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A map of the western United States titled FuelCast, with inset pictures of grassland and a fire. The map shows fuel projections from decrease (red) to increase (blue), with hotspots in purple.

A west-wide rangeland fuel assessment: Reading the tea leaves

In this monthly recorded series, RMRS scientist Matt Reeves analyzes current rangeland fuel conditions across the west with emphasis on emerging hotspots.
Un lugar de retiro de liderazgo de los latinos al aire libre

The future of Latinx outdoor recreation experiences

While research on Latinx outdoor recreation in urban areas and city parks has increased over the past twenty years, research on federal and state public lands such as National Forests and Parks has waned. The results from this study show a shift in Latinx use of federal and state public lands.
A fire burning in a forest with a large smoke plume above the flames.

Increasing use of prescribed fire: Barriers and opportunities

Prescribed fire is an important tool for increasing the resilience of fire-dependent ecosystems and for reducing overall wildfire risk, but it is not being applied at the necessary or desired levels. We investigated barriers and strategies for facilitating prescribed fire application on USFS and BLM lands across the western United States.
Image of an arid rangeland landscape.

New RMRS products improve national response to drought on rangelands

The epic droughts of 2018 in the southwestern US devastated landscapes and economies alike. The Rangeland Production Monitoring System was used to help the Natural Resources Conservation Service and Farm Service Agency identify the most affected areas and seek emergency funding to facilitate re-seeding efforts.
Firefighters in safety gear walking along the side of a road.

Modeling COVID-19 potential in fire camp

To better understand the risks posed by COVID-19 to fire suppression efforts, and to support risk-informed decision making, the COVID-19 Fire Modeling Team developed a model for the potential spread of the disease in fire camp under a range of scenarios. The model offers the opportunity to test and explore the efficacy of mitigation measures such as screening and social distancing.

The Human Dimensions Science Program provides science-based innovation to help human societies develop sustainable relationships with their environment. Program scientists, professional technicians, and support staff use rigorous research methods to produce knowledge that can improve the understanding and integration of social and economic values and effects with ecosystem processes in natural resource planning and decision-making. Major issues confronting societies around the world, such as global climate change, management of energy, fire, and water, and ecosystem services, have important socioeconomic dimensions that this Program explores and addresses.