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Fuels planning: science synthesis and integration; economic uses fact sheet 02: log hauling cost

Publications Posted on: August 01, 2018
Knowing the cost of fuel reduction treatments and associated activities, such as hauling cut trees, is essential for fire and fuels planning. This fact sheet explores the main factors that determine the cost of hauling cut trees and points the user to an interactive tool that can help plan for those and other expenses. Other publications in this series

Fuels planning: science synthesis and integration; economic uses fact sheet 01: mastication treatments and costs

Publications Posted on: August 01, 2018
Mastication, or mulching, is a mechanical fuel treatment that changes the structure and size of fuels in the stand. This fact sheet describes the kinds of equipment available, where mastication should be used, and treatment factors affecting cost. Other publications in this series

High soil temperature data archive

Projects Posted on: June 07, 2018
High Soil Temperature Data Archive - From Prescribed Fires and Wildfires across the Western US.

Managing emerging threats to spotted owls

Publications Posted on: May 10, 2018
The 3 spotted owl (Strix occidentalis) subspecies in North America (i.e., northern spotted owl [S. o. caurina], California spotted owl [S. o. occidentalis], Mexican spotted owl [S. o. lucida]) have all experienced population declines over the past century due to habitat loss and fragmentation from logging.

The role of fire in sustaining northern goshawk habitat in Rocky Mountain forests

Publications Posted on: April 23, 2018
The northern goshawk (Accipiter gentilis), is a northern latitude, forest dwelling raptor. In the Western United States, goshawks live in most forests, including those dominated by western hemlock (Tsuga heterophylla (Raf.) Sarg.), lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta Dougl. ex. Loud.), ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa Dougl. ex Laws.), and western larch (Larix occidentalis Nutt).

GSD Update: Year in Review: Spotlight on 2017 Research by the Grassland, Shrubland and Desert Ecosystems Science Program

Publications Posted on: April 10, 2018
In this issue of the GSD Update, we feature selected studies of the RMRS Grassland, Shrubland and Desert Ecosystems Science Program (GSD) that focus on the theme of fire. Significant results of recent research and science delivery by GSD scientists are highlighted. We feature program research that lines up with the strategic priorities and goals of the USDA Forest Service (USFS).

Old tree responses to forest thinning

Projects Posted on: April 10, 2018
Long-term growth responses to stand density reduction treatments in mature pine forests of California

Lubrecht Fire-Fire Surrogate Study

Projects Posted on: April 10, 2018
Fuel treatment impacts in ponderosa pine - Douglas-fir forests in the Northern Rockies.

Fire: A vaccine for the Forest?

Projects Posted on: April 10, 2018
The impact of fire on conifer defenses.

Living with fire: How social scientists are helping wildland-urban interface communities reduce wildfire risk

Pages Posted on: March 28, 2018
Reducing wildfire risk to lives and property is a critical issue for policy makers, land managers, and citizens who reside in high-risk fire areas of the United States - this is especially the case in the Rocky Mountain region and other western states. In order for a wildfire risk reduction effort to be effective in a U.S. wildland-urban interface (WUI) community, the risk reduction effort must include community support and engagement. However, WUI communities have a wide range of social, political and economic characteristics that make a "cookie-cutter" approach to wildfire management planning unrealistic and ultimately ineffective. To provide guidance on collaboration in fire and fuel management as advocated by the Healthy Forest Restoration Act of 2003, scientists at the USDA Forest Service’s Rocky Mountain Research Station studied social factors and the diversity of U.S. WUI community types. Their ongoing research continues to be effective in developing tools and strategies that improve collaboration between agencies, organizations, communities, and citizens, and is enhancing WUI communities’ long-term social capacity to address wildfire risk.