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Early detection of the white-nose syndrome fungus in bat hibernacula is critical for developing disease mitigation strategies; however, where bats overwinter in western North America is largely unknown. In this study, assays to detect bats from environmental samples such as sediment, water and air were designed for use as a tool to find bats on the landscape. 
The Rocky Mountain Research Station and the USGS National Wildlife Health Center are collaborating on a study to improve early detection of the fungus that causes white-nose syndrome (Pd) in bats by searching for  a virus. North American isolates of Pd are infected by a mycovirus, PdPV-pa. The goal of this project is to develop a sensitive assay and protocols to detect RNA from PdPV-pa, which may occur in much greater abundance than DNA from Pd...
This study is evaluating the potential future wood supply from timber harvest, fuel reduction treatments, and forest restoration on the Salmon-Challis National Forest, and the economics associated with different types of forest industry enterprises that would use these materials, including a sawmill and a variety of other manufacturing and bioenergy options.  
One of the risks posed to fire response by COVID-19 is rapid outbreak of infection in a traditional large fire camp, where high-density living and working conditions, limited hygiene, and a transient workforce can create the ideal conditions for the spread of disease. In response, members of the USDA Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) Team, along with experts in the fields of epidemiological modeling and fire operations, have prepared a dynamic...
Northern Rockies managers and scientists are collaborating in a nation-wide silvicultural study to develop adaptive practices that support the endurance of these iconic forests under changing climate.
Forest management in southeast Alaska has been shifting away from old-growth management and toward young-growth to better provide the goods and services expected from this vast temperate rainforest. Managers and researchers have been working together to develop silvicultural tending strategies that provide benefits to timber, wildlife, and biodiversity.
Open oak and pine forests, which typically have a treed overstory and grasslands understory, historically were abundant across the United States. Agency investment in large-scale restoration programs begs the question: Do changes of ecological processes follow restoration of structure? 
There is currently no pollinator restoration synthesis specific to wildlands or public lands. This project will review restoration of pollinators on public lands in the United States, including what has worked and what hasn’t, and identify future needs and directions.
Belowground plant structures support aboveground regeneration in ecosystems around the world.  More research is needed to document and understand the anatomy, physiology, demography and ecological role of belowground plant organs.  By working with a global network of scientists we aim to provide research, syntheses and protocols on belowground plant traits.
In 1968, thirteen permanent research plots were established in Engelmann spruce-subalpine fir forests along an elevational gradient on the Fraser Experimental Forest. Seed traps were installed on these plots and have been sampled annually since 1968.