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Geography: Utah

Adapting Rangeland Monitoring Strategies for Planning and Vulnerability Assessment

Documents and Media Posted on: September 21, 2020
As costs of management increase, we need to identify and process low cost data sources describing rangeland conditions that leverage and augment current monitoring data.  Document Type: Other Documents

Saving Holmgren’s Milkvetch: A New Approach for Imperiled Species Management

Documents and Media Posted on: September 18, 2020
Susan Meyer, a research ecologist with the Rocky Mountain Research Station in Provo, Utah, is working to expand Holmgren’s milkvetch’s footprint and save it from extinction. Document Type: Other Documents

The 'Goldilocks Principle' applies to mountain pine beetle and climate change

Science Spotlights Posted on: September 02, 2020
A generation time of 1 year is the most successful strategy for mountain pine beetle, a notable tree killer in the western U.S. However, generations time is dictated by temperature, which is changing globally. Because locally evolved adaptations in mountain pine beetle have resulted in strict physiological requirements for temperature regimes at specific times of the year, population persistence will be dependent on temperature changes that are not too hot, but just right.

Headed uphill? Aridity limits lower treelines in much of the western U.S.

Science Spotlights Posted on: August 25, 2020
Many forests in dry mountain regions have a lower elevational treeline that constitutes the dry edge of the forest belt.  Lower treelines currently at their climate limit are expected to be more sensitive to changing climate. Lower treelines constrained by non-climatic factors are less likely to respond directly to climate change but may be sensitive to other global change agents. Understanding the controls on the position of lower treeline can help managers anticipate forest shifts in response to climate change and prioritize vegetation treatments.

Increasing use of prescribed fire: Barriers and opportunities

Science Spotlights Posted on: August 20, 2020
Prescribed fire is an important tool for increasing the resilience of fire-dependent ecosystems and for reducing overall wildfire risk, but it is not being applied at the necessary or desired levels. We investigated barriers and strategies for facilitating prescribed fire application on USFS and BLM lands across the western United States.

Watering the Forests for the Trees: Water Yield and Changes in Forest Cover

Documents and Media Posted on: August 07, 2020
Forest cover loss may decrease water yield, particularly following nonstand-replacing disturbance in semi-arid western forests. This contradicts the long-held expectation that water yield increases when tree cover is reduced. Document Type: Other Documents

No fish left behind webinar transcript - May 6th, 2020

Documents and Media Posted on: May 06, 2020
A transcript of the May 6, 2020 No Fish Left Behind webinar hosted by Kellie Carim. Document Type: Transcripts

No fish left behind: Best practices for using environmental DNA sampling to inform fish eradication efforts

Events Posted on: May 01, 2020
In this webinar, RMRS Affiliate Aquatic Research Biologist and Tribal Project Coordinator Kellie Carim outlined practices for applying eDNA based methods to stream based eradication efforts.  

Riparian and groundwater-dependent ecosystem assessments webinar transcript

Documents and Media Posted on: April 30, 2020
A transcript of the April 29, 2020 riparian assessments webinar hosted by Katey Driscoll and Max Smith.  Document Type: Other Documents

Riparian and groundwater-dependent ecosystem assessments

Events Posted on: April 28, 2020
In this short webinar, RMRS researchers Katey Driscoll and Max Smith talked about methods for rapid assessments of ecological integrity for riparian and groundwater-dependent ecosystems; provided selected results from the Ashley, Manti-La Sal, Salmon-Challis, Bridger-Teton, Dixie, and Fishlake National Forests; and took questions and feedback.