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Keyword: ecosystem services

Fire Lab tree list: A tree-level model of the conterminous United States landscape circa 2014

Datasets Posted on: December 30, 2020
Observations of the forests of the conterminous United States at the level of individual trees would be of utility for any number of applications, ranging from modelling the effect of wildland fire on terrestrial carbon resources to estimation of timber volume. While such observations do exist at selected spots such as established forest plots, most forests have not been mapped with this level of specificity.

Forest-level appendices to the assessment of the influence of disturbance, management activities, and environmental factors on carbon stocks of U.S. National Forests

Datasets Posted on: December 30, 2020
This is a supplement for the General Technical Report RMRS-GTR-402 “Assessment of the influence of disturbance, management activities, and environmental factors on carbon stocks of U.S. National Forests" (Birdsey et al. 2019). Included are nine appendices that contain forest-level carbon information, model results, key figures, and interpretation for individual national forests across the nine National Forest System regions in the U.S.

Gila National Forest Plan Revision: 2016 Q-methodology data on public and manager perspectives of ecosystem services and drivers of change

Datasets Posted on: December 30, 2020
In June of 2016, data were collected from both the interested public (122 people over the course of five public meetings) and public land managers (50 managers from the forest and district level) on the Gila National Forest, southwestern New Mexico.

Processes underlying restoration of temperate savanna and woodland ecosystems: Emerging themes and challenges

Publications Posted on: November 09, 2020
Open forests of savanna and woodlands span the spectrum between closed canopy forests and treeless grasslands, and therefore contain structure, composition, and function distinctive from either endpoint. In this special issue, researchers provide examples from different open forest ecosystems to examine the underlying ecological principles and specific management challenges affecting successful restoration of these systems.

How will climate change affect the provision and value of water from public lands in Southern California through the 21st century?

Publications Posted on: June 30, 2020
We estimate the ecosystem service value of water supplied by the San Bernardino National Forest in Southern California under climate change projections through the 21st century. We couple water flow projections from a dynamic vegetation model with an economic demand model for residential water originating from the San Bernardino National Forest.

Climate change and urban forest soils [Chapter 10]

Publications Posted on: June 25, 2020
With the proportion of the global population living in urban areas expected to reach 67% by 2040, soils located in these areas, or urban soils, will become increasingly important, particularly with regards to how these soils respond to climate change and their ability to provide ecosystem services.

Socioeconomic vulnerability to ecological changes to national forests and grasslands in the Southwest

Publications Posted on: September 17, 2018
The flow of ecosystem services derived from forests and grasslands in the Southwestern United States may change in the future. People and communities may be vulnerable if they are exposed, are sensitive, and have limited ability to adapt to ecological changes.

An integrated approach to valuation and tradeoff analysis of ecosystem services for national forest decision-making

Publications Posted on: August 17, 2018
An integrated approach to understanding ecosystem service values in Wyoming and Montana, USA is presented. The assessment encompasses a major river basin, and includes a synthesis of existing data and research related to the natural system and separate data collection efforts regarding the social and economic importance of ecosystem services.

Coming to a landscape near you: Natural resource changes in the Interior West

Pages Posted on: April 19, 2018
  In the coming decades, population growth, economic growth, and associated land-use changes - in concert with climate change - will influence forests and rangelands in the Interior West. Society’s demand for ecosystem goods and services continues to increase as human and biophysical change alter the productive capacity of these lands. The 2010 RPA Assessment uses scenario-based socioeconomic and climatic projections to analyze these natural resource trends. Geographic variation throughout the Interior West will determine local trends, but regional trends project population growth around existing urban centers and the likelihood of water shortages, primarily in the Southwest. Projected population growth will increase demands for water, agricultural-to-residential land-use changes, and habitat fragmentation. Projected climatic change will further complicate the picture of the region’s future, as water availability decreases, outdoor recreation opportunities shift, and increasing temperatures alter habitat.

Growth and survival before and after a mountain pine beetle outbreak in a ponderosa pine genetic trial

Datasets Posted on: March 15, 2018
This data package contains data used for the publication "An insect outbreak shifts the direction of selection from fast to slow growth rates in the long-lived conifer Pinus ponderosa" (de la Mata et al. 2017). The study includes measurements from 204 half-sibling families planted in a common garden experiment planted in 1974 and last measured in 2013.