IMST's independent projects deal with the scientific basis for management of resources relative to the Oregon Plan. These are areas of work identified by the Team as crucial to the programs of the State that influence the outcome of the Oregon Plan. These projects usually lead to technical reports.
IMST recently completed a project on urban and rural-residential land uses. The goal of this project was to determine how urban areas and their management can be scientifically compatible with accomplishing the mission of the Oregon Plan for
|Urban areas have unique challenges when addressing salmonid and watershed restoration because the urban landscape is heavily modified.|
Wild salmonids occur and rely on all aspects of the Oregon landscape, including urban and rural residential areas. Urban areas cover approximately 6% of the area of the state of Oregon. While modest in geographic scale, it is important to recognize that urban areas include habitat for salmonids that is used for spawning, rearing, and transit. This urban-based habitat is no more or less important than other habitat, but historically it has received much less attention.
Work on this project has been suspened for the 2009-2011biennium, or until adequate resources are secured.
Most of Oregon is east of the Cascade crest, a region that differs markedly from western Oregon in climate, hydrology, and
|IMST is examining how management of the diverse upland, lowland, riparian, and aquatic systems of Eastern and Central Oregon can be scientifically compatible with accomplishing the mission of the Oregon Plan.|