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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

Ecology, silviculture, and management of Black Hills ponderosa pine

Publications Posted on: August 01, 2018
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.

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).

The most comprehensive inventory of Colorado’s forests – ever!

Science Spotlights Posted on: April 20, 2017
The current inventory of Colorado’s forest is the first to use the complete set of Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) plots across all ownerships and forest types. The inventory was completed at a time when Colorado forests were undergoing substantial change, primarily in the form of insect infestations in pine and spruce, but also because of drought. This report captures the current status and recent trends.  

The most comprehensive inventory of Colorado’s forests – ever!

Media Gallery Posted on: April 20, 2017
The results are in from Forest Inventory Analysis data collected from 2002 to 2014, reporting on growth, mortality, and many other forest characteristics.

Colorado's forest resources, 2004-2013

Publications Posted on: March 29, 2017
This report presents a summary of the most recent inventory of Colorado’s forests based on field data collected between 2004 and 2013. The report includes descriptive highlights and tables of area, numbers of trees, biomass, carbon, volume, growth, mortality, and removals. Most sections and tables are organized by forest type or forest-type group, species group, diameter class, or owner group.

Effects of prescribed fire on wildlife and wildlife habitat in selected ecosystems of North America

Media Gallery Posted on: March 28, 2017
Images of a prescribed fire in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge in La Joya, New Mexico.

Stakeholder perceptions: Biological control of Russian olive (Elaeagnus angustifolia)

Publications Posted on: November 22, 2016
An online survey was distributed through email lists provided by various stakeholder groups on behalf of the International Consortium for Biological Control of Russian Olive in spring of 2012. A total of 392 respondents replied from 24 U.S. states and 1 Canadian province.