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Future changes in fire weather, spring droughts, and false springs across U.S. National Forests and Grasslands

Publications Posted on: August 23, 2019
Public lands provide many ecosystem services and support diverse plant and animal communities. In order to provide these benefits in the future, land managers and policy makers need information about future climate change and its potential effects. In particular, weather extremes are key drivers of wildfires, droughts, and false springs, which in turn can have large impacts on ecosystems.

Latino outdoors: Using storytelling and social media to increase diversity on public lands

Publications Posted on: October 03, 2018
In 2013, for the first time in United States history, more than 50% of children younger than age one were minorities. Latinos are the nation’s largest-growing minority group, and by 2050 are estimated to comprise 28% of the total U.S. population.

Sprawling and diverse: The changing U.S. population and implications for public lands in the 21st Century

Publications Posted on: June 29, 2018
Public lands are typically established in recognition of their unique ecological value, yet both ecological and social values of public lands change over time, along with human distribution and land use. These transformations are evident even in developed countries with long histories of public land management, such as the United States.

Recreating in color: Promoting ethnic diversity in public lands

Pages Posted on: June 04, 2018
Recent studies of the Forest Service’s National Visitor Use Monitoring data show a wide disparity in racial and ethnic use of national forests. Researchers at the Rocky Mountain Research Station in Fort Collins, Colorado, are studying these numbers systematically—the first time a nationwide study has been done with these data. They hope that their research will help National Forest System staff to encourage different racial and ethnic groups to connect with public natural lands. By doing so, national forest managers will be transforming management practices and priorities to encourage wider use of natural lands by different racial and ethnic groups.

Patterns and dynamics of vegetation recovery following grazing cessation in the California golden trout habitat

Publications Posted on: August 24, 2017
In 1978, the Golden Trout Wilderness area was established to protect the California golden trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss aguabonita)—a vulnerable subspecies of the rainbow trout that is endemic to California—and its habitat, which is currently restricted to a few streams within high-elevation meadows in the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range.

Survey results of the American public's values, objectives, beliefs, and attitudes regarding forests and grasslands: A technical document supporting the 2000 USDA Forest Service RPA Assessment

Publications Posted on: May 12, 2016
The USDA Forest Service completed its Strategic Plan (2000 Revision) in October 2000. The goals and objectives included in the Plan were developed with input from the public, some of which was obtained through a telephone survey. We report results of the survey.

Report on the scientific roundtable on biological diversity convened by the Chequamegon and Nicolet National Forests.

Publications Posted on: May 12, 2016
Provides summary of management recommendations relating to biological diversity.

The effect of human-caused visual impacts on restorative character of an arid wildland recreation setting

Publications Posted on: January 18, 2012
The purpose of this study is to examine the effects of visible visitor-caused impacts as characterized by user-created campsites on judgments about the perceived restorative character in natural areas. User-created campsites were inventoried using mapping-grade mobile Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology and photography.

Place and place-based planning.

Publications Posted on: September 21, 2007
Place-related concepts are factors in public involvement, conflict, recreation management, recreation displacement, landscape planning and design. This has captured the attention of researchers and managers. We posit that planning and management of public lands requires an understanding of what it is about the lands that people value and care about.

Dealing with public concerns in restoring fire to the forest

Publications Posted on: September 04, 2007
Public support is important to all restoration efforts on public lands. Some types of restoration activities are easier for the public to support than others. Restoring wetlands, habitat restoration for salmon or burrowing owls, and vegetative rehabilitation are generally acceptable practices. Most restoration projects and activities such as these do not have much direct impact on people.