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ID: 90
A Rigorous Procedure for Holding Expert Panels



Principal Investigator : Bruce Marcot

Wildlife and Fish2012PNW

ID: 93
Applying Decision Science to Managing National Forests



Principal Investigator : Bruce Marcot

Resource Management and Use2012PNW

ID: 352
Cascade volcanoes may be at greater risk for debris flows as climate warms

Scientists with the Pacific Northwest Research Station discovered previously unreported links between receding glaciers, areas of stagnant and d ...

Principal Investigator : Gordon Grant

Resource Management and Use2011PNW

ID: 353
Conservation priorities identified for Northwest amphibians and reptiles

At a reptile conservation conference, scientists and natural resource managers synthesized conservation concerns and priorities for 105 species ...

Principal Investigator : Deanna Olson

Wildlife and Fish2011PNW

ID: 94
Conserving Martens, Sables, and Fishers

New book provides the first comprehensive synthesis of knowledge about these species in nearly 20 years

Principal Investigator : Keith Aubry

Wildlife and Fish2012PNW

ID: 91
Dam Removal Produces Largest Release of Sediment in History

Four years of research on the Sandy River after the removal of the Marmot Dam provides guidance for future dam removals

Principal Investigator : Gordon Grant

Water, Air, and Soil2012PNW

ID: 242
Deep groundwater mediates streamflow response to climate warming and will provide a major source of summer streamflow for the western U.S. in the future

Prior efforts to model streamflow trends, and hence the availability of water, under future climate scenarios in the Western United States focus ...

Principal Investigator : Gordon Grant

Water, Air, and Soil2010PNW

ID: 333
FIA 5-year report summarizes forest conditions in Washington

This report highlights forest conditions and trends from 2002 to 2006 for all forest lands in Washington State. This information establishes a b ...

Principal Investigator : Karen Waddell

Inventory and Monitoring2011PNW

ID: 95
Finding Value in Young-Growth Koa Wood

A demonstration project informs the forest industry in Hawai'i of the quality and uses for young-growth Koa wood

Principal Investigator : Eini Lowell

Resource Management and Use2012PNW

ID: 237
Focusing only on small trees is not an economical or effective way to reduce fire hazard

PNW scientists created an analysis framework called FIA BioSum that uses the nationwide Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) database and allows ...

Principal Investigator : Jeremy Fried

Wildland Fire and Fuels2010PNW

ID: 334
Forest Inventory and Analysis begins work on Hawaiian Islands

Policymakers and natural resource managers need up-to-date, consistent, and credible information on the status and trends of forests in Hawaii a ...

Principal Investigator : Robert Pattison

Inventory and Monitoring2011PNW

ID: 223
Forest managers receive requested side-by-side comparison of fuel treatments

Forest managers throughout the United Stated have asked for side-by-side comparisons of treatments to better understand the ecological and econo ...

Principal Investigator : Andy Youngblood

Wildland Fire and Fuels2010PNW

ID: 335
Genetic studies reveal population structure of fisher predate management

This research is being used to aid management decisions about whether these populations warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act. Sci ...

Principal Investigator : Richard Cronn

Wildland Fire and Fuels2011PNW

ID: 241
Harvest pattern influences survival of forest-dependent species

The Demonstration of Ecosystem Management Options (DEMO) study was established in 1994 to evaluate the benefits of leaving some live trees stand ...

Principal Investigator : Charles Peterson

Resource Management and Use2010PNW

ID: 71
Heating with Wood in Alaska

Converting oil heating systems in residential and commercial buildings in Alaska to renewable wood energy would require 1.3 to 1.7 million cords ...

Principal Investigator : Allen Brackley

Resource Management and Use2012PNW

ID: 239
Land use policies affect levels of carbon sequestration

Researchers used the Forest and Agriculture Sector Optimization Model-Greenhouse Gases Model to analyze alternative policy scenarios and compare ...

Principal Investigator : Ralph Alig

Resource Management and Use2010PNW

ID: 339
Learning more about the role of salmon-derived nutrients in Southeast Alaska watersheds

This research tested a common assumption and found that, contrary to conventional wisdom, younger soil closest to the stream had lower concentra ...

Principal Investigator : David D'Amore

Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
2011PNW

ID: 92
Lichen Communities Serve as Canary in the Coal Mine for Air Pollution

A comparison of lichen communities from 1976 to 2008 suggests continued deterioration of air quality in the Los Angeles Basin despite policy and ...

Principal Investigator : Sarah Jovan

Inventory and Monitoring2012PNW

ID: 336
Majority of surveyed family forest owners in eastern Oregon treat land to reduce wildfire risk

This study identified the different types of landowners who might benefit from policies and programs for wildfire risk reduction. It also reveal ...

Principal Investigator : Paige Fischer

Wildland Fire and Fuels2011PNW

ID: 72
Managing for Ecosystem Services on Public Land

New report provides an overview of how national forests can address ecosystem services and tradeoffs associated with forest management plans and ...

Principal Investigator : Jeff Kline

Resource Management and Use2012PNW

ID: 73
Mapping Hardwood and Softwood Vegetation Types with LiDAR

Study informs forest management activities and assesses woodpecker habitat

Principal Investigator : Robert McGaughey

Inventory and Monitoring2012PNW

ID: 228
Maps illustrate 23 years of change on Northwest forests

By using historical remote-sensing data, researchers developed maps of annual forest change between 1984 and 2007. These maps, with a resolution ...

Principal Investigator : Warren Cohen

Inventory and Monitoring2010PNW

ID: 340
Maps of biomass dynamics support North American Carbon Program

Forest Service scientists and collaborators modeled live, aboveground tree biomass by using Forest Inventory and Analysis field data and applied ...

Principal Investigator : Warren Cohen

Resource Management and Use2011PNW

ID: 227
Marbled murrelet populations are declining in the Northwest Forest Plan area

The marbled murrelet, a seabird, is a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. The 1996 Northwest Forest Plan is the guiding plan fo ...

Principal Investigator : Martin Raphael

Wildlife and Fish2010PNW

ID: 74
Mitigating Arctic Black Carbon Deposition

Scientists identify meteorological conditions when black carbon does not travel to the Arctic

Principal Investigator : Sim Larkin

Wildland Fire and Fuels2012PNW

ID: 341
More Scotch broom found where logging debris was removed

Scotch broom, a nonnative, invasive species, is a severe competitor of young Douglas-fir.

Principal Investigator : Timothy Harrington

Resource Management and Use2011PNW

ID: 337
Multiple fuel treatments likely needed to restore resiliency in fire-adapted ecosystems

Fuel reduction and restoration treatments can be used to begin restoring late-successional stand structure, but single treatments are insufficie ...

Principal Investigator : Andy Youngblood

Wildland Fire and Fuels2011PNW

ID: 79
National Study Evaluates Fuel Treatments in Reducing Risk of Fire

Mechanical treatments do not serve as surrogates for fire treatments

Principal Investigator : Andy Youngblood

Wildland Fire and Fuels2012PNW

ID: 225
NetMap: A Tool Supporting Watershed Science and Resource Management

The Willamette National Forest is using NetMap to prioritize road restoration and removal projects, and the Oregon Department of Forestry is usi ...

Principal Investigator : Gordon Reeves

Wildlife and Fish2010PNW

ID: 226
New genome sequencing method reveals a species evolutionary history

Organelle genomes from plants, animals, and fungi are used as genetic markers to track maternal diversity, historical migration, and maternally ...

Principal Investigator : Richard Cronn

Wildlife and Fish2010PNW

ID: 240
New hypothesis for yellow-cedar decline links calcium accumulation to nitrogen cycles and rooting depth

Station scientists formulated a new hypothesis that explains how cedar trees survive in marginal conditions, yet have roots that are susceptible ...

Principal Investigator : David D'Amore

Resource Management and Use2010PNW

ID: 243
New methods quantify fluxes of carbon from terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems in southeast Alaska

Scientists in southeast Alaska have established methods for quantifying fluxes of carbon from terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems across a gradie ...

Principal Investigator : Richard Edwards

Water, Air, and Soil2010PNW

ID: 76
New Techniques Improve National Emissions Inventory for Wildland Fire

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is using new techniques to create the next national emissions inventory for wildland fire

Principal Investigator : Sim Larkin

Wildland Fire and Fuels2012PNW

ID: 77
New Tool Helps Evaluate Proposed Biomass Projects



Principal Investigator : Jamie Barbour

Resource Management and Use2012PNW

ID: 338
Oregon white oak regeneration enhanced through proper seed and seedling management

Planting Native Oak in the Pacific Northwest is the first comprehensive study of Oregon white oak planting technique. Without post-planting man ...

Principal Investigator : Connie Harrington

Resource Management and Use2011PNW

ID: 78
Predicting the Path of the Amber-Marked Birch Leaf Miner

Scientists model future infestation of an invasive insect in Anchorage, AK

Principal Investigator : John Lundquist

Invasive Species2012PNW

ID: 342
Presence of tanoak reduces Douglas-fir mortality from black-stain root disease

Black-stain root disease is a native pathogen of conifers in the Pacific Northwest. The disease reduces growth and ultimately kills the infected ...

Principal Investigator : Timothy Harrington

Resource Management and Use2011PNW

ID: 80
Reponding to Climate Change on National Forests



Principal Investigator : David Peterson

Resource Management and Use2012PNW

ID: 81
Responding to Climate Change on National Forests

A new guidebook provides a scientific foundation and framework for preparing for climate change

Principal Investigator : David Peterson

Resource Management and Use2012PNW

ID: 238
Scientists develop current and future habitat suitability maps for invasive tamarisk species

Tamarisks are shrubs or small trees considered by some to be among the most aggressively invasive and potentially detrimental exotic plants in t ...

Principal Investigator : Becky Kerns

Invasive Species2010PNW

ID: 75
Scientists Find Cause of Yellow-cedar Death in Alaska's Coastal Forests

Absence of snow to protect shallow roots results in roots freezing and extensive tree death

Principal Investigator : Paul Hennon

Resource Management and Use2012PNW

ID: 83
Scientists Study the Effects of Harvesting Fire-Killed Trees

Findings help land managers fine tune their post-fire treatments to speed forest recovery process

Principal Investigator : Jane Smith

Resource Management and Use2012PNW

ID: 82
Smoke Modeling Helps Protect Public Health



Principal Investigator : Miriam Rorig

Wildland Fire and Fuels2012PNW

ID: 224
Soils in Douglas-fir plantations in the Oregon Coast Range have high rates of methane uptake

PNW scientists conducted the first study to report methane uptake rates by forest soil in the Pacific Northwest. Methane uptake was measured fiv ...

Principal Investigator : Heather Erickson

Water, Air, and Soil2010PNW

ID: 343
Strategically linking headwater habitats across ridgelines benefits amphibians and management

Federal biologists, land managers, and watershed stewardship councils are interested in this new design that maintains amphibian habitat and whi ...

Principal Investigator : Deanna Olson

Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
2011PNW

ID: 84
Testing Fuel Treatments in Boreal Forests

A first-of-its-kind study tests the effects of fuel treatment on fuel consumption and fire behavior in Alaska's boreal forest

Principal Investigator : Roger Ottmar

Wildland Fire and Fuels2012PNW

ID: 85
Understanding Extreme Fire Behavior



Principal Investigator : Brian Potter

Wildland Fire and Fuels2012PNW

ID: 344
Use of insects tested to control invasive riparian weed

Leafy spurge is an invasive weed that has appeared along streams throughout much of the country. Resource managers need way to control leafy spu ...

Principal Investigator : Robert Progar

Invasive Species2011PNW