Restoration Ecology

This program encompasses two major areas of focus: high-elevation mined land reclamation at the Molycorp Inc. surface molybdenum mine at Questa, NM, and restoration of disturbed riparian areas in the Sangre de Christo Mountains of northern New Mexico. In contrast to traditional surface mining reclamation approaches, which are based on primarily agronomic practices, the research associated with this project has focused primarily on adaptive and ameliorative approaches to re-establish indigenous forested communities. At the mine, current research is focused on reducing transplant shock, optimizing post-planting culture and screening species and ecotypes for their ability to survive and regenerate on low pH overburden. Riparian restoration research has focused on developing stock types for riparian restoration in montane and foot hill riparian sites as well as evaluating the underlying variability of several riparian species to various sexual and asexual propagation techniques.

Restoration Ecology Research Publications

Williams, M.I., M.T. Tahboub, J.T. Harrington, D.R. Dreesen and A. Ulery. 2002. Root growth of Apache plume and serviceberry on molybdenum mine overburden in northern New Mexico. In: Proc. 2001 Seed and Soil Dynamics in Shrubland Ecosystems. Laramie, WY Aug. 13-17, 2002. USDA Forest Service Proceedings RMRS-P-31.2004 Pp. 24-29

Dreesen, D.R., J.T. Harrington, T. Subirge, P. Stewart and G. Fenchel. 2002. Riparian restoration in the southwest species selection, propagation, planting methods, and case studies. In: Forest and Conservation Nursery Associations. 2001 National Proceedings, Durango, CO July 30 - August 2, 2001. Pp.253-272.

Dreesen, DR., J.T. Harrington, A.M. Wagner, L. Murray and P. Sun. 2001. Testing Native Grasses for survival and growth in low pH mine overburden. In: Proc. American Society for Surface Mining and Reclamation, 2001 National Meeting. June 2-7, 2001. Albuquerque, NM. Pp.2-17.

Harrington, J.T., D.R. Dreesen, A.M. Wagner, L. Murray and P. Sun. 2001. Results of species trials on low pH overburden materials for mine land reclamation. In: Proc. American Society for Surface Mining and Reclamation, 2001 National Meeting. June 2-7, 2001. Albuquerque, NM. Pp. 112-120.

Harrington, J.T., D.R. Dreesen, A.M. Wagner, L. Murray and P. Sun. 200l. The influence of seed source and stock size on first-year performance of direct transplanted conifer seedlings. In: Proc. American Society for Surface Mining and Reclamation, 2001 National Meeting. June 2-7, 2001. Albuquerque, NM. Pp.255-264.

Harrington, J.T., A.M. Wagner and D.R. Dreesen. 2001. Influence of Pisolithus tinctorius inoculation on greenhouse growth and first-year transplant survival of conifer seedlings. In: Proc. American Society for Surface Mining and Reclamation, 2001 National Meeting, June 2-7, 2001. Albuquerque, NM. Pp.265-270.

Harrington, J.T., and A.M. Wagner. 2000. Evaluating reclamation success for slow growing forest ecosystems. In: Proc. Seventeenth Annual Meeting of the American Society for Surface Mining and Reclamation. June 11-15, 2000. Tampa, FL. Pp.191-196.

Harrington, J.T., A.M, Wagner, and D.R. Dreesen. 2000. One- and three-year transplant performance of container-grown stock planted at a high elevation, disturbed site. In: Proc. Plains and Prairie Forestry Meeting. August 7-10, 2000, Las Vegas, NM; Section 5; Pp. 1-11.

Harrington, J.T., A.M. Wagner, and D.R. Dreesen. 2000. Successful techniques for high altitude steep slope revegetation. In: Proc. 2000 Billings Land Reclamation Symposium. March 20-24, 2000, Billings, MO. Digital Proceedings.

Fisher, J.T. 1992. Revegetation of disturbed pinon-juniper woodlands. In: Proc. 1991 Pinon Conf., April 23, 1991, Santa Fe, NM. Pp. 42-44.

Mexal, J.G., M. Ortiz, B.A. Buchanan, M.K. Wood and W. Skeet. 1991 Transplanting large pinyon and juniper trees on reclaimed coal mine spoil in Northern New Mexico. In: Proc. American Society for Surface Mining and Reclamation 1991 National Meeting, May 14-17, 1991, Durango, CO. Pp. 603-610.

Fisher J.T., G.A. Fancher and E.F. Aldon. 1990. Factors affecting establishment of one-seed juniper (Juniperus monosperma) on surface-mined lands in New Mexico. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 20: 880-886.

Fisher, J.T., GA. Fancher and R.W. Neumann. 1986. Survival and growth of containerized native juniper (Juniperus monosperma) on surface-mined lands in New Mexico. Forest Ecology and Management 16: 291-299.

Fisher, J.T., J.B. McRae and E.F. Aldon. 1983. Methods for establishing containerized native juniper on surface-disturbed sites in the Southwest. In: Proc. 3rd Annual Better Reclamation with Trees Conference, June 2-3, 1983, Terra Haute, IN. Pp. 76-88.

Fisher, J.T. and J.B. McRae. 1981. Planting containerized juniper on mine spoils: Establishment Report to Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station, USDA-Forest Service, Ft. Collins, Colorado, 7p.