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Evaluation of storage and filtration protocols for alpine/subalpine lake water quality samples

Publications Posted on: August 18, 2016
Many government agencies and other organizations sample natural alpine and subalpine surface waters using varying protocols for sample storage and filtration. Simplification of protocols would be beneficial if it could be shown that sample quality is unaffected.

A special issue of the Journal of Forestry - Wilderness science and its role in wilderness stewardship

Science Spotlights Posted on: June 17, 2016
The Journal of Forestry dedicated an entire issue to wilderness science and the National Wilderness Preservation System under the management of the U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the U.S. Departement of Agriculture Forest Service.

The evolution of wilderness social science and future research to protect experiences, resources, and societal benefits

Publications Posted on: June 07, 2016
The historic Wilderness Act celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2014, and wilderness social science shared a similar legacy. As paradoxical as it might seem, humans are an important part of wilderness, helping to define the very concept and representing an important component of wilderness use and management.

Wilderness in the 21st Century: A framework for testing assumptions about ecological intervention in wilderness using a case study of fire ecology in the Rocky Mountains

Publications Posted on: June 07, 2016
Changes in the climate and in key ecological processes are prompting increased debate about ecological restoration and other interventions in wilderness. The prospect of intervention in wilderness raises legal, scientific, and values-based questions about the appropriateness of possible actions. In this article, we focus on the role of science to elucidate the potential need for intervention.

Progress in wilderness fire science: Embracing complexity

Publications Posted on: June 07, 2016
Wilderness has played an invaluable role in the development of wildland fire science. Since Agee’s review of the subject 15 years ago, tremendous progress has been made in the development of models and data, in understanding the complexity of wildland fire as a landscape process, and in appreciating the social factors that influence the use of wilderness fire.

Restoring the wilderness character of the Elwha River in the Olympic Wilderness

Publications Posted on: June 07, 2016
The Olympic Power Company was formed in 1910 with financing from Chicago investors to lure a pulp mill to Port Angeles, Washington. The Elwha and Glines Canyon dams were built on the Elwha River, most of which runs through the Olympic Wilderness of Olympic National Park.

Science informs stewardship: Committing to a national wilderness science agenda

Publications Posted on: June 07, 2016
The National Wilderness Preservation System (NWPS) is a vital component of the national and international infrastructure for science, education, and information. The NWPS serves as an important resource for advancing research, from discovering new dinosaurs (Arbour et al. 2014, Landon 2016) to understanding human history on the American landscape (Rasic 2003).

Lyndon Baines Johnson signs the Wilderness Act into law

Publications Posted on: June 07, 2016
President Lyndon Baines Johnson signed the Wilderness Act into law on Sept. 3, 1964. In this photo, LBJ hands the pen he used to Alice Zahniser while naturalist, author, adventurer, and conservationist Mardy Murie (standing behind her) looks on.

A special issue of the Journal of Forestry - Wilderness science and its role in wilderness stewardship

Publications Posted on: June 07, 2016
This special issue of the Journal of Forestry provides an overview of America’s National Wilderness Preservation System and highlights the important role that science serves in informing wilderness stewardship.

Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness - A long history of management guided by science

Publications Posted on: June 07, 2016
The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) in northern Minnesota is one of the most iconic and cherished wilderness areas in the United States. One of the original wilderness areas established in 1964, the BWCAW protects a glaciated landscape of about 1,175 lakes, connected by several hundred miles of streams.

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