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Geography: South Dakota

Pollinators of the Great Plains: Disturbances, stressors, management, and research needs

Science Spotlights Posted on: March 24, 2021
Pollinators are declining in the Great Plains of North America. Reduced or degraded grasslands produce fewer flowers, which pollinators need. Pollinator management can provide resources to help pollinators withstand a variety of interacting stressors and concurrently support functioning rangeland ecosystems.

Scenario-Based Assessment Helps Inform Sustainability of the Black Hills National Forest

FS News Posted on: March 23, 2021
FORT COLLINS, Colo., March 23, 2021 – USDA Forest Service's Rocky Mountain Research Station scientists today published the general technical report, A Scenario-Based Assessment to Inform Sustainable Ponderosa Pine Timber Harvest on the Black Hills National Forest. The report, based on forest census data, provides context, rationale, and evaluation of harvest level scenarios across a range of mortality and growth rates in the Black Hills. This report offers scientific information that can inform discussions concerning future harvest levels on the Black Hills National Forest.

Sustainable timber harvest on the Black Hills National Forest

Science Spotlights Posted on: March 23, 2021
A new report examines the standing sawtimber inventory of ponderosa pine on the Black Hills National Forest in South Dakota and Wyoming. The report looks at 60 scenarios to evaluate how mortality from disturbances (e.g., climate change, wildfire, beetle kill, etc.) and potential growth rates will impact short-, mid-, and long-term sustainable sawtimber harvest levels of ponderosa pine in the Black Hills.

Webinar Flyer: Science-Based Scenarios to Inform Forest Management on the Black Hills National Forest

Documents and Media Posted on: March 23, 2021
Join the webinar on April 7, 2021 at 10:30am MDT. Presented by USDA Forest Service Research and Development Rocky Mountain Research Station. Presentations provided by Research Foresters, Drs. Mike Battaglia & Terrie Jain, with additional expertise provided by Dr. Jose Negron, RMRS Research Entomologist, and Dr. Charles “Hobie” Perry, NRS FIA Program Manager.Document Type: Other Documents

Frequently Asked Questions: A Scenario-Based Assessment to Inform Sustainable Ponderosa Pine Timber Harvest on the Black Hills National Forest

Documents and Media Posted on: March 23, 2021
On March 23, 2021 the USDA Forest Service's Rocky Mountain Research Station published the general technical report, A Scenario-Based Assessment to Inform Sustainable Ponderosa Pine Timber Harvest on the Black Hills National Forest.Document Type: Other Documents

Summary of Comments: A Scenario-Based Assessment to Inform Sustainable Ponderosa Pine Timber Harvest on the Black Hills National Forest

Documents and Media Posted on: March 23, 2021
A scientific and public review of a draft general technical report (GTR) that analyzed changes in timber conditions in the Black Hills National Forest was conducted in the spring of 2020, as outlined in the peer review plan.Document Type: Other Documents

One-Pager: A Scenario-Based Assessment to Inform Sustainable Ponderosa Pine Timber Harvest on the Black Hills National Forest

Documents and Media Posted on: March 23, 2021
On March 23, 2021 the USDA Forest Service's Rocky Mountain Research Station published the general technical report, A Scenario-Based Assessment to Inform Sustainable Ponderosa Pine Timber Harvest on the Black Hills National Forest.Document Type: Other Documents

Resolving management uncertainty: Detecting rare fish with environmental DNA

Science Spotlights Posted on: January 14, 2021
The mountain sucker has been declining in the Upper Missouri River Basin for unknown reasons. To address this uncertainty, a team of Forest Service researchers collected additional genetic data from these fish to find a section of DNA that is completely unique to this new species and developed an environmental DNA assay to detect this unique DNA fragment in water samples with increased accuracy. 

Tree regeneration following wildfires in ponderosa pine forests

Events Posted on: December 07, 2020
In this webinar, Paula Fornwalt discussed a recent project that examined post-fire tree regeneration in ponderosa pine forests of Arizona, Colorado, Wyoming, and South Dakota.

Protecting Prairie Pollinators: Study recommends insect conservation in the Great Plains

FS News Posted on: October 30, 2020
***This press release was first issued by our partners at Institute for Applied Ecology.

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