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New invasive annual grass book addresses critical questions for western United States

FS News Posted on: January 20, 2016
BOISE, ID — Bromus species – such as cheatgrass – are exotic annual grasses that have become the dominant annual grasses in the western hemisphere. Their spread and impacts across the western U.S. continue despite the many attempts by land managers to control these species. A new book edited by scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey, U.S.

Quantifying the ability of wildfire to act as a fuel break

Science Spotlights Posted on: September 09, 2015
Scientists with the Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute quantified the ability of wildfire to limit the spread of subsequent fires and essentially, act as a fuel break. Additionally, they evaluated the influence of daily weather in diminishing this effect. The results of this study provide an improved understanding of feedbacks between previous and subsequent wildfire under varying weather conditions and will be useful to fire managers who seek to restore natural fire regimes or to exploit recent burns when managing fire.  

The Human-Side of Restoration Webinar Series

Science Spotlights Posted on: September 09, 2015
The “Human-Side of Restoration Webinar Series” was launched in 2014 as a collaboration among the Rocky Mountain Research Station, National Forest Foundation and the Colorado Forest Restoration Institute at Colorado State University. The series of seven webinars provided a forum for managers and social scientists to share insights and experiences with the “human side” of restoration, including the interface among ecological restoration, human communities, and individual values, public opinions, and social structures.

Deception Creek Experimental Forest

Experimental Forests and Ranges Posted on: September 09, 2015
Deception Creek Experimental Forest, located 20 miles east of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, is found in one of the Rocky Mountains’ most productive forest areas. Because it features the western white pine forest type, Deception Creek enables researchers to study the ecology and management practices of this tree and its associated species.

Quantifying the effectiveness and longevity of wildland fire as a fuel treatment

Projects Posted on: January 22, 2015
This project will quantify the effectiveness of wildland fire as a fuel treatment in terms of its ability to limit the occurrence, size, and severity of subsequent fires. In addition, we will quantify the longevity of these effects and evaluate how extreme weather may diminish the ability of wildland fire to act as a fuel treatment.

GSD Update: Year in Review: Spotlight on 2013 research by the Grassland, Shrubland and Desert Ecosystems Science Program

Publications Posted on: October 01, 2014
In this issue of the GSD Update, we take a look back at selected studies of the Grassland, Shrubland and Desert Ecosystems Science Program (GSD) that depict its strengths and focus areas. Significant results of recent research and science delivery by GSD scientists are highlighted. We feature program research that lines up with the strategic research priorities of the USDA Forest Service and the Rocky Mountain Research Station (RMRS).