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About CNHA

Canyonlands Natural History Association is a nonprofit organization established to assist the scientific and educational efforts of the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, and the USDA Forest Service in southeast Utah.

Photo: CNHA sales area in the Arches Visitor Center
Discovery Pool

The Discovery Pool research grant program was established by Canyonlands Natural History Association (CNHA) to encourage and provide funding for research partnerships between qualified scientists and our federal NPS, BLM, and USFS partners in southeastern Utah and southwestern Colorado.
The goals for the Discovery Pool grants are these:
1. Encourage the scientific research that makes up the backbone of interpretive and educational programs. Our definition of "scientific research" also includes includes resource management or protection surveys and monitoring.
2. Provide funds directly to the federal partners so that all monies apply directly to the granting project and none are absorbed by a third party for administrative costs.
3. Provide matching funds that may assist public-land partners in obtaining larger grants for work consistent with Goal 1.
4. Promote an understanding of the intricate cultural and natural resource complexities found on federally administered lands.
5. Fund projects that result in information that CNHA can publicize on a popular level, to help visitors understand the value and fragility of the natural and cultural resources of the region.

If you are interested in applying for a Discovery Pool Grant, the guidelines and application are available here.

Applications must be received no later than 5 pm on November 15th, 2014.


Projects

2013

Distance and Temperature Effects on Pika Forage (USFS) ($11,873.00)
This research will measure soil surface temperature and plant species composition to establish a baseline for future species composition and temperature change comparisons.

Documentation of Perishable Artifacts at the Museum of the American Indian (BLM) ($18,625.00)
This project will survey and photodocument approximately 400 archaeological textiles, baskets, wooden implements, hides and other perishable artifacts.

Gardeners and Gatekeepers: Pueblo I Community Study II (USFS) ($12,779.00)
The principle aim of this project is to collect additional field data from a selection of important Pueblo I period ancestral Puebloan sites within the Monticello Ranger District of the Manti-La Sal National Forest.

Phase II of Analysis of Ceramic Sherd Collections from Hovenweep National Monument (NPS) ($15,500.00)
Anaysis will be completed on approx. 2,500 sherds. Rim arc and temper data will also be collected to increase understanding of vessel size and distribution.

2012

Ceramic Analysis of Sherd Collections from Hovenweep National Monument ($15,000.00)
This project seeks to bring Hovenweep's ceramic collection together for examination to obtain data that can be used to answer research questions and provide interpretive information.

Completion of Documentation of Perishable Artifacts ($15,000.00)
Completion of the survey and documentation of textiles, baskets, and other perishable artifacts in the Green and Lang collections, the Field Museum of Natural History.

2011

Chemical Matching of Ceramics to Material Source Areas - Goodman Point ($11,000.00)
This study will use chemical matching of ceramics from the Goodman Point Unit of Hovenweep National Monument to material source areas to determine social and economic ties of prehistoric groups through time.

Climate Driven Changes in Englemann Spruce Stands in the La Sal Mountains ($9,600.00)
How will global warming and changing precipitation patterns effect timberline elevation and spruce tree stands in the La Sal Mountains?

Documentation of Perishable Artifacts ($7,395.00)
This project will survey and photodocument archaeological textiles, baskets, and other perishable artifacts in the Green and Lang collections at the Field Museum of Natural History from Grand Gulch and adjacent public lands.

Gardeners and Gatekeepers: Pueblo I Community in Allen Canyon ($12,726.00)
The goal of this project is to collect field data from the Pueblo I period Ancestral Puebloan community and investigate the development and nature of the Pueblo I community in the area.

Structural Wood Documentation and Dendrochronology in SE Utah ($7,980.00)
The project goals are to document the perisible structural wood resources of standing prehistoric cliff structures on a site-by-site basis. The information gathered will broaden our understanding of 12th and 13th century Puebloan settlement and abandonmen

2010

Multi-Spectral Imaging of Rock Art in Canyonlands National Park ($15,000.00)
Private contractor Bud Turner continues his work using spectral photography documenting pictographs and reveal hidden elements of this ancient artwork, aiding in their preservation and restoration.

2009

Alpine Habitat Baseline Study ($14,996.00)
Erigeron mancus (La Sal daisy) elevational density gradient as a baseline to detect future climate change in LaSal Mountain alpine habitats. U.S. Forest Service, Jim Fowler/Barb Smith.

Bighorn Sheep Study ($5,000.00)
Determining migrational corridors used by desert bighorn sheep rams and compiling 12 years of mortality and home range data on ram and ewe home ranges in southeastern Utah. Bureau of Land Management, Pam Riddle

2008

Alpine Vegetation Impact Assessment ($2,400.00)
Mt. Peale Research Natural Area Alpine Vegetation Impact Assessment

Aquatic Invertebrate Surveys ($7,000.00)
Aquatic invertebrate surveys on the Green River in Desolation and Grey Canyons (pre-dam vs. current condition).

Bighorn Sheep Collaring ($15,000.00)
Bighorn Sheep Collaring, Maze District, Canyonlands National Park

Documenting a Threatened Cultural Landscape ($15,000.00)
Comb Ridge Heritage Initiative Project, San Juan Corridor; Documenting a Threatened Cultural Landscape.

Multi-Spectral Imaging of Rock Art in Canyonlands National Park ($15,000.00)
Bud Turner, private contractor, employed spectral photography to document pictographs and reveal elements of this ancient artwork, aiding in their preservation and restoration.

Springs, Seeps, and Hanging Garden Ecosystems ($10,000.00)
Biology Department Mesa State College, Assessment of Biological and Physical Relationships of Springs, Seeps, and Hanging Garden Ecosystems Across a Gradient of Human Impacts

2007

Bighorn Sheep Collaring
The National Park Service is interested in maintaining a viable herd of Desert Bighorn sheep in areas of the park where sheep historically roamed.

Goodman Point Archeological Project
Crow Canyon Archeological Center was awarded a grant for studying the Goodman Point unit of Hovenweep National Monument.



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