Upper Snake River Ecosystem Bibliography
Having access to research literature is essential for defining the gaps in our current knowledge. It acts as a base from which to interpret on-going studies, prevents the duplication of research effort and provides valuable information and contacts to those assisting in the management of our public lands and wildlife. This bibliography provides researchers, educators, and resource managers with a focused regional source to perform efficient and thorough literature reviews. The bibliography is currently populated with over 1600 titles, of pier reviewed publications, published and unpublished reports and articles, investigator’s annual reports, dissertations, conference proceedings, and books viewable at <….>. The bibliography is searchable by title, author, dates, subject, and by keywords. There are many titles that have yet to be extracted from existing public sources. This online Library will eventually contain other valuable resources such as GIS data and map products, audio and video productions, and historic works such as the John J. Craighead Archives. This project currently focuses on the biological sciences but could be expanded to include other sciences.
The Upper Snake River Ecosystem is one of the last places in the lower forty-eight states that still has a full complement of all the large native North American wildlife species: grizzly, black bear, cougar, wolf, wolverine, fox, bison, elk, deer, pronghorn, and moose. This area embraces two of the crown jewels of the National Park System: Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park and includes three National Forests: Bridger Teton, Shoshone, and Targhee. This highly protected landscape with its diversity of wildlife makes a truly unique outdoor research laboratory. For decades, it has attracted outstanding ecologists and biologist from around the globe. Most of the observable species have been subject to long-term research inquiries. There are currently over twenty-five independent research groups working in the Upper Snake River Ecosystem. These species-specific studies are an anchor to a holistic understanding of environmental processes necessary for enlightened resource management.
We define the Upper Snake River Ecosystem (USRE) as the general region of Wyoming encompassing the Snake River drainage, including Grand Teton National Park, southern Yellowstone National Park, and parts of three national forests: Bridger Teton, Shoshone, and Targhee.