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The wildfire problem in areas contaminated by the Chernobyl disaster

Publications Posted on: October 02, 2019
This paper examines the issue of radionuclide resuspension from wildland fires in areas contaminated by the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant explosion in 1986. This work originated from a scientific exchange among scientists from the USDA Forest Service, Ukraine and Belarus that was organized to assess science and technology gaps related to wildfire risk management.

The impact of climate change on America's forests

Publications Posted on: August 01, 2018
This report documents trends and impacts of climate change on America's forests as required by the Renewable Resources Planning Act of 1974. Recent research on the impact of climate and elevated atmospheric carbon dioxide on plant productivity is synthesized. Modeling analyses explore the potential impact of climate changes on forests, wood products, and carbon in the United States.

Avoiding an uncertain catastrophe: Climate change mitigation under risk and wealth heterogeneity

Publications Posted on: April 17, 2017
For environmental problems such as climate change, uncertainty about future conditions makes it difficult to know what the goal of mitigation efforts should be, and inequality among the affected parties makes it hard for them to know how much they each should do toward reaching the goal.

The science of firescapes: Achieving fire-resilient communities

Publications Posted on: February 17, 2017
Wildland fire management has reached a crossroads. Current perspectives are not capable of answering interdisciplinary adaptation and mitigation challenges posed by increases in wildfire risk to human populations and the need to reintegrate fire as a vital landscape process.

Evaluating the effectiveness of postfire rehabilitation treatments

Publications Posted on: May 12, 2016
Spending on postfire emergency watershed rehabilitation has increased during the past decade. A west-wide evaluation of USDA Forest Service burned area emergency rehabilitation (BAER) treatment effectiveness was undertaken as a joint project by USDA Forest Service Research and National Forest System staffs. This evaluation covers 470 fires and 321 BAER projects, from 1973 through 1998 in USDA Forest Service Regions 1 through 6.

Southern Plains assessment of vulnerability and preliminary adaptation and mitigation strategies for farmers, ranchers, and forest land owners

Publications Posted on: February 01, 2016
The Southern Plains region contributes significantly to the Nation’s wheat and beef production. Winter wheat is the principal annual crop, with much of it serving dual-use as a cool-season annual forage in addition to grain production. Cattle are raised on extensive pasture and rangelands across the region. Agricultural production and farm income in the Southern Plains are sensitive to weather variability.

What is the Forest Service response to climate change?

Documents and Media Posted on: November 20, 2015
Elizabeth Reinhardt described the Forest Service’s ongoing response to climate change, with a focus on the agency’s Climate Change Roadmap and Performance Scorecard. The agency is balancing mitigation and adaptation actions to enhance the resilience of grasslands, forests, and human communities. Document Type: Presentations

Climate Change in the Great Plains

Events Posted on: November 19, 2015
Climate Change in the Great Plains was a workshop hosted by the Rocky Mountain Research Station and the U.S. Forest Service Rocky Mountain Region with the purpose of sharing science findings with grassland and rangeland managers. The workshop included breakout sessions for managers and scientists to discuss (1) threats and challenges for grassland management under a changing climate, and (2) existing or potential products or tools that might help address management challenges.

Products and tools to support grassland management under changing climates

Documents and Media Posted on: November 19, 2015
Handout for the Climate Change in the Great Plains workshop hosted by the Rocky Mountain Research Station and the United States Forest Service Rocky Mountain Region in 2011. Handout lists tools and products that can help address the Forest Service's Climate Change Scorecard. Document Type: Other Documents

Remote sensing the vulnerability of vegetation in natural terrestrial ecosystems

Publications Posted on: October 06, 2015
Climate change is altering the species composition, structure, and function of vegetation in natural terrestrial ecosystems. These changes can also impact the essential ecosystem goods and services derived from these ecosystems. Following disturbances, remote-sensing datasets have been used to monitor the disturbance and describe antecedent conditions as a means of understanding vulnerability to change.