U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service western Research Stations form a collaborative group, Western Center for Native Plant Conservation and Restoration Science, with a mission to address - and provide science-based solutions to - ongoing challenges in the conservation and restoration of western ecosystems.
The Journal of Forestry published a special issue that looks at the challenges facing wilderness agencies and the important role of wilderness science.
A new study, led by Dr. Daniel Isaak, offers hope for cold-water species in the face of climate change. The study, published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, addresses a longstanding paradox between predictions of widespread extinctions of cold-water species and a general lack of evidence for those extinctions despite decades of recent climate change.
Dr. Russell Graham, a research forester with the Forest and Woodland Ecosystems Science Program, is a distinguished scientist recognized both nationally and internationally as a respected authority and leader in the broad field of silviculture in North America. Graham's career accomplishments over the past 45 years has earned him an "ST" graded position; a category awarded to the federal government's most renowned scientists and engineers for...
The Rocky Mountain Research Station's Missoula Fire Lab is offering it's annual free 2-day Fireworks Class for teachers, youth leaders, agency educators, communication specialists, and outdoor educators across the west. Find out how you can participate!
Crown fires are a big concern to firefighters; they spread rapidly across treetops and can quickly change speed and direction, making them very dangerous. Scientists made recent breakthroughs in understanding the processes that control fire spread. These breakthroughs resulted in realistic modeling of crown fires, which allows for more accurate predictions of how fast crown fires can move through a forest.
Read about the work of Dr. Alan Watson and how his contributions to the mission of the Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute earned him a unique high-level scientific and professional known as an ST graded promotion.
USDA Forest Service scientists and managers who work with sagebrush and sage-grouse prepared this assessment that summarizes the agency's strengths, capabilities, partners, past and current research, and potential future priority research areas for the conservation and restoration of sagebush ecosystems and sage-grouse.
An interdisciplinary team of 90 scientists worked collaboratively from 2008-2012 on a fire research project called the Prescribed Fire Combustion and Atmospheric Dynamics Research Experiment (RxCADRE). Together, they conducted large-scale interdisciplinary field experiments before, during and after active burning periods of prescribed fires.
Dr. Matthew Thompson, Research Forester with the U.S. Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station has been honored by President Obama with the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers.