Front Range flood impacted watersheds
1-12 Marin Chambers Post-fire conifer regeneration in ponderosa pine forests of the southern Rocky Mountains
1-13 Graham Tuttle Legacy effects of Russian olive in eastern Colorado
1-14 Melissa Booher Establishment of Carex scopulorum seedlings with implications for subalpine meadow restoration in Wilderness of the Sierra Nevada, CA
1-15 Jen Lyndall SER Certification program for ecological restoration practitioners
1-16 Samantha Lange Methods for restoring shortgrass steppe: A review
1-17 Kristy Burnett The National Seed Strategy



Wednesday, March 8

7:30 AM Registration opens  (LSC, 2nd Floor)
8:30 AM Welcome Mark Paschke, President- High Altitude Revegetation Cmte.
8:35 AM

Keynote Address II: Eric Higgs

New natures and mountain landscapes

9:05 AM

Session 4 – Forests   (Moderator: Cynthia Brown)

9:05 AM John Giordanengo Plant community responses to revegetation treatments following the High Park Fire: Management implications
9:25 AM Paula J. Fornwalt Mulching fuels treatments help restore understory plant communities in Colorado Front Range ponderosa pine forests
9:45 AM Alexander Howe A seedling-based approach to aspen restoration
10:05 AM David Francis Tree regeneration following fuels reduction treatments in a lower montane Colorado forest
10:25 AM Break  (Ballroom CD)
10:55 AM

Session 5 – Monitoring   (Moderator: Tamera Minnick)

10:55 AM Jeffery B. Cannon Outcomes of collaborative forest restoration in Colorado: Assessing changes in forest composition and spatial structure from the Front Range CFLR Program
11:15 AM Richard Alward Drones for restoration: Very high resolution aerial imagery for monitoring ecological restoration
11:35 AM Erik Mohr Monitoring riparian recovery after redistribution of livestock waters in Northeastern Nevada
11:55 AM Rachel Ridenour Gap fraction: What’s missing from your sage-grouse habitat measurements
12:15 PM Lunch (provided, Ballroom CD))
12:30 PM HAR Committee meeting (room 330)
1:30 PM

Session 6 – Mining and Energy Development   (Moderator: Lynn Kunzler)

 1:30 PM Lewis Messner Vascular biomass production and competition interactions in a reclaimed fen system
1:50 PM J. B. Norton Soil changes before, during, and after natural gas drilling in sagebrush steppe at three Wyoming production areas
2:10 PM Robert Murphy Growth media sourcing based on landform design and restoration goals at the Gold Bar Mine in Northern Nevada
2:30 PM Christopher Peltz High elevation mine lands reclamation using biochar
2:50 PM  Break (Ballroom CD)
3:20 PM

Session 7 – Case Studies   (Moderator: Paula Fornwalt)

 3:20 PM Joe Houghton Between a rock and a hard place: Wetland mitigation during construction
3:40 PM Jarret Roberts Four year effects of coconut husk erosion matting and rock cover on an alpine road restoration project
4:00 PM Rick Bachand 10 years of handcrafted ecological restoration in Fort Collins, CO: The thrill of victory, agony of defeat, and new frontiers
4:20 PM Heather J. Houston Semi-desert shrubland restoration at the Cordillera Valley Club Water Tank Site
4:40 PM

Student-Professional Mixer and

Poster and Networking Session II

(Ballroom CD)

2-1 Erin Hauer Tool for creating place through ecological design
2-2 Mabruka H. Abubaira Restoring community diversity with native plants in a crested wheatgrass dominated area
2-3 John Vickery Vegetation management with wildlife in mind
2-4 Michael J. Kasten Quantifying the impact of grazing management practices on soil carbon storage in hummock-affected wet meadows and peatlands along the National Historic Trails Corridor, Wyoming
2-5 Curtis Prolic The effects of drought on Engelmann spruce regeneration and vigor
2-6 John Berlejung Soil amendments for restoring soil hydrologic function on decommissioned logging roads in the Roosevelt National Forest of northern Colorado
2-7 John Wendt Temporal variability of soil seed banks in lodgepole pine forests
2-8 Meghan Laidlaw The role of soil covers in achieving water-management objectives at high-altitude reclaimed mine sites
2-9 Jacob Mohrmann Elk vs. willows – Case study on streambank stabilization project at 9,200ft
2-10 Behnaz Yekkeh Relationship between tree canopy cover and discharge in Gallinas River Watershed, NM, 1939 – 2015
2-11 Quy Van Khuc Motivations for forest restoration in upland areas of Vietnam: Evidence from GIS and field surveys in Dien Bien province
2-12 Laura Backus Monitoring: Simple non-technical method yields a wealth information
2-13 Lisa Clark The role of human attitudes in ecological outcomes of Tamarix invasion control projects
2-14 Matt Ramlow Quantifying the contributions of organic soil amendments to soil processes and plant cover on decommissioned forest roads
2-15 Susan Hall The Piney Creek Restoration Project
2-16 Emma Williams Prescribed fire can increase conifer resilience to increasing climatic water deficit



Thursday, March 9

7:30 AM Registration  (LSC, 2nd Floor)
8:30 AM Welcome Cynthia S. Brown, Treasurer – High Altitude Revegetation Cmte.
8:35 AM

Keynote Address III: Cheryl Schwartzkopf

Weed-suppressive bacteria: A new tool for restoration

(Note: due to unforeseen circumstances, Ann Kennedy will not be able to join us – Cheryl Schwartzkopf will be presenting Keynote III for Ann)

9:05 AM

Session 8 – Invasive Species   (Moderator: Denise Arthur)

9:05 AM Danielle B. Johnston Manipulating cheatgrass seed dispersal to benefit restoration
9:25 AM Magda Garbowski Restoration of semi-arid lands under reduced precipitation and threats of Bromus tectorum invasion
9:45 AM Cynthia S. Brown Altering water and nitrogen availability after road construction to favor native plant species
10:05 AM Jayne Jonas Impacts of disturbance type and management on restoration of Colorado salt deserts
10:25 AM Break  (Ballroom CD)
10:55 AM

Session 9 – Wetland, Riparian, and River Systems II   (Moderator: Kristina Hufford)

10:55 AM Ashley Ficke Rehabilitating aquatic habitat in urban systems
11:15 AM Jason Willis Mined land and riparian reclamation techniques at the Akron Mine and Mill Site
11:35 AM Erick Carlson Biodiversity of riparian vegetation on City of Boulder Open Space: a comparative study of irrigation ditches and natural streams
11:55 AM Grant Eyster Aquatic and morphological assessment of the Gallinas River within Las Vegas, NM, city limits
12:15 PM Lunch (provided, Ballroom CD)
1:30 PM

Session 10 – Partnerships and Collaborations   (Moderator: Lindsay Ringer)

1:30 PM Hally Strevey After the fire and flood: A successful large-scale restoration project in the Cache la Poudre Watershed
1:50 PM Amy Yarger The Urban Prairies Project: Pollinator habitat restoration and community engagement
2:10 PM Ella Samuel The Southwest Seed Partnership & the ethos of seed conservation
2:30 PM Kathleen B. McIntyre Assessing restoration success: Evaluating CFLRP as a policy tool for landscape scale restoration
2:50 PM


Randy H. Mandel, Past Pres. – CeRSER & Vice Pres. – HAR



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