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Predicting forest understory habitat for Canada lynx using LIDAR data

Publications Posted on: May 15, 2020
Canada lynx (Lynx canadensis) is a federally threatened species in the contiguous United States. Within National Forests covered by the Northern Rockies Lynx Management Direction, Federal land managers must consider the effect of management activities on Canada lynx habitat. A common method to assess Canada lynx habitat used by the U.S. Forest Service is to measure horizontal cover using a cover board.

Minimizing the adverse impacts of timber harvest in the northern Rocky Mountains

Documents and Media Posted on: October 17, 2018
A new model, NUTROSS, has been developed to evaluate nutrient losses from harvest of aboveground biomass of trees in the northern Rocky Mountains. The model is useful in low-precipitation forest zones with little or no solution losses to streams. It is based on the assumption that materials not removed in harvest will be available to supply nutrients through mineralization to grow the same ecosystem components in the next rotation.Document Type: Other Documents

Boise Basin Experimental Forest Project: Science and Management working together to restore dry mixed-conifer forests.

Projects Posted on: October 05, 2018
Through fire management and riparian ecosystem restoration RMRS researchers Terrie Jain, Kate Dwire, and Travis Warziniack are partnering with the University of Idaho and the Idaho City Ranger District to develop, implement, and evaluate different adaptive management strategies to improve the fire resiliency of the Boise National Forest. 

Stand dynamics 11 years after retention harvest in a lodgepole pine forest

Publications Posted on: July 10, 2018
Structurally diverse forests provide resilience to an array of disturbances and are a mainstay of multiple-resource management. Silviculture based on natural disturbance can increase structural heterogeneity while providing other ecological and economic benefits.

The role of silviculture in ecosystem management: a practice in transition

Publications Posted on: May 11, 2018
The cedar (Thuja plicata) -hemlock (Tsuga heterophylla) -white pine (Pinus monticola) forests are some of the most productive in North America. Silvicultural practices used in these forests originated in Europe and usually concentrated on producing high-value commercial products.

Conclusions [Chapter 13]

Publications Posted on: April 10, 2018
The Northern Rockies Adaptation Partnership (NRAP) provided significant contributions to assist climate change response in national forests and national parks of the Northern Rockies region. The effort synthesized the best available scientific information to assess climate change vulnerability, develop adaptation options, and catalyze a collaboration of land management agencies and stakeholders seeking to address climate change in the region.

Effects of Climate Change on Cultural Resources in the Northern Rockies Region [Chapter 12]

Publications Posted on: April 10, 2018
People have inhabited the Northern Rocky Mountains of the United States since the close of the last Pleistocene glacial period, some 14,000 years B.P. (Fagan 1990; Meltzer 2009). Evidence of this ancient and more recent human occupation is found throughout the Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USFS) Northern Region and the Greater Yellowstone Area, hereafter called the Northern Rockies region.

Effects of climate change on ecosystem services in the Northern Rockies Region [Chapter 11]

Publications Posted on: April 10, 2018
In this chapter, we focus on the ecosystem services provided to people who visit, live adjacent to, or otherwise benefit from natural resources on public lands. Communities in the Forest Service, U.S.

Effects of climate change on recreation in the Northern Rockies Region [Chapter 10]

Publications Posted on: April 10, 2018
Outdoor recreation is an important benefit provided by Federally managed and other public lands throughout the Rocky Mountains. National forests in the Forest Service, U.S.

Climate Change and Wildlife in the Northern Rockies Region [Chapter 9]

Publications Posted on: April 10, 2018
Temperature and moisture affect organisms through their operational environment and the thin boundary layer immediately above their tissues, and these effects are measured at short time scales. When a human (a mammal) wearing a dark insulative layer walks outdoors on a cold but sunny day, he or she feels warm because energy from the sun is interacting with the dark clothing, creating a warm boundary layer to which his or her body reacts.