W. Wallace (Wally) Covington, PhD
effects on forest ecosystems
"Wally" Covington, Regents’ Professor and Director of the Ecological
Restoration Institute (ERI) at Northern Arizona University, is one of the
world’s leading experts on forest restoration.
Covington's research has lead to decades of improved conservation techniques,
as well as driving a future resurgence of the timber industry. He's been
studying the ecology of southwestern ponderosa pine forests since the mid-1970s
when he came to NAU fresh out of Yale University's doctoral program.
Dr. Covington's leadership, the ERI is working on the Four Forest Restoration
Initiative, a bold and collaborative project that seeks to restore 2.4 million
acres of land in northern Arizona. Their innovative approach to forest
restoration and land management has led to new conservation and timber industry
methods that will have implications for the rest of the mountain west and
Covington takes his service message to local, regional and international
communities. He also presents invited testimony before congressional and state
natural resources committees, and before both the Chief of the U.S. Forest
Service and the Secretary of the Interior. He frequently travels the
globe, helping foresters, students and communities develop forest ecology
programs. He's also currently leading an effort to bring new industry to the
Flagstaff area using a sensible approach to restoring area forests, while
increasing economic growth from harvesting traditional lumber and creating
innovative products. Covington says that it is all part of the team approach to
problem solving that is prevalent at the university.
E.L., and W.W. Covington. 2012. Small Mammal
Community Maintains Stability Through Compensatory Dynamics After Restoration
of a Ponderosa Pine Forest. Ecosphere 3(9): Article
C.M., M.T. Stoddard, J.D. Springer, M.L Daniels, P.Z. Fulé and W.W. Covington, 2012. Nonnative Species Influence
Vegetative Response to Ecological Restoration: Two Forests with Divergent
Restoration Outcomes. Forest Ecology and Management 285:195-203.
S.A., E.C. Engel, J.D. Springer, and W.W. Covington. 2012. Relationships of Exotic Plant Communities with Native Vegetation, Environmental Factors, Disturbance, and Landscape Ecosystems of Pinus Ponderosa Forests, USA. Forest Ecology and Management 271:65-74.
- Kalies, E.L., B.G. Dickson, C.L. Chambers, and W.W. Covington.
2012. Community Occupancy Responses of Small Mammals to Restoration Treatments in Ponderosa Pine Forests,Northern Arizona, USA. Ecological
S.R., Denton, C.W., Brewer, D., Robbie, W.A., Steinke, R.W., Covington, W.W.,
2011. Using a terrestrial ecosystem survey to estimate the historical density of ponderosa pine trees. USDA Forest Service Research Notes,
J.P., Fule, P.Z. , Covington, W.W., 2008. Landscape-scale changes in canopy fuels and potential fire behaviour following ponderosa pinerestoration treatments International
Journal of Wildland Fire 17: 293–30.
R.F., P. Beier, W.W. Covington, R.E. Grumbine, D.B. Lindenmayer, J.W. Prather,
F. Schmiegelow, T.D. Sisk, and D.J. Vosick. 2006. Recommendations for
Integrating Restoration Ecology and Conservation Biology in Ponderosa Pine
Forests of the Southwestern United States. Restoration
P.Z., J.E. Crouse, A.E. Cocke, M.M. Moore, and W.W. Covington. 2004. Changes in
canopy fuels and potential fire behavior 1880-2040: Grand Canyon, Arizona. Ecological Modelling 175:231-248.
W.W. 2003. Restoring ecosystem health in frequent-fire forests of the American
West. Ecological Restoration 21:1:
in Science by Malakoff, David. 2002. Arizona ecologist puts stamp on forest
restoration debate. Science 297:2194-2196.
W.W., P.Z. Fulé, S.C. Hart, and R.P. Weaver. 2001. Modeling ecological
restoration effects on ponderosa pine forest structure. Restoration Ecology 9(4):421-431.
W. W., 2000. Helping western forests heal. Nature
publications by Dr. Covington's publications are also listed at the Ecological Restoration Institute's Publication Library.
Awards and recognitions
representing the scientific community, USFS Planning Rule National Advisory
for Ecological Restoration International, Theodore M. Sperry Award, 2009
Governor’s Forest Health Advisory Council, 2004-present
Mexico Forest and Watershed Health Committee, 2004-2006
Governor Hull’s Forest Health/Fire Plan Advisory Committee, 2001-2004
Member, National Commission on Science for Sustainable Forestry, 2000-2004
Science and Policy Working Group, Society for Ecological Restoration, 1997-2000
author on interagency restoration ecology synthesis paper, 1998.
testimony before Congressional Committees, 1994-2004.
Pride in Arizona Award for Environmental Leadership, 1999.
Research Working Group, Society for Ecological Restoration, 1994-1997.
Teaching Scholar Award, Northern Arizona University 1982, 1989, 1997
Special groups and committees
of the Ecological Restoration Institute
University of North Texas, 1969
Ph.D. program, University of Texas
University of New Mexico, 1972
in Forestry, Yale University 1974
Yale University, 1976