Rocky Mountain Research Station

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Upcoming Events
  • Webinar: Pathogen-based biological control of grassy weeds. April 24, 2014, 12:00 - 1:00 (Mountain). Grass species number among the most insidious weeds worldwide. We have evaluated a suite of pathogens on the invasive annual grass weed, cheatgrass, as potential biocontrol agents. Our studies indicate that it may be possible to manipulate the community of naturally occurring pathogens on this host to create temporary stand failure. Join us for the fourth of the Invasive Plants — Issues, Challenges, and Discoveries Webinar Series. More »

  • Webinar: Learning to understanding each other: Values and perceptions of ecosystem restoration. May 20, 2014, 10:30 - 12:00 (Mountain). Stakeholders in ecosystem restoration hold varying values and diverse perceptions about natural resource management. The webinar introduces methods for garnering public feedback and incorporating it into decisions, and present two case studies, one about public perceptions of smoke management, and another about values and perceptions of wildlife-human interactions. This is the fourth in the Human-side of Restoration Webinar Series More »

Webinars & Newsletters

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Webinar Presentation: USFS Engagement in Collaborative Implementation
link to Science You Can Use bulletin
Science You Can Use Bulletin: Our Relationship with a Dynamic Landscape: Understanding the 2013 Northern Colorado Flood (March–April 2014)
Science You Can Use bulletin
Webinar Presentation: Science You Can Use Lunch Date: Revisiting Disturbance: A New Guide for Keeping Dry Mixed Conifer Forests Healthy
GSD Update
GSDUpdate: Year in Review: Spotlight on 2013 Research by the Grassland, Shrubland and Desert Ecosystems Science Program (Feb 2014)
Webinar Presentation: Hybridization in Weedy Species
link to Fire, Fuel and Smoke Annual Report
Annual Report: Fire, Fuel and Smoke Program 2013 Research Accomplishments

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Strategic Business Plan & Framework

link to 2014-2017 Strategic Business Plan
2014 — 2017 Strategic Business Plan
link to 2014-2017 Strategic Framework
2014 — 2017 Strategic Framework

USFS Scientist First to Define Blister Rust Resistant Allele in Limber Pine

Natural white pine blister rust infection on a susceptible limber pine tree

Limber pine (Pinus flexilis) is being threatened by the lethal disease white pine blister rust, expanding bark beetle pressure, and climate change in mountain environments. In a recent publication in the journal Phytopathology, Forest Service researchers report on the first of a series of studies using individual families to examine complete resistance to white pine blister rust and its inheritance in limber pine. Dr. Anna Schoettle and colleagues report that 14% of the 105 tested limber pine families show segregation of a disease-free trait consistent with inheritance by a single dominant gene. More about this research »

2013–2014 Research Accomplishments

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The 2013—2014 annual report features photos and text of some of our most recent and ongoing studies, along with links to more detailed information.

Our research program serves the Forest Service as well as other federal and state agencies, international organizations, Tribes, academia, non-profit groups, and individuals. Research results and products are made available through a variety of technical reports, journals and other publications, and via web sites, webinars, seminars, symposia, demonstrations, exhibits and personal consultations.

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Synthesis of wildland fire emissions, carbon, and climate research: Scientific research that describes the current state of knowledge, critical knowledge gaps, and importance of fire emissions for global climate and terrestrial carbon cycling is the focus of nine science syntheses published in a special issue in the Forest Ecology and Management (FORECO) Journal titled, Wildland Fire Emissions, Carbon, and Climate: Science Overview and Knowledge Needs. More...

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