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Fuel reduction treatments reduce modeled fire intensity in the sagebrush steppe

Publications Posted on: May 13, 2022
Increased fire size and frequency coupled with annual grass invasion pose major challenges to sagebrush (Artemisia spp.) ecosystem conservation, which is currently focused on protecting sagebrush community composition and structure.

Science You Can Use Tools (SYCU) - Asking “what-if” questions: New ST-Sim tool helps managers forecast future rangeland conditions

Publications Posted on: April 04, 2022
How do land management decisions shape landscapes decades into the future? With the influence of climate change and its associated stressors, it’s an increasingly thorny question.

Do you know where your rangeland carbon is? New approach for estimating rangeland carbon stocks helps managers plan climate change mitigation strategies

Documents and Media Posted on: November 10, 2021
RMRS scientists have developed an approach to estimating carbon stocks in rangelands. Above- and belowground carbon storage in rangelands can be enhanced through vegetation management that includes deep-rooted perennial herbaceous plants, drought-tolerant herbaceous plants, and diverse native plants.  Document Type: Other Documents

High and Dry: Quickly Assessing Forage Losses in Western Rangelands During Drought

Documents and Media Posted on: September 07, 2021
RMRS researchers and colleagues developed a two-phase process to assess drought when three northeastern Arizona counties were declared disaster areas in 2019. The first phase was an assessment of vegetation production across ecological sites in the three-county region of Arizona. The second phase was a ranking process to determine which landscapes and ownerships could receive federal assistance to aid recovery. Document Type: Other Documents

Timing It Right: Maximizing Range Management Effectiveness with PhenoMap

Documents and Media Posted on: January 27, 2021
PhenoMap is a new Web-based tool that managers can use to assess the production and location of high-quality forage. It uses satellite imagery to address the need for near-real-time information about plant life cycle events over large spatial areas. Document Type: Other Documents

Selecting native plants for restoration using rapid screening for adaptive traits: Methods and outcomes in a Great Basin case study

Publications Posted on: September 14, 2020
Partnerships between researchers and restoration practitioners can improve restoration outcomes, which is especially important for restoration in challenging settings. Here, we describe one such partnership in the Great Basin, United States, which used trait‐based methods and practitioner knowledge to identify the most promising seed sources for restoration.

Improving restoration success through a research and management partnership

Science Spotlights Posted on: September 01, 2020
Finding the best populations to use in restoration is a key part of project success. We present a case study of a partnership between scientists and restoration practitioners designed to select and screen local seed sources for large-scale restoration. 

An assessment of production trends on the Great Plains from 1984 to 2017

Publications Posted on: June 10, 2020
Throughout the Great Plains, aboveground annual net primary productivity (ANPP) is a critical ecosystem service supporting billions of dollars of commerce and countless stakeholders. Managers and producers struggle with high interannual change in ANPP, which often varies 40% between years due to fluctuating precipitation and drought.

A West-Wide Rangeland Fuel Assessment: Reading the Tea Leaves

Events Posted on: June 03, 2020
In this monthly recorded series, RMRS scientist Matt Reeves will analyze current rangeland fuel conditions across the west with emphasis on emerging hotspots.  

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.