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Science You Can Use 2022

Delivering scientific information to those making and influencing land management decisions

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The Science You Can Use Bulletin and Science You Can Use (in 5 minutes) are Rocky Mountain Research Station publications providing synthesized scientific information for high-priority management needs. The publications on this page synthesize research conducted by station scientists and collaborators in 2022 and deliver key science findings and management implications to people who make and influence decisions about managing land and natural resources. 

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Science You Can Use (in 5 minutes) from 2022

American three toed woodpecker look out of a hole in a tree

Birds & Burns: Can Prescribed Fires Limit Wildfire Severity While Maintaining Fire’s Ecological Importance to Bird Species?Download

Science You Can Use (in 5 minutes)

May 2022

Prescribed fire can shape bird habitat and diversity directly by changing forest structure and indirectly by modifying subsequent wildfire effects on habitat.

Historical photo of man standing with a line of many fish in front of a river

Restoration Through Science-based Collaboration: How Research and Management Reversed Declines of Idaho Westslope Cutthroat Trout

Science You Can Use (in 5 minutes)

May 2022

Decades of science-based collaboration by researchers and managers helped restore westslope cutthroat trout populations in Idaho. 

Large pile of harvested logs in front of a snowy mountain range

Resources to Improve the Efficiencies of Forest Operations Download

Science You Can Use (in 5 minutes)

March 2022

New decision tools that integrate lidar-derived maps with harvest system capabilities allow forest managers to maximize production and efficiency while minimizing environmental impacts.

A deer mouse

Restoration Catch-22: Overcoming Issues With Seed Predation by Small Mammals When Trying to Restore HabitatDownload

Science You Can Use (in 5 minutes)

March 2022

Restoration efforts can be negatively impacted by increases in small mammals. Researchers have identified substances successful in deterring seed predation, including chili powder, neem oil, and activated carbon.

A plane dropping fire retardant on a smoking forest

Is This Flight Necessary? A New Framework for Fire Aviation Decision Support That Improves Efficiency Through AnalyticsDownload

Science You Can Use (in 5 minutes)

February 2022

The Aviation Use Summary is a framework for a decision support system that bridges the gap between tactical aviators, incident managers, land managers, and fire leadership.

Straw bales partially covered with erosion sediment

Muddy Waters: Reducing Post-fire Erosion in an Intensifying Fire EnvironmentDownload

Science You Can Use (in 5 minutes)

February 2022

A new suite of tools allows managers to predict hillslope erosion, watershed peak flows, and sediment yields from wildfires, prescribed fires, and forest management activities.

two maps showing sagebrush and pinyon associates in the great basin

Balancing Bird Habitat and Conifer Removal in the Great BasinDownload

Science You Can Use (in 5 minutes)

January 2022

Researchers created a series of models to determine whether pinyon-juniper woodland removal will result in a loss of habitat for associated bird species to the benefit of sagebrush associated bird species.

Science You Can Use Bulletins from 2022

Biochar output from the CharBoss, fresh biochar being raked.

Biochar Basics: An A-to-Z Guide to Biochar Production, Use, and BenefitsDownload

Science You Can Use Bulletin

May/June 2022

This “A-Z guide” highlights recent science and covers methods to make biochar on site, uses for biochar, and methods for application.

Machinery harvesting beetle killed trees

There’s More to Harvesting Than Green Timber and Sawlogs: Engineering Forest Operations for 21st-Century Forest Management​Download

Science You Can Use Bulletin

March/April 2022

Customizing harvest systems and logistics at the landscape scale improved the safety and efficiency of the harvests and expanded options for biomass utilization while also meeting ecological objectives.

Former ponderosa pine forest in northern New Mexico is now dominated by re-sprouting shrubs and nonnative grasses

How a Forest Disappears: Conversion of Forest to Nonforest Vegetation Following WildfireDownload

Science You Can Use Bulletin

January/February 2022

Researchers are determining why, when, and where severe wildfires are likely to occur and how they may lead to forest conversion. Forest conversion presents a possibility of profound and persistent ecological change across forested ecosystems.

Connected Science from 2022

An eDNA sampling tool above the water of a lake in a mountain landscape

Shedding Light on Shedded Cells: Using eDNA Sampling for Surveillance of Invasive SpeciesDownload

Connected Science

April 2022

A newly published framework can help managers decide if, when, and how to use eDNA sampling technology for invasive species monitoring or surveillance.