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Collaborative restoration effects on forest structure in ponderosa pine-dominated forests of Colorado

Publications Posted on: May 10, 2018
In response to large, severe wildfires in historically fire-adapted forests in the western US, policy initiatives, such as the USDA Forest Service’s Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program (CFLRP), seek to increase the pace and scale of ecological restoration. One required component of this program is collaborative adaptive management, in which monitoring data are used to iteratively evaluate and improve future management actions.

Building resilience in Colorado Front Range forests for the future

Pages Posted on: February 22, 2018
The recently published "Principles and Practices for the Restoration of Ponderosa Pine and Dry Mixed-Conifer Forests of the Colorado Front Range" (RMRS-GTR-373) provides a synthesis of information specific to Colorado’s Front Range, while outlining a framework to guide forest management and treatment design criteria that can be used by land managers far and wide. This Science You Can Use (in 5 minutes) highlights the main themes of this approach to place-based restoration.

Building Resilience in Colorado Front Range Forests

Documents and Media Posted on: February 01, 2018
The recently published "Principles and Practices for the Restoration of Ponderosa Pine and Dry Mixed-Conifer Forests of the Colorado Front Range" (RMRS-GTR-373) provides a synthesis of information specific to Colorado’s Front Range, while outlining a framework to guide forest management and treatment design criteria that can be used by land managers far and wide. This Science You Can Use (in 5 minutes) highlights the main themes of this approach to place-based restoration. Document Type: Other Documents

Back to the Future: Building resilience in Front Range forests

Documents and Media Posted on: February 01, 2018
This Science You Can Use Bulletin highlights a new science-based framework for Colorado Front Range forest restoration. Document Type: Other Documents

Back to the Future: Building resilience in Colorado Front Range forests using research findings and a new guide for restoration of ponderosa and dry-mixed conifer landscapes

Publications Posted on: February 01, 2018
Historically, the ponderosa and dry mixed-conifer forests of the Colorado Front Range were more open and grassy, and trees of all size classes were found in a grouped arrangement with sizable openings between the clumps. As a legacy of fire suppression, today’s forests are denser, with smaller trees. Proactive restoration of this forest type will help to reduce fuel loads and the risk of large and severe wildfires in the Colorado Front Range.

Did the 2002 Hayman Fire, Colorado, USA, burn with uncharacteristic severity?

Publications Posted on: January 05, 2017
There is considerable interest in evaluating whether recent wildfires in dry conifer forests of western North America are burning with uncharacteristic severity - that is, with a severity outside the historical range of variability. In 2002, the Hayman Fire burned an unlogged 3400 ha dry conifer forest landscape in the Colorado Front Range, USA, that had been the subject of previous fire history and forest age structure research.

Was the 2002 Hayman Fire, Colorado, an uncharacteristically severe event?

Science Spotlights Posted on: August 18, 2016
In 2002, the Hayman Fire burned across the unlogged Cheesman Lake landscape, a 3,400 hectare dry-conifer forest landscape in Colorado that had been the subject of previous fire history and forest structure research. We opportunistically leveraged pre-existing fire history and forest structure to provide insight into whether the Hayman Fire burned more severely than historical ones.

Assessing spatially heterogeneous forest structure impact on fire behavior in ponderosa pine and dry mixed conifer forests

Projects Posted on: August 17, 2016
Restoration projects are being implemented across large scales in fire-frequent forests to simultaneously modify forest structure complexity and reduce potential crown fire hazards. However, there has been little assessment of the ability for these projects to simultaneously meet the objectives of increasing spatial diversity and reducing wildfire hazards.

Field guide to old ponderosa pines in the Colorado Front Range

Publications Posted on: May 12, 2016
We describe the distinguishing physical characteristics of old ponderosa pine trees in the Front Range of Colorado and the ecological processes that tend to preserve them. Photographs illustrate identifying features of old ponderosa pines and show how to differentiate them from mature and young trees. The publication includes a photographic gallery of old ponderosa pine trees growing on poor, moderate, and good sites.

Identification and ecology of old ponderosa pine trees in the Colorado Front Range

Publications Posted on: May 12, 2016
We describe the distinguishing physical characteristics of old ponderosa pine trees in the Front Range of Colorado, the processes that tend to preserve them, their past and present ecological significance, and their role in ecosystem restoration. Photographs illustrate identifying features of old ponderosa pines and show how to differentiate them from mature and young trees.

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