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Surface fuel characteristics, temporal dynamics, and fire behavior of masticated mixed-conifer fuelbeds in the western U.S.

Projects Posted on: August 18, 2016
For the past three years, scientists from the RMRS Fire Sciences Lab in Missoula and the Forestry Sciences Lab in Moscow have been researching mastication as a fuel treatment in the Rocky Mountains. Specifically, they have been interested in how the materials age when they are left on the ground to decompose and how that aging affects their flammability.

Synergy between ecological needs and economic aspects of ecosystem restoration

Publications Posted on: May 12, 2016
The implementation of properly designed treatments to restore and sustain desired forest conditions in the Inland Northwest, besides moving forest stands more rapidly to an ecologically desirable and sustainable condition, can generate positive revenues from the timber to be removed.

A science-based framework for restoring resiliency to frequent-fire forests

Science Spotlights Posted on: September 09, 2015
USDA Forest Service and University scientists and managers synthesized 100 years of published forestry science to help forest managers better understand the ecology of “frequent-fire” forests. Returning frequent-fire forests to their historical species composition and structure will increase their resilience to fire, insects, disease, and climate change.

Reforestation, Nurseries, and Genetic Resources

Tools Posted on: August 05, 2014
Reforestation, Nurseries, and Genetic Resources offers a search engine that allows users to search more than 9300 publications related to the production and use of native plants for reforestation, afforestation, and ecosystem restoration. Users can search by author, year, or keyword.

Reforesting unused surface mined lands by replanting with native trees

Publications Posted on: February 05, 2013
More than 600,000 ha (1.5 million ac) of mostly forested land in the Appalachian region were surface mined for coal under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act. Today, these lands are largely unmanaged and covered with persistent herbaceous species, such as fescue (Festuca spp.) and sericea lespedeza (Lespedeza cuneata [Dum. Cours.] G. Don,) and a mix of invasive and native woody species with little commercial or ecological value.

A range-wide restoration strategy for whitebark pine (Pinus albicaulis)

Publications Posted on: June 26, 2012
Whitebark pine (Pinus albicaulis), an important component of western high-elevation forests, has been declining in both the United States and Canada since the early Twentieth Century from the combined effects of mountain pine beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae) outbreaks, fire exclusion policies, and the spread of the exotic disease white pine blister rust (caused by the pathogen Cronartium ribicola).

Belowground ecosystems [chapter 9]

Publications Posted on: September 19, 2011
The USDA Forest Service defined ecosystem management as "an ecological approach to achieve multiple-use management of national forests and grasslands by blending the needs of people and environmental values in such a way that national forests and grasslands represent diverse, healthy, productive, and sustainable ecosystems" (June 4, 1992, letter from Chief FS). This approach spans many different scales, both in time and space.

Fish fauna [chapter 8]

Publications Posted on: September 19, 2011
The Rio Grande was recently classified as one of the most endangered or imperiled rivers in North America (American Rivers 1993). Originating in southwestern Colorado, it passes through New Mexico and forms the international boundary between the United States (Texas) and Mexico.

Plants, arthropods, and birds of the Rio Grande [chapter 7]

Publications Posted on: September 19, 2011
Human populations have increased dramatically along the Rio Grande since European settlement. Human use of water for irrigation and consumption, and human use of land for agriculture, urban centers, livestock grazing, and recreation have changed Rio Grande ecosystems by altering flood cycles, channel geomorphology, upslope processes, and water quality and quantity.

Pinyon-juniper woodlands [chapter 6]

Publications Posted on: September 19, 2011
Pinyon-juniper woodlands are one of the largest ecosystems in the Southwest and in the Middle Rio Grande Basin (Fig. 1). The woodlands have been important to the region's inhabitants since prehistoric times for a variety of natural resources and amenities. The ecosystems have not been static; their distributions, stand characteristics, and site conditions have been altered by changes in climatic patterns and human use and, often, abuse.