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Jumpstarting recovery of Wyoming big sagebrush and other native plants out on the range

Pages Posted on: December 07, 2018
Wyoming big sagebrush two years after being seeded in the Great Basin (photo courtesy of M.</body></html>

Using natural disturbance and portfolio concepts to guide aquatic-riparian ecosystem management

Publications Posted on: September 10, 2018
The U.S. Forest Service and other federal land managers are responsible for maintaining the productivity of aquatic–riparian ecosystems, the associated native biota, and the ecosystem services they provide. These public lands are important sources of water, recreation opportunities, and habitat for a suite of animals and plants, including many that are protected under the Endangered Species Act.

Recovery history of greenback cutthroat trout: population characteristics, hatchery involvement, and bibliography, version 1.0

Publications Posted on: August 01, 2018
The greenback cutthroat trout (Oncorhynchus clarki stomias) is native to the mountain and foothill waters of the South Platte and Arkansas river basins in Colorado. This taxon declined rapidly beginning near the turn of the century and was listed under the Endangered Species Act in 1973. We assembled all available information from a variety of sources to document recovery efforts from 1957 to 1999.

Global patterns of drought recovery

Publications Posted on: April 10, 2018
Drought, a recurring phenomenon with major impacts on both human and natural systems is the most widespread climatic extreme that negatively affects the land carbon sink. Although twentieth-century trends in drought regimes are ambiguous, across many regions more frequent and severe droughts are expected in the twenty-first century.

Understanding how forest genomics impact ecosystem vulnerability to climate change across the western United States

Science Spotlights Posted on: August 22, 2016
Utilizing genomics to identify species vulnerability to climate change is a newly emerging area of research. This project focuses on three species specifically chosen because they represent three highly distinct trees that are vulnerable in different ways to climate change: Fremont Cottonwood, Southwestern White Pine, and Douglas Fir. Understanding relationships between tree genomics, climate change, species migration, adaptive evolution and forest resiliency promises to revolutionize managment and conservation of natural resources.

Status, ecology, and conservation of the southwestern willow flycatcher

Publications Posted on: May 12, 2016
This publication was prepared in response to a need expressed by southwestern agencies and organizations for a comprehensive assessment of the population status, history, biology, ecology, habitats, threats, and conservation of the southwestern willow flycatcher (Empidonax traillii extimus). The southwestern willow flycatcher was federally listed as an Endangered subspecies in 1995.

Wood wastes and residues generated along the Colorado Front Range as a potential fuel source

Publications Posted on: May 12, 2016
Throughout the United States there is interest in utilizing renewable fuel sources as an alternative to coal and nat-ural gas. This project was initiated to determine the availability of wood wastes and residues for use as fuel in ce-ment kilns and power plants located along the Colorado Front Range.

Understory recovery in harvested ponderosa pine forests on the Black Hills National Forest

Media Gallery Posted on: April 22, 2015
Scientists with the Rocky Mountain Research Station and university partners are investigating the short- and long-term resiliency of understory vegetation of ponderosa pine forests to a variety disturbances associated with timber harvest.

Science You Can Use Bulletin: From death comes life: Recovery and revolution in the wake of epidemic outbreaks of mountain pine beetle

Publications Posted on: March 04, 2015
Changing climatic conditions and an abundance of dense, mature pine forests have helped to spur an epidemic of mountain pine beetles larger than any in recorded history. Millions of forested acres have been heavily impacted and have experienced extreme rates of tree mortality.

Effectiveness of post-fire Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) road treatments: Results from three wildfires

Publications Posted on: September 09, 2013
Wildland fires often cause extreme changes in the landscape that drastically influence surface runoff and soil erosion, which can impact forest resources, aquatic habitats, water supplies, public safety, and forest access infrastructure such as forest roads. Little information is available on the effectiveness of various post-fire road treatments, thus this study was designed to evaluate common treatments implemented after fire.