Rocky Mountain penstemon (Penstemon strictus)

Shortgrass Prairie Restoration Experiment

August 9, 2019 | Research & Conservation
This spring was the first growing season of my prairie restoration experimental research plot at Chatfield Farms. Millions of pounds of seed are planted every year for ecological restoration and the demand for native seed exceeds its supply. I am interested in understanding how the source of seeds...Learn more
Great Blue Heron

Deer Creek Restoration Project

July 22, 2019 | Research & Conservation
Rivers and their neighboring ecosystems are very important for plants and animals – especially in the American West where surface water is limited. Native plants in riverine ecosystems provide food and habitat for birds, mammals, insects and reptiles. The plants also help to filter stream water and...Learn more
Deer Creek

Hildebrand Ranch: History & Restoration

November 5, 2018 | Research & Conservation
In the 1860s, pioneers settled on the land next to Deer Creek in what is now Littleton. The stream provided the settlers with the only water around for miles. Frank Hildebrand bought a log cabin and a large piece of land where he and his family constructed barns and other structures for their...Learn more
Signage for drought experiment

Plant Selection for Restoration

October 22, 2018 | Research & Conservation
This summer, I conducted a greenhouse drought experiment on seven plant species used in prairie restoration. The experiment tests the effect of drought on multiple wild populations of each species to understand how the environment where these seed populations were collected from relates to their...Learn more
Congrats to Maggie

Congrats to Maggie

May 22, 2008 | Research & Conservation
Please join me in congratulating our University of Denver graduate student, Maggie Gaddis, on the successful defense of her masters thesis, "Environmental impact of restoration of riparian ecosystems: fitting Russian olive (Elaeagnus angustifolia) into the picture." This research was funded by a...Learn more
A Fire Renews: See the Results for Earth Day

A Fire Renews: See the Results for Earth Day

April 21, 2008 | Matt Cole
Remember that photographic puzzler I posted? Well, yes, the answer seems to have been widely known: the Laura Smith Porter Plains Garden was undergoing its every-few-years renewal burning. The other, exciting picture above captures a bit of the day, and the other shows blackened swaths. The sedate...Learn more