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Ecology, silviculture, and management of Black Hills ponderosa pine

Publications Posted on: June 22, 2020
This paper presents a broad-based synthesis of the general ecology of the ponderosa pine ecosystem in the Black Hills. This synthesis contains information and results of research on ponderosa pine from numerous sources within the Black Hills ecosystem.

Woody Browse Production

Publications Posted on: June 22, 2020

Of woodpeckers and harvests: Finding compatibility between habitat and salvage logging

Publications Posted on: June 17, 2020
The western United States is home to many woodpecker species that are strongly associated with recently disturbed forests, including post wildfire and post-beetle outbreaks. These types of landscapes are favored habitat because the dead and dying trees provide nesting and foraging substrates.

Regional habitat appraisals of wildlife communities: A landscape-level evaluation of a resource planning model using avian distribution data

Publications Posted on: December 13, 2019
A simple regional habitat model founded on the relation between vertical habitat complexity and species richness has been used to describe wildlife habitat in response to macroscale patterns in land use and land cover. While the model has a basis in ecological theory, it has not been subjected to rigorous testing.

Questionable multivariate statistical inference in wildlife habitat and community studies: A reply

Publications Posted on: December 13, 2019
We substantiate our contention that our multivariate analyses (Rexstad et al. 1988) mimic analyses found in the wildlife literature. We caution users of multivariate techniques that data collected in our discipline are unlikely to meet the restrictive assumptions of these techniques. Even if assumptions are met, we contend interpretation of the results is likely to lead to invalid inferences.

Questionable multivariate statistical inference in wildlife habitat and community studies

Publications Posted on: December 13, 2019
We analyzed a data set constructed from functionally unrelated, easily collected observations (e.g., meat, stock, and liquor prices) around Fort Collins, Colorado, using principal components analysis (PCA), canonical correlation analysis (CC), and discriminant function analysis (DFA). Each produced seemingly significant results and suggested strong relationships between the variables measured.

Effects of wildfire on elk and deer use of a Ponderosa Pine forest

Documents and Media Posted on: November 30, 2018
After a wildfire, elk use shifted from an old seeded clearcut to a newly seeded burn for the first 2 years. The third year showed an equalizing trend of elk use between the two habitat conditions. The trend of decreasing deer use on thinned areas continued, but use increased substantially on the wildfire area.  Document Type: Other Documents

Goshawks, bark beetles, and timber management: Can they coexist?

Science Spotlights Posted on: October 12, 2017
Wildlife habitat and timber production are critical elements of the management of many National Forests. The Black Hills National Forest has provided a thriving timber economy for over 100 years. The forest also provides habitat for the northern goshawk, which has been severely impacted by mountain pine beetles. 

A framework for evaluating forest restoration alternatives and their outcomes, over time, to inform monitoring: Bioregional inventory originated simulation under management

Publications Posted on: October 04, 2017
The BioSum modeling framework summarizes current and prospective future forest conditions under alternative management regimes along with their costs, revenues and product yields.

GSD Update: Year in Review: Spotlight on 2016 Research by the Grassland, Shrubland and Desert Ecosystems Science Program

Publications Posted on: July 19, 2017
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 priorities of the USDA Forest Service and the Rocky Mountain Research Station (RMRS).