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Geography: Idaho

Where have all the Pinyon Jays gone?

Science Spotlights Posted on: January 27, 2021
We found Pinyon Jays prefer distinct forest conditions within woodlands for specific activities. These conditions are often present in places targeted for active woodland management. This research provides land managers knowledge they can incorporate into woodland prescriptions that meet management objectives for the treatment area while also benefiting the Pinyon Jay.

Is Mastication Right for Your Site? Science-Based Decision Trees for Forest Managers

Documents and Media Posted on: November 24, 2020
This Science You Can Use article describes the potential benefits of mastication as a forest management tool, presented in the form of a set of decision trees that can guide land managers in choosing the right treatment option for a particular site and management objective. Document Type: Other Documents

Where’s the Biomass? A New Approach for Quantifying Biomass and Carbon in the Western United States

Documents and Media Posted on: October 13, 2020
A brand-new Carbon Monitoring System (CMS) developed by RMRS researchers promises to be a valuable resource to support the U.S. Forest Service’s Shared Stewardship Initiative’s goals and policy makers calculating carbon budgets. Document Type: Other Documents

Forest gaps and western white pine regeneration

Events Posted on: October 06, 2020
In this webinar, RMRS research forester Terrie Jain joined Jason Jerman (Coeur d’Alene River Ranger District), James Pass (Three Rivers Ranger District), and Shelagh Fox (R-1 Regional Silviculturist) to discuss forest openings and seedling growth in western white pine restoration.

Forest openings and seedling growth in western white pine restoration

Science Spotlights Posted on: September 02, 2020
Imagine you are a western white pine and western larch seedling growing in a forest opening. Your ability to grow into a mature tree depends on the visible sky above you in the opening and the light it provides. Seedlings of other species around you are also racing to grow upward and fill the same canopy space that you are striving to occupy. Your ability to maintain growth and outcompete the other seedlings is critical to your long-term survival.

Warmer temperatures directly and indirectly affect western larch regeneration

Science Spotlights Posted on: August 25, 2020
Forest inventory data reveal direct and indirect effects of climate on western larch regeneration. A direct effect of climate is the shift of western larch regeneration toward cooler, drier sites and less regeneration at warmer, wetter sites. An indirect effect is that warmer temperatures are linked to increased wildfire, and western larch seedlings were more prevalent at recently disturbed sites.

Drying rates of masticated fuelbeds

Science Spotlights Posted on: August 20, 2020
Wildfires that burn masticated fuels often cause severe ecological damage. Managers need to know how fast the fuelbeds dry so they can implement actions to mitigate potential adverse effects. 

Increasing use of prescribed fire: Barriers and opportunities

Science Spotlights Posted on: August 20, 2020
Prescribed fire is an important tool for increasing the resilience of fire-dependent ecosystems and for reducing overall wildfire risk, but it is not being applied at the necessary or desired levels. We investigated barriers and strategies for facilitating prescribed fire application on USFS and BLM lands across the western United States.

Wild Idaho Salmon and Steelhead Webinar – FAQ and Key Points Supplemental Reference

Documents and Media Posted on: August 14, 2020
Wild Idaho Salmon and Steelhead Webinar – FAQ and Key Points Supplemental Reference Document Type: Other Documents

Habitat suitability models for white-headed woodpecker in recently burned forest

Science Spotlights Posted on: August 11, 2020
Salvage logging in burned forests can negatively affect habitat for white-headed woodpeckers (Dryobates albolarvatus), a species of conservation concern. To quantify and map suitable woodpecker habitat after wildfires, we developed habitat suitability index (HSI) models to inform forest management activities.