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- News release: Precipitation Declines in Pacific Northwest Mountains Recent Forest Service studies on high-elevation climate trends in the Pacific Northwest United States show that streamflow declines tie directly to decreases and changes in winter winds that bring precipitation across the region. Scientists believe the driving factors behind this finding relates to natural climate variations and man-made climate change. More »
- News release: Studies Reflect How Homeowners View Wildfire Risk Over Time The need for homeowners to mitigate wildfire risk on private land is essential to reducing the devastating effects of wildfires. Scientists can now provide some insight into changes in homeowner attitudes and beliefs about wildfire, and their concerns about existing risk and behavioral changes over time. More »
October 2013 GSDUpdate Newsletter
Invasive species are significant environmental and economic threats to our Nation’s and the world’s ecosystems and natural resources. The October 2013 issue of the GSDUpdate newsletter, Strategies for Understanding and Controlling Species Invasions, illustrates some of the work that scientists at the Rocky Mountain Research Station do to address the Forest Service vision for preventing and reducing impacts of invasive plant species.
Science You Can Use Bulletin: Fire on the Mountain: What Motivates Homeowners to Reduce Their Wildfire Risk?
Issue 7: September/October 2013
Fire on the Mountain: What Motivates Homeowners to Reduce Their Wildfire Risk?
Issue 7 reports on research that explores the attitudes and perceptions of homeowners in the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) as they relate to taking action to reduce wildfire risk on their property. This information can help managers, extension professionals, and the fire community become more effective in education and outreach efforts to WUI homeowners, which may help to mitigate both the financial and human costs of fighting fires in the WUI.
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Symposium: Ecology and Management of the Blackbrush Ecosystem
A special symposium, Ecology and Management of the Blackbrush Ecosystem, was held in conjunction with the 12th Biennial Conference of Science and Management on the Colorado Plateau, September 16-19, 2013, Northern Arizona University. Research Ecologist Susan Meyer, RMRS, and Todd Esque, USGS, organized the symposium, and six RMRS scientists and additional university faculty and students gave oral presentations. A book proposal based on the presented papers has been accepted by Springer-Verlag Press and will be published next year. View the symposium topics »
RMRS 2008–2012 National Fire Plan Investments
The RMRS 2008–2012 National Fire Plan Investments report (5 MB) highlights selected accomplishments by the USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station’s Wildland Fire and Fuels Research & Development projects in support of the National Fire Plan from 2008 through 2012. These projects are examples of the broad range of knowledge and tools developed by National Fire Plan funding beginning in 2008.
2012 – 2013 Research Accomplishments
This 2012-2013 research summary features photos and text of some of our most recent and ongoing studies, along with links to more detailed information.
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