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Population increases and climate change point to future U.S. water shortages

FS News Posted on: February 28, 2019
* News release issued by the American Geophysical Union Climate change plus population growth are setting the stage for water shortages in parts of the U.S. long before the end of the century, according to a new study in the AGU journal Earth’s Future.

Evaluating spatiotemporal tradeoffs under alternative fuel management and suppression policies: measuring returns on investment

Projects Posted on: February 15, 2019
The nexus of fuels management and suppression response planning integrates pre-season actions with wildland fire incident response.

A new way to look at winter footprints

FS News Posted on: November 26, 2018
An innovative new project has discovered that animal footprints contain enough DNA to allow for species identification. Scientists have traditionally relied on snow-tracks and camera traps to monitor populations of rare carnivores, like Canada lynx, fishers and wolverines. These traditional techniques can tell part of, but not the entire story of an animal population, and are sometimes difficult to validate species identification. 

The Rangeland Production Monitoring Service improves rangeland management

FS News Posted on: November 19, 2018
Land managers need cost-effective unbiased monitoring and assessments of current rangeland conditions and past vegetation performance in order to improve rangeland management. 

Research runs through it: A fresh look at Wild and Scenic Rivers

Documents and Media Posted on: October 02, 2018
As the Forest Service and other agencies prepare for the next half-century of managing Wild and Scenic Rivers, scientists at the Rocky Mountain Research Station and the Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute are partnering with National Forests and university collaborators to use new research protocols to help revise river management plans. Document Type: Other Documents

Consequences of an endless summer: Untangling the link between summer precipitation and western wildfires

Documents and Media Posted on: September 25, 2018
Understanding the linkage between decreasing wetting rain days and increased risk of wildfires will enable fuels managers and forest managers to better anticipate wildfire severity and where wildfires may occur. The number of wetting rain days (WRDs) is expected to decrease throughout the West, which could lead to more burned acres. Document Type: Other Documents

An update of the National Fire Danger Rating System

Science Spotlights Posted on: September 13, 2018
The National Fire Danger Rating System (NFDRS) is a system that allows fire managers to estimate today's or tomorrow's fire danger for a given area. In 2014, RMRS fire danger rating system developers sought and gained approval to update the U.S. National Fire Danger Rating System (NFDRS).

Stay or leave? How homeowners consider their options during wildfires.

Science Spotlights Posted on: September 07, 2018
Wildfires are intensifying due to climate change, and more people are living in regions prone to fire. Understanding how individuals threatened by a wildfire make evacuation decisions – especially those who do not leave promptly – is necessary in order to foster public safety. Homeowners in three communities that have experienced wildfires in the United States were surveyed regarding their responses to evacuation requests.

eDNAtlas Data mapper

Lab Notes Posted on: September 06, 2018
Analyzing eDNA samples in a lab allows researchers to reliably determine where target species are found and overcomes previous limitations of traditional sampling techniques. The eDNAtlas website and dynamic database tools allow the public, managers, and researchers to access results from samples of environmental DNA (eDNA).  

25th anniversary milestone for the Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute & Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center

FS News Posted on: August 17, 2018
Twenty-five years ago this summer, in the spirit of cooperation, the Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and U.S. Forest Service came together to create the Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute (Leopold Institute) and the Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center (Carhart Center).