Shenandoah National Park is pleased to award the 2017 Shenandoah National Park Trust Research Grant to Ellen L. Frondorf, a graduate student at Bemidji State University in Bemidji, Minnesota. Her work will focus on oak and pine ecosystems that comprise approximately 40 percent of Shenandoah’s landscape. These ecosystems are fire-adapted, relying on periodic low intensity fires for tree regeneration. Historic fire suppression policies implemented over much of the United States greatly reduced fire occurrence in these forests.
“The Shenandoah National Park Trust is pleased to support this necessary work to understand the role fire has on future forests of the park,” said Trust President Susan Sherman. “The donors who contributed to this research grant support students like Ellen, who are on their way to being our future scholars and land managers.” Click here to read the full press release.