Prairie Fork supports research in the 6 emphasis areas listed below. We are currently accepting proposals. The area plan can be found under the Management tab then under data sets.
Download the proposal submission details: RFP 2022 (Word Document)
Research Emphasis Areas
Hydrology and Water Quality These studies should further our understanding of stream hydrology and water quality issues, especially in response to land management activities.
Soil Quality and Microbiology
These studies should further our understanding of soil microbial characteristics and the soil history at Prairie Fork Conservation Area.
Conservation education and interpretive projects, innovative approaches to engage teaching and research activities, especially for youth, in educational programs at Prairie Fork Conservation Area.
Exotic Species Control
Studies that further our understanding of how to control and eliminate exotic species, especially exotic plant species. Most of the work on Prairie Fork Conservation Area is aimed at controlling exotic species in preparation of restoration management activities. However, all studies that look at management and control of exotic species are encouraged.
These studies should be designed to help us understand how to be more effective in our natural community restoration management. They should also be designed to help us understand how to be most successful in our natural community restoration and reconstruction efforts. Although projects that focus on the natural communities of Prairie Fork are of highest priority, project that will examine management and conservation of other natural communities are also encouraged.
Response to Management
Studies that are designed to help us understand how specific plant and animal species and/or communities respond to specific management activities. These studies should further our understanding of how to better manage and conserve species and groups of species.