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Foundational concepts in silviculture with emphasis on reforestation and early stand improvement - 2022 National Silviculture Workshop

Publications Posted on: July 20, 2022
Beginning in 1973, the National Silviculture Workshop (NSW) purposely brought together USDA Forest Service scientists from Research and Development and forest managers from the National Forest System to meet face-to-face to build a science and management partnership in silviculture. Recently, scientists from universities and other partners have joined this annual gathering.

Seedlot Selection Tool and Climate‐Smart Restoration Tool: Web‐based tools for sourcing seed adapted to future climates

Publications Posted on: June 01, 2022
The Seedlot Selection Tool and Climate-Smart Restoration Tool are web-based tools designed to match seedlots with planting sites assuming that seedlots are adapted to the past climates in which they evolved, primarily with respect to temperature and aridity. The tools map the climatic match of seedlots with the past or projected climates of planting sites.

New RMRS product improves national response to drought

Science Spotlights Posted on: May 23, 2022
The epic droughts of 2018 in the southwestern U.S. devastated landscapes and economies. The Rangeland Production Monitoring System was used to help the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and the USDA Farm Service Agency identify the areas most affected by drought and seek emergency funding to facilitate reseeding efforts. 

Biochar Basics: An A-to-Z Guide to Biochar Production, Use, and Benefits

Documents and Media Posted on: May 16, 2022
This “A-Z guide” highlights recent Rocky Mountain Research Station (RMRS) science and covers methods to make biochar on site, including using piles, kilns, and air curtain burners. It also details three uses for biochar (agricultural, forest restoration, and mine land reclamation), and methods for application, including biochar spreaders. Document Type: Other Documents

The rundown on native western forbs

Science Spotlights Posted on: May 06, 2022
Over the last 20 years, researchers and practitioners have greatly increased our knowledge of native western forbs, their biology, ecology, and use in restoration. Now there is an online book that synthesizes this research and practical experience

Restoration Through Science-based Collaboration: How Research and Management Reversed Declines of Idaho Westslope Cutthroat Trout

Documents and Media Posted on: May 04, 2022
Decades of science-based collaboration by researchers and managers helped restore Westslope Cutthroat Trout populations in Idaho. This sustained and successful collaboration offers insights to assist recovery in other portions of their range. Despite successes, Westslope Cutthroat Trout remain threatened by climate change and other factors. Science-based recovery efforts and prioritization of conservation actions will be essential to boost their resiliency and adaptation to an uncertain future. Document Type: Other Documents

Science Supporting the Wildfire Crisis Strategy

Pages Posted on: April 22, 2022
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Adaptation strategies and approaches for managing fire in a changing climate

Publications Posted on: April 21, 2022
As the effects of climate change accumulate and intensify, resource managers juggle existing goals and new mandates to operationalize adaptation. Fire managers contend with the direct effects of climate change on resources in addition to climate-induced disruptions to fire regimes and subsequent ecosystem effects.

Target Plant Concept: Guiding principles for post-disturbance reforestation in a changing climate

Science Spotlights Posted on: April 18, 2022
Climate change is creating a need for new strategies for reforestation and restoration. A new climate-informed approach focused on building resilience to future conditions is challenging  the traditional seedling selection process. 

Selecting pollinator-friendly plants to restore habitat for bees

Science Spotlights Posted on: April 14, 2022
There is an urgent and growing need to restore habitat for pollinators, especially bees. Increasing floral resources by revegetating with native flowering plants is an effective way to benefit pollinators. We assessed the pollinator-friendliness of flowering plant species available for restoration in Region One and provide score cards to allow managers to select and tailor mixes that are most beneficial to bees.