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A spatial database for restoration management capability on national forests in the Pacific Northwest USA

Publications Posted on: January 14, 2016
Understanding the capacity to reduce wildfire risk and restore dry forests on Western national forests is a key part of prioritizing new accelerated restoration programs initiated by the Forest Service. Although a number of social and biophysical factors influence the ability to implement restoration programs, one key driver is the suite of forest plan land designations and associated management directions.

Science needs assessment for forest planning in the Forest Service Northern Region

Projects Posted on: May 07, 2015
This project uses qualitative social science methods to better understand the science needs of national forests engaged in the forest planning process, with special emphasis on directing  future research to address knowledge gaps.

Regional forest landscape restoration priorities: Integrating historical conditions and an uncertain future in the northern Rocky Mountains

Publications Posted on: October 02, 2014
National law and policy direct the management of the National Forests, with restoring resilient forest conditions being an overarching theme. Climate is a major driver of disturbances that affect ecosystems, especially those with vegetation that show large departures from historical conditions. Drought, fire, insects, and diseases are common forest stressors whose impacts are being exacerbated by climate change.

Using the Forest Vegetation Simulator to reconstruct historical stand conditions in the Colorado Front Range

Publications Posted on: June 07, 2013
Presettlement ponderosa pine/Douglas-fir forests of the Colorado Front Range were open and heterogeneous. Logging, grazing, and fire suppression over past 100 to150 years have altered stand structure by changing diameter distributions and increasing overstory density.

Southwestern Region climate change trends and forest planning: A guide for addressing climate change in forest plan revision on southwestern National Forests and Grasslands

Publications Posted on: December 10, 2010
Climate scientists agree that the earth is undergoing a warming trend, and that human-caused elevations in atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases (GHGs) are among the causes of global temperature increases. The observed concentrations of these greenhouse gases are projected to increase.

Elk management in the Northern Region: considerations in forest plan updates or revisions

Publications Posted on: June 03, 2010
National Forests provide a major proportion of the habitats in which elk grow, reproduce, and exist as elements of biological diversity. Forests also provide the basis upon which State management programs depend and provide sites for the public to hunt, view, and otherwise enjoy the elk resource.

Spatial optimization of the pattern of fuel management activities and subsequent effects on simulated wildfires

Publications Posted on: October 19, 2009
Methods for scheduling forest management activities in a spatial pattern (dispersed, clumped, random, and regular) are presented, with the intent to examine the effects of placement of activities on resulting simulated wildfire behavior. Both operational and fuel reduction management prescriptions are examined, and a heuristic was employed to schedule the activities.

Management for adaptation

Publications Posted on: June 30, 2009
This chapter develops a framework to explore examples of adaptation options that could be used to ensure that the ecosystem services provided by forests are maintained under future climates. The services are divided into broad areas within which managers can identify specific management goals for individual forests or landscapes.

The Kane Experimental Forest carbon inventory: Carbon reporting with FVS

Publications Posted on: November 14, 2008
As the number of state and regional climate change agreements grows, so does the need to assess the carbon implications of planned forest management actions. At the operational level, producing detailed stock estimates for the primary carbon pools becomes time-consuming and cumbersome.

Development of external regeneration models for FVS: Another wrench in the toolkit

Publications Posted on: October 01, 2008
Despite more than three decades of development, only one full-featured regeneration model has been developed for the Forest Vegetation Simulator (FVS).

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