Presentation Title

Portland’s land managers and academic researchers partner in the launch of a central data repository for Portland’s natural area research

Start Date

11-2-2019 10:10 AM

End Date

11-2-2019 10:20 AM

Abstract

For decades academic researchers have collaborated with city land managers and ecologists to design and conduct research in Portland’s unique natural areas like Forest Park, Riverview, and Mt Tabor (to name a few) recognizing the opportunity to study the dynamics of these novel ecosystems. As disturbances to these natural environments continue to build, complicated by the moving target of changing climates, understanding the management techniques that will result in sustainable self-generating natural areas is an ongoing and critical challenge as we strive to maintain the livability of Portland. Organized by the Institute of Sustainable Solutions, data sets and research studies conducted within Portland’s natural areas over the past thirty years are being compiled on a searchable open-source platform leveraging the Institute of Metropolitan Studies’ NODE (Northwest data exchange) system. The data will be open for analysis to students, faculty, city ecologist and other interested researchers, building on the research that has been conducted, and jointly identifying areas of study needed to inform active adaptive management practices. Current research priorities identified include: lack of tree regeneration, impact of ivy and ivy removal, vertebrate and invertebrate studies on restored areas, and revegetation strategies. As the coordinator of this partnership, this is an open invitation to participate in and help shape this initiative. A demonstration of the NODE platform and a preview of the Portland Natural Area portal will be shared.

Subjects

Environmental education, Habitat restoration, Plant ecology

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Portland’s land managers and academic researchers partner in the launch of a central data repository for Portland’s natural area research

For decades academic researchers have collaborated with city land managers and ecologists to design and conduct research in Portland’s unique natural areas like Forest Park, Riverview, and Mt Tabor (to name a few) recognizing the opportunity to study the dynamics of these novel ecosystems. As disturbances to these natural environments continue to build, complicated by the moving target of changing climates, understanding the management techniques that will result in sustainable self-generating natural areas is an ongoing and critical challenge as we strive to maintain the livability of Portland. Organized by the Institute of Sustainable Solutions, data sets and research studies conducted within Portland’s natural areas over the past thirty years are being compiled on a searchable open-source platform leveraging the Institute of Metropolitan Studies’ NODE (Northwest data exchange) system. The data will be open for analysis to students, faculty, city ecologist and other interested researchers, building on the research that has been conducted, and jointly identifying areas of study needed to inform active adaptive management practices. Current research priorities identified include: lack of tree regeneration, impact of ivy and ivy removal, vertebrate and invertebrate studies on restored areas, and revegetation strategies. As the coordinator of this partnership, this is an open invitation to participate in and help shape this initiative. A demonstration of the NODE platform and a preview of the Portland Natural Area portal will be shared.