Rocky Mountain Research Station Publications

Rocky Mountain Research Station
New Publications: April - June 2001

This issue lists publications by Station authors and major cooperators in the 3-month period shown above.

TITLE: Benefit transfer of outdoor recreation use values: a technical document supporting the Forest Service Strategic Plan (2000 revision)
SERIES #: Gen. Tech. Rep. RMRS-GTR-72
ORDER #: 31

Benefit transfer of outdoor recreation use values: a technical document supporting the Forest Service Strategic Plan (2000 revision). Rosenberger, Randall S.; Loomis, John B. 2001. Gen. Tech. Rep. RMRS-GTR-72. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 59 p.

We present an annotated bibliography that provides information on and reference to the literature on outdoor recreation use valuation studies. This information is presented by study source, benefit measures, recreation activity, valuation methodology, and USDA Forest Service region. Tables are provided that reference the bibliography for each activity, enabling easy location of studies. The literature review spans 1967 to 1998 and covers 21 recreation activities plus a category for wilderness recreation. There are 163 individual studies referenced, providing 760 benefit measures. Guidelines are provided for applying the various benefit transfer methods. Four benefit transfer models are discussed. A simple example application is followed throughout the discussion of the various benefit transfer methods. A decision tree is provided as a framework for determining how to obtain benefit measures for recreation activities.

TITLE: Physiological attributes of 11 Northwest conifer species
SERIES #: Gen. Tech. Rep. RMRS-GTR-73
ORDER #: 32

Physiological attributes of 11 Northwest conifer species. Korol, Ronni L. 2001. Gen. Tech. Rep. RMRS-GTR-73. Ogden, UT: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 9 p.

The quantitative description and simulation of the fundamental processes that characterize forest growth are increasing in importance in forestry research. Predicting future forest growth, however, is compounded by the various combinations of temperature, humidity, precipitation, and atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration that may occur. One method of integrating new management objectives and potential climate scenarios is to model ecosystems mechanistically. General application of ecosystem process models has been difficult. In particular, obtaining initial physiological parameters from current techniques that rely on instantaneous gas exchange measurements can be both expensive and challenging. Frequently, data necessary to parameterize ecosystem process models are not readily available. This report provides model parameters for 11 conifer species of the Inland Northwest. Field measurements of A, Amax, g, gmax, ci, predawn water potentials, analysis of leaf nitrogen concentration, carbon isotope discrimination (D), and values of ci, and intrinsic water use efficiency (A/g) inferred from the carbon composition (d13C) are presented. The relationship of wet leaf weight to dry leaf weight is also presented. The data in this report can be used to calibrate and constrain physiological parameters for modeling physiological processes of 11 conifer species in the Inland Northwest.

TITLE: Sampling surface and subsurface particle-size distributions in wadable gravel- and cobble-bed streams for analyses in sediment transport, hydraulics, and streambed monitoring
SERIES #: Gen. Tech. Rep. RMRS-GTR-74
ORDER #: 33

Sampling surface and subsurface particle-size distributions in wadable gravel- and cobble-bed streams for analyses in sediment transport, hydraulics, and streambed monitoring. Bunte, Kristin; Abt, Steven R. 2001. Gen. Tech. Rep. RMRS-GTR-74. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 428 p.

This document provides guidance for sampling surface and subsurface sediment from wadable gravel- and cobble-bed streams. After a short introduction to streams types and classifications in gravel-bed rivers, the document explains the field and laboratory measurement of particle sizes and the statistical analysis of particle-size distributions. Analysis of particle parameters, including shape, density, and bulk density are also discussed. The document describes the spatial variability of bed-material particle sizes as well as the horizontal and vertical structure of particle deposits. The discussion of sampling procedures and equipment helps the user to make appropriate selections that support the sampling objective. Sample-size estimates may be obtained from empirical data or computed from statistical relationships between sample size and accuracy. The document explains a variety of methods, their usage and prerequisites. A detailed discussion of sampling schemes guides the user to select appropriate spatial sampling patterns necessary to produce representative samples.

TITLE: Forest monitoring in the Interior West: a baseline summary of forest issues, 1996-1999
SERIES #: Gen. Tech. Rep. RMRS-GTR-75
ORDER #: 34

Forest monitoring in the Interior West: a baseline summary of forest issues, 1996-1999. Rogers, Paul; Atkins, David; Frank, Michelle; Parker, Douglas. 2001. Gen. Tech. Rep. RMRS-GTR-75. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 40 p.

Forest Health Monitoring (FHM) is a national program designed to measure the status, changes, and trends of forest conditions annually. This report presents a broad view of forest health issues affecting the Interior West region of Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Utah, Nevada, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona. We found that the forests of the Interior West have changed considerably in the past century. What is more difficult to assess is whether humans have promoted change that is irreversible, or whether the change we see in the forested landscape is within healthy bounds. Discussions of forest health and forest cover change, the developed and wildland interface, insect and disease disturbances, watershed health, biodiversity, and air quality comprise the body of this report.

TITLE: Sustaining aspen in Western landscapes: symposium proceedings; 2000 June 13-15; Grand Junction, CO
SERIES #: Proceedings RMRS-P-18
ORDER #: 35

Sustaining aspen in Western landscapes: symposium proceedings; 2000 June 13-15; Grand Junction, CO. Shepperd, Wayne D.; Binkley, Dan; Bartos, Dale L.; Stohlgren, Thomas J.; Eskew, Lane G., comps. 2001. Proceedings RMRS-P-18. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 460 p.

The current status and trend of aspen is a topic of debate; some studies have claimed dramatic reductions in aspen stands while others have found no major changes. The actual picture of aspen forests across the West is variable, and the presence of conifers and ungulates in aspen may or may not indicate a progressive loss of aspen. These proceedings summarize the state of knowledge about aspen ecology, the condition and trends in aspen ecosystems in the West, and human dimensions and management options for sustaining aspen.

TITLE: Proceedings: national silvicultural workshop; 1999 October 5-7; Kalispell, MT
SERIES #: Proceedings RMRS-P-19
ORDER #: 36

Proceedings: national silvicultural workshop; 1999 October 5-7; Kalispell, MT. Barras, Stanley J., ed. 2001. Proceedings RMRS-P-19. Ogden, UT: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 88 p.

The 12 papers in this proceedings explore the past, present, and desired future of silviculture's role and practice. Examination of disturbance ecology in ecosystem management includes natural and induced disturbances, and management options. Discussion of desired future conditions includes the importance of understanding the connection between ecological values and social values, as well as historic reference conditions as they relate to creating forest plans. A section on inventory, monitoring, and adaptive management looks at multiresource and multiscale data assessments and temporal continuity; included are design alternatives and a discussion of how to adapt silvicultural prescriptions. Case studies throughout the proceedings help the reader understand the practical applications, the successes, and the need for further work.

TITLE: Small mammals in successional prairie woodlands of the northern Great Plains
SERIES #: Res. Pap. RMRS-RP-28
ORDER #: 37

Small mammals in successional prairie woodlands of the northern Great Plains. Rumble, Mark A.; Gobeille, John E. 2001. Res. Pap. RMRS-RP-28. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 9 p.

Prairie woodlands comprise about 1 percent of the landscape in the northern Great Plains. However, prairie woodlands provide habitat for far more than 1 percent of the wildlife species that occur in the prairie region. With increasing pressures on natural resources, managers need methods for managing wildlife habitat and biodiversity that are based on ecological processes. We studied the small mammals and vegetation in seral stages of four woodland types in central South Dakota. None of the species was restricted to a single seral stage, but abundance of some small mammals varied depending on seral stages of woodland types. To ensure the biodiversity of the prairie, managers should retain all seral stages of all prairie woodlands.

New World Wide Web Publication
The following publication is available exclusively on our Web site: http://www.fs.fed.us/rm.

TITLE: Models of vegetation change for landscape planning: a comparison of FETM, LANDSUM, SIMPPLLE, and VDDT
SERIES #: Gen. Tech. Rep. RMRS-GTR-76-WWW
ORDER #: Available on Web site only, no hard copy will be published.

Models of vegetation change for landscape planning: a comparison of FETM, LANDSUM, SIMPPLLE, and VDDT. Barrett, T. M. 2001. Gen. Tech. Rep. RMRS-GTR-76-WWW. Ogden, UT: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 14 p.

This report compares four modeling systems (FETM, LANDSUM, SIMPPLLE, and VDDT) that can be used to understand changes resulting from succession, natural disturbance, and management activities. The four models may be useful for regional or local assessments in National Forest planning rules. They can also be used to make sure that interdisciplinary planning teams share a common base of knowledge. This report includes a comparison of the models in terms of purpose, data requirements, use, and outputs. It is intended to provide planners with a general introduction to the use of these models within a landscape assessment process.

Government publications still available while supplies last.

TITLE: FireWorks curriculum featuring ponderosa, lodgepole, and whitebark pine forests
SERIES #: Gen. Tech. Rep. RMRS-GTR-65
ORDER #: 38

FireWorks curriculum featuring ponderosa, lodgepole, and whitebark pine forests. Smith, Jane Kapler; McMurray, Nancy E. 2000. Gen. Tech. Rep. RMRS-GTR-65. Ogden, UT: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 270 p. (3-hole punched for binder)

TITLE: Land stewardship in the 21st century: the contributions of watershed management; 2000 March 13-16; Tucson, AZ
SERIES #: Proceedings RMRS-P-13
ORDER #: 39

Land stewardship in the 21st century: the contributions of watershed management; 2000 March 13-16; Tucson, AZ. Ffolliott, Peter F.; Baker, Malchus B., Jr.; Edminster, Carleton B.; Dillon, Madelyn C.; Mora, Karen L., tech. coords. 2000. Proceedings RMRS-P-13. Fort Collins, CO; U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 438 p.

TITLE: Proceedings: ecology and management of pinyon-juniper communities within the Interior West; 1997 September 15-18; Provo, UT
SERIES #: Proceedings RMRS-P-9
ORDER #: 40

Proceedings: ecology and management of pinyon-juniper communities within the Interior West; 1997 September 15-18; Provo, UT. Monsen, Stephen B.; Stevens, Richard, comps. 1999. Proceedings RMRS-P-9. Ogden, UT: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 411 p.

TITLE: Proceedings: shrubland ecotones; 1998 August 12-14; Ephraim, UT
SERIES #: Proceedings RMRS-P-11
ORDER #: 41

Proceedings: shrubland ecotones; 1998 August 12-14; Ephraim, UT. McArthur, E. Durant; Ostler, W. Kent; Wambolt, Carl L., comps. 1999. Proceedings RMRS-P-11. Ogden, UT: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 299 p.

TITLE: Proceedings: wildland shrub and arid land restoration symposium; 1993 October 19-21; Las Vegas, NV
SERIES #: Gen. Tech. Rep. INT-GTR-315
ORDER #: 42

Proceedings: wildland shrub and arid land restoration symposium; 1993 October 19-21; Las Vegas, NV. Roundy, Bruce A.; McArthur, E. Durant; Haley, Jennifer S.; Mann, David K., comps. 1995. Gen. Tech. Rep. INT-GTR-315. Ogden, UT. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Intermountain Research Station. 384 p.


Title: New Pubs: April-June 2001
Publish Date: May 31, 2000
Expires: May 31, 2001
Last Update:
March 28, 2007

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