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Geography: Montana

Pollinators of the Great Plains: Disturbances, stressors, management, and research needs

Science Spotlights Posted on: March 24, 2021
Pollinators are declining in the Great Plains of North America. Reduced or degraded grasslands produce fewer flowers, which pollinators need. Pollinator management can provide resources to help pollinators withstand a variety of interacting stressors and concurrently support functioning rangeland ecosystems.

Pollinator Friendly Plants for Restoration Slides

Documents and Media Posted on: March 10, 2021
Presentaion created by Justin Runyon for the Science You Can Use Winter Webinar Series 2021, Pollinator Friendly Plants for Restortaion.  Document Type: Other Documents

Seeing the Big Picture: Long Term Studies at Lick Creek Demonstrate How Fuel Treatments Impact a Changing Forest

Documents and Media Posted on: March 02, 2021
A long-term study at Lick Creek demonstrates how fuel treatments in dry forests provide benefits beyond mitigating the chance of a high-severity fire. These benefits include persistent increased tree growth, even during drought, and reduced tree mortality from mountain pine beetle. Document Type: Other Documents

Fire, larch, soil, and carbon: a 30-year-old story

Science Spotlights Posted on: December 18, 2020
Concern about changing climate is focusing attention on how silvicultural treatments can be used to regenerate or restore forested landscapes. In this study we leveraged a 30-year-old forest management-driven experiment to explore the recovery of woody species composition, regeneration of the charismatic forest tree species western larch, and vegetation and soil carbon and nitrogen pools. 

Quantifying ecological resilience at landscape scales

Science Spotlights Posted on: December 09, 2020
Ecological resilience has previously been explored mostly as a theoretical concept. To put it into practice, managers need methods to quantify the ecological resilience of current conditions and project resilience under future scenarios. This paper offers a process for using geospatial data, simulation modeling, and landscape pattern analysis to evaluate ecosystem resilience at management scales.

Pollinator-friendly plants for restoration

Events Posted on: December 07, 2020
In this webinar, Justin Runyon discussed assessment of the pollinator-friendliness of native plant species that are available for revegetation in Montana to produce a guide identifying the best species mixes to support the greatest number of species and abundance of pollinators.

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

Lick Creek: Lessons learned after 20+ years of fuel treatments in a ponderosa pine forest

Science Spotlights Posted on: September 08, 2020
Lick Creek is the longest running fuel treatment and restoration study of ponderosa pine forests in the northern U.S. Rocky Mountains. Through repeat photography and numerous published studies, we show how fuels and vegetation have changed over the 25 years since treatment and compare the effects of mechanical harvesting with and without prescribed burning.

The scent of success: Beetle 'smells' can help protect the environment from weeds

Science Spotlights Posted on: August 31, 2020
Saltcedar (Tamarix spp.), an aggressively invasive Eurasian tree, is a dominant and widespread woody riparian species in the southwestern U.S. Biocontrol of saltcedar with the leaf beetle Diorhabda carinulata can be made more effective with semiochemicals (smells). 

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.