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Geography: Southwestern Region (R3)

Earth Day in Albuquerque

Lab Notes Posted on: August 07, 2017
Earth Day is alive and well in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Staff from the Rocky Mountain Research Station’s (RMRS) Albuquerque Forestry Sciences Lab spent their Earth Day week with kids from Albuquerque and surrounding communities.  

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

Scientist-Manager Partnerships

Pages Posted on: June 16, 2017
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How does forest structure impact fire behavior in ponderosa pine and dry mixed conifer forests

Science Spotlights Posted on: May 12, 2017
Restoration in historically frequent fire forests of the western U.S. often attempts to restore the historical characteristics of forest structure and fire behavior. However, most of our attempts to assess the success of meeting these targets relies on non-spatial metrics of forest stand structure as well as the use of fire behavior models that lack the ability to handle complex forest structures. In this study, we used spatially explicit forest inventory data and a physics-based fire behavior model to investigate the effects of variable retention harvests on forest spatial complexity (horizontally and vertically) and potential fire behavior. 

Forest bioenergy and biofuels integration (ForBio Southwest)

Projects Posted on: May 08, 2017
The ForBio Southwest project examines sustainability, energy balance and emissions from forest restoration efforts in the Southern Rocky Mountains. Using a retrospective study, researchers are measuring short-term ecological responses to thinning and prescribed burning, with alternative levels of biomass harvest, and will quantify changes in stand structure, plant species composition, and the quantity and distribution of fuels, as well as the impacts on soils, coarse woody debris, tree regeneration, and plant diversity. The project will run until the end of 2019.

Free master class offered for FireWorks educational trunk

Media Gallery Posted on: May 03, 2017
The USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station’s Fire, Fuel, and Smoke science program is offering its annual free “master class” on teaching with the FireWorks educational trunk on Thursday and Friday, June 15-16. The class will be held at the Missoula Fire Lab located at 5775 West Broadway Street, one mile northwest of the Missoula International Airport. (Click on an image to see it in full view.)

Free master class offered for FireWorks educational trunk

FS News Posted on: May 01, 2017
Teachers participating in the 2015 Fireworks Class at the Fire Sciences Lab in Missoula, Mont. FORT COLLINS, Colo., Apr.

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.

Conservation and restoration of the sagebrush biome

Science Spotlights Posted on: April 10, 2017
The Science Framework for Conservation and Restoration of the Sagebrush Biome (Science Framework) provides a strategic, multiscale approach for prioritizing areas for management and determining effective management strategies across the sagebrush biome.

Stream water quality after a fire

Projects Posted on: April 07, 2017
Wildland fires in the arid west create a cause for concern for many inhabitants and an area of interest for researchers. Wildfires dramatically change watersheds, yielding floods and debris flows that endanger water supplies, human lives, and valuable fish habitats.