Robert McKane is a research ecologist at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Corvallis, Oregon. He has 25 years of experience in the use of simulation models for analyzing the effects of land use and climate on forest, grassland, and arctic ecosystems. He is currently leading an interdisciplinary effort to develop and apply an ecohydrologic model (VELMA) to estimate how alternative land management practices affect trade-offs among multiple ecosystem services.

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The Willamette River is the 13th largest river in the United States, and its 29,727 square kilometer basin supports a mosaic of agricultural, timber, and recreational resources as well as several growing urban centers and their water supplies. The Willamette River Basin (WRB) has a Mediterranean climate with dry summers and wet winters. The …

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