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Model-Assisted Survey Estimation (mase)

Tools Posted on: September 03, 2019
Having precise estimates of our forest characteristics is important if we want to assess the status of our forests, detect change, or monitor trends. New statistical estimators enable us to improve precision by merging forest inventory data with data from a variety of remote sensing instruments but often pose computational challenges.

New statistical estimation tool is a"mase"ing!

Science Spotlights Posted on: August 26, 2019
Having precise estimates of our forest characteristics is important if we want to assess the status of our forests, detect change, or monitor trends. New statistical estimators enable us to improve precision by merging forest inventory data with data from a variety of remote sensing instruments, but often pose computational challenges. This new tutorial and R software package makes both old and new survey estimation tools easily accessible.

Structured decision-making

Projects Posted on: August 26, 2019
Using structured decision making (SDM) can change how resource managers make decisions by separating the clinical problem analysis from the value based decision process. In a natural resource management setting, SDM necessitates making decisions based on clearly articulated objectives, recognizing scientific prediction in decisions, addressing uncertainty explicitly, and responding with transparency towards societal values in decision making. When used as an overarching framework, natural resource managers can be better equipped to identify, critique, and discuss sources and implications of uncertainty and thus improve decision-making.

Effectiveness of fuel treatments at the landscape scale: State of understanding and key research gaps

Projects Posted on: August 21, 2019
There is widespread interest in understanding the effectiveness of fuel treatments in mitigating the trajectory of wildfire suppression costs and how their effectiveness and longevity can be extended over large areas and landscapes. To date, there have been several studies that used a modeling approach to evaluate fuel treatment effectiveness at the landscape scale. However, empirical studies at this scale are rare because landscape-scale fuel treatment strategies have not been fully implemented or wildfires have not burned through implemented landscape fuel treatments. A thorough evaluation of what is currently available in the literature and lessons learned from forest and rangeland managers has not yet been conducted.

Milking milkweeds for more monarch butterfly habitat

Science Spotlights Posted on: August 19, 2019
Iconic monarch butterflies are disappearing from the landscape. They require milkweed plants to complete their life cycle. Milkweed seeds are often produced for restoration in nurseries in special beds. Our work shows that once these beds have served their purpose, milkweed taproots can be harvested, stored, and used for restoration, thus increasing the benefit of these beds.

Climate-Smart Restoration Tool

Tools Posted on: August 02, 2019

Bridging the lines of communication between and among researchers and resource managers

Projects Posted on: July 31, 2019
Ecosystems are increasingly threatened by fire, insects, disease, invasive species, drought, and climate change. Shifting landscapes and interactive disturbances challenge land managers who must meet particular land management objectives. Three concurrent activities are helping managers access adaptation strategies and tactics that can address ongoing challenges to forest and grassland productivity, resilience and restoration.

Forest Service Scientist Dr. Sean Parks honored with Presidential Early Career Scientist Award

FS News Posted on: July 23, 2019
On July 2, U.S. Forest Service-Rocky Mountain Research Station (RMRS) research landscape ecologist Dr. Sean Parks was honored with the 2019 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers for his research related to wildfire science. The Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on outstanding scientists and engineers who are beginning their independent research careers and show exceptional promise for leadership in science and technology.

State-and-transition simulation model (ST-Sim): Predicting landscape conditions

Tools Posted on: July 16, 2019
How does a land manager make a decision today that will impact landscapes decades into the future? With the uncertain influence of climate change and its associated stressors, it’s an increasingly thorny question. 

Rangeland Production Monitoring Service: In season forage and fuel projections

Tools Posted on: July 08, 2019
Rangeland vegetation growth is highly variable often exceeding 40 percent on an interannual basis.

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