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Volume 24
Number 2
Winter 2006-2007
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Beardless sidebells penstemon (P. virgatus), a native species, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado. (NPS) Speedy conversion of science into management at Rocky Mountain National Park
By Terry Terrell and Judy Visty
Published: 4 Sep 2015 (online)  •  14 Sep 2015 (in print)
Using a biocontrol to fight exotic species
Changing prescribed burning practices to preserve rare communities
Closing backcountry campsite to protect threatened species
Testing for mercury in fish
Removing deer with chronic wasting disease
Facilitating management actions
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Beardless sidebells penstemon (P. virgatus), Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.


Figure 1. Native penstemon species are very important to the biodiversity of Rocky Mountain National Park. This beardless sidebells penstemon (P. virgatus) is common throughout most of the park at mid-summer, while Harbour’s beardtongue (not pictured) is rare. Both species are threatened by invasive, nonnative Dalmatian toadflax.

Applying science to park management at Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, happens quickly, sometimes the same day staff becomes aware of research results. Generally speaking, Natural Resource Challenge programs and universities are working together to develop and apply science-based management information throughout the National Park System; the following examples from Rocky Mountain National Park demonstrate that inserting good science into park practices does not need to take years.

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