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Geography: Coconino National Forest

Estimating the cost and productivity of mechanized forest restoration treatments in Arizona and New Mexico

Science Spotlights Posted on: October 09, 2015
A notable management challenge with implementing this strategy is the lack of information regarding costs of different forest restoration treatments. This research project is using empirical economic models developed in cooperation with forest managers and logging contractors to estimate the costs of achieving forest restoration objectives using a range of logging equipment.

Fort Valley Experimental Forest

Experimental Forests and Ranges Posted on: September 09, 2015
The first Forest Service research facility established in the Nation, the Fort Valley Experimental Forest (formerly the Coconino Experiment Station) opened in August 1908. Researchers past and present at Fort Valley have studied natural and artificial regeneration, stand improvement, sample plots, climate—everything that might influence a tree throughout its life.

Long Valley Experimental Forest

Experimental Forests and Ranges Posted on: September 09, 2015
The Long Valley Experimental Forest encompasses two sections (1,280 ac) of ponderosa pine forests about 46 miles south of Flagstaff, Arizona.

Management-focused Youtube videos now available: Restoring composition and structure in southwestern frequent-fire forests

Documents and Media Posted on: May 06, 2015
Prescribed, low-severity surface fire carried by needles, cones, dried grass, and forbs In June 2Document Type: YouTube / Vimeo Videos

Forecasting the influence of climate change on invasive weeds and biological control

Projects Posted on: April 28, 2015
Rocky Mountain Research Station scientists are investigating how climate change, namely elevated levels of CO2, might impact invasive species and classical biological control of weeds.

Quantitative approaches for evaluating fire effects on wildlife communities in National Forest Systems

Projects Posted on: April 14, 2015
Innovative quantitative approaches have been developed for evaluating wildfire and prescribed fire effects on wildlife communities in several western North American national forests.

Assessing the impacts of recent climate change on global fire danger

Projects Posted on: March 31, 2015
Wildfires occur at the intersection of dry weather, available fuel, and ignition sources. Weather is the most variable and largest driver of regional burned area. Temperature, relative humidity, precipitation, and wind speed independently influence wildland fire spread rates and intensities.

NorWeST: a regional stream temperature database and modeled climate scenarios

Documents and Media Posted on: January 23, 2015
Climate change is warming aquatic ecosystems and will have profound consequences. Effective conservation of aquatic resources will require unprecedented levels of interagency coordination.  In addition, it will require the development of datasets and models for accurate downscaling of climate change effects to important habitat parameters and species distributions at local scales.Document Type: Briefing Papers

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