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    Field researcher conducting transect for The Nature Conservancy Landscape Toolbox project

    Achievements and History

    The Lava Lake Institute for Science and Conservation is a not-for-profit organization with a mission to increase scientific knowledge and advance conservation in the Pioneer Mountains and Craters of the Moon region of south-central Idaho. The Institute was established in 2004 by Brian and Kathleen Bean, local ranch owners who had conducted research and habitat restoration projects on their own deeded and leased public lands. As their own conservation programs increased in size and scope, they recognized the need for an independent non-profit that would promote and conduct scientific research and implement more ambitious conservation projects throughout the region. The Institute is engaged in an extensive suite of research and conservation projects.

    Examples of the Institute's work include:

    • Initiated study of pronghorn migration in the Pioneer Mountains - Craters of the Moon landscape with multiple partners.
    • In partnership with BLM and other entities, initiated and supported ecological inventories and experimental research conducted by independent scientists. (See also Field Studies).
    • Established Lava Lake Research Fund to formalize commitment to supporting scientific research.
    • Conducted a workshop and lecture program with ethno-botanist Gary Paul Nabhan for local community leaders, ranchers and educators to address conservation issues related to local food production.
    • Conducted outreach and education efforts to inform students, scientists, and natural resource management professionals about our work.
    • Developed relationships and partnerships with non-profit organizations dedicated to conservation (The Nature Conservancy, Wood River Land Trust, Idaho Conservation League, The Conservation Fund, Sawtooth Science Institute), professional scientists (University of Idaho, Idaho State University, New Mexico State University, Princeton University, Brigham Young University- Idaho), and land managers (Bureau of Land Management, United States Forest Service, Idaho Department of Fish and Game, National Park Service).
    • Developed GIS database to house and make use of ecological data generated through inventory efforts and scientific research.
    P. O. Box 2249 • Hailey, Idaho 83333 • Phone 208.788.1378 • Fax 208.788.1264 • info@lavalakeinstitute.org