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Geography: Intermountain Region (R4)

National forest climate change maps: your guide to the future

Projects Posted on: December 09, 2020
The National Forest Climate Change Maps project was developed to meet the need of National Forest managers for information on projected climate changes at a scale relevant to decision making processes, including Forest Plans.  The maps use state-of-the-art science and are available for every National Forest in the contiguous United States with relevant data coverage. Currently, the map sets include variables related to precipitation, air temperature, snow (including April 1 snow-water equivalent (SWE) and snow residence time), and stream flow.

Upcoming: Dirt goes downhill: Are we making better post-wildfire erosion control treatment decisions?

Events Posted on: December 07, 2020
In this webinar, Pete Robichaud will discuss soil erosion prediction tools to allow for better post-fire land management decision-making.

Upcoming: Co-Managing Wildfire Risk Across Boundaries (CoMFRT)

Events Posted on: December 03, 2020
In this webinar, Dan William and Mo Essen will discuss the Co-Management of Wildfire Risk Transmission Partnership (CoMFRT) partnership.  

Upcoming: Holmgren’s milk vetch, dwarf bear poppy, and monitoring with drones

Events Posted on: December 03, 2020
In this webinar, Susan Meyer will discuss monitoring of rare desert plants with drones. 

Area burned by severe fire has increased 8-fold in western U.S. forests over past four decades

FS News Posted on: November 30, 2020
***This press release was originally issued by AGU WASHINGTON—The number of wildfires and the amount of land they consume in the western U.S. has substantially increased since the 1980s, a trend often attributed to ongoing climate change. Now, new research finds fires are not only becoming more common in the western U.S. but the area burned at high severity is also increasing, a trend that may lead to long-term forest loss.

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

Through the smoke: Spotted owls, wildfire, and forest restoration

Events Posted on: October 06, 2020
In this webinar, RMRS research ecologist Sam Cushman, wildlife biologist Joe Ganey, and research ecologist Gavin Jones discussed their latest research on spotted owls and wildfire.

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.

Adapting Rangeland Monitoring Strategies for Planning and Vulnerability Assessment

Documents and Media Posted on: September 21, 2020
As costs of management increase, we need to identify and process low cost data sources describing rangeland conditions that leverage and augment current monitoring data.  Document Type: Other Documents