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Rio Grande National Forest Climate Change Plan Revision Workshop Handouts

Documents and Media Posted on: April 11, 2019
Rio Grande National Forest Climate Change Plan Revision Workshop Handouts​ Document Type: Other Documents

Rio Grande National Forest Climate Change Plan Revision Workshop Outputs

Documents and Media Posted on: April 11, 2019
  Rio Grande National Forest 2016 Climate Change Plan Revision Workshop Outputs Document Type: Other Documents

The Rio Grande National Forest Climate Change Plan Revision workshop

Projects Posted on: November 19, 2018
Scientists and managers initiated a collaborative process to assist the Rio Grande National Forest (RGNF) with bringing climate change information into their Forest Planning Process. A 2-day workshop off-site brought together staff from the RGNF, FS Research, and Colorado State University to listen and learn from each other. Products included specialists’ reports, bibliographies, workshop handouts and outputs. The project and outputs may be useful in evaluating the role of collaborations and workshops in the future for Region 2, other FS Regions or other federal lands.

Warming and Warnings: Assessing Climate Change Vulnerability in the Rocky Mountain Region

Documents and Media Posted on: July 26, 2018
This special Science You Can Use Bulletin is a companion to the recently published general technical report addressing climate change vulnerability in the Rocky Mountain Region. Document Type: Other Documents

Recreating in color: Promoting ethnic diversity on public lands

Documents and Media Posted on: May 30, 2018
Recent studies of the Forest Service’s National Visitor Use Monitoring (NVUM) data show a wide disparity in racial and ethnic use of national forests. Researchers at the Rocky Mountain Research Station in Fort Collins, Colorado, are studying NVUM numbers systematically and hope that their research will help National Forest System staff to encourage different racial and ethnic groups to connect with public natural lands. Document Type: Other Documents

Fire patterns in piñon and juniper in the Western United States: Trends from 1984 through 2013

Science Spotlights Posted on: May 15, 2018
Changes in fire patterns for piñon and juniper vegetation in the western United States were analyzed over a 30-year period. This is the first evaluation of its type.

Seeing red: New tools for mapping and understanding fire severity

Pages Posted on: May 14, 2018
Large, severe fires are ecologically and socially important because they have lasting effects on vegetation and soils, can potentially threaten people and property, and can be costly to manage. The goals of the Fire Severity Mapping Project(FIRESEV), which covers lands in the continental western United States, are to understand where and why fires burn severely, and to give fire managers, fire ecologists, and natural resource managers tools to assess severity before, during, and after a wildfire. FIRESEV has produced a suite of tools for a wide range of fire management applications, including real-time forecasts and assessments in wildfire situations, post-wildfire rehabilitation efforts, and long-term planning.

Current and future conditions in aridland riparian ecosystems

Lab Notes Posted on: August 07, 2017
Aridland riparian ecosystems are limited in size and availability, the climate is changing, and further hydrological change is likely in the American Southwest. To protect riparian ecosystems and organisms, scientists and land managers need to understand how disturbance processes and stressors such as fire, drought, and non-native plant invasions affect them.

National forest climate change maps: your guide to the future

Projects Posted on: April 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 (SWE) and snow residence time), and stream flow.

Stream water quality concerns linger long after the smoke clears - learning from Front Range wildfires

Documents and Media Posted on: April 07, 2017
Large, high-severity wildfires alter the ecological processes that determine how watersheds retain and release nutrients and affect stream water quality. These changes usually abate a few years after a fire, but recent studies indicate they may persist longer than previously expected. Wildfires are a natural disturbance agent, but due to the increased frequency and extent of high-severity wildfires predicted for western North America, it is important to better understand their consequences on surface water. Document Type: Other Documents