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Simulation modeling of complex climate, wildfire, and vegetation dynamics to address wicked problems in land management

Publications Posted on: August 10, 2020
Complex, reciprocal interactions among climate, disturbance, and vegetation dramatically alter spatial landscape patterns and influence ecosystem dynamics. As climate and disturbance regimes shift, historical analogs and past empirical studies may not be entirely appropriate as templates for future management.

Biochar potential to enhance forest resilience, seedling quality, and nursery efficiency

Publications Posted on: June 25, 2020
Land managers face a mounting variety of challenges, including how to efficiently dispose of excessive woody residues on forest sites (especially in the Western United States), maintain and improve soil productivity, improve forest resilience to changes in climate (especially as it pertains to drought and fire), and increase the effectiveness of reforestation activities.

Everyone in: A road map for science-based, collaborative restoration of western quaking aspen

Publications Posted on: June 17, 2020
With concern over the health of aspen in the Intermountain West, public and private land managers need better guidance for evaluating aspen condition and selecting and implementing actions that will be effective in restoring aspen health. The Utah Forest Restoration Group collaboratively synthesized a step-by-step approach for aspen restoration that was applicable to western U.S. forests.

Plateaus science synthesis: A scientific foundation for future land management planning

Science Spotlights Posted on: May 08, 2020
The new publication, Northeastern California plateaus bioregion science synthesis (Gen. Tech. Rep. RMRS-GTR-409), has a northeastern California focus on sagebrush rangeland, dry pine forestland, juniper forests, habitat and wildlife, society, and response to disturbances, particularly those related to climate.

Natural revegetation of abandoned crop land in the ponderosa pine zone of the Pike’s Peak region in Colorado

Publications Posted on: February 19, 2020
Cultivation in the ponderosa pine zone of Colorado has, in many instances, been unprofitable because of the uncertainty of crops and eventual loss of soil fertility. Consequently, many areas have been abandoned, and natural revegetation has resulted in the presence of all stages of the secondary succession, from the initial invasion to almost complete return to the original subclimax grassland community.

Assessment of the influence of disturbance, management activities, and environmental factors on carbon stocks of U.S. national forests

Publications Posted on: December 06, 2019
This report assesses how carbon stocks at regional scales and in individual national forests are affected by factors such as timber harvesting, natural disturbances, climate variability, increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations, and nitrogen deposition.

Grasslands, rangelands and beyond: Predicting landscape conditions with ST-Sim

Projects Posted on: July 31, 2019
Rocky Mountain Research Station scientists partnered with a company called Apex Resource Management Solutions (commonly known as “Apex”) to use a software-based ecological simulation tool called ST-Sim, which is short for state-and-transition simulation model. Using computer-aided modeling, land management teams can use ST-Sim to document or justify management actions in forthcoming forest plans and NEPA documentation. ST-Sim allows managers to ask landscape-wide “what-if” questions based on different management regimes and land treatments while estimating interactions with expected climate changes.

Use of landscape simulation modeling to quantify resilience for ecological applications

Publications Posted on: October 03, 2018
Goals of fostering ecological resilience are increasingly used to guide U.S. public land management in the context of anthropogenic climate change and increasing landscape disturbances. There are, however, few operational means of assessing the resilience of a landscape or ecosystem. We present a method to evaluate resilience using simulation modeling.

Population viability assessment of salmonids by using probabilistic networks

Publications Posted on: August 01, 2018
Public agencies are being asked to quantitatively assess the impact of land management activities on sensitive populations of salmonids. To aid in these assessments, we developed a Bayesian viability assessment procedure (BayVAM) to help characterize land use risks to salmonids in the Pacific Northwest.

Restoration of pine-oak woodlands in Missouri: Using science to inform land management debates and decisions

Publications Posted on: July 19, 2018
On a warm July day in 2014, our group headed out to a field tour on the Mark Twain National Forest. The purpose of the trip was to learn firsthand what stakeholders thought of the Missouri Pine-Oak Woodlands Restoration Project. As wildlife ecologists and foresters, we were well aware of the conservation issues for this ecosystem and the ecological benefits of restoring open forests.