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New RMRS products improve national response to drought on rangelands

Science Spotlights Posted on: August 24, 2020
The epic droughts of 2018 in the southwestern US devastated landscapes and economies alike. The Rangeland Production Monitoring System was used to help the Natural Resources Conservation Service and Farm Service Agency identify the most affected areas and seek emergency funding to facilitate re-seeding efforts. 

Join Dr. Matt Reeves for a west-wide rangeland fuel assessment webcast

FS News Posted on: July 06, 2020
FORT COLLINS, Colo. July 6, 2020 – Every year is different, and the weather keeps ranchers and managers on their toes throughout the growing season. Join Dr. Matt Reeves, a Research Ecologist with USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station, for his monthly forecasts of forage and grassland fuel conditions. In this webcast, A West-Wide Rangeland Fuel Assessment: Reading the Tea Leaves, Dr.

Survey responses from Region 3: Are we achieving the public's objectives for forests and rangelands?

Publications Posted on: June 22, 2020
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: June 22, 2020
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.

Asking “what-if” questions: New ST-Sim tool helps managers forecast future rangeland conditions

Documents and Media Posted on: February 11, 2020
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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 variation 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.

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.

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