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Photo of Mountain pine beetle damage. Daniel Miller, USDA Forest Service
ID: 693
A 25-Year History of Forest Disturbance and Cause in the United States

Understanding trends in forest disturbance caused by fire, harvest, stress, weather, and conversion is important for many forest management deci ...

Principal Investigator : Gretchen Moisen

Inventory and Monitoring2014RMRS
Photo of The degrees of risk for non-wilderness National Forest System parts of 3,700 watersheds (1=low risk; 5= high risk). Forest Service
ID: 402
A close comparison of the condition of watersheds on our National Forests

Given the continuing concern over nonpoint-source pollution, researchers sought to understand how the risk of water quality impairment from nonp ...

Principal Investigator : Thomas C. Brown

Water, Air, and Soil2011RMRS
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ID: 248
A new approach to large-scale fish monitoring

The old paradigm of 'how much is out there' is being replaced by a new method prototyped by the Rocky Mountain Research Station, which is easier ...

Principal Investigator : William M. Block

Wildlife and Fish2010RMRS
Photo of Burn probability map for the conterminous United States generated for risk assessment and other applications. Forest Service
ID: 396
A practical approach to using fire simulations for operational planning and ecological research

Station scientists have developed a simulation system designed to estimate the probabilistic components of wildfire risk for Fire Planning Units ...

Principal Investigator : Mark A. Finney

Wildland Fire and Fuels2011RMRS
Photo of Healthy Rocky Mountain bristlecone pine stand in Colorado threatened by white pine blister rust and mountain pine beetle. Forest Service
ID: 121
A Proactive Strategy To Control Invasive Species in Mountaintop Ecosystems

High-elevation pine forests, under the threat of multiple stressors, serve as an excellent flagship to lead the shift away from crisis managemen ...

Principal Investigator : Anna W. Schoettle

Invasive Species
Resource Management and Use
2012RMRS
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ID: 253
A Synthesis of the Science on U.S. Forests and Carbon

Due to the recognized expertise and the credibility of our scientists, the Rocky Mountain Research Station was asked by the Ecological Society o ...

Principal Investigator : Tom Crow

Resource Management and Use2010RMRS
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ID: 252
Adapting to Climate Change in National Forests: A Workshop for Resource Managers

In April of 2010, scientists from the Rocky Mountain, Pacific Northwest, and Pacific Southwest Research Stations organized and conducted a works ...

Principal Investigator : Cindy S. S. Swanson

Resource Management and Use2010RMRS
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ID: 272
Aiding Visitation Management in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness

The unique wilderness of Boundary Waters Canoe Area draws over 250,000 visitors annually, making it one of the most popular wilderness areas in ...

Principal Investigator : Cindy S. S. Swanson

Outdoor Recreation2010RMRS
Photo of Sampling a grassland site invaded by spotted knapweed in western Montana. Forest Service
ID: 403
An herbicide solution to knapweed

Station researchers evaluated the effects of a common herbicide treatment on grassland plants in western Montana to determine if and when suppre ...

Principal Investigator : Yvette K. Ortega

Invasive Species2011RMRS
Photo of Douglas-fir is a highly valued tree in the western United States. Forest Service
ID: 251
Analysis of Douglas-Fir Climate Change Adaptation Potential

A collaborative effort led by the Rocky Mountain Research Station, has produced a report outlining the impact of changing climate on forest dist ...

Principal Investigator : Tom Crow

Resource Management and Use2010RMRS
Photo of A Forest Service inventory specialist entering data in a pinyon/juniper woodland. USDA Forest Service
ID: 545
Annual Inventory of New Mexico's Forests More Accurate Thanks to Stratification Key

The Forest Inventory and Analysis Program must provide unbiased estimates of forest area. An accurate baseline of New Mexico's forests and futu ...

Principal Investigator : Sara A. Goeking

Inventory and Monitoring2013RMRS
Photo of In Fiscal Year 2011, an initial series of 10 briefing papers were produced for the four Fire Science Knowledge Exchange Consortia in the Rocky Mountain Research Station territory. Forest Service
ID: 397
Applying and delivering National Fire Plan research

Finding innovative ways to help natural resource managers learn and apply new technology.

Principal Investigator : Hobart T. Mowrer

Wildland Fire and Fuels2011RMRS
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ID: 277
Aspen forest trends in the Interior West

Aspen death in parts of the Interior West, including Colorado and Utah, has been alarming in recent years. While loss of aspen in localized area ...

Principal Investigator : Michael J. Wilson

Resource Management and Use2010RMRS
Photo of Key components of risk assessment are exposure analysis and effects analysis.  This framework, employed by researchers, systematically portrays how fire likelihood and intensity influence risk to social, economic and ecological resources. Forest Service
ID: 383
Assessing wildfire risk to communities and natural and cultural resources

Station scientists affiliated with the National Fire Decision Support Center are working closely with the Agency's Western and Eastern Threat Ce ...

Principal Investigator : Dave E. Calkin

Wildland Fire and Fuels2011RMRS
Photo of When tansy ragwort flea beetles feed on invasive tansy ragwort leaves, at least 11 defensive plant chemicals are triggered after only four days (each peak equals one chemical). These chemicals are costly for the plant to produce and likely contribute to the success of this biocontrol insect. Forest Service
ID: 393
Biological control of invasive plants

Scientists are studying chemical ecology regarding the biocontrol of weeds and discovering that biocontrol insects affect weed chemistry in very ...

Principal Investigator : Justin B. Runyon

Invasive Species2011RMRS
Photo of Black Fingers of Death field study in northwestern Arizona. Forest Service
ID: 386
Black Fingers of Death - the Bane of Cheatgrass

Scientists have identified a promising biocontrol organism that can kill dormant cheatgrass seeds and sometimes a high proportion of germinable ...

Principal Investigator : Susan E. Meyer

Invasive Species2011RMRS
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ID: 258
Broadening information available to managers of wildland fires

Researchers in Boise, Idaho, worked with colleagues on both sides of the country to develop a tool that gives wildland fire managers detailed ai ...

Principal Investigator : Jan M. Engert

Wildland Fire and Fuels2010RMRS
Photo of Crews spread foam on a fire to defend a home in Secesh Meadows, Idaho. Forest Service
ID: 384
Can fuel treatments mitigate wildfire effects

Did a real-time test of fuel treatments help mitigate the effects of a large wildfire

Principal Investigator : Andrew T. Hudak

Wildland Fire and Fuels2011RMRS
Photo of Recent studies measured the distribution of carbon in pools in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado. USDA Forest Service
ID: 543
Carbon Storage in Mountain Rivers Studied

Findings show that low-gradient, broad valley bottoms with old-growth forest or active beaver colonies store the majority of above- and below-gr ...

Principal Investigator : Kathleen A. Dwire

Water, Air, and Soil2013RMRS
Photo of Winter recreationists carrying GPS units were tracked as they traveled in the backcountry. Forest Service
ID: 273
Catalyzing Human Behavior in Support of Monitoring Recreation Impacts on Wildlife

Surprising successes have been achieved in the first year of a pilot project examining how humans, lynx and wolverine use winter recreation area ...

Principal Investigator : William M. Block

Outdoor Recreation2010RMRS
Photo of Forest Service researcher prepares a video camera prior to ignition of one of the large grass-shrub burn plots at Eglin Air Force Base. USDA Forest Service
ID: 556
Central Data Set Informs Next Generation of Fire and Smoke Models

RxCADRE, the Prescribed Fire and Combustion and Atmospheric Dynamics Research Experiment, is a collection of resources and fire and fuels data o ...

Principal Investigator : Daniel M. Jimenez

Wildland Fire and Fuels2013RMRS
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ID: 544
Changing Patterns of Wildlife Hunting and Viewing

These findings help resource specialists explore the potential impacts of declining hunting participation, identify regions and activities that ...

Principal Investigator : Miranda H. Mockrin

Wildlife and Fish2013RMRS
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ID: 703
Cheatgrass Biocontrol with "Black Fingers of Death"

Understanding the effects of slow-growing versus fast-growing pathogen strains may be the key to successfully slow down or stop cheatgrass seed ...

Principal Investigator : Susan E. Meyer

Invasive Species2014RMRS
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ID: 236
Climate Change Effects on Stream Temperature

A new temperature model developed via collaboration between researchers at the Rocky Mountain Research Station's Aquatic Sciences Laboratory in ...

Principal Investigator : Frank H. McCormick

Water, Air, and Soil2010RMRS
Photo of View of vegetative recovery five years after fire on a Colorado Plateau site includes scattered mountain big sagebrush plants that grew from seeds that survived the fire. These young plants are just large enough to begin producing seeds. Plant density on this site is sufficient to support a prediction of full sagebrush recovery in 25-35 years after the fire. Stanley G Kitchen, USDA Forest Service
ID: 704
Climate Regulates Mountain big Sagebrush Recovery After Fire

Wildland fire plays a key role in shaping natural communities on semi-arid landscapes around the world. The composition and structure of plant c ...

Principal Investigator : Stanley G. Kitchen

Wildland Fire and Fuels2014RMRS
Photo of The panel at upper left shows the extent of the project, specified by a green outline. * Forest Service
ID: 387
Combating wildlife habitat loss to human development

Scientists are investigating ways to lessen the impact of humans on wildlife and their travel corridors.

Principal Investigator : Samuel A. Cushman

Wildlife and Fish2011RMRS
Photo of Mountain pine beetle has killed millions of acres of pine trees, including on the Helena National Forest, Montana. Barbara Bentz, USDA Forest Service.
ID: 697
Combined Effects of a Changing Climate Drive Mountain Pine Beetle Outbreaks

An ideal combination of temperature and precipitation associated with a changing climate are responsible for recent mountai pine beetle populati ...

Principal Investigator : Barbara J. Bentz

Resource Management and Use2014RMRS
Photo of The Thompson Ridge Fire in the Jemez Mountains, taken from the Valles Caldera Bonca Bonita site (north-central New Mexico). Jeremy Marshall,  USDA Forest Service
ID: 694
Comprehensive Inventory of Forest Health Trends in New Mexico

The public, forest managers, and scientists now have the most comprehensive inventory of forest health trends in New Mexico's history. The repor ...

Principal Investigator : Sara A. Goeking

Inventory and Monitoring2014RMRS
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ID: 255
Designing fuel treatments for the wildland-urban interface

Findings from research in an area of vacation homes near Idaho's Warm Lake are helping resource managers design fuel treatments for the wildland ...

Principal Investigator : Tom Crow

Wildland Fire and Fuels2010RMRS
Photo of Skidder and delimber operating on a fuel management research project in the Priest River Experimental Forest in Idaho. Forest Service
ID: 274
Determining the cost of biomass removal

The Western Biomass Tool estimates the costs of harvesting, chipping and transporting biomass. The Western Biomass Tool can also be used to calc ...

Principal Investigator : Frank H. McCormick

Resource Management and Use2010RMRS
Photo of Floral scents are captured by enclosing flowers in clear plastic cups and pulling air out of the cups through an odor trap. Scientists found that drought changed the smell of all four species studied and reduced pollinator visitation to three of the four plant species. Justin B. Runyon, USDA Forest Service
ID: 699
Drought Stress Changes Floral Scent and Reduces Pollinator Visitation

Pollinators assist 80 percent of flowering plants in their reproduction, which accounts for much of the food ingested by humans and wildlife. Th ...

Principal Investigator : Justin B. Runyon

Resource Management and Use2014RMRS
Photo of Modeled flow metric datasets are organized by six major river basins in the western United States. Forest Service
ID: 381
Evaluating the Effects of Climate Change on Streamflow

Scientists have developed a database of flow metrics for streams in the western U.S. under historical conditions and climate change scenarios.

Principal Investigator : Charles H. Luce

Water, Air, and Soil2011RMRS
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ID: 257
Evolution of accident investigations

Change blindness,' in which people do not notice changes in a situation, is among the human phenomena uncovered after an on-the-job accident kil ...

Principal Investigator : Jan M. Engert

Wildland Fire and Fuels2010RMRS
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ID: 250
Examining the eastern edge of greater sage-grouse habitat

Efforts to aid greater sage-grouse survival, a candidate for Endangered Species Act protection, will be enhanced by a project coordinated at the ...

Principal Investigator : Steve D. Warren

Wildlife and Fish2010RMRS
Photo of Male bull trout in the East Fork Bitterroot River Basin. Aubree Benson, Forest Service
ID: 390
Fire and fish dynamics in a changing climate

Forest Service scientists are seeking a better understanding how climate change and fire affect native trout.

Principal Investigator : Michael K. Young

Wildlife and Fish2011RMRS
Photo of Firefighters exit area where safety zone sensors were deployed on fire in Nevada in 2014. Dan Jimenez, USDA Forest Service.
ID: 700
Forest Service Researchers Focus on Firefighter Safety

Wildland firefighters continue to be injured or killed in fire entrapments. Past entrapment data indicates that policy changes, work practices, ...

Principal Investigator : Bret W. Butler

Wildland Fire and Fuels2014RMRS
Photo of A number of factors interact to affect sound decision making in wildland fire management which influence broad program goals and ultimate outcomes. Forest Service
ID: 388
Good decisions for good fire management

The Station's Wildland Fire Management Research, Development and Application program is developing the Wildland Fire Decision Support System (WF ...

Principal Investigator : Tom Zimmerman

Wildland Fire and Fuels2011RMRS
Photo of The Interior West Climate Change Working Group addresses the impacts of changing climates throughout the Interior West and Great Plains. Forest Service
ID: 394
Group Addresses Climate Change Impacts

New Forest Service group addresses the impacts of changing climates across the diverse landscapes of the Intermountain West and Great Plains.

Principal Investigator : Jan M. Engert

Resource Management and Use2011RMRS
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ID: 269
How removal of invasive trees affects nesting birds in riparian areas

Researchers studied nesting success in areas dominated by native tree species such as willows, areas dominated by invasive species such as tamar ...

Principal Investigator : Deborah M. Finch

Invasive Species2010RMRS
Photo of The six sites selected for this study include: 1) Lubrecht Forest, Montana; 2) Tenderfoot Forest, Montana; 3) Ninemile, Montana; 4) Bighole Valley, Montana; 5) Silver Mountain, Utah; and 6) Colville Forest, Washington., RMRS19b.jpg: The sample grid installed in the center of each study area with the four areas that received additional sampling to intensify the grid.  A set of nested plots were installed at each of the sample points shown. Forest Service
ID: 399
How to measure, describe and map wildland fuels

Results from a new study have profound implications for fire management and may render many conventional fuel products and analyses inappropriat ...

Principal Investigator : Robert E. Keane II

Wildland Fire and Fuels2011RMRS
Photo of Plume of the Big Salmon Lake Fire on August 17, 2011: one of 25 fires studied in the Smoke Emission and Dispersion field project. Forest Service
ID: 111
Improved Air-Quality Models Help Land Managers and Regulators

New research helps reduce the effects of wildfire emissions on human health, economic activity, and scenic integrity

Principal Investigator : Shawn P. Urbanski

Wildland Fire and Fuels2012RMRS
Photo of A new tool helps resource managers weigh investments and mitigation measures to reduce wildfire risk. Forest Service
ID: 256
Improving the assessment of wildfire risk

A new risk analysis framework has been designed to help resource managers and policy-makers weigh investments and mitigation measures to reduce ...

Principal Investigator : Cindy S. S. Swanson

Wildland Fire and Fuels2010RMRS
Photo of Forest Service researchers investigate the factors that contribute to the expansion of a recently introduced plant species into a native prairie. USDA Forest Service
ID: 546
Investigating New Emerging Invasive Plant Threats

Forest Service scientists and partners developed an aggressive approach to investigate the biological and habitat characteristics of sickleweed, ...

Principal Investigator : Jack L. Butler

Invasive Species2013RMRS
Photo of A recent workshop provided water managers with information to help make more cost-effective and efficient use of existing management tools. Forest Service
ID: 244
Management of Western Water Resources in a Changing Climate

Hydrologists and water and resource managers from National Forests and eight governmental and non-governmental organizations planned and partici ...

Principal Investigator : Cindy S. S. Swanson

Water, Air, and Soil2010RMRS
Photo of  Forest Service scientists evaluated the relationship between climate and fire regime characteristics. The left panel depicts ecoregions of the western U.S. The middle panel shows each ecoregion's climate in terms of climatic proxies for productivity and long-term fuel moisture. The right panel shows broad-scale trends in fire activity and fire severity; for example, more productive and wetter ecoregions generally experience higher severity fires. This study was conducted using fire data in areas dominated by designated wilderness and national park land. Sean Parks, USDA Forest Service
ID: 691
Mapping Fire Regimes in the Western United States

Forest managers and policymakers are increasingly concerned about potential for increased fire activity and severity in future years. Although m ...

Principal Investigator : Sean A. Parks

Wildland Fire and Fuels2014RMRS
Photo of Wildland fire burns with a mosaic of fire severity on the landscape. This image shows a high severity fire. USDA Forest Service
ID: 549
Mappint Project Delivers Fire Severity Maps for all Phases of Fire Management

Forest Service scientists and their cooperators developed the Fire Severity (FIRESEV) Mapping Project, a comprehensive set of tools and precedur ...

Principal Investigator : Robert E. Keane II

Wildland Fire and Fuels2013RMRS
Photo of The telltale red needles of a mountain pine beetle attacked tree contain 10 times less water than those of a similar healthy green tree, and these low moisture contents cause the red foliage to ignite quickly and easily.  This red-needle lodgepole pine tree was ignited from a single point source on its lowest branches; the entire tree was quickly consumed in flames. Forest Service
ID: 395
Mountain pine beetle effects on fire behavior

Studies are shining light on how pine beetles affect wildfire.

Principal Investigator : Matt Jolly

Wildland Fire and Fuels2011RMRS
Photo of Scientists are studying the genetic differences in the mountain pine beetle and its ability to respond to changing climates. USDA Forest Service
ID: 547
Mountain Pine Beetle's Ability to Cope with a Changing Climate Depends on Genetics

Recent field studies suggest that different selection pressures on northern and southern populations allow mountain pine beetle to maintain a si ...

Principal Investigator : Barbara J. Bentz

Invasive Species2013RMRS
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ID: 271
National Land Cover Database (NLCD) 2011 percent tree canopy product

Forest Inventory and Analysis Program scientists throughout the country are collaborating with the Remote Sensing Applications Center to develop ...

Principal Investigator : Michael J. Wilson

Inventory and Monitoring2010RMRS
Photo of Spatial statistical stream network models can use data from a relatively small number of sites, left map, to make unbiased predictions across larger river networks, right map. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
ID: 552
New Class of Statistical Model Developed for Stream Networks

Researchers and their cooperators developed a new class of statistical model for stream networks that applies to most types of stream data and p ...

Principal Investigator : Daniel J. Isaak

Water, Air, and Soil2013RMRS
Photo of The San Francisco Peaks in northern Arizona are sacred to many Native American groups. Forest Service
ID: 398
New collaborative project focuses on tribal climate change issues in the Southwest

This southwestern project is helping Native American tribes identify how climate change is affecting them and how to address these issues.

Principal Investigator : Carol B. Raish

Resource Management and Use2011RMRS
Photo of Under the canopy of contemporary climate change, some native plant species, such as western larch, will be unable to adapt or migrate fast enough to track the projected changes. Mary Williams, USDA Forest Service
ID: 557
New Database Established for Tracking Climate Change and Assisted Migration

A new literary database about native plant transfer guidelines, climate change and assisted migration provides information on assisted vegetatio ...

Principal Investigator : Kasten Dumroese

Resource Management and Use2013RMRS
Photo of Thicket of trees in a ponderosa pine forest located on the Long Valley Experimental Forest depicts unhealthy forest conditions. Richard T. Reynolds, USDA Forest Service.
ID: 698
New Framework Guides Land Managers in Restoring Forests to Historic Conditions

Forest Service and university scientists and managers synthesized 100 years of published forestry science to help forest managers better underst ...

Principal Investigator : Richard T. Reynolds

Wildland Fire and Fuels
Resource Management and Use
Outdoor Recreation
Water, Air, and Soil
Wildlife and Fish
2014RMRS
Photo of Training sessions such as this one in Region 5 ensures that the Forest Soil Disturbance Monitoring Protocol is used consistently across National Forests in the U.S. Forest Service
ID: 391
New protocols help understand changing soils

Forest Service scientists have met the challenge of developing meaningful soil quality standards that can evaluate the full range of variability ...

Principal Investigator : Deborah S. Page-Dumroese

Water, Air, and Soil2011RMRS
Photo of Greater Sage-Grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus). Charlotte Ganskopp, USDA Agricultural Research Service
ID: 705
New Research on Resilience of Sagebrush Ecosystems Used for Improving Sage-grouse Habitat

New research from the Forest Service's Rocky Mountain Research Station on sagebrush ecosystems is being put to use to benefit Greater Sage-Grous ...

Principal Investigator : Jeanne C. Chambers

Wildland Fire and Fuels
Invasive Species
Resource Management and Use
Wildlife and Fish
2014RMRS
Photo of Burned sagebrush sites can be seeded using rangeland drills to re-establish native perennial plants. Matthew Fisk, USDA Forest Service
ID: 702
New Seeding Techniques Restore Sagebrush Ecosystems Following Wildfire

Sagebrush ecosystems of the Great Basin are being rapidly converted to annual grasslands dominated by invasive weeds such as cheatgrass (Bromus ...

Principal Investigator : Jeffrey E. Ott

Invasive Species
Resource Management and Use
2014RMRS
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ID: 245
New Toolkit Automates the Interpretation of Digital Channel Maps

Rocky Mountain Research Station scientists are developing a computer application called the River Bathymetry Toolkit (RBT) that automatically ex ...

Principal Investigator : Frank H. McCormick

Water, Air, and Soil2010RMRS
Photo of In the left panel (a), the red points correspond to the locations of satellite fire detections and the thick black line represents a fire perimeter. Because we know the exact day that each of these points were burned by wildfire, we were able to generate a spatially continuous representation of the day of burning, and hence the fire progression, for this and other wildfires (b). Sean Parks, USDA Forest Service
ID: 692
New Use of Remotely Sensed Data Help Map Daily Progression of Wildfires

Variable weather conditions have a dramatic influence on fire behavior and fire effects, but the influence of weather can be particularly diffic ...

Principal Investigator : Sean A. Parks

Wildland Fire and Fuels2014RMRS
Photo of Portable ozone monitor at Trout Creek Pass, Colorado.  Forest Service
ID: 124
Ozone Air Pollution Threatens Remote National Forest Mountain Areas

Scientists are using a portable battery-powered monitor to evaluate O3 at several high-elevation, remote locations in the Rocky Mountain West

Principal Investigator : Robert (Bob) C. Musselman

Water, Air, and Soil2012RMRS
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ID: 247
Pioneering genetics research aids in fisher survival

Rocky Mountain Research Station scientists and collaborators have pioneered a mitochondrial genome sequencing technique that can be used to answ ...

Principal Investigator : William M. Block

Wildlife and Fish2010RMRS
Photo of Photo of permanent study plot in 2007 immediately prior to timber harvest. Jack Butler, USDA Forest Service
ID: 701
Ponderosa Pine Understory Vegetation Recovers Quickly Following Timber Harvest

Creating and maintaining a healthy forest relies on the resiliency of understory vegetation. The understory vegetation is largely responsible fo ...

Principal Investigator : Jack L. Butler

Resource Management and Use
Inventory and Monitoring
Invasive Species
2014RMRS
Photo of Current (2000) and future (2080) distribution of Forest Inventory and Analysis plots predicted to be at high risk of spruce beetle infestation based on the Canadian Global Climate Change model predictions of future temperatures. Numbers in lower right corner indicate percentage of plots with increased spruce beetle risk.  Forest Service
ID: 138
Predicting Future Spruce Beetle Infestations

Scientists model the effects of increasing temperatures and forest stand conditions on the likelihood of spruce beetle infestation over time

Principal Investigator : R. Justin DeRose

Inventory and Monitoring2012RMRS
Photo of The beetle-killed to biochar process. Forest Service
ID: 385
Producing biochar from forest biomass

All that dead wood in our forests can be used to make charcoal, synthetic gas, and even fuel for our vehicles.

Principal Investigator : Dan W. McCollum

Resource Management and Use2011RMRS
Photo of Sources of phosphorus from a forested 90-m long hill with a Tahoe Basin Climate under different forest conditions, as predicted by the Tahoe Basin Sediment Model. Forest Service
ID: 123
Quantifying Phosphorus Delivery Pathways in Forest Watersheds

Predictive model clearly shows the importance of lateral flow in delivering phosphorus from steep forested hillslopes to forest streams

Principal Investigator : William J. Elliot

Water, Air, and Soil2012RMRS
Photo of Wildfires that burned in 1985 and 2000 are shown in red. In 2003, another wildfire burned (shown as a black line) and interacted with both previous wildfires. The 1985 wildfire does not appear to act as a fuel break and limit the size of the 2003 wildfire. The 2000 wildfire does appear to act as a fuel break and limit the size of the 2003 wildfire. Sean Parks, USDA Forest Service
ID: 690
Quantifying the Ability of Wildfire to Act as a Fuel Break

Forest Service scientists conducted a study using fire history atlases, fire progression maps, and weather station data to quantify the ability ...

Principal Investigator : Sean A. Parks

Wildland Fire and Fuels2014RMRS
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ID: 270
Rangelands On The Edge

City and county planners across the US will have a new toolkit to better manage development encroachment into rangelands. The 'Rangelands on the ...

Principal Investigator : Cindy S. S. Swanson

Inventory and Monitoring2010RMRS
Photo of Partially cut Engelmann spruce stand, Routt National Forest, Colorado. Forest Service
ID: 276
Reducing Spruce Beetle-Caused Mortality in the Southern Rocky Mountains

Rocky Mountain Research Station scientists, partnered with Forest Service Forest Health Protection, have determined that partial forest cutting ...

Principal Investigator : Rocky Mountain Research Station

Resource Management and Use2010RMRS
Photo of Incorporating information on wildfire likelihood, wildfire intensity, and resource/asset susceptibility to wildfire is critical for assessing risk. USDA Forest Service
ID: 555
Report Offers Framework for Wildfire Risk Assessment and Decision Support

Scientists crafted a framework for wildfire risk assessment and applied the framework to support fire-management decision making processes on mu ...

Principal Investigator : Matthew P. Thompson

Wildland Fire and Fuels2013RMRS
Photo of Healthy sagebrush common garden at Great Basin Experimental Range. Forest Service
ID: 110
Research Helps Conserve and Restore Shrub Dominated Ecosystems

Helping to make prudent, research-based decisions to improve shrublands in the Interior West

Principal Investigator : Bryce A. Richardson

Resource Management and Use2012RMRS
Photo of A spatial, quantitative wildfire risk assessment framework based on characterizing exposure of highly valued resources and assets to risk factors, as well as their response to varying levels of exposure. Forest Service
ID: 127
Risk Analysis Prioritizes Investments in Hazardous Fuels Reduction

Scientists mitigate the adverse impacts of wildland fires

Principal Investigator : Matthew P. Thompson

Outdoor Recreation
Wildland Fire and Fuels
2012RMRS
Photo of Sulphur-flower buckwheat seed. Forest Service
ID: 122
Scientists Conserve the Seeds of Today To Propagate the Best Adapted Plants of Tomorrow

Project is aimed at restoring damaged grasslands, shrublands, and deserts

Principal Investigator : Nancy L. Shaw

Outdoor Recreation
Resource Management and Use
2012RMRS
Photo of Wildlife habitats for such wildlife as elk were evaluated by scientists to better understand how their habitats connect across the Northern Rockies. (Thinkstock)
ID: 553
Scientists Evalute Connectivity of Wildlife Habitats in Northern Rockies

Forest Service scientists recently evaluated how and to what extent wildlife habitats are connected across a vast 44 million hectare geographica ...

Principal Investigator : Samuel A. Cushman

Wildlife and Fish2013RMRS
Photo of RMRS researchers attaching a color band to a captured and hooded Mexican spotted owl. Forest Service
ID: 108
Scientists Study Endangered Mexican Spotted Owl

Research provides information useful to managers charged with conserving and restoring Mexican spotted owls and their habitat

Principal Investigator : Joseph L. Ganey

Outdoor Recreation
Wildlife and Fish
2012RMRS
Photo of Fires release large amounts of carbon to the atmosphere through combustion, and create even larger amounts of dead material that breaks down and is emitted over longer time frames. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
ID: 550
Scientists Study the Effects of Management and Natural Disturbance on Carbon Storage in National Forests and Rangelands

Researchers combined satellite-based maps with Forest Inventory and Analyses (FIA) plot data and other resources to develop the Forest Carbon Ma ...

Principal Investigator : Sean P. Healey

Inventory and Monitoring2013RMRS
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ID: 254
Southwestern Ponderosa Pine Fire Findings Published

In 2010, the Rocky Mountain Research Station published ground-breaking findings on fire behavior in southwestern ponderosa pine forests. Using t ...

Principal Investigator : William M. Block

Wildland Fire and Fuels2010RMRS
Photo of Remote camera captures a wolverine as it approaches a researcher's trap. USDA Forest Service
ID: 548
Study Guages the Response of Wolverines to Winter Recreation

Forest Service scientists and their research partners use a novel approach that includes trapping and fitting wolverines with GPS collars that a ...

Principal Investigator : John R. Squires

Wildlife and Fish2013RMRS
Photo of A pair of Mexican spotted owls watches a live mouse on the forest floor.  Spotted owl nests typically are well hidden and difficult to locate.  Nesting owls often take captured prey to the nest site, allowing scientists to locate the nest. USDA Forest Service
ID: 554
Study Looks Into Nesting Habitats of Threatened Mexican Spotted Owls

Scientists worked with land managers to study nesting habitats of the Mexican spotted owl in New Mexico. Findings provide a template for preser ...

Principal Investigator : Joseph L. Ganey

Wildlife and Fish2013RMRS
Photo of A wilderness character map of Death Valley National Park shows the range in quality of wilderness character. National Park Service
ID: 551
Study Shows the Overall Condition of Wilderness Character

A new interagency strategy to monitor wilderness character helps managers assess whether wilderness stewardship actions fulfill the mandate to & ...

Principal Investigator : Peter B. Landres

Resource Management and Use2013RMRS
Photo of Biocontrol method uses mites to manage mountain pine beetles. USDA Forest Service
ID: 696
Synthesis Paper on the Mountain Pine Beetle Biology and Management Now Available

A series of 10 papers prepared by experts on mountain pine present a synthesis of the state of the knowledge on selected aspects on the beetle b ...

Principal Investigator : Jose Negron

Resource Management and Use2014RMRS
Photo of Burn severity for the Granny fire (2004) in the Gila-Aldo Leopold Wilderness in New Mexico. Qualitatively, it appears as though areas that has previously burned in 2000 had lower burn severity (i.e., dNBR) than areas that had not previously burned. Forest Service
ID: 140
The Effectiveness of Wildfire as a Fuel Treatment

New research results provide crucial information to land managers as they assess trade-offs associated with wildfire suppression and appropriate ...

Principal Investigator : Sean A. Parks

Wildland Fire and Fuels2012RMRS
Photo of Climate Change in Grasslands, Shrublands, and Deserts of the Interior American West: A Review and Needs Assessment
ID: 107
The Effects of Climate Change in Grasslands, Shrublands, and Deserts

Studies show that by the turn of the century, climate in the Western United States may be incompatible with current vegetation types, resulting ...

Principal Investigator : Deborah M. Finch

Resource Management and Use
Invasive Species
Wildlife and Fish
2012RMRS
Photo of Ferruginous hawk fitted with a GPS transmitter to study movements relative to oil/gas and wind energy development. Forest Service
ID: 109
The Effects of Energy Development on Hawks and Golden Eagles Documented

Results from a new wildlife study help managers develop conservation measures for ferruginous hawks and golden eagles in areas being developed f ...

Principal Investigator : John R. Squires

Wildlife and Fish2012RMRS
Photo of Simulations show where fires would have spread and reveal hidden consequences of suppression. Forest Service
ID: 400
The hidden consequences of fire suppression

Researchers are investigating the true costs of suppressing wildfires and finding results that will have broad national applicability. Their me ...

Principal Investigator : Carol L. Miller

Wildland Fire and Fuels2011RMRS
Photo of RNGR specialists provide necessary on-site support to nursery managers to improve production of native plants for reforestation and restoration. Forest Service
ID: 401
The Intersection of Science and Technology Transfer

Growers and users of the approximately one billion native plants produced each year in the United States now have the best information available ...

Principal Investigator : Kasten Dumroese

Resource Management and Use2011RMRS
Photo of The Rocky Mountain Research Station is a partner in helping to protect or restore relationships between residents of the Flathead Indian Reservation and the Mission Mountain landscape. Forest Service
ID: 389
Understanding climate change trends on tribal reservations

Station scientists are working with Native American tribes to understand how tribal members and resource managers perceive forecasted climate ch ...

Principal Investigator : Alan E. Watson

Resource Management and Use2011RMRS
Photo of Lab experiment showing flame wall apparatus, sensor placement and close-up of turbulent eddies intersecting the heat flux sensor and thermocouple arrays. Forest Service
ID: 392
Understanding the physical processes of fire spread

The latest research suggests a completely new approach to understanding and modeling the spread of forest fires - creating new opportunities for ...

Principal Investigator : Mark A. Finney

Wildland Fire and Fuels2011RMRS
Photo of Noxious weeds were monitored following thinning and burning treatments in a lodgepole pine forest. Forest Service
ID: 141
Unwanted Side Effects of Roads Are Invasive Species

Monitoring invasive plants is an important component of forest restoration

Principal Investigator : Justin B. Runyon

Invasive Species2012RMRS
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ID: 139
Updated Computer Model Helps Managers Better Estimate Visitation to Camp Sites

Model simulates travel patterns for 11,000 groups in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness

Principal Investigator : Alan E. Watson

Outdoor Recreation2012RMRS
Photo of Research is demonstrating the benefits of reviewing escaped fire reports and learning from them. Forest Service
ID: 404
Using Escaped Fire Reviews to Improve Organizational Learning

Through data collection and workshops, researchers are shedding light on who learns what from reviewing information on escaped fires.

Principal Investigator : Anne Black

Wildland Fire and Fuels2011RMRS
Photo of Researchers are gathering data on Mexican spotted owl habitat. Forest Service
ID: 249
Using timber-survey data to assess habitat of the threatened Mexican spotted owl

The Mexican spotted owl's southwestern roosting habitat has increased significantly on public land, is almost disappearing on private land, but ...

Principal Investigator : Michael J. Wilson

Wildlife and Fish2010RMRS
Photo of ForCaMF output showing non-soil carbon storage in all forests burned in Ravalli County, Montana, between 1999 and 2001.  The 100-year projected carbon storage following observed fire patterns and intensities (blue) is contrasted with storage associated with the same stands if no fire had occurred (green).  Error bars represent the standard deviation of 2000 simulations. Forest Service
ID: 382
Visualizing carbon storage of harvested and burned forests

New research at the Rocky Mountain Research Station has developed a process to visualize how harvested and burned stands contribute to overall c ...

Principal Investigator : Sean P. Healey

Resource Management and Use2011RMRS
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ID: 275
Whitebark Pine Management Guide Published

Don't expect the Clark's nutcracker, a jay-size bird named for the Lewis and Clark expedition's William Clark, to save the declining whitebark p ...

Principal Investigator : Colin C. Hardy

Resource Management and Use2010RMRS
Photo of Experimental disturbance killing native plants facilitates invasion by tall tumblemustard, cheatgrass, lamb's quarters, prickly lettuce, Canada thistle, bull thistle, sweetclover, bulbous bluegrass, and herb Sophia. Forest Service
ID: 142
Why Do the Exotics Beat the Natives: Where Is the Home-Team Advantage

New research sets forth a framework for understanding why exotic plants invade and how to fight the invasions

Principal Investigator : Dean E. Pearson

Invasive Species2012RMRS
Photo of Members of the Wilderness Fellows program. Forest Service
ID: 126
Wilderness Fellows Program Engages Youth in Federal Land Management

Program helps agencies develop a baseline assessment of wilderness character and integrate that character in wilderness planning, management, an ...

Principal Investigator : Peter B. Landres

Outdoor Recreation
Inventory and Monitoring
2012RMRS
Photo of A specimen from the Pinaleño Mountains with seven fire scars between 1785 and 1863, but no scars from 1864 until the tree was killed by bark beetles in 1995. O'Connor, University of Arizona
ID: 695
Wildfires in Southern Arizona are More Severe but Not Bigger

Scientists found that wildfires prior to 1880 burned about 70 percent of the landscape every 20 years. Since 1880 and the onset of fire exclusio ...

Principal Investigator : Ann M. Lynch

Wildland Fire and Fuels
Resource Management and Use
2014RMRS
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ID: 246
Wolverine Futures in a Changing Climate

Rocky Mountain Research Station researchers have demonstrated that wolverines are dependent on persistent spring snow for denning and this facto ...

Principal Investigator : William M. Block

Wildlife and Fish2010RMRS