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Date: July 26, 2012

Attention: Reporters, Editors, and Science Writers

FORT COLLINS, Colo. – What does RMRS offer reporters and science writers? In a word: access ― to scientists and their research. RMRS has a staff of personable, well-spoken researchers who enjoy sharing their discoveries.

They also produce hundreds of publications, from single-page briefing papers to longer formal research papers. There’s a wealth of material to draw from.

Whether you’re writing about the coming fire season, an ongoing fire, the aftermath of recovery, or long-term climate trends, RMRS has researchers and research to give added depth to your reporting. To arrange interviews and get the latest data, contact Cass Cairns at (970) 498-1370 or at cfcairns@fs.fed.us

Topics related to fire and climate change include:

  • The human dimension of wildfire:
    • What sorts of community fire plans work?
    • How is housing growth in fire-prone areas occurring?
    • How does a fire affect how people prepare for the next fire?
    • How does climate change affect Indian Tribes?
    • How do homeowners see the risk of fire?
    • How do people respond after a fire?
  • 50 years of fire science: the Missoula Fire Lab advances knowledge.
  • How do wildfires affect erosion and stream water?
  • How do fire mangers make decisions?
  • How to bark beetles affect how fires burn?
  • How do watersheds react to beetles? What about invasive species?
  • How does climate change affect water flow in streams?
  • How does climate change affect wildlife genetics?
  • What about firefighter safety?
  • What are the "hidden consequences" of suppressing fires?
  • How can we assess fire risk?
  • How do wildfires affect wildlife and fish?
  • What about birds and fire?
  • Do "fuel treatments" work?

What is the Rocky Mountain Research Station?

RMRS is one of five units of the U.S. Forest Service’s Research and Development arm. A staff including about 100 research scientists looks at questions vital to forest and grasslands in 12 Rocky Mountain and Great Plains states between California and Missouri, and from the Canadian border to the Mexican border. Within this area lies over half of the national forest land in the United States.

RMRS covers 12 states: Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, with offices in Fort Collins, Colo.; Missoula and Bozeman, Mont.; Boise and Moscow, Idaho; Rapid City, S.D.; Reno, Nev.; Flagstaff, Ariz.; Albuquerque, N.M.; and Logan, Ogden, and Provo, Utah.

To find out more about the RMRS go to www.fs.fed.us/rmrs. You can also follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/rmrs_hq.


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Cass Cairns
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Phone: 970-498-1370