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Rocky Mountain Research Fellows Present Two-Part Program

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Date: January 12, 2010
Contact: Kyle Patterson, 970-586-1363

Saturday, January 16, 7:00 p.m. - Rocky Mountain Research Fellows Present Two Part Program

What’s Happening to the Willows?
Willows are a critical component of Rocky Mountain wetlands. Yet these important shrubs are seeing a decline in many areas, due in part to fungal infections. Come hear about research being done in Colorado River willow communities to determine what stressors interact and lead to infections.

Cheatgrass - The Spread of an Exotic Threat
One of the most widely distributed nonnative grasses in North America, cheatgrass has the potential to alter natural plant communities in Rocky Mountain National Park. Learn about research examining how cheatgrass spreads and which areas of the park are most threatened by this exotic invader.

This program is presented by the 2009 Rocky Mountain Research Fellowship recipients.
The Rocky Mountain Research Fellowship is an endowed program funded by the Justine and Leslie Fidel Bailey Trust. Each year the Rocky Mountain Nature Association and Rocky Mountain National Park co-sponsor research fellowship opportunities for graduate level students to spend three to four months conducting research in Rocky Mountain National Park.

All programs are held at the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center and are free and open to the public.

Did You Know?

a photo of treeline in Rocky Mountain National Park

If the current amount of total nitrogen deposition measured at the high-elevation monitoring site in Rocky Mountain National Park (3 kg/ha/yr) was the same throughout the park, the amount of airborne nitrogen entering the park would be equivalent to 35,500 twenty-pound bags of fertilizer. More...