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A new scientific synthesis “Mountain Pine Beetles: A Century of Knowledge, Control Attempts, and Impacts Central to the Black Hills” from the U.S. Forest Service showcases findings from 100 years of research on mountain pine beetles in the Black Hills.
Exotic plant invaders are global threats to ecosystems and millions of dollars are spent each year to fight invasions. A new study shows that current treatment methods could inadvertently promote a second invasion by exotic plants instead of desired native plants and negatively impact ecosystem restoration.
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...
Researchers estimate there are only about 6,000 adult plants of Holmgren milkvetch existing within six populations, found only in Washington and Mohave counties in northern Arizona and southern Utah.
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.

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