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Forest and Land
Program Contact: Christopher Wright, firstname.lastname@example.org, (218) 788-2745
This program integrates data sets from forest, climate, physiography, wildlife, and numerous other environmental sources to address issues across a range of spatial and temporal scales. These include:
- Distribution of native plant communities
- Fragmentation of the forest landscape
- Assessments of anthropogenic stress
- Potential corridors for the spread of invasive species or forest pests and pathogens
Utilizing the NRRI GIS facility, we summarize complex data into an easy-to-understand summary of resources and impacts to aid leaders and decision makers.
Within the Landscape Analysis program, this group studies effects of land use change and climate change in Mid-Western agricultural landscapes. We recently focused on ethanol refineries as drivers of conversion of non-cropland to corn production. We are also interested in climate-driven variability of Prairie Pothole wetland landscapes and implications for habitat connectivity under climate change.
- Potential Native Plant Communities of the Laurentian Mixed Forest (G. Host)
- Biocomplexity project (C. Wright)
- Cumulative Effects Analysis for the 1854 Ceded Territory (Terry Brown/G. Host)