The Colorado Plateau Research Station (CPRS) in Flagstaff, AZ is a diverse scientific unit that works on such
issues as endangered and at-risk species, communities, and habitats;
wildlife ecology in the urban–wildland interface; reconstructing
past vegetation patterns on the Colorado Plateau and predicting
future vegetation responses to climate change; invasive species;
vegetation surveys, ecology, and mapping in the national parks;
rattlesnake and other reptile ecology in the southwest; small mammal
studies; wildlife genetics as a conservation tool; using information
technology for resources stewardship; and natural resource monitoring
on public lands.
CPRS consists of state and federal employees focused on the ecology
of the Colorado Plateau. The CPRS works in cooperation with federal,
state, tribes and local agencies such as Northern Arizona University
and the Grand Canyon National Park.
research station was originally established in 1989 as a National
Park Service Cooperative Park Studies Unit at Northern Arizona
University, located in Flagstaff, Arizona. CPRS was then merged into
the United States Geological Survey in 1996 when the National
Biological Service was incorporated into the USGS as the Biological
Resources Division. In 1997 the CPRS became part of the USGS Forest
and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center, and in October 2002 became a
part of the SBSC.