Read highlights from science featured in this month’s R&D newsletter. Topics include tree migration, how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected use of public lands, whether fire variety promotes biodiversity, and a rare success story in conservation.
It has been a privilege to help support Forest Service Research over the past 20 years. So much progress has been made in the discovery, application and organization of science. For me, the most rewarding moments have been “stretch” times when we have extended extra effort to build new connections or seize opportunity in unfamiliar territory.
Chippewa National Forest staff are working with the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, the Leech Lake Tribal College, and the University of Minnesota to research and understand the historic use of fire in regional land management. By analyzing tree rings from a culturally significant island and sharing related knowledge, the partnership is deepening their understanding of the land, strengthening relationships, and laying the groundwork for further collaboration. Using this knowledge to inform…