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Wildfire smoke can trigger severe pollution episodes with substantial impacts on public health.
The ecological, economic and health and safety concerns surrounding wildland fires are driving the need to better understand climate-fire interactions.
The ecological, economic, and health and safety concerns surrounding wildland fires are driving the need to better understand climate-fire interactions.
This project continues research that began in 1925, measuring trees within a study block that has used even and uneven-aged management techniques, to determine the growth and how climate variables may have impacted this. Previously-measured trees were remeasured in 2017, and tree data will be correlated with long-term weather data at FVEF. Measurements will continue to be taken into 2018.
Limber pine is threatened by climate change, white pine blister, dwarf mistletoe, and mountain pine beetle. Scientists have planted limber pine in two contrasting environments to assess adaptive trait variation and plasticity, as well as climate interactions. Research such as the International Limber Pine Provenance Study (ILPPS) will support proactive managment to keep limber pine populations sustainable and prevent limber pine from following the same trajectory as whitebark pine.
RMRS researcher Charles Luce and the Forest Service Intermountain Region Climate Change Coordinator Natalie Little are partnering with the Manti-La Sal National Forest to better distribute the most recent and relevant climate change knowledge to Regional and Forest leaders and staffs. A workshop for regional and forest staff is being developed to quickly integrate interactive planning climate change sessions into the Manti-La Sal National Forest's Forest Plan Revision. The goal of this project is to deliver usable, actionable information to land managers and Forest staff, and to provide research that is most helpful in the field.
There is a growing need for cost-effective tools that enable researchers to efficiently monitor and evaluate rangeland systems. RMRS researchers are partnering with the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest to enhance existing monitoring and modeling strategies, which assess rangeland conditions. This project will expand the Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) user base, develop remote monitors, and build collaborative relationships inside and outside of the National Forest System.
The goal of this partnership between RMRS and the Curlew National Grassland is to restore pollinator habitats and understand the best strategies to support forest botanists. Through a series of projects, partners will look into the needs and pitfalls of creating a seed menu tool. Specifically, the project will analyze the effectiveness of strategically planted forbs, or "islands", in restoring pollinator communities.
The framework for restoring and conserving Great Basin wet meadows and riparian ecosystems builds upon long-term work by the research team on resilience of these ecosystems to stress and disturbance. Data and understanding of the resilience of watersheds, valley segments, and stream reaches for a large ecoregion (the central Great Basin) are being used to develop the Resilience-based Framework and to expand its applicability by assessing other common watershed types in the central and northern Great Basin.
The National Forest Climate Change Maps project was developed to meet the need of National Forest managers for information on projected climate changes at a scale relevant to decision making processes, including Forest Plans.  The maps use state-of-the-art science and are available for every National Forest in the contiguous United States with relevant data coverage. Currently, the map sets include variables related to precipitation, air temperature, snow (including April 1 snow-water equivalent (SWE) and snow residence time), and stream flow.

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