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Should I stay or should I go? Understanding why homeowners evacuate (or don’t) during wildfires

Lab Notes Posted on: January 18, 2018
As fire seasons get longer and more people are living in fire-prone ecosystems, we need to understand what motivates homeowners to evacuate and leave their home or stay and try to defend it the wake of an on-coming wildland fire.

Swimming in data—Stream databases deliver

Lab Notes Posted on: January 18, 2018
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Wildfire Evacuations – Why do some choose to stay and others choose to leave?

FS News Posted on: December 07, 2017
FORT COLLINS, Colo., December 06, 2017 - When a fire is burning near homes and officials give evacuation orders, why do some people choose to stay and why do some people leave immediately? What factors influence homeowner decisions during an evacuation? A new study in the journal Risk Analysis shows how much an individual relies on physical and official cues influences whether or not they will evacuate in a wildfire.

Painting a picture across the landscape with ModelMap

Pages Posted on: October 17, 2017
Scientists and statisticians working for the Rocky Mountain Research Station have created a software package that simplifies and automates many of the processes needed for converting models into maps. This software package, called ModelMap, has helped a variety of specialists and land managers to quickly convert data into easily understood graphical images.

National forest climate change maps: Your guide to the future

Science Spotlights Posted on: October 17, 2017
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 and snow residence time), and stream flow.

SnowEx: partnering with NASA to better understand snow in forested areas

Science Spotlights Posted on: October 11, 2017
More than one-sixth of the world’s population rely on seasonal snow for water. In the western U.S., nearly three-quarters of the annual streamflow that provides the water supply arrives as spring and summer melt from the mountain snowpacks. SnowEx is a science campaign that combines on-the-ground measurements with aerial and remote sensing to improve measurements and techniques for identifying the amount of water in snow. 

Effect of forest cover on water treatment costs

Science Spotlights Posted on: October 06, 2017
Intact forests preserve water quality in our lakes and streams, providing cost savings for municipal water providers. American water utilities spend millions of dollars protecting and improving their source water to ensure the delivery of safe drinking water. Knowing the value of this green infrastructure helps communities and land managers better steward the watersheds we rely on and helps the Forest Service better engage with stakeholders in watershed protection.

DNA-based examination of the fungal genus Armillaria, representing beneficial saprophytes and destructive root-disease pathogens, across Northern Hemisphere forests

Science Spotlights Posted on: August 21, 2017
Forest fungi in the Armillaria genus comprise destructive root-disease pathogens and beneficial decomposers. It is critical to understand worldwide distributions of Armillaria species to assess invasive threats posed by Armillaria species. This collaborative work with scientists from 15 countries focused on DNA-based analyses of Armillaria species from the Northern Hemisphere.

Northern Goshawks: A 20 year study of ecology and habitat on

Documents and Media Posted on: July 13, 2017
Research on the Kaibab has shown that goshawks, predators of birds and small mammals, are strongly food-limited.Document Type: Other Documents

Hybridization between Dalmatian and yellow toadflax

Media Gallery Posted on: May 12, 2017
Two closely related invasive Linaria species, Dalmatian toadflax and yellow toadflax, have successfully invaded a broad range of ecosystems throughout most of continental North America. The management challenge imposed by the landscape scale of many toadflax infestations, particularly in the West, is further complicated by hybridization between these two weeds.