Science You Can Use Bulletin
The Science Use Can Use Bulletin is published regularly and seeks to provide scientific information to people who make and influence decisions about managing land.
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Issue 5: May/June 2013
Our Forests in the [Water] Balance
Issue 5 examines the ways in which climate change affects precipitation patterns, thereby affecting streamflow, wildfire risk, and overall forest health.
Issue 4: March/April 2013
Return of the King: Western White Pine Conservation in a Changing Climate
Issue 4 explores the ways in which new research can inform smart restoration of western white pine, a foundational ecological species that once contributed to the health, resilience, and economic vitality of forests in the Interior Northwest, in today’s era of climate change.
Issue 3: January/February 2013
Upwardly Mobile in the Western U.S. Desert: Blackbrush Shrublands Respond to a Changing Climate
Issue 3 discusses the ecology of a desert shrubland dominated by blackbrush (Coleogyne ramosissima), a species which has been the subject of decades of work. Researchers at the Rocky Mountain Research Station have been studying the response of this species to assess whether it can move upward in elevation and latitude as the climate warms.
Issue 2: December 2012
Wildfire Triage: Targeting Mitigation Based on Social, Economic, and Ecological Values
Issue 2 explores an interdisciplinary approach to evaluating the risks of wildfire relative to the valuable resources found in any managed landscape. USFS researchers developed such a process, using a combination of techniques rooted in fire modeling and ecology, economics, decision sciences, and the human dimensions of managing natural resources.
Issue 1: October 2012
From Death Comes Life: Recovery and Revolution in the Wake of Epidemic Outbreaks of Mountain Pine Beetle
Issue 1 sheds light on what the future might hold after the waves of mountain pine beetles recede. Researchers are already finding that beetles may impart a characteristic critically lacking in many pine forests today: structural complexity and species diversity.