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Eric is a distinguished geospatial specialist that integrates land management experience into geospatial products. His passion and experience has been working with and creating geospatial products that answer management needs. He has pioneered methods that assess rangelands rapidly and accurately at a landscape level. Eric is lead author on two peer-reviewed papers and secondary author on another listed below that describe and validate rangeland and riparian EST.
- Assessment of Sagebrush Cover Using Remote Sensing at Multiple Spatial and Temporal Scales. Ecological Indicators, 2014 (link)
- A Remote Sensing Approach to Assessing Riparian Habitat. Rangeland Ecology and Management, In Review (link)
- Willow Cover as a Stream-Recovery Indicator under a Conservation Grazing Plan. Ecological Indicators, 2012 (link)
He first started studying and funding observation and scientific studies on sage grouse and their habitat needs in 1985. Some of this work continues to date. Knowledge from this work has directed habitat improvements and increases in sage grouse numbers on ranches he’s managed.
In addition, he has integrated concepts and tools to develop cutting edge land monitoring methods using remote sensing technologies to meet real management needs identified from forty years of practical experience. These technologies provide a statistically valid and economically feasible means to assess rangeland and riparian habitats. These technologies have been recognized by the Sage Grouse Initiative, used in their population studies, and published in their outreach article Hi-Res Maps Sharpen Focus on Sage Grouse Habitat (link)