NCAR Ecosystem Management Plan

  • Client: National Center for Atmospheric Research – Operations Dept, Boulder, Colorado
  • Date: May 2005 to Sep 2005
  • Info: Blue Mountain and the Anchor Point Group were contracted to develop a comprehensive planning document for the 450-acre National Center for Atmospheric Research reserve in Boulder County, Colorado. This plan was created to meet long-range resource planning goals for open space, to ensure that management activities are ecologically sustainable and to integrate these goals with social directives. The plan addressed 1) Forest Management and Wildfire Mitigation, 2) Rangelands and Noxious Weeds, and 3) Wildlife.

These objectives were met through the implementation of an ecosystem management planning process that included field inventories, database searches, literature reviews and Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping. Anchor Point Group provided technical assistance with wildfire behavior modeling and the development of restoration prescriptions. Project Envelope, an ERSI ArcMap extension, was utilized to distribute plots across stratifications.

Vegetation composition was evaluated with Modified Whitttaker Intensive plots to quantify species composition and abundance while noxious weed populations were mapped in accordance with North American Invasive Plant Mapping Standards. A custom weed control plan and spatially explicit map was subsequently created. The final report was well-referenced and written for the public to garner support for the project.