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photo of Kas Dumroese   R. Kasten Dumroese, Ph.D.
  Plant Physiologist
  National Nursery Specialist
  USDA Forest Service
  Rocky Mountain Research Station
  1221 South Main Street
  Moscow, ID 83843

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Kas spent the first 18 years of his career working at the University of Idaho research nursery. This facility is the only state nursery operated by a university, which offers unique opportunities to merge basic research with applied nursery management. In 2001, he joined the Forest Service. Although his office has always been in Moscow, Kas worked for the Southern Research Station in Pineville, Louisiana, and the National Agroforestry Center in Lincoln, Nebraska, before joining the Rocky Mountain Research Station in fall 2008. He is currently assigned to the Grassland, Shrubland, and Desert Ecosystem program.

He serves as National Nursery Specialist on the national Reforestation, Nurseries, and Genetics Resources (RNGR) team, an intra-Agency group focused on transferring technology to nursery managers and professionals engaged in reforestation and restoration of degraded ecosystems. His responsibilities include publishing the National Nursery Proceedings and the Forest Nursery Notes newsletter, as well as coordinating administrative studies and special publications. He also serves as editor of the Native Plants Journal, which publishes refereed research and general technical articles about the growing and outplanting of North America's native flora.

Research Interests

Kas' research interests include all aspects of propagating native plants, with emphasis on nursery production systems. The goal of his work is to improve nursery efficiency, reduce resource inputs and subsequent potential environmental degradation, and improve survival and growth of nursery stock after outplanting. In addition, Kas is working on aspects of functional restoration and the potential use of assisted migration as an adaptive strategy for climate change.

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