Determining Identity & Origin of Invasive Plant Species
January 23, 2014
This is the first in the Invasive Plants — Issues, Challenges, and Discoveries Webinar Series. We discussed how and why we do research on invasive plant species, focusing on classical biological control: co-evolved relationships between the pest species and organisms that will attack the pests (and only the pests).
Linking Ecological, Economic & Social Systems
December 10, 2013
This is the first in the Human-side of Restoration Webinar Series. We discussed learning objectives of the entire series, provided background information on key concepts from social science, and learned how some researchers and managers are incorporating ecological services into vulnerability assessments and restoration projects.
RMRS-R2 Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment Pre-Managers’ Workshop Webinar
May 15, 2013
This webinar will provide critical background information on the objectives, scope, and process of the R2/RMRS Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment. This webinar is required for all attendees of the CCVA Managers’ Workshop, to be held May 21-22, 2013 in Fort Collins.
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Science Delivery: Meeting National Goals, Attaining Performance Standards, and Improving Scientists Position Descriptions
December 13, 2012
Forest Service scientists conduct quality research. A 2011 Government Accountability Office (GAO) report indicates a potential gap, however, between the research we complete and the realization of the benefits of that research on the ground. This presentation demonstrates how savvy researchers can recognize the benefits of leveraging and bundling their research to facilitate on-the-ground adoption.
Presenter: Kas Dumroese, Research Plant Pathologist, RMRS
This is the last in the 2012 series of Interior West Science Management Connect webinars.
Moving Forward: Responding to and Mitigating Effects of the Mountain Pine Beetle Outbreak
December 11, 2012
The grand finale of the Future Forest Webinar series discussed methods for responding to and mitigating effects of the mountain pine beetle outbreak. We covered management approaches and learned about the rapid assessment and response of the Beaverhead Deerlodge National Forest to the Mountain Pine Beetle outbreak.
This is the last in the Future Forests Webinar Series.
Small Bugs with Large-scale Impacts: Ecosystem & Watershed-level Responses to the Mountain Pine Beetle Outbreak
October 30, 2012
Regional forest managers, hydrologists and RMRS researchers discussed responses to the mountain pine beetle outbreak. The webinar focused on questions such as:
- How are home prices changing following the outbreak?
- How might these forested ecosystems change in the coming decades?
- What are potential impacts to water quality and quantity in mountain watersheds?
This is the fifth in the Future Forests Webinar Series.
Bridging Boundaries: Climate Change Adaptation Workshop for Resource Managers
October 4, 2012
Over 40 managers, scientists, academics, and natural resource professionals representing many land management agencies participated in the workshop held at the YMCA in Estes Park, CO. The workshop focused on opportunities to bridge boundaries and to enhance climate change adaptation in natural resource management. Real world examples were shared where groups have worked together to bring understanding and action to the ground to adapt resource management to climate change.
Beetles Among Us: Social and Economic Impacts of the Mountain Pine Beetle Outbreak
August 28, 2012
Researchers from RMRS and academia and managers with the Northern and Rocky Mountain Regions discussed the social and economic impacts of the mountain pine beetle outbreak. The webinar focused on questions such as:
- How are home prices changing following the outbreak?
- How has the beetle outbreak changed public perceptions of forest management practices?
- What economic opportunities exist to utilize beetle-killed trees?
This is the fourth in the Future Forests Webinar Series.
Hayman Fire Science Symposium: Lessons Learned After Ten Years
June 21, 2012
The Hayman Fire started on June 8, 2002, 95 miles southwest of Denver, CO. It quickly grew to become the largest fire in recorded Colorado history. In the decade since, a significant amount of scientific research and learning has occurred on the burned area. At the symposium, research scientists, land managers, planners, conservation organizations, and interested community members shared lessons learned.View the presentations.
A Protocol to Enhance Year-Round Stream Temperature Monitoring
March 19, 2012
In this online presentation and accompanying video tutorial, RMRS fisheries biologists Dan Isaak, Dona Horan, and Sherry Wollrab present “A Simple Method Using Underwater Epoxy to Install Temperature Sensors in Mountain Streams.” The presentation sets the context for why stream temperature monitoring is important, and what it can reveal in terms of habitat suitability for aquatic organisms, climate change impacts, and more. The video serves as a step-by-step “how to” guide for actually affixing the sensors.View the presentations.
Ecological Consequences of Mountain Pine Beetle Outbreaks for Habitats & Populations of Wildlife
March 6, 2012
Regional Wildlife Biologist for the Northern Region (Beth Hahn) and several researchers with the Rocky Mountain Research Station (Vicki Saab, Barbara Bentz, Rachel Loehman, and Bob Keane) presented on topics ranging from implications of the mountain pine beetle outbreak for avian habitat to approaches for modeling habitat suitability under different climate and bark beetle scenarios. They also explored questions such as “Which life history traits and strategies of wildlife species predict short-term (0-20 years) positive and negative responses to beetles and fire?” and “What are the appropriate spatial and temporal scales for evaluating wildlife responses to beetle outbreaks and wildfire?”
This is the third in the Future Forests Webinar Series.
Vegetation Structure and Composition
January 10, 2012
The Vegetation Structure and Composition webinar features RMRS scientists and managers discussing future vegetation conditions following the mountain pine beetle outbreak. The webinar focuses on questions such as "what is going on with recruitment and advanced regeneration in lodgepole pine forests following the outbreak?"; "how might the structure and composition of these stands develop into the future?"; and "how can management help increase landscape heterogenity in the coming decades?"
This is the second of the Future Forests Webinar Series.
Post-outbreak Fire Risk and Behavior
October 18, 2011
The Post-outbreak Fire Risk and Behavior webinar features presentations by Paul Langowski (Region 2 Branch Chief, Fuels and Fire Ecology), Russell Parsons (RMRS Fire Ecologist), and Matt Jolly (RMRS Fire Ecologist).
This is the first of the Future Forests Webinar Series.
Climate Change in the Great Plains Webinar
August 30, 2011
The Climate Change in the Great Plains webinar, August 30, 2011, presented science findings on climate change for grassland and rangeland managers. Hosted by the Rocky Mountain Research Station and the US Forest Service Rocky Mountain Region, speakers included researchers from USFS, ARS, Colorado State University, the Wildlife Conservation Society and the National Wildlife Federation.
Videos and slides of the presentations are available.
Natural Resources and Climate Change
April 29, 2011
Western Watersheds and Climate Change: Water and Aquatic System Tools
November 17-19, 2009
The Western Watersheds and Climate Change: Water and Aquatic System Tools Workshop, November 17-19, 2009, brought together the management and research community to share knowledge and tools. View the presentations.