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Geography: Rio Grande National Forest

Tracking Canada lynx in insect-impacted forests

Media Gallery Posted on: July 13, 2015
Canada lynx, and their primary prey snowshoe hares, live in high-elevation spruce-fir forests, which are increasingly modified by spruce-bark beetle outbreaks.  One important management question is how the timber from these insect-impacted forests can be salvaged in ways that also facilitate lynx conservation.  This issue is of particular concern since climate change is expected to increase the severity of insect-related disturbance in conifer forests. 

Lynx and snowshoe hare response to spruce-beetle tree mortality: Evaluating habitat suitability and timber salvage in spruce-fir forests

Projects Posted on: May 20, 2015
By 2013, a spruce beetle outbreak impacted 85% of the mature spruce-fir forests on the Rio Grande National Forest. These spruce-fir forests provided some of the highest quality lynx habitat in the state. The goal of this project is to research the forest structures and compositions that lynx and snowshoe hare depend within landscapes altered by spruce bark beetle outbreak, in relation to increased post-beetle forest management activities from timber salvage.

Assessing the impacts of recent climate change on global fire danger

Projects Posted on: March 31, 2015
Wildfires occur at the intersection of dry weather, available fuel, and ignition sources. Weather is the most variable and largest driver of regional burned area. Temperature, relative humidity, precipitation, and wind speed independently influence wildland fire spread rates and intensities.

NorWeST: a regional stream temperature database and modeled climate scenarios

Documents and Media Posted on: January 23, 2015
Climate change is warming aquatic ecosystems and will have profound consequences. Effective conservation of aquatic resources will require unprecedented levels of interagency coordination.  In addition, it will require the development of datasets and models for accurate downscaling of climate change effects to important habitat parameters and species distributions at local scales.Document Type: Briefing Papers

Sediment transport in the West

Projects Posted on: January 21, 2015
Sediment transport through rivers creates and maintains aquatic habitat. In order to understand sediment transport, hydrology and geomorphology of an aquatic ecosystem must be considered.

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