Canyonlands Research Center
Scientific work at the Canyonlands Research Center (CRC) provides valuable information on the impact of temperature, rainfall and land uses on the wildlife and natural resources of the Colorado Plateau.
Through the collaboration of private, agency and academic partners, the CRC is generating land management strategies that address the region’s most pressing issues, including water quality and quantity, invasive plants and animals, and land uses such as grazing and recreation. As threats to this region's resources intensify, research at the Canyonlands Research Center yields practical solutions that aid ranchers, communities, agencies and policy makers in sustaining the Colorado Plateau's lands and waters.
Phase 1 of the Center's new field station is now open, providing scientists with an operational base in the heart of southeastern Utah's canyon country. Centered at The Nature Conservancy's Dugout Ranch, adjacent to the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park, the CRC offers access to a wide spectrum of ecosystems and land-use histories. Proximity to relatively undisturbed areas within the national park, as well as rivers and perennial streams, archeological sites, and cooperation with local ranchers make this an ideal starting point for field study in a range of disciplines.
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