Index of 3D Interactive Onsite Google Earth Maps for This Course

Acadia National Park 3D Interactive Onsite Google Earth Map Cache River Valley Wetlands, Illinois, 3D Interactive Onsite Google Earth Map Denali National Park, Alaska, 3D Interactive Onsite Google Earth Map Evergreen Community Model, Illinois, 3D Interactive Onsite Google Earth Map Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve, Colorado, 3D Interactive Onsite Google Earth Map Haleakala […]

Wednesday, May 20 Rec Camp Roundup

Federal resume template is going live. Go on a field trip near you! …Provided you feel safe doing so. Record some videos if you do of the things you find. Join us for Zoom debriefs each day. Or don’t and watch the recorded sessions if you need to. Practice your knots, so far including overhand, […]

Example Vista: Sunset at Blue Hill Overlook at Acadia National Park

Blue Hill Overlook is managed as developed frontcountry sacrifice zone: demand is so high to view sunsets here–for 2+ million visitors annually–that heavy use and the associated vegetation & soil impacts are concentrated here to protect other, similarly fragile areas nearby. The use is concentrated onto naturally impact-resistant pink granite bedrock. Ascending Cadillac Mountain Road […]

Interpreting Peregrine Falcon Cliff-Nesting Sites at Acadia National Park

Park staff close the wildly popular via ferrata (off-harness/nontechincal climbing route) Precipice Trail seasonally to protect the peregrine falcon nesting sites using the same cliffline. They also work hard to contact visitors here, armed with spotting scopes, to explain why the trail is closed. Visitors behave much more prosaically once they understand what’s at stake. […]

Alaskan Sled Dogs (Working Animals) demo at Denali National Park

Much of Denali National Park is federally-designated wilderness. Traditional land uses, like Alaskan sled dog travel, are A-OK in wilderness. These dogs, though…let me tell you they’re bred to live like the hottest of hot-blooded racehorses. Intelligent, highly trainable, and completely pants-on-head over the top insanely energetic. I remember these barking as though possessed for […]

Moose Jam at Denali National Park

Forest Wildlife Habitat Managers, this is what your visitors will do when encountering any type of charismatic megafauna. These behaviors can cause tremendous problems if not managed. Done right, though, this is a safe, healthy, and exciting experience for your visitors and protective of the wildlife as well. In this location at Denali NP, visitors […]

Glacial Outwash Plain at Denali National Park

This is the post-glaciated equivalent of a river’s alluvial fan (cone-shaped deposit of coarse fragments / “alluvia”). Forest hydrologists, this is what a river’s alluvial fan looks like when it’s generated from a glacier’s outwash just upstream. Video: Logan Park 2007 3D Interactive Google Earth Onsite

Exercise: Listen for the unique soundscape / natural quiet of a cobble beach

Since the 1990s, national park systems around the world have begun to incorporate natural quiet and soundscapes as a precious and fragile natural resource. Noise pollution has powerful deleterious effects on human health and well-being, as well as for wildlife! Bass Harbor Head, Mount Desert Island Unit, Acadia National Park, Maine, USNPS 44° 13′ 30″ […]

Wild edibles, such as fiddlehead ferns, blueberries, blackberries/raspberries, etc. can tempt people to go crashing through woody vegetative undergrowth in search of sweet morsels. A thirty-second diversion into a berry patch can destroy years of growth for sensitive species. Site: Bass Harbor Head, Mount Desert Island Unit, Acadia National Park, Maine USNPS 44° 13′ 19.92″ […]

Example: Visitor-Created Trail Soil Subsidence (Erosion + Compaction) at Acadia National Park

This is an example of a “Condition Class 5” (active erosional processes underway) trail segment in saturated subalpine acidic soil over granite (insoluble, low pH buffering) parent material. These roots shouldn’t be visible and degloved (bark stripped off by lugged boot sole trampling) under natural/non-trampled conditions. Site: Forested shoreline east of Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse, […]

Example: What hardening a resource against rec impact looks like at Acadia National Park

Observe the basalt/granite stone steps sourced from local material. Also observe the custom-built boardwalk (raised wooden) stairs. Both are used all across the national park by Acadia National Park’s management team to physically separate 2+ million annual visitors’ feet from the fragile subalpine, shoreside lenses of thin, acidic spruce & fir needle-based soils. Onsite Interactive […]

Caribou Causing Congestion

The tundra brush in Denali National Park can grow quite thickly, slowing wildlife travel, costing more precious calories, and concealing hungry predators. Some species adapt by using cleared human transportation infrastructure like the Denali Park Road to move much more quickly. Joe van Horn, Denali’s Chief of Resource Management at the time (2007) is driving […]

Natural Resource Planning Section Human Dimensions Day 3: Natural Resources Planning and the Cache River Valley

Complete: Lesson 3 Reading Assignment (from yesterday evening in the course calendar): Behnken et al 2016 Constraints to collaborative ecosystem management (D2L .pdf file) Cortner and Moote 1999 chapter 2 (D2L .pdf file) Cortner and Moote 1999 chapter 3 (D2L .pdf file) Comprehend: Lesson 3 Evolving approaches to natural resource management (D2L PowerPoint .pptx file) […]

Wildlife Displacement Behavior: Great Blue Heron

Interactive Google Earth Onsite This is what it looks like when a wildlife species decides to leave an area upon human arrival. Repeated throughout the day, these little encounters effectively degrade the habitat for the disturbed species. Each species has its own “flight radius” within which it will try to flee from human approach.

Clearcutting Chokes Current

Historic clearcutting practices by some of the early western settlers and farmers to the area caused massive, massive soil erosion into rivers like the Current and Jacks Fork of Ozark National Scenic Riverways. These river channels were once described as deep, fast-flowing, and routinely scoured by flooding. Now, they are choked with gravel, cobble and […]

Cave Spring Aperture

Cave spring is what a wet seep looks like when it grows to the size of a small river. This karst (calcareous / limestone-type wet cave could serve as solid habitat for a variety of aquatic & cave species, but its easy access and high desirability among human visitors puts a lot of pressure on […]

Antidunes migrating upstream

Medano Creek is a sinking stream, but of a different kind than we’re used to in the karst (eroded, effectively porous/fractured limestone-type) geology we’re used to in the southern Midwest. Here in southern central Colorado, the sandy, wind-deposited soil forces the stream aboveground here and there and lets it disappear to flow slowly through the […]

Managing Rivers Large and Small

Read this: Watch this short intro to Ozark National Scenic Riverways (1m): Watch this condensed 45-mile Current River float trip (10m): Explore the route shown in the video above using Google Earth for high-resolution 3D onsite tour. Get to know Big Spring using these onsite summer camp and class field trip videos:

Exercise: Rec Summer Camp Stream Gaging

Calculate stream discharge using the two worksheets in the file.  One worksheet is for the floating object method and one dataset is for the midpoint method using the Marsh-McBirney Flowmeter.  Optional extra explanation: How USGS applies the concept Dr. Williard is explaining. Optional USGS realtime data (example) used by forest hydrologists 

Example Federal Fire Hire + Advice From SIU Forestry Alum Jeremy

I received another posting from Forestry Alum, Jeremy Surprenant.  I will also include part of Jeremy’s message to me below.  Good luck, we would love to see more SIU Foresters in these permanent positions.  He invites you to call him if you have questions.All the Best, Patti ______________________________________ From: Jeremy: Most people looking for jobs […]