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Human-side of Restoration Webinar Series

December 2013 — October 2014

This series of six webinars provided a forum for managers and social scientists to share their insights and experiences with the “human side” of restoration, including the interface among ecological restoration, human communities, and individual values, public opinions, and social structures.

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Invasive Plants — Issues, Challenges, and Discoveries Webinar Series

January — May 2014

This series of seven webinars provided participants with cutting-edge information about invasive plants and their management.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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?”

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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?"

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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).

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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.

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Natural Resources and Climate Change

April 29, 2011

The Natural Resources and Climate Change Workshop, April 29, 2011, focused on climate change, water resources, species and ecosystem modeling, and land use change in the west. View the presentations.

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.