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FireCLIME VA: A New Fire and Climate Vulnerability Assessment Tool for the U.S. Southwest

Documents and Media Posted on: December 08, 2020
The FireCLIME VA tool is a new resource that allows land managers to compare management strategies under various climate scenarios and to gauge the potential effectiveness of those strategies for reducing undesirable impacts of climate on wildfire regimes and resulting impacts of wildfire on natural ecosystems.  Document Type: Other Documents

Fire effects on aquatic habitats and biota In Madrean-type ecosystems: Southwestern United States

Publications Posted on: November 03, 2020
Intense wildfires effectively remove vegetation, degrade watershed condition, and result in altered stream hydrographs and increased sediment input to streams. Case histories from five headwater streams in Arizona and New Mexico show effects of wildfire on aquatic habitats, fishes, and their food supply may be marked and long-lasting.

Nutrients in fire-dominated ecosystems

Publications Posted on: November 03, 2020
Fires can produce a wide range of changes in nutrient cycles of forest, shrub, and grassland ecosystems depending on fire severity, fire frequency, vegetation, and climate. These changes can be beneficial when fires increase the availability of plant nutrients, and deleterious when they volatilize, entrain ash in smoke columns, increase runoff of mineralized nutrients, or accelerate leaching from soil systems.

Effects of fire on riparian systems

Publications Posted on: November 03, 2020
Riparian systems are a small but important resource in the southwestern USA and northern Mexico because of the diverse, dynamic, and complex biophysical habitats they provide. Wildfires have always produced the most significant impacts on riparian hydrology, geomorphology, and biology. Prescribed fires have not been used to any great extent in the Madrean Province for vegetation management in riparian systems.

Effects of fire on Madrean Province Ecosystems: A symposium proceedings; March 11-15, 1996; Tucson, AZ

Publications Posted on: November 02, 2020
This second conference on the Madrean Archipelago/Sky Island ecosystem brought together scientists, managers, and resource specialists from government, universities, and private organizations in the United States and Mexico to explore the effects of fire on Madrean Province ecosystem, and how fire can be incorporated in an ecosystem approach to both research and management.

Resources for Postfire Response: Empowering Land Managers with New After Fire Toolkit

Documents and Media Posted on: October 14, 2020
  The After Fire Toolkit provides managers, landowners, and communities with online guidance for assessing and preventing potential damage due to postfire flooding and related events. Document Type: Other Documents

Effects of urbanization and recreation on songbirds

Publications Posted on: June 22, 2020
This chapter discusses how urbanization and recreation in Southwestern ponderosa pine forests might influence songbirds and comments on the research necessary to provide an assessment of future affects.

A historical overview

Publications Posted on: June 22, 2020
This chapter reviews the historical: 1) occupancy, use of and impacts on ponderosa pine forests by early American Indians and European settlers; and 2) the human use of and impacts on birds in ponderosa pine forests. Contemporary ecology and human use of ponderosa pine forests are described in this publication by Moir et al. and Raish et al.

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.

Southwest Climate Vulnerability Webinar Transcript - May 26, 2020

Documents and Media Posted on: May 26, 2020
Transcript for the May 26, 2020 webinar featuring Megan Friggens and Jack Triepke.  Document Type: Other Documents