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Geography: Kaibab National Forest

Developing effective forest management for northern goshawks and their food webs

Projects Posted on: October 14, 2015
Forest composition and structure strongly influence goshawk habitat selection and hunting behavior, prey abundance, and goshawk reproduction and survival. Research by the Rocky Mountain Research Station is providing insights into how to disperse and sustain habitats of plants and animals in the goshawk food web in large landscapes.

Dynamics of coarse woody debris in southwestern mixed-conifer and ponderosa pine forests

Projects Posted on: October 09, 2015
Snags (standing dead trees) and logs are important components of forest landscapes. RMRS scientists established a series of fixed plots in 1997 for monitoring snag populations. This research has direct ramifications for 11 national forests throughout the Southwestern Region, as well as for our overall understanding of the ecology of coarse woody debris and effects of climate change on forest structure and composition.

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.

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.

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.

RNA Publications

Pages Posted on: February 25, 2015
Regional bibliographies Region 1 (Not currently available) Region 2 (docx) Region 3 (Not currently available) Region 4 (Not currently available)

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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