2014 Winter Lecture Series

Declining Riparian Habitats
of Southwest Colorado
Addressing Serious Threats to Fish and Wildlife

Riparian Habitat composite

by Rick Schnaderbeck

and Corey Knuckel 

7 p.m. Thursday, April 17, 2014

Room 130 Porter Hall

Adams State University

Alamosa, CO

The lecture will provide some insight about the decline of the San Luis Valley's cotton wood galleries. Wildlife biologists Rick Schnaderbeck and Corey Knuckel will discuss the decline of riparian trees and shrubs and how this phenomenon is threatening fish and wildlife populations. The presentation will cover a wide array of topics including: the alarming absence of young cottonwoods and native shrubs along riparian corridors; fence-line contrasts; successful techniques used to establish trees and shrubs; and the significance of riparian vegetation to fish, wildlife, and the overall ecological health of the SLV. Join us for an information packed evening regarding the importance of riparian habitat here in the San Luis Valley.

About the Speakers

Rick Schnaderbeck obtained a B.S. in Wildlife Management from the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point, Rick spent 3 years working for Wisconsin DNR's Wetland Research Group. Rick's career path then took him to North Dakota where he worked for 8 years for the US Fish and Wildlife Service as an Assistant Refuge Manager before transferring to the Alamosa/Monte Vista NWR Complex where he became the Deputy Project Leader. In 2000 Rick became the Assistant State Coordinator of USFWS's Partners for Wildlife Program. During the past 20 years in Colorado Rick has created well over 12,000 acres of wetlands on public and private land. Rick recently retired from the USFWS but plans to continue his dedication to wetland and riparian habitat via consulting and volunteering.

Corey Knuckel received his BS in Biology from the University of Findlay and his MS in Environmental Studies/Conservation Biology from Ohio University. In 2004 Corey began working as a habitat biologist with NRCS and the PA Game Commission in Western PA where he planned native grass plantings, riparian buffers, and wetland enhancements on private lands. He has continued to work with private landowners in Colorado, first as a Private Lands Wildlife Biologist in Durango and currently with the USFWS Partner's for Fish & Wildlife Program in Gunnison, delivering habitat projects in the San Luis Valley and Southwest Colorado focus areas.

Cosponsored by ASU EARTH group ASU EARTH logo



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