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Ecology and Management of Pinyon-Juniper Woodlands: State of the Science

A North Central CSC Directed Funding FY2017 Project
Principal Investigator
John Bradford


Start Date


Pinyon-juniper (PJ) woodlands are a major part of western landscapes, and are utilized for recreation and resource extraction. However, there are competing management objectives relating both to retaining PJ and to ensuring it does not move into non-forested areas. Understanding and evaluating possible management strategies requires a comprehensive evaluation of what we know about PJ systems and how they are influenced by management and climatic conditions. This project will help provide that broad perspective by examining previous research and management practices related to PJ ecosystems to identify what is known, and what remains to be studied.

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Principal Investigator :
John Bradford
Co-Investigator :
Seth Munson
Funding Agency :
North Central CSC

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“Pinyon juniper woodlands in Mesa Verde National Park - Credit: NPS”
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projectStatusIn Progress
typeTechnical Summary
valuePinyon-juniper (PJ) woodlands are pervasive across the western U.S. and provide a broad suite of ecosystem services, including cultural resources, watershed protection, wildlife habitat, and material harvesting. However, concerns about the future PJ ecosystems, focused on both desires to ensure the long-term viability of PJ woodlands as climate continues to change, and other efforts to minimize woody encroachment into historically non-forested areas, have become major challenges for resource management in drylands throughout the western U.S. This project will help address these divergent perspectives, and provide the context for potential targeted research, by synthesizing existing literature to identify areas of concurrence and remaining knowledge gaps about the structure, function and management of PJ systems.

Pinyon juniper woodlands in Mesa Verde National Park - Credit: NPS
Pinyon juniper woodlands in Mesa Verde National Park - Credit: NPS


Spatial Services

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  • National and Regional Climate Adaptation Science Centers
  • North Central CASC


Science Themes
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Additional Information


Type Scheme Key
RegistrationUUID NCCWSC 5243d76b-be60-49a0-a0b3-134baf7e75b9
StampID NCCWSC NC17-BJ1299

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