Sierra Nevada 2002: Science for Management and Conservation

Background BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Conference Conveners CONVENORS Field Tours FIELD TOURS
Poster Abstracts POSTER ABSTRACTS More Information MORE INFO
Research Project Database RESEARCH PROJECTS

Policies and strategies that guide use and management of lands in the Sierra Nevada ecoregion are dependent on objective scientific information. In recent years attention to this region has increased. Correspondingly, there has been much new information collected. Efforts such as the Sierra Nevada Ecosystem Program (SNEP) illustrate both the great interest and effort that is devoted to collecting and using scientific information to support resource and land management in this region. Each year the array of decisions that affects lands and natural resources in the Sierra Nevada carry more weight; evidence the recent interest in the Sierra Nevada (National) Forest Plan Amendment. How do we, therefore, promote the development and communication of scientific findings to inform management and policy decisions?

No single meeting or institution is capable of providing thorough coverage of current scientific findings and insights. It is the intent of the organizing committee to provide a sampling of current scientific work, to enable access to more detail and other sources of information, and to put these findings into a context where such information can be synthesized and interpreted for applications in land and resource management.

This symposium was intended to promote the dissemination of scientific evidence to managers, policy-makers, other scientists and interested public, and, in turn, to inform policy decisions. Thus, the presentations will range from the discussion of recently gathered scientific knowledge to the integration of that knowledge into planning and management processes and tools. We support the many other efforts intended to achieve these and similar goals and acknowledge the need to coordinate all such efforts.

Continuing Education Credits - Symposium participants will qualify for :
  • 16 CEU's for those that are Certified Professionals in Range Management by the Society for Range Management.
  • 17.5 CEU's of Society of American Foresters CFE Category 1 credits.

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Lake TahoeWhen:
Monday, October 7, 2002 (Field Trips)
Tuesday-Thursday, October 8-10, 2002 (Symposium)


North Tahoe Conference Center
Kings Beach, Lake Tahoe, CA

For information on the North Tahoe Conference Center, visit their website at:

For information regarding Transportation in the Lake Tahoe area, visit the Tahoe Guide website at:

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Symposium Conveners are those organizations that have taken an active role in organizing the program, logistics, and support needed to make this symposium happen.

Biological Resources Research Center,
University of Nevada, Reno
Berkeley Natural History Museums, University of California, Berkeley
Western Ecological Research Center,
U.S. Geological Survey
California Biodiversity Center, University of California, Berkeley
Pacific Southwest Region, U.S. Forest Service
Pacific Southwest Research Station, U.S. Forest Service
Center for Forestry, U.C. Berkeley
Pacific West Region, National Park Service

Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of California
Information Center for the Environment,
U.C. Davis
  • Wildland Resources Center, University of California

  • The Resources Agency, State of California

  • National Biological Information Infrastructure

  • Biological Resources Division

  • U.S. Geological Survey

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While all oral presentations at this symposium was by invited speakers, we invited wide participation in contributed poster sessions. Included are posters from all research institutions highlighting current research relevant to the Sierra Nevada and the topic of the Symposium. Posters are grouped according to theme and was posted throughout the conference for viewing. Click below to view abstracts within each topic.

Fire/Physical Processes Posters
Climate and Landscape Change over Time Posters
Forest Ecosystems Posters
Aquatic Systems/Watersheds Posters
Biodiversity Posters
Policy and Institutions Posters

Fire/Physical Processes Posters

Climate and Landscape Change over Time Posters

Forest Ecosystems Posters

Aquatic Systems/Watersheds Posters

Biodiversity Posters

Policy and Institutions Posters

Several daylong field tours was offered on October 7 which is the day preceding the conference. One tour was a hike to discuss the natural history of the central Sierra Nevada. The remaining tours was hosted by researchers and managers who are working on a variety of issues in the Lake Tahoe area.

    1. Lisa Wallace, Executive Director of the Truckee River Watershed Council, gave a brief overview of the Truckee River Watershed, covering such topics as the socio-political characteristics, climate, topography and geology, hydrology, vegetation, fisheries and the like.
    2. A representative of the Truckee River Aquatic Monitoring Group (TRAM) lead a bug gathering exercise, and talked about how we're using citizen/community gathered data as part of developing the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) plan for the Middle Truckee River Watershed.
    3. Doug Boyle, Assistant Professor of the Desert Research Institute (DRI) provided a short presentation followed by field work showing how field data is collected and utilized in developing a Stream fun-off Model for Sagehen Creek.
    4. Mist netting techniques demonstrated in one of the meadows.

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As an accompanying feature of this symposium, we built a web site database that will catalogue environmental research projects active in the Sierra Nevada. This catalogue is be a living project, maintained indefinitely and updated as new information becomes available. Our intention is to maintain a web site that anyone can query to identify research of particular interest that may be active anywhere in the Sierra. The Sierra Nevada Research Projects Catalog can be viewed here:

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For programmatic inquiries, contact Co-chairs:
Peter A. Stine
Sierra Nevada Research Center
Pacific Southwest Research Station
U.S. Forest Service
phone: 530-759-1703
Richard B. Standiford
Wildland Resources Center
Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources
University of California
phone: 510-643-5428

For Symposium logistics and other inquiries, contact:
Joni Rippee
Wildland Resources Center
University of California, Berkeley
phone: 510-642-0095
FAX: 510-643-3490

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