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Keyword: pollinators

Seeing species through the forbs by using DNA sequencing

Projects Posted on: August 01, 2019
Forbs are an integral component of terrestrial ecosystems and critical to pollinator health. However, we know very little about the biology of native forbs. Such knowledge is a prerequisite to developing restoration programs that use diverse forb species in restoration seeding.

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.

Mortality and flowering of Great Basin perennial forbs after experimental burning: Implications for wild bees

Publications Posted on: April 09, 2019
The fates of native bee communities in the Great Basin sagebrush steppe are linked with the susceptibilities of their floral hosts to increasingly frequent wildfires. Postfire survival and subsequent flowering of six prevalent perennial wildflowers representing five families were quantified across a range of realistic fire severities created using a calibrated propane burn barrel.

Successfully storing milkweed taproots for habitat restoration

Publications Posted on: March 27, 2019
During a 3-y seed increase project, taproot size (volume and biomass) of showy milkweed (Asclepias speciosa Torr. [Asclepiadaceae]) increased annually, although top diameter of the taproot remained constant after the first growing season. At the end of the third year, taproots were harvested, held under different cold storage treatments, and subsequently outplanted.

Fire effects on herbaceous regeneration across an invasion gradient in grasslands and shrublands

Projects Posted on: November 02, 2018
Post-fire resiliency of plant communities in northern mixed-grass prairie and eastern sagebrush steppe depends largely on plant regeneration from aboveground and belowground buds. Canopy and stem regeneration occurs more quickly via the bud bank than via seedling recruitment. To better predict plant community responses to fire, we need an enhanced understanding of the immediate and long-term bud responses of key forb, grass, and shrub species to fire.  

Region 4 Science Partner Program: Increasing site resilience and biodiversity on the Curlew National Grassland

Projects Posted on: June 15, 2017
The goal of this partnership between RMRS and the Curlew National Grassland is to restore pollinator habitats and understand the best strategies to support forest botanists. Through a series of projects, partners will look into the needs and pitfalls of creating a seed menu tool. Specifically, the project will analyze the effectiveness of strategically planted forbs, or "islands", in restoring pollinator communities.

Charter for the Western Center for Native Plant Conservation and Restoration Science

Documents and Media Posted on: December 14, 2016
Charter for the Western Center for Native Plant Conservation and Restoration Science, a collaborative group of scientists from the U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest, Pacific Southwest, and Rocky Mountain Research Station. The Center’s mission is to address and provide science-based solutions to ongoing challenges in the conservation and restoration of western ecosystems, including impacts from wildland fire, invasive species, climate change and drought, increased occurrence of wildland fire in California chaparral and Great Basin sagebrush, and the decline of pollinators. Document Type: Other Documents

Growing and marketing woody species to support pollinators: An emerging opportunity for forest, conservation, and native plant nurseries in the Northeastern United States

Publications Posted on: October 04, 2016
The decline of insects that pollinate flowers is garnering more attention by land managers, policymakers, and the general public. Nursery managers who grow native trees, shrubs, and woody vines have a promising opportunity to showcase these species, marketing their contributions to pollinator health and other ecosystem services in urban and wild landscapes.

Wildflowers are key to sagebrush restoration

Science Spotlights Posted on: August 17, 2016
Focusing on wildflowers (forbs) during restoration work in the western sagebrush ecosystem can benefit sage-grouse, pollinators, and the iconic Monarch butterfly. Can a more holistic approach be taken to maximize the effectivness of wildlife conservation? Outplanting forb seedlings in high-density islands may be a way to accelerate the pace of restoration, reduce the amount of seeds required, and provide critical linkage among remaining high-quality sagebrush habitat.