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A review and evaluation of factors limiting northern goshawk populations

Publications Posted on: March 04, 2020
Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis) populations are suspected of declining due to forest management treatments that alter the range of environmental conditions beneficial to their reproduction and survival. To develop effective goshawk conservation strategies, information on intrinsic and extrinsic factors that influence goshawk fitness is required.

Watershed Management Research Meeting: Manitou Experimental Forest

Publications Posted on: February 19, 2020
This meeting was planned to allow a review of the measurements and processes involved in watershed research. The agenda lists topics and discussion leaders. The discussion should come from all those present. We are fortunate to have with us Bernie Frank, Ted Osborne, and Hank Sims from the Washington Office; George Hardaway and Alan Iamb from Region 3; and Jack McNutt from Region 2. We'll expect to hear from them throughout the meeting.

The role of short-term weather conditions in temporal dynamics of fire regime features in mainland Spain

Publications Posted on: October 02, 2019
In this paper we investigate spatial-temporal associations of fire weather danger and fire regime features from 1979 to 2013.

Next Generation Fire Severity Mapping

Tools Posted on: July 06, 2018
The Next Generation Fire Severity Mapping is a tool designed to depict the probability of high-severity fire, if a fire were to occur, for several ecoregions in the contiguous western U.S. Statistical models were used to generate “wall-to-wall” maps for 13 of the 19 ecoregions. 

High-severity fire: Evaluating its key drivers and mapping its probability across western US forests

Publications Posted on: April 23, 2018
Wildland fire is a critical process in forests of the western United States (US). Variation in fire behavior, which is heavily influenced by fuel loading, terrain, weather, and vegetation type, leads to heterogeneity in fire severity across landscapes. The relative influence of these factors in driving fire severity, however, is poorly understood.

Coram Experimental Forest daily meteorology data for Desert Ridge and Terrace Hills weather stations: 1996-2015

Datasets Posted on: March 15, 2018
This data publication contains daily meteorological data collected at the Desert Ridge and Terrace Hills weather stations located on the Coram Experimental Forest (Flathead National Forest) in Montana. The Terrace Hills weather station was installed in May of 1996, and the Desert Ridge weather station was installed in May of 2001. Data are included up through 2015 for both stations.

Weather, fuels, fire behavior, plumes, and smoke - the nexus of fire meteorology

Publications Posted on: September 22, 2017
In a pair of review papers, Potter (2012a, 2012b) summarized the significant fire weather research findings over about the past hundred years.

Towards improving wildland firefighter situational awareness through daily fire behaviour risk assessments in the US Northern Rockies and Northern Great Basin

Publications Posted on: September 19, 2017
Wildland firefighters must assess potential fire behaviour in order to develop appropriate strategies and tactics that will safely meet objectives. Fire danger indices integrate surface weather conditions to quantify potential variations in fire spread rates and intensities and therefore should closely relate to observed fire behaviour.

Assessment of range planting as a conservation practice

Publications Posted on: September 28, 2016
Natural Resource Conservation Service Range Planting - Conservation Practice Standards provide guidelines for making decisions about seedbed preparation, planting methods, plant materials selection, seeding rate, seeding depth, timing of seeding, postplanting management, and weed control. Adoption of these standards is expected to contribute to successful improvement of vegetation composition and productivity of grazed plant communities.

The 115-year bark beetle saga in the Black Hills

Science Spotlights Posted on: August 17, 2016
Forest restoration, resilience, and wildfire are major issues of contemporary forest management. Integral to these issues is the destruction, understanding, and management of mountain pine beetles. This is the story of 115 years of mountain pine beetles, associated organisms and the people that study them in the Black Hills. It reads much like a film-noir. This research informs forest policy and management throughout western North America.