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Climate change vulnerability assessments for the Front Range and Colorado National Grasslands

Projects Posted on: April 24, 2019
Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment in Support of Front Range National Forests and Colorado National Grasslands for Forest Plan Revision, Plan Amendments, and Project-Level Planning.

Severe wildfire has long-term consequences for stream water quality

Science Spotlights Posted on: September 24, 2018
Severe wildfires remove vegetation and organic soil layers and expose watersheds to erosion which can transport large quantities of soil and ash to nearby rivers and streams. But once the burned areas have stabilized, do severe wildfires have any longer-lasting effects on watersheds or water quality? This study follows the Hayman Fire, 2002, Colorado, and shows that yes, there are long-term effects.

Back to the Future for Front Range Forests

FS News Posted on: January 31, 2018
‘Principles and Practices for the Restoration of Ponderosa Pine and Dry Mixed-Conifer Forests of the Colorado Front Range’ can help guide restoration practices and prioritize efforts to remove hazardous fuels in order to improve the overall health of Colorado’s Front Range forests.    

Building resilience in Colorado Front Range forests

Science Spotlights Posted on: January 31, 2018
In the mid-1800s, Colorado’s Front Range forests were more open and two to three times less dense than they are today. Today, these forests have become far more dense and crowded with smaller trees which has inherently increased vulnerability to large wildfires, insect epidemics and disease. RMRS-GTR-373 is a guide to place-based restoration of ponderosa and dry mixed-conifer forests targeted to land managers working in the Colorado Front Range and beyond. This synthesis resulted from a unique collaboration of authors.

Front Range Restoration Images (GTR-373)

Media Gallery Posted on: January 31, 2018
These images accompany the publication Principles and practices for the restoration of ponderosa pine and dry mixed-conifer forests of the Colorado Front Range, otherwise known as GTR-373.

Co-producing landscape scale vulnerability assessments

Science Spotlights Posted on: August 17, 2016
Successful management of natural and cultural resources needs to account for increasing stress due to climate change, wildfire, and anthropogenic disturbance and requires collaborative processes to identify effective strategies at landscape scales. Recognizing this need, the Southern Rockies Landscape Conservation Cooperative (SRLCC) implemented a landscape conservation design framework to develop data and tools for use during land management planning, with relevance to multiple stakeholder groups. Rocky Mountain Research Station (RMRS) scientists partnered with the SRLCC to provide expertise and analytical data products to use towards this effort.

The mountain pine beetle microbiome of northern Colorado: Blue-stain and mites

Science Spotlights Posted on: August 16, 2016
The mountain pine beetle has its very own microbiome, or community of organism that share its space. Scientists studied the fungal and mite aspects of the mountain pine beetle microbiome as the beetles attacked host trees ranging in elevations of 1800 to 3000 meters in the Roosevelt Forest in Colorado. Gaining a better understanding of the mountain pine beetle microbiome at different beetle population levels will help scientists understand the factors affecting fluctuations in beetle populations.  

The Front Range Forest Reconstruction Network

Documents and Media Posted on: June 14, 2016
The Front Range Forest Reconstruction Network (FRFRNet) was designed as a regional sampling effort to both: 1) provide locally-relevant reference conditions to guide restoration and 2) to increase our understanding of the regional ecology, chiefly the interaction between forest structure and fire across large spatial environmental gradientsand long timespans. Document Type: Presentations

Working together to restore the Colorado Front Range

Lab Notes Posted on: December 09, 2015
Dr. Richard Reynolds talks with a group of land owners and land managers about the benefits of ponderosa pine forest restoration to wildlife species.</body></html>

Belief in climate change not linked to wildfire mitigation actions

FS News Posted on: October 13, 2015
New study finds that focusing on locally relevant hazards, rather than changing climate “may be a more useful tool for galvanizing awareness, concern, and risk-reduction actions.”