MINNESOTA—Collectively, trees in forests, woodlands, and settlements and harvested wood products represent the largest net carbon sink in the United States, offsetting more than 11 percent of total greenhouse gas emissions annually.
WASHINGTON, DC—Rocky Mountain Research Station has partnered with state, federal and university collaborators to develop a new model for sagebrush resilience. This model is one of the core elements of the new Science Framework for Conservation and Restoration of the Sagebrush Biome (Part 2).
OREGON—Predicting the weather is notoriously complicated, which can be a challenge for fire managers. Weather plays a major role in how a wildfire behaves and whether it might become erratic or endanger firefighters. For 30 years, fire weather forecasters used the “Haines Index” to assess how weather might intensify wildfire and drive its spread.
MINNESOTA—Land managers on the Mark Twain National Forest in Missouri want to restore woodlands, an edge habitat bridging forests and grasslands that is characterized by widely spaced trees and a vibrant forest floor. Discouraging the woody species that grow up to shade the ground and make conditions unsuitable for flora like purple prairie clover, butterfly weed and rattlesnake master is a key part of restoring woodlands, and prescribed fire is often the go-to tool.
MINNESOTA—Research ecologist Susannah Lerman of the Northern Research Station wants people to see their lawns as part of a nearly 40-million-acre new frontier for bees, but one deeply ingrained assumption had the potential to derail her quest: longer grass invites ticks.