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Pages Posted on: February 06, 2017
Ecosystems are spatially explicit, relatively homogeneous units of the Earth that include all interacting organisms and elements of the abiotic environment within their boundaries. They should be described in terms of their composition, structure, function, and connectivity. These publications and tools include valuable information for terrestrial ecosystems, aquatic ecosystems, and watersheds.

Managing invasive annual brome grasses and altered fire regimes

Science Spotlights Posted on: August 19, 2016
Invasive annual brome grasses are resulting in altered fire regimes and conversion of native arid and semi-arid ecosystems in the western United States to annual grass dominance. The problem is particularly acute in sagebrush shrublands where cheatgrass (Bromus tectorum) has resulted in annual grass fire cycles that are placing numerous native species such as greater sage-grouse at risk and threating ecosystem services such as livestock forage, hunting and recreation, and even clean air and water. This 15-chapter book examines the environmental impacts, invasiveness, environmental controls, and management alternatives for invasive annual brome-grasses.

Froemke, Pam M.

People Posted on: March 21, 2015
Risk of impaired condition of watersheds containing National Forest lands Assessment of watershed condition in Colorado Nationwide Assessment of Nonpoint Source Threats to Water Quality Comparing watershed condition across federal and private landowners

Discussion of future cooperative actions and closing remarks

Publications Posted on: August 04, 2010
The knowledge shared and the energy generated by this symposium should not be lost as we leave for our homes and our jobs. We have a great wealth of experience, knowledge, and energy assembled. How can we continue to communicate with each other, share information, involve others, and influence decision makers?

Management plan for the Rio Cebolla watershed Sandoval County and Rio Arriba County, New Mexico

Publications Posted on: August 04, 2010
The upper 16.8 miles of the Rio Cebolla watershed were studied to identify water-related management concerns. Land ownership is divided among private individuals, the New Mexico Game and Fish Department, and the U.S. Forest Service. Recreation is the predominant activity, particularly fishing and camping. Other major land users are residents of the Seven Springs Community, cattle grazers, and fish hatchery employees.

Desired future condition: Fish habitat in southwestern riparian-stream habitats

Publications Posted on: August 04, 2010
Riparian ecosystems in the southwestern United States provide valuable habitats for many living organisms including native fishes. An analysis of habitat components important to native fishes was made based on the literature, case histories, and unpublished and observational data.

Native aquatic plants and ecological condition of southwestern wetlands and riparian areas

Publications Posted on: August 04, 2010
The determination of the ecological condition of wetland and riparian habitats has been the focus of research by many scientists, because of the importance to understand the processes and related functions of these systems. Research on montane wetland and riparian systems has shown the relative importance of native aquatic plants in maintaining these systems in a functional condition.

GIS applications in riparian management

Publications Posted on: August 04, 2010
GIS was used to prioritize watersheds for treatment needs across the USDA Forest Service Southwestern Region. Factors in this analysis included soil condition, riparian habitat, population centers and mining sites.

Channel bed particle size distribution procedure used to evaluate watershed cumulative effects for range permit re-issuance on the Santa Fe National Forest

Publications Posted on: August 04, 2010
Personnel on the Santa Fe National Forest used methodologies adapted from Bevenger and King (1995) to collect base line particle size data on streams within grazing allotments currently scheduled for permit reissuance. This information was used to determine the relative current health of the watersheds as well as being used in the development of potential alternatives to current grazing practices, where deemed necessary.

Ecological condition of the East Fork of the Gila River and selected tributaries: Gila National Forest, New Mexico

Publications Posted on: August 04, 2010
Ecological condition of riparian habitats along the East Fork of the Gila River, Main Diamond Creek, lower South Diamond Creek, and Black Canyon Creek are all in very heavily degraded condition. Channel cross-sections show extensive entrenchment, high width-to-depth ratios, and numerous reaches where banks are sloughing into the stream, especially on the East Fork of the Gila River.