The CNHA board of trustees met on January 25 to review presentations for proposals from the BLM and Forest Service for Discovery Pool Grants for 2023. At the annual board meeting the following day, the board voted to fund 5 projects totaling $94,618 in grants. Here is a recap of the projects and grants that were awarded.
Reseacher: Joel Berger, Agency Affiliation: BLM
Amount of the Request: $18,349
Proposal: Impacts of Increasing Noise on Desert Bighorn Sheep
Research Question: What, if any, impacts do increasingly noisy recreation environments have on late-phase pregnant bighorn sheep, a culturally and ecologically important icon of southern Utah's canyon and desert landscapes?
Researcher: Rebecca Finger-Higgens, Agency Affiliation: USFS
Amount of Request: $25,000
Proposal: Pack Creek Fire Restoration in the Pinyon-Juniper Forest
Research Question: Do pre-fire forest thinning programs and post-fire seeding and erosion control construction expedite pinyon-juniper forest recovery following the Pack Creek fire?
Researcher: Mallory Sandoval Lambert, Agency Affiliation: USFS
Amount of the Request: $21,280
Proposal: Ecological Interactions between American pikas and mountain goats in the La Sal Mountains
Research Question: Do ecological interactions exist between American pikas and mountain goats in the La Sal mountains?
Researcher: Joel L. Pederson, Agency Affiliation: BLM
Amount of the Request: $5,000
Proposal: Tracking the timing and dynamics of Colorado River canyon incision through study of river terraces at Dewey, UT
Research Question: What is the history of Colorado River canyon cutting?
Researcher: Larissa Yocom, Agency Affiliation: BLM
Amount of the Request: $24,989
Proposal: Assessing the health and vulnerability of scattered old-growth ponderosa pine in southern Utah
Research Question: What factors are leading to the decline of old-growth ponderosa pine in southern Utah, and what management activities benefit these trees?