Current research being conducted by LCI at Northern Arizona University
The Landscape Conservation Initiative at NAU is committed to research in order to advance our conservation efforts. Our current and completed research projects are listed below.
Greater Grand Canyon Landscape Assessment Accordion Closed
Encompassing a national treasure and surrounding lands for a total of 5 million acres, the Greater Grand Canyon Landscape Assessment. This effort is part of the planning process for Grand Canyon National Park, addressing the development of their Natural Resource Condition Assessment and adding a collaborative stakeholder opportunity to help prioritize stewardship across this landscape. Read more about the Grand Canyon Landscape Assessment
Integrated Spatial Models of Plant Communities, Fuels, Fire, Wildlife Habitat, and Climate Change in the Sonoran Desert Accordion Closed
Our new research programs encompass >30,000 square kilometers of the Sonoran Desert and seek to support the conservation and recovery of military and adjacent lands in southwestern Arizona, including areas managed by the Barry M. Goldwater Air Force Range, U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground, Cabeza Prieta and Kofa National Wildlife Refuges, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, and Bureau of Land Management. We are developing cutting-edge techniques to generate new models and maps of fundamental ecological processes that are needed to reduce the impact of non-native invasive plants and fire, while improving habitat for threatened, endangered, and at-risk species, in the context of global change. Read more about the Sonoran Desert research.
- Analysis of Small-Diameter Wood Supply in Northern Arizona, USA (completed 2008)
- North-Central New Mexico Landscape Assessment (completed 2006)
- White Mountains Landscape Assessment, Arizona (completed 2006)
- Western Mogollon Plateau Landscape Assessment, Arizona (completed 2004)
- Kaibab Forest Health Focus, Arizona, USA (completed in 2009)