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Effects of drought on forests and rangelands in the United States: translating science into management responses

Publications Posted on: September 27, 2019
Most regions of the United States are projected to experience a higher frequency of severe droughts and longer dry periods as a result of a warming climate. Even if current drought regimes remain unchanged, higher temperatures will interact with drought to exacerbate moisture limitation and water stress.

Rangeland Production Monitoring Service: In season forage and fuel projections

Tools Posted on: July 08, 2019
Rangeland vegetation growth is highly variable often exceeding 40 percent on an interannual basis.

Rangelands on the Edge: Quantifying the modification, fragmentation, and future residential development of U.S. rangelands

Publications Posted on: August 08, 2018
Rangelands are increasingly urban, subdivided, and fragmented. About 62 percent of coterminous U.S. rangelands occur on private land and are at further risk for conversion.

Survey responses from Region 9: Are we achieving the public's objectives for forests and rangelands?

Publications Posted on: August 01, 2018
The survey on values, objectives, beliefs, and attitudes, implemented as a module of the National Survey on Recreation and the Environment, asked over 7,000 respondents nationwide about their values with respect to public lands, objectives for the management of these lands, beliefs about the role the USDA Forest Service should play in fulfilling those objectives, and attitudes about the job the agency has been doing.

Survey responses from Region 8: Are we achieving the public's objectives for forests and rangelands?

Publications Posted on: August 01, 2018
The survey on values, objectives, beliefs, and attitudes, implemented as a module of the National Survey on Recreation and the Environment, asked over 7,000 respondents nationwide about their values with respect to public lands, objectives for the management of these lands, beliefs about the role the USDA Forest Service should play in fulfilling those objectives, and attitudes about the job the agency has been doing.

Climate change effects on rangelands and rangeland management: Affirming the need for monitoring

Publications Posted on: November 13, 2017
Uncertainty as to the extent and magnitude of changes in conditions that might occur due to climate change poses a problem for land and resource managers as they seek to adapt to changes and mitigate effects of climate variability. We illustrate using scenarios of projected future conditions on rangelands in the Northern Great Plains and Desert Southwest of the United States.

Effects of climate change on rangeland vegetation in the northern Rockies [Chapter 6]

Publications Posted on: October 02, 2017
A longer growing season with climate change is expected to increase net primary productivity of many rangeland types, especially those dominated by grasses, although responses will depend on local climate and soil conditions. Elevated atmospheric carbon dioxide may increase water use efficiency and productivity of some species.

Potential climate change impacts on four biophysical indicators of cattle production from western US rangelands

Publications Posted on: August 22, 2017
We examined multiple environmental factors related to climate change that affect cattle production on rangelands to identify sources of vulnerability among seven regions of the western United States. Climate change effects were projected to 2100 using published spatially explicit model output for four indicators of vulnerability: forage quantity, vegetation type trajectory, heat stress, and interannual forage variability.

Assessing ecological integrity using multiscale information from Bureau of Land Management Assessment and Monitoring Programs [Chapter 4]

Publications Posted on: January 24, 2017
The Bureau of Land Management manages 246 million surface acres (100 million hectares) across the United States for multiple uses and sustained yield. Ensuring protection of ecological systems in the context of multiple, and often conflicting, resource uses and values is a challenge. Ecological integrity and land health are terms used by the Bureau of Land Management to describe the condition of ecological systems.

The Rangeland Vegetation Simulator: A user-driven system for quantifying production, succession, disturbance and fuels in non-forest environments

Publications Posted on: December 27, 2016
Rangeland landscapes occupy roughly 662 million acres in the coterminous U.S. (Reeves and Mitchell 2011) and their vegetation responds quickly to climate and management, with high relative growth rates and inter-annual variability. Current national decision support systems in the U.S.

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