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Geography: New Mexico

A través del humo: Búhos moteados, incendios forestales, y restauración forestal

Documents and Media Posted on: February 09, 2021
 En el suroeste, los científicos y los administradores están trabajando juntos para encontrar formas de reducir el riesgo de futuros mega fuegos y al mismo tiempo mantener el hábitat crítico de anidación. Document Type: Other Documents

The “living map” of Mexican spotted owl habitat

Projects Posted on: January 13, 2021
Researchers and managers have partnered to create cutting-edge, high-resolution, high-accuracy maps of Mexican spotted owl habitat - as well as long-term habitat trends - that can be updated annually as new data become available. An interactive Google Earth Engine experimental app allows end-users to explore mapped products. 

MSO 101: A synthesis of the ecology of the Mexican spotted owl keeps on giving

Documents and Media Posted on: December 08, 2020
Recent research adds to the existing knowledge with improved understanding about owl demography and ecology, spatial distribution and connectivity of owl habitat, wildfire trends in owl habitat, and regional differences in ecology.  Document Type: Other Documents

FireCLIME VA: A New Fire and Climate Vulnerability Assessment Tool for the U.S. Southwest

Documents and Media Posted on: December 08, 2020
The FireCLIME VA tool is a new resource that allows land managers to compare management strategies under various climate scenarios and to gauge the potential effectiveness of those strategies for reducing undesirable impacts of climate on wildfire regimes and resulting impacts of wildfire on natural ecosystems.  Document Type: Other Documents

Location, Location, Location. Scale, Scale, Scale: Mexican Spotted Owl Habitat

Documents and Media Posted on: December 05, 2020
Rocky Mountain Research Station scientists use modeling to help untangle the layers of complexity among these relationships in order to gain insights about the Mexican spotted owl that would be impossible to obtain otherwise.  Document Type: Other Documents

Through the Smoke: Spotted Owls, Wildfire, and Forest Restoration

Documents and Media Posted on: December 05, 2020
In the Southwest, scientists and managers are working together to find ways to reduce the risk of future megafires while also maintaining critical nesting habitat for Mexican spotted owls.  Document Type: Other Documents

Hearing Every Voice in the Room: Social Science for Public Engagement During Forest Planning

Documents and Media Posted on: November 12, 2020
A recent General Technical Report describes how Q methodology can collect stakeholder input in a way that is engaging, thorough, and scientifically rigorous, helping forest planners identify different perspectives or values, as well as areas of agreement by stakeholders. Document Type: Other Documents

Resources for Postfire Response: Empowering Land Managers with New After Fire Toolkit

Documents and Media Posted on: October 14, 2020
  The After Fire Toolkit provides managers, landowners, and communities with online guidance for assessing and preventing potential damage due to postfire flooding and related events. Document Type: Other Documents

Hearing Every Voice in the Room: Social Science for Public Engagement During Forest Planning

Documents and Media Posted on: October 07, 2020
A recent General Technical Report describes how Q methodology can collect stakeholder input in a way that is engaging, thorough, and scientifically rigorous. This process can help forest planners identify different perspectives as well as areas of agreement by stakeholders, including the public. Document Type: Other Documents

Fire refugia and forest resilience

Science Spotlights Posted on: September 02, 2020
Fire refugia are places within high-severity burns that remain unburned or burn with low severity. They can be important for maintaining and regenerating fire-prone forested systems. We used satellite-derived imagery of fires to investigate where and when fire refugia are most likely to form and persist on a landscape. We then collected field data to better understand how fire refugia promote forest recovery and ecosystem resilience. 

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