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Photo of Mountain pine beetle damage. Daniel Miller, USDA Forest Service
ID: 693
A 25-Year History of Forest Disturbance and Cause in the United States

Understanding trends in forest disturbance caused by fire, harvest, stress, weather, and conversion is important for many forest management deci ...

Principal Investigator : Gretchen Moisen

Inventory and Monitoring2014RMRS
Photo of Cover of the special issue. The Caribbean Naturalist, Bienvenida and Gerald Bauer.
ID: 1148
A Caribbean Foresters Collaborative Network for Understanding Regional Forest Dynamics

The role of Caribbean forestry research in permanent plots has been identified as both a previously untapped regional source for capacity buildi ...

Principal Investigator : Tamara Heartsill Scalley

Inventory and Monitoring
Resource Management and Use
2016IITF
Photo of This report summarizes current knowledge on yellow-cedar and offers opportunities to adapt conservation and management of yellow-cedar in Alaska. USDA Forest Service
ID: 772
A Climate Adaptation Strategy for Conservation and Management of Yellow-Cedar in Alaska

A new report assesss past, current, and expected future condition of yellow-cedar forests on all land ownerships where yellow-cedar grows in Ala ...

Principal Investigator : Paul Hennon

Resource Management and Use2015PNW
Photo of Assembled Commodity Wood Tornado Safe Room.
ID: 1280
A residential tornado safe room from commodity wood products

Forest Service researchers designed a tornado safe room to be constructed from commodity wood building products and adaptable to existing homes.

Principal Investigator : Robert H. Falk

Water, Air, and Soil
Resource Management and Use
2017FPL
Photo of Dead and dying trees on theBass Lake RangerDistrict, Sequoia National Forest, California.
ID: 1413
A satellite view yields clues about drought and tree mortality

Researchers are using satellite data to understand the interplay between drought and site-specific conditions across the larger landscape. A new ...

Principal Investigator : David M. Bell

Inventory and Monitoring
Outdoor Recreation
2018PNW
Photo of Thicket of trees in a ponderosa pine forest located on the Long Valley Experimental Forest depicts unhealthy forest conditions. USDA Forest Service
ID: 828
A Science-Based Framework for Restoring Resiliency to Frequent-Fire Forests

Today’s Western ponderosa pine and dry mixed-conifer forests historically experienced frequent low-severity surface fires andhave undergone ch ...

Principal Investigator : Richard T. Reynolds

Resource Management and Use
Wildlife and Fish
Water, Air, and Soil
Wildland Fire and Fuels
Invasive Species
2015RMRS
Photo of A radio-collared elk browses on cottonwood in the Starkey Experimental Forest and Range, Oregon.
ID: 1374
Aboveground and belowground herbivores control growth and survival of deciduous shrubs in understories of conifer forests

These research results on the combined effects of herbivory by cattle, elk, and pocket gophers provide robust new knowledge about how mammalian ...

Principal Investigator : Michael Wisdom, Dr.

Resource Management and Use
Wildlife and Fish
Water, Air, and Soil
2017PNW
Photo of Community sign about rebuilding after the 2012 High Park Fire, Larimer County. USDA Forest Service
ID: 779
Adapting to Wildfire: Rebuilding After Home Loss

Wildfire management now emphasizes fire-adapted communities that coexist with wildfires, although it is unclear how communities will progress to ...

Principal Investigator : Miranda H. Mockrin

Wildland Fire and Fuels2015RMRS
Photo of Trout Creek, Washington, two years after  the removal of Hemlock Dam.
ID: 1406
After the dam comes down

New work synthesizes knowledge about the physical and ecological responses to dam removal.

Principal Investigator : J. Ryan Bellmore

Water, Air, and Soil
Wildlife and Fish
Resource Management and Use
2017PNW
Photo of Avian survey in agricultural mosaic, northern Nicaragua. Gerald P. Bauer, USDA Forest Service
ID: 595
Agroscapes Combined with Preserved Forest Remnants Promote Biodiversity at Local and Landscape Levels

Agroecological practices and resultant agroscapes, coupled with the preservation of forest remnants, have a positive impact on local biodiversit ...

Principal Investigator : Wayne J. Arendt, PhD

Wildlife and Fish2014IITF
Photo of Emissions from a waterside facility, contributing to air pollution. USDA Forest Service
ID: 604
Air Pollution as a Psychosocial Stressor

A Forest Service scientist and her research partners found that air pollution contributes to physical and psychosocial conditions that act as co ...

Principal Investigator : Michelle Kondo, Ph.D.

Water, Air, and Soil2014NRS
Photo of Smith River, Oregon. Loretta Ellenburg, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 973
Alternative Riparian Management Approaches May Meet Objectives of the Northwest Forest Plan’s Aquatic Conservation Strategy

Forest Service scientists synthesized current science of aquatic ecology and riparian reserve management to develop alternative approaches that ...

Principal Investigator : Gordon Reeves

Water, Air, and Soil
Resource Management and Use
Wildlife and Fish
2016PNW
Photo of A Forest Service researcher takes moss samples in Portland, Ore., as part of a study to analyze the moss for evidence of airborne toxins. Moss serve as a living record of local air pollution. USDA Forest Service
ID: 789
An Innovative Study Uses Moss to Measure Air Toxin Levels at Schools in Portland, Oregon

Air pollution has been linked to major health problems including cancer, cardiovascular disease, and adverse birth outcomes. Children can be par ...

Principal Investigator : Geoffrey Donovan

Water, Air, and Soil2015PNW
Photo of Fire danger categories
ID: 1425
An update of the National Fire Danger Rating System

The National Fire Danger Rating System (NFDRS) is a system that allows fire managers to estimate today's or tomorrow's fire danger for a given a ...

Principal Investigator : William M. Jolly

Water, Air, and Soil
Inventory and Monitoring
Wildland Fire and Fuels
Resource Management and Use
2018RMRS
Photo of A prescribed burn near Sisters, Oregon. Jeff Kline, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 1161
Analyses of landscape management strategies for mixed-severity fire regime forests in Oregon, Washington, and Northern California leads to new management and policy paradigms for fire

Nine strategies aimed at reconciling potentially conflicting management goals for forests having mixed-severity fire regimes are being used in d ...

Principal Investigator : Paul F. Hessburg, Sr.

Resource Management and Use2016PNW
Photo of Researcher Xiping Wang inspects field exposed specimens with ground penetrating radar.
ID: 1285
Assessing the ability of ground-penetrating radar to detect internal moisture and fungal decay

Internal moisture and fungal decay are detected in structural bridge members using ground penetrating radar for faster evaluation of timber brid ...

Principal Investigator : James P. Wacker

Outdoor Recreation
Inventory and Monitoring
2017FPL
Photo of A mechanical fuels reduction treatment on a study site in the Pringle Falls Experimental Forest. Rhonda Mazza, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 1072
Assessing the Impacts of Federal Forest Planning on Wildfire Risk Mitigation in the Pacific Northwest

In the western U.S., a presumed factor contributing to the transmission of fire from national forests to the wildland urban interface (WUI) are ...

Principal Investigator : Alan Ager

Resource Management and Use2016PNW
Photo of Local produce at the farmers market in Santurce, Puerto Rico. Victor Cuadrado – ThinkaMap
ID: 801
Assessing Vulnerabilities to Climate Change in Tropical Agriculture and Forestry

New Vulnerability Assessment from the USDA Caribbean Climate Sub Hub.

Principal Investigator : William A. Gould

Resource Management and Use2015IITF
Photo of False color composite of the four representative Landsat MSS images – the older images that go back to the 1970s, in Puerto Rico, and their cloud and shadow masks by the new method, ATSA2 (gray: clear pixels; black: shadows; white: clouds, DOY = Day of Year)
ID: 1474
Automated monitoring of tropical deforestation made easier

New algorithm permits automated tropical forest monitoring back to the 1970s and allows more frequent observations since the year 2015

Principal Investigator : Eileen H. Helmer

Inventory and Monitoring
Outdoor Recreation
2018IITF
Photo of Prescribed fires, like this one in El Dorado National Forest,  can reduce wildfire fuels. U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 942
Balancing Forest Carbon Storage, Wildfire, and Sensitive Species Habitat

Land managers can increase carbon stocks while providing endangered species habitat if fuels reduction (primarily prescribed fire, but also unde ...

Principal Investigator : Malcolm P. North

Wildland Fire and Fuels
Resource Management and Use
2016PSW
Photo of Beargrass in bloom. Chris Schnepf, Univestiy of Idaho
ID: 660
Beargrass, Long Treasured by Native Americans, Faces Pressure from the Commercial Floral Industry

Leaf harvest by the floral industry is causing shifts in disturbance within beargrass habitat.

Principal Investigator : Susan Stevens Hummel

Resource Management and Use2014PNW
Photo of Study findings showed the Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapilla) had significantly increasing numbers since 1995 in three National Forests: Chippewa, Superior and Chequamegon-Nicolet.  In addition, the Ovenbird and Red-eyed Vireo were the two most abundantly recorded species in the Chippewa and Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forests. Common species such as the Ovenbird tended to occur in many forest cover types, but most commonly in upland hardwood forests. Jon Swanson
ID: 644
Bird Monitoring in the Western Great Lakes National Forests Shows Stabilized Breeding Bird Populations

The results from 20 years of forest bird monitoring in four national forests in Minnesota and Wisconsin show positive trends in breeding bird po ...

Principal Investigator : Brian R. Sturtevant

Wildlife and Fish2014NRS
Photo of All three structures remained standing after the testing – even tests designed to take the structures well beyond their design intent.
ID: 1450
Blast-Resistant Testing for Loaded Mass Timber Structures

The ability of cross laminated timbers to resist nearby detonations is verified through blast testing.

Principal Investigator : Christopher Adam Senalik

Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
2018FPL
Photo of A new book provides land managers and policy makers with key information about the potential impacts of climate change on southern forest ecosystems. Sarah Farmer, USDA Forest Service
ID: 734
Book Published to Help Managers of Southern Forests Cope with the Effects of Climate Change

Resource managers and policy makers require new insights into the implications of a rapidly changing climate on forest ecosystems and their valu ...

Principal Investigator : James Vose

Invasive Species
Wildland Fire and Fuels
Outdoor Recreation
Resource Management and Use
Wildlife and Fish
Water, Air, and Soil
2014SRS
Photo of Desired forest condition for ponderosa pine forests in the Colorado Front Range.
ID: 1435
Building resilience in Colorado Front Range forests

In the mid-1800s, Colorado’s Front Range forests were more open and two to three times less dense than they are today. Today, these forests ha ...

Principal Investigator : Mike A. Battaglia

Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
2018RMRS
Photo of Jake Ivan (CO Parks & Wildlife) and technicians instrumenting an anesthetized Canada lynx. U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 998
Canada Lynx are Persisting in Spruce-beetle Impacted Forests

The Forest Service’s Rocky Mountain Research Station and its partners are currently investigating the resource selection and movements of Cana ...

Principal Investigator : John R. Squires

Wildlife and Fish2016RMRS
Photo of Forest Service scientists, resource managers, and members of the Lakeview Stewardship Group discuss management of fire-prone forests on a field trip in the Fremont-Winema National Forest, Oregon.
ID: 1380
Challenges in coordinating wildfire risk reduction among diverse forest owners

Research across a multi-owner landscape in central Oregon found that in general, Forest Service management was likely to produce forest conditio ...

Principal Investigator : Susan Charnley

Wildland Fire and Fuels
Inventory and Monitoring
2017PNW
Photo of Assessment of a stream reach that combines open channelization with built-up, impermeable (gray) riparian areas and canopy forming vegetation (green) riparian with permeable surfaces of the Rio Piedras watershed. Luis Weber-Grullón, Arizona State University.
ID: 1154
Challenges to Riparian Function in a Tropical, Urban Stream Network

Limited connectivity of riparian areas, pluvial drainages, and highly modified stream channels affect hydrological function of green spaces in u ...

Principal Investigator : Tamara Heartsill Scalley

Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
2016IITF
Photo of A western wheatgrass bud has started to grow out from the base of its parent stem. U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 1012
Climate Change and Grazing Alter Invasive and Native Perennial Grass Stem Recruitment

Scientists found that smooth brome, an invasive perennial grass, out-performed the native western wheatgrass under a variety of temperature and ...

Principal Investigator : Jack L. Butler

Invasive Species
Resource Management and Use
2016RMRS
Photo of Badger Creek in Lewis and Clark National Forest, Mont. Streams in the northern Rocky Mountains are already being affected by increased air temperatures and declining snowpacks.
ID: 1369
Climate change in the Rocky Mountains

Major effects likely for the natural resources in the northern Rockies, although adaptation options are available to reduce negative outcomes.

Principal Investigator : David L. Peterson

Wildland Fire and Fuels
Inventory and Monitoring
Water, Air, and Soil
Wildlife and Fish
Resource Management and Use
2017PNW
Photo of Findings that both drought and flooding conditions negatively impacted survival rates and the likelihood of population persistence in the Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake’s isolated wetland habitats were used in the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s Eastern Massasauga Species Status Assessment.
ID: 1312
Climate change vulnerability assessments inform management efforts for species of conservation concern

Vulnerability assessment focuses on understanding how climate change, along with other factors such as land use change, affects species of conse ...

Principal Investigator : Lazarus Y. Pomara

Wildlife and Fish2017SRS
Photo of Fall colors and reflection on a pond in Lamoille Canyon, Ruby Mountains District, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Nevada
ID: 1422
Climate change vulnerability in the northern and central Rocky Mountains: Issues relevant to resource management

In the face of climate change, vulnerability assessments are important tools to support climate change adaptation planning and Forest Plan Revis ...

Principal Investigator : Linda A. Joyce

Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
Wildland Fire and Fuels
Wildlife and Fish
Inventory and Monitoring
2018RMRS
Photo of Douglas-fir near Nortons, Oregon, infected with Swiss needle cast, a fungal disease that results in premature needle loss and a reduced growth rate for the infected tree.
ID: 1437
Climate of seed source affects susceptibility of Douglas-fir to foliage diseases

Douglas-fir at higher elevations and in more continental conditions in the Pacific Northwest could experience more foliar diseases as local envi ...

Principal Investigator : Brad St. Clair

Water, Air, and Soil
Resource Management and Use
2018PNW
Photo of Larvae of emerald ash borer on an ash tree from which the bark had been peeled in April 2014. The larvae are dead (dark brown instead of cream), killed during the winter of 2013-14. Robert C. Venette, USDA Forest Service
ID: 645
Cold Winter Temperatures Set Emerald Ash Borer Back in Minnesota

Emerald ash borer is the most devastating nonnative insect pest of trees in the United States. Overwintering larvae are unable to survive the w ...

Principal Investigator : Robert C. Venette

Invasive Species2014NRS
Photo of Infographic that demonstrates the approach for developing vulnerability assessments for Southern Rockies Landscape Conservation Cooperative partners designed to maximize the integration of partner feedback. Southern Rockies Landscape Conservation Cooperative.
ID: 943
Collaborative Venture Between Southern Rockies Landscape Conservation Cooperative and the Forest Service’s Rocky Mountain Research Station

Successful management of natural and cultural resources needs to account for increasing stress due to climate change, wildfire, and anthropogeni ...

Principal Investigator : Megan M. Friggens

Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
Wildlife and Fish
2016RMRS
Photo of Douglas-fir wood at 57X magnification. Chemical analysis shows that Douglas-fir wood from different geographic regions has distinct chemical “fingerprints,” which can be used to identify the geographic origin of the wood.
ID: 1408
Combatting illegal logging with technology

Chemical fingerprints can determine the geographic origin of wood.

Principal Investigator : Richard Cronn

Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
2017PNW
Photo of Coos Bay, Oregon, historically supported a diversity of logging and milling operations.
ID: 1460
Communities, economies, and the Northwest Forest Plan: 24 years later

Social and economic conditions in rural communities have changed since the Northwest Forest Plan was enacted in 1994. A synthesis of research ex ...

Principal Investigator : Jeffrey D. Kline

Water, Air, and Soil
Resource Management and Use
2018PNW
Photo of Community Biomass Handbook volume 4 helps users identify complementary biomass products that make ecologic and economic sense.
ID: 1361
Community Biomass Handbook Volume 4

The Community Biomass Handbook Volume 4: Enterprise Development for Integrated Wood Manufacturing is a guide for creating sustainable business e ...

Principal Investigator : Eini C. Lowell

Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
2017PNW
Photo of The following images are
ID: 1343
Conservation and restoration of the sagebrush biome

Land management agencies face the need for effective strategic conservation actions for the conservation and restoration of sagebrush ecosystems ...

Principal Investigator : Jeanne C. Chambers

Water, Air, and Soil
Wildland Fire and Fuels
Outdoor Recreation
Invasive Species
Inventory and Monitoring
Resource Management and Use
2017PSW
Photo of Forest Service technician Tina Ciaramitaro and biological aide Tom Baweja submerge infested black ash logs in a stream. USDA Forest Service
ID: 840
Controlling Emerald Ash Borer and Preserving Black Ash for Native American Basketmaking

Emerald ash borer threatens the survival of all ash species in North America. The black ash tree has great cultural significance to Native Ameri ...

Principal Investigator : Therese M. Poland

Invasive Species2015NRS
Photo of A fire burns through the understory.
ID: 1420
Decreasing number of rainy days in summer has increased western wildfire

New research shows that significant declines in summer precipitation, and lengthening summer dry spells, are major drivers of the increase in fi ...

Principal Investigator : William M. Jolly

Inventory and Monitoring
Wildland Fire and Fuels
2018RMRS
Photo of A Louisiana pinesnake, a rare inhabitant of fire-maintained pine forests. Scott Wahlberg.
ID: 1006
Defining the Louisiana Pine Snake Breeding Season

Forest Service conservation efforts for the Louisiana pine snake, a rare and secretive snake of fire-maintained pine forests, include a captive ...

Principal Investigator : Josh B. Pierce

Wildlife and Fish2016SRS
Photo of Smoke from the King Fire on the El Dorado National Forest. NASA
ID: 677
Delivery of Smoke Science to Incident Operations

Forest Service scientists, working with the Washington Office Fire and Aviation Management to support the Wildland Fire Air Quality Response Pro ...

Principal Investigator : Sim Larkin

Wildland Fire and Fuels
Water, Air, and Soil
2014PNW
Photo of Modeled bull trout habitat in western Montana and northern Idaho. Color coding indicates the estimated likelihood of a stream providing spawning and rearing habitat for bull trout.  USDA Forest Service
ID: 836
Detection and Range Delineation of Bull Trout Using Environmental DNA

The bull trout is listed as an endanged species that relies on cold stream environments across the Northwest and is expected to decline with cli ...

Principal Investigator : Kevin S. McKelvey

Wildlife and Fish
Inventory and Monitoring
2015RMRS
Photo of Forest Service fire fighter using a drip torch on a prescribed burn.
ID: 1385
Developing strategies to increase the pace and scale of forest restoration.

Two published papers by Forest Service scientists are a foundation for the new forest plans being developed by three of the eight early adopter ...

Principal Investigator : Malcolm P. North

Water, Air, and Soil
Resource Management and Use
2017PSW
Photo of Regional change in southeast Alaskan forests is created by asymmetrical fine-scale disturbance and growth. USDA Forest Service
ID: 765
Disturbance and Regrowth in Southeast Alaska Forests Shows Spatial Patterning

Southeast Alaska is gaining forest area on the northern side of mountain slopes, higher latitudes, and higher elevations while losing forest are ...

Principal Investigator : Tara M. Barrett

Resource Management and Use
Inventory and Monitoring
2015PNW
Photo of Examples of rust on various tree species. USDA Forest Service
ID: 778
DNA-based Analyses Provide Critical Insights Into Threats Posed by the Invasive Myrtle Rust Pathogen

Using DNA-based studies, scientists have investigated the movement of myrtle rust, a pathogen that negatively impacts the health of various tree ...

Principal Investigator : Ned B. Klopfenstein

Invasive Species
Inventory and Monitoring
Resource Management and Use
2015RMRS
Photo of Dry Land cotton grows on a farm in Navasota, TX. Researchers found that land use within ‘road effect zones’ is an important predictor of forest plant invasions.
ID: 1480
Do roads drive forest plant invasions?

Roads provide a means for moving people and products, but they can also allow hitchhiking organisms to spread. Some exotic invasive plants thriv ...

Principal Investigator : Kurt Riitters

Invasive Species2018SRS
Photo of Number of trees projected to die by end of summer 2017. Red areas of map indicate intense levels of tree mortality due to drought, bark beetles, and wood borers; dark blue areas represent a low likelihood of any mortality.
ID: 1341
Early tree mortality forecasts help California mitigate fire risk

Forecasts help protect public health and property.

Principal Investigator : Nancy E. Grulke

Inventory and Monitoring2017PNW
Photo of A juvenile Mexican spotted owl perched in a large, old Douglas-fir tree shortly after fledging. U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 1138
Ecology of Mexican Spotted Owls in the Sacramento Mountains, New Mexico

Forest Service scientists identify owl habitat health, allowing managers to focus restoration treatments outside of owl nest areas.

Principal Investigator : Joseph L. Ganey

Inventory and Monitoring
Wildlife and Fish
Resource Management and Use
2016RMRS
Photo of Forest Service staff and the Lakeview Stewardship Group discuss post treatment monitoring in the West Drews project area in the Fremont-Winema National Forest, Oregon. Eric White, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 1179
Economic Benefits Associated with Federal Forest Restoration

Federal forest restoration and forest collaboration support increased economic activity in eastern Oregon. The Oregon Department of Forestry use ...

Principal Investigator : Eric M. White

Resource Management and Use2016PNW
Photo of Photo of copies of the atlas
ID: 1491
El Yunque National Forest Atlas release

Publication of an atlas about El Yunque National Forest, a collaboration between the International Institute of Tropical Forestry and El Yunque ...

Principal Investigator : International Institute of Tropical Forestry

Resource Management and Use
Outdoor Recreation
Inventory and Monitoring
Wildlife and Fish
Water, Air, and Soil
2018IITF
Photo of Koa tree along Saddle Road on east side of the Big Island of Hawaii.
ID: 1404
Environmental factors associated with genetic variation in the Hawaiian koa tree

Forest Service scientists looked at the association between environmental variables and genetic variation in the endemic Hawaiian tree species, ...

Principal Investigator : Christina Liang

Water, Air, and Soil
Resource Management and Use
2017RMRS
Photo of Study site in the Lower Yazoo River Basin, Mississippi.
ID: 1481
Estimating impacts of extreme rainfall events for local watersheds

Many future climate scenarios project impacts of climate variability on water quantity and quality. However, these scenarios may not be accurate ...

Principal Investigator : Ying Ouyang

Water, Air, and Soil
Wildlife and Fish
2018SRS
Photo of Spatial patterns in self- calibrating Palmer Drought Severity Index (scPDSI) in 2014 across California. The gray area denotes trends in scPDSI with latitude and longitude. Negative values indicate drier conditions.
ID: 1395
Evaluating changes in drought resistance across California ecosystems

Using satellite imagery, this study identifies California ecosystems that are most resistant to drought. Changes in water use efficiency were us ...

Principal Investigator : Sparkle L. Malone

Water, Air, and Soil
Resource Management and Use
2017RMRS
Photo of These images depict the habitat restoration site and demonstrate the assignment of habitat characteristics to individual habitat cells.
ID: 1345
Evaluating habitat restoration plans with a novel fish population model

The ability to forecast the consequences of alternative habitat restoration plans for highly valued resources is a critical need of the Forest S ...

Principal Investigator : Bret C. Harvey

Water, Air, and Soil
Wildlife and Fish
2017PSW
Photo of Wildland fire can have destructive ecological and social effects.  Georgia Forestry Commission
ID: 730
Examining Trade-offs in Wildland Fire Management Decisions

Reducing or mitigating the negative effects of wildland fire is a major priority in communities all across the United States and must be address ...

Principal Investigator : Danny C. Lee

Wildland Fire and Fuels
Resource Management and Use
2014SRS
Photo of A field technician collects vegetation data along Meadow Creek in the Starkey Experimental Forest and Range.
ID: 1416
Factoring in riparian use by elk and mule deer

Riparian guidelines for livestock may not promote recovery of woody species where wild ungulate populations are high.

Principal Investigator : Michael Wisdom, Dr.

Water, Air, and Soil
Resource Management and Use
2018PNW
Photo of Exurban development changes the landscape context of family forest.
ID: 1464
Family forests are the ties that bind the landscape

Family forests have an enormous capacity to provide ecosystem services such as clean air and water, timber and nontimber forest products, wildli ...

Principal Investigator : Kurt Riitters

Outdoor Recreation
Inventory and Monitoring
2018SRS
Photo of Trees killed by sudden oak death near Big Sur, Calif.
ID: 1367
Fire in the wake of sudden oak death

Study predicts future flammability in plant communities where tanoak has been killed by sudden oak death.

Principal Investigator : Julian (Morgan) Varner

Water, Air, and Soil
Wildland Fire and Fuels
Inventory and Monitoring
Resource Management and Use
2017PNW
Photo of Male fisher in ponderosa pine tree. Jordan Latter, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 1149
Fisher Survival and Response to Marijuana Plantations and Fuel Treatments in the Sierra Nevada

Research shows that pesticide poisoning related to illegal marijuana cultivation may be affecting the ability of fisher populations to expand. F ...

Principal Investigator : Pacific Southwest Research Station

Wildlife and Fish2016PSW
Photo of Map showing projected risk level for each mile-square for 2017 based on site characteristics and history of precipitation and tree mortality up to September 2016. The accompanying boxplots show the range and distribution of expected values for each of the ten risk levels based on data from 2005-2016.
ID: 1378
Forecasts of tree mortality in California and the Pacific Northwest

Tree mortality forecasts aid forest managers in California and the Pacific Northwest.

Principal Investigator : Haiganoush K. Preisler

Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
2017PSW
Photo of Shaded coffee plantation under pine forest. Thomas Brandeis, USDA Forest Service
ID: 729
Forest Management Economics for Private Forest Landowners in Honduras

This work will help improve private landowner participation and livelihood through an economic assessment of forest management needs and recomme ...

Principal Investigator : Consuelo Brandeis

Resource Management and Use2014SRS
Photo of Cover image for Natural Inquirer issue
ID: 659
Forest Service Research on Morel Mushrooms Featured in Natural Inquirer

The Natural Inquirer's monograph series for middle school students and educators showcased a Forest Service researcher's work on local knowledge ...

Principal Investigator : Marla Emery

Resource Management and Use2014NRS
Photo of A researcher collects fuel samples during a prescribed burn as part ofWashington State’s Forest Resiliency Burning Pilot project.
ID: 1342
Forest Service research supports Washington State’s Forest Resiliency Burning Pilot Project

Forest Service researchers characterized fuel before and after prescribed burns in eastern Washington State and assessed post-fire tree mortalit ...

Principal Investigator : Roger D. Ottmar

Wildland Fire and Fuels
Inventory and Monitoring
2017PNW
Photo of Eucalyptus stand in South Africa. Donald Owen, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
ID: 735
Forest Service Scientists Assess Potential Impacts of Eucalyptus on Water Resources in the Southern U.S.

At the request of the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, the Center for Integrated Forest Science led interdisciplinary analyses t ...

Principal Investigator : James Vose

Resource Management and Use2014SRS
Photo of Fire managers managed the Grouse Fire of 2009 to encourage burning during periods of favorable smoke dispersion, including times at night.
ID: 1388
Forest Service scientists develop strategies to restore fire while protecting air quality

Forest Service scientists demonstrated that by using fire under favorable weather and fuel conditions, large areas of forest can be treated whil ...

Principal Investigator : Jonathan W. Long

Water, Air, and Soil
Wildlife and Fish
2017PSW
Photo of Smoke from the 2013 American Fire in Tahoe National Forest, California.
ID: 1371
Forest Service team proposes strategies to restore forest health with fire while protecting air quality in nearby communities

A team of Forest Service scientists delivered research that demonstrates using fire under favorable weather and fuel conditions, large areas of ...

Principal Investigator : Jonathan W. Long

Wildland Fire and Fuels
Inventory and Monitoring
2017PNW
Photo of Researchers put radio tags on barred owls to learn what forest types the owls preferred. USDA Forest Service
ID: 773
Forest Structure Characteristics Within Barred Owl Home Ranges are Similar to Areas Used by Spotted Owls

Competitive interactions with barred owls are an important factor contributing to the population decline of the threatened northern spotted owl. ...

Principal Investigator : Peter Singleton

Wildlife and Fish2015PNW
Photo of Emerald ash borer adult on a twig. USDA Forest Service
ID: 864
Functional Genomics of Emerald Ash Borer: Identifying Odor Processing Genes and Gene Blocking for Alternative Pest Management

The emerald ash borer (EAB) has killed hundreds of millions of ash trees in North America since its discovery in 2002 and threatens the entire a ...

Principal Investigator : Therese M. Poland

Invasive Species2015NRS
Photo of Regional groupings of tropical montane cloud forest and associated lower and upper altitudinal limits of the cloud belt (modified after Scatena 2010). U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 1158
Geographic, Environmental, and Biotic Sources of Variation in the Nutrient Relations of Tropical Montane Forests

Incorporating other geographic, environmental and biotic variables in tropical montane forests biogeochemistry, might give scientists a more acc ...

Principal Investigator : Grizelle Gonzalez

Inventory and Monitoring
Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
2016IITF
Photo of Forest Service researchers are treating young forests to create northern goshawk habitat and resistant bark beetle structures that also produce timber products.
ID: 1351
Goshawks, bark beetles, and timber management: Can they coexist?

Wildlife habitat and timber production are critical elements of the management of many national forests. The Black Hills National Forest in West ...

Principal Investigator : Russell T. Graham

Resource Management and Use
Wildlife and Fish
Water, Air, and Soil
2017RMRS
Photo of Greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) with VHF transmitter. Carbon County, WY. Brian Dickerson, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 991
Greater Sage-grouse Demographics Prior to Wind Energy Development

Wind energy is an alternative form of energy production that is generally accepted by the public as an answer to nonrenewable forms of energy pr ...

Principal Investigator : Brian E. Dickerson

Resource Management and Use
Wildlife and Fish
2016RMRS
Photo of The greenstrip experiment within a highly flammable grassland environment surrounding an ecosystem fragment on Hawaii Island.
ID: 1337
Greenstrips in Hawaii protect high value ecosystems from fire

The purpose of the greenstrip study was to test a tool that has been used in parts of the arid continental U.S. to protect high value ecosystems ...

Principal Investigator : Susan Cordell

Inventory and Monitoring
Wildland Fire and Fuels
Invasive Species
2017PSW
Photo of Map of Luquillo Mountains, including El Yunque National Forest/Luquillo Experimental Forest and its locations in NE Puerto Rico where bird population monitoring occurred. The black circles represent sites sampled in 2015 with automated acoustic recorders and yellow circles sites with historical point count data. Different colors represent differences in elevation (m a.s.l.).
ID: 1452
Have bird distributions shifted along an elevation gradient with climate change over a 17-year period in El Yunque National Forest?

Expected elevational shifts in bird distributions with global warming may be species-specific and, hence not readily predictable for many bird s ...

Principal Investigator : Wayne J. Arendt, PhD

Outdoor Recreation
Wildlife and Fish
Inventory and Monitoring
2018IITF
Photo of A research plot devoted to undertanding the effects of climate change on carbon storage and flux in Hawaii. Chrisian Giardina, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 1088
Hawai’i Carbon Assessment

Scientists conduct an assessment of current and projected future carbon stocks showing the fluxes and sequestration for the state of Hawai’i.

Principal Investigator : Christian P. Giardina

Invasive Species
Inventory and Monitoring
Water, Air, and Soil
2016PSW
Photo of Westslope cutthroat trout, native to the Columbia River and upper Missouri River hybridize with introduced rainbow trout and have been extirpated from large portions of their historical range. U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 1143
Headwater Streams are Resistant to Trout Hybridization

Hybridization between native and introduced species is noted as an important player in the decline of native species. The potential for hybridiz ...

Principal Investigator : Kevin S. McKelvey

Wildlife and Fish
Water, Air, and Soil
2016RMRS
Photo of At a community meeting in Issaquah, Washington, particpants discuss maps created by the public and their role in travel management planning. Lee Cerveny, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 1045
Human Ecology Mapping Reveals Public Priorities for Forest Destinations and Roads

Public land managers often must prioritize among ongoing construction and maintenance of infrastructure and facilities valued by the public. Hum ...

Principal Investigator : Lee K. Cerveny

Outdoor Recreation
Resource Management and Use
2016PNW
Photo of Idaho home with defensible space fostered by an incentive program. Sarah McCaffrey, USDA Forest Service
ID: 651
Identifying Policy Tools That Encourage Community-Level Defensible Space in Six U.S. Communities

A Forest Service scientist and partners assessed outreach programs in six different communities and identified outreach tools that were effectiv ...

Principal Investigator : Sarah M. McCaffrey

Wildlife and Fish2014NRS
Photo of European Starlings are one of the world’s most successful invasive species. Known to compete with native bird species for nest sites, they may also compete with ground-foraging insectivores and other grassland species.
ID: 796
Impacts of European Starlings on Native Species: Looking Beyond Competition for Nest Sites

European starlings are a remarkably successful invasive species known to compete with native bird species for nest cavities. Starlings avoid ung ...

Principal Investigator : Kathryn L. Purcell

Invasive Species2015PSW
Photo of A firefighter crew hiking out from a wildland fire burning in a pinyon-juniper woodland along the Utah-Nevada border. 
ID: 1434
Improving firefighter escape route mapping through LiDAR-based analysis

Wildland fires place firefighters in a dangerous working environment and their safety relies on knowing the safest pathways to a safety zone bef ...

Principal Investigator : Bret W. Butler

Inventory and Monitoring
Wildland Fire and Fuels
2018RMRS
Photo of Housing development near the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Washington. Rhonda Mazza, USDA Forest Service
ID: 675
Increasing Development Near Public Forest Lands in Washington and Oregon Has Implications for Public Land Management and Fire Suppression

Areas bordering public forest land in Washington and Oregon are showing substantial increases in development, with the number of structures on p ...

Principal Investigator : Andrew Gray

Inventory and Monitoring
Resource Management and Use
2014PNW
Photo of Researchers conduct fish surveys along the Entiat River, Wash. USDA Forest Service
ID: 782
Instream Habitat Restoration Increases Stream Capacity for both Chinook Salmon and Steelhead Trout

Study finds positive response by fish to instream restoration projects in the Entiat River watershed in Washington. These results are being used ...

Principal Investigator : Karl Polivka

Wildlife and Fish2015PNW
Photo of Whitewater rafting on the Arkansas River in Browns Canyon National Monument, Colorado.
ID: 1415
Interactive mapping process highlights values and visitor use in Browns Canyon National Monument

Whitewater boating, hiking, and visiting historic sites are common activities in the monument. Local residents are more likely to visit places t ...

Principal Investigator : Lee K. Cerveny

Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
2018PNW
Photo of Spring peeper. USDA Forest Service
ID: 935
It’s the City Life for Me! Spring Peepers in Urban Areas have Lower Rates of Fungal Infection

The spring peeper (Pseudacris crucifer) is a small frog widespread throughout the eastern U.S. and Canada. A Forest Service study reports that ...

Principal Investigator : Daniel Saenz

Wildlife and Fish2015SRS
Photo of Mapped elevations that can inform predictions of sea-level rise at the Salmon River Estuary, Oregon. Rebecca Flitcroft, USDA Forest Service
ID: 670
Keeping Pace with Sea-level Rise: Insights for Oregon Estuaries

Scientists mapped the margin of current mean high tide, and contour intervals associated with different potential increases. They found that som ...

Principal Investigator : Rebecca Flitcroft

Water, Air, and Soil
Wildlife and Fish
2014PNW
Photo of Typical timber bridge example.
ID: 1508
Laboratory Evaluation of Salvaged Bridge Girders from U.S. Route 66

Timber bridges have been in-service for nearly nine decades along Southern California's Historic Route 66 National Trails Highway.  Several unt ...

Principal Investigator : James P. Wacker

Water, Air, and Soil
Resource Management and Use
2018FPL
Photo of Koa (Acacia koa) tree. Forestryimages.com.
ID: 1014
Landscape Genomics of Koa Tree (Acacia koa)

Forest Service scientists examined patterns of genetic differentiation throughout the genome of the Hawaiian koa tree (Acacia koa) and associate ...

Principal Investigator : Christina Liang

Inventory and Monitoring2016PSW
Photo of Northern flying squirrel. iStock.
ID: 1070
Landscape Variability Compensates for Fuel Reduction Treatments

While tree thinning had a negative effect on northern flying squirrel density within a thinning treatment unit, research results suggested that ...

Principal Investigator : Angela M. White

Wildlife and Fish2016PSW
Photo of Dead whitebark pine trees in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness Area, Salmon-Challis National Forest, Idaho
ID: 1515
Landscape-scale assessments of whitebark pine

Whitebark pine (Pinus albicaulis) is an ecologically important species in high-altitude areas of the Western United States. Whitebark pine stand ...

Principal Investigator : Sara A. Goeking

Outdoor Recreation
Inventory and Monitoring
2018RMRS
Photo of Soil pit with golf tees marking horizons to be sampled. Robert Long, USDA Forest Service
ID: 650
Liming Effects Help Maintain Sugar Maple Growth and Health and Persist for More Than 20 years

Long-term inputs of acidic deposition have depleted soils of calcium (Ca) and magnesium (Mg) on ridge-top, unglaciated sites in Pennsylvania. Su ...

Principal Investigator : Robert P. Long

Water, Air, and Soil
Resource Management and Use
2014NRS
Photo of Airborne Carnegie Airborne Observatory-LiDAR image from a January 2008 flight showing vegetation height for more than 100 kipuka on the Island of Hawaii. Inset shows one example kipuka of roughly 25 hectares. Greg Asner, Carnegie Institution of Science
ID: 901
Long-term Fragmentation Reduces Ecosystem Carbon Storage and Productivity

In the naturally fragmented tropical montane landscape in Hawaii, Forest Service researchers used a highly replicated (more than 600) set of fra ...

Principal Investigator : Christian P. Giardina

Inventory and Monitoring
Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
2015PSW
Photo of Abundant longleaf pine cones at the Stuart Seed Orchard in the summer of 2014 point to a bumper seed crop in the fall of 2014.
ID: 1307
Longleaf pine seed collection in Texas boosts restoration efforts of this important species

Longleaf pine is an unpredictable seed producer and adequate or better seed crops occur once every five years or even more infrequently. Efforts ...

Principal Investigator : James M. Guldin

Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
2017SRS
Photo of A drained tundra lake with remnant pools in northwest Alaska. USDA Forest Service
ID: 825
Major Shifts in Wildlife Habitats Projected for the 21st Century in Northwest Alaska Under Changing Climates

Climate is changing roughly twice as fast in the Arctic than it is further south, thus providing an "early warning system" for impending changes ...

Principal Investigator : Bruce G. Marcot

Resource Management and Use
Wildlife and Fish
2015PNW
Photo of Rangelands occupy 25 percent of America's landscape.
ID: 1389
Managing climate change risks in rangeland ecosystems

Rangelands are ecologically diverse ecosystems in the drier parts of the United States, occupying around 25 percent of the United States land ar ...

Principal Investigator : Linda A. Joyce

Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
2017RMRS
Photo of A public field tour in the Deschutes National Forest, Oregon. Resource managers, scientists, and the public discuss management strategies for fire-prone forests such as the Deschutes National Forest.
ID: 1340
Managing fire-prone forests in multi-ownership landscapes

A Forest Service study reveals many new insights into a multi-ownership fire prone landscape in Oregon's eastern Cascade Range.. For example, fe ...

Principal Investigator : Thomas Spies

Wildland Fire and Fuels
Inventory and Monitoring
Water, Air, and Soil
Resource Management and Use
2017PNW
Photo of A sagebrush ecosystem in north central Nevada converted to the invasive annual brome-grass, cheatgrass, by wildfire. Nolan E. Preece.
ID: 999
Managing Invasive Annual Brome Grasses and Altered Fire Regimes

Invasive annual brome grasses are resulting in altered fire regimes and conversion of native arid and semi-arid ecosystems in the western United ...

Principal Investigator : Jeanne C. Chambers

Invasive Species
Water, Air, and Soil
Wildland Fire and Fuels
Wildlife and Fish
Resource Management and Use
2016RMRS
Photo of The anticipated arrival of average annual temperatures that are outside historical ranges within the conterminous Unites States if greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise throughout the 21st century. Becky Kerns, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 1187
Mapping Coincidence of Landscape Exposure to Multiple Stressors Including Climate Change

New maps factor in climate change and illustrate landscape exposure to additional stressors (wildfire potential, insects and disease risk, urban ...

Principal Investigator : Becky K. Kerns

Resource Management and Use2016PNW
Photo of Hells Canyon Dam. Forest Service researchers and their colleagues have developed spatially explicit, individual-based models of salmonid fishes to address how dams affect them. NOAA.
ID: 944
Modeling Potential River Management Conflicts Between Frogs and Salmonids

The Forest Service participates in the management of many regulated rivers that, while providing clean water to people, also support populations ...

Principal Investigator : Bret C. Harvey

Water, Air, and Soil
Wildlife and Fish
2016PSW
Photo of Field crew with the Pacific Northwest Research Station sample willow shrubs on the Pumice Plain of Mount St. Helens. Pyroclastic flows during the 1980 eruption removed all traces of the old-growth forest here, about four miles north of the volcano. USDA Forest Service
ID: 767
Mount St. Helens Plays a Central Role in the Field of Volcano Ecology

Ecological lessons and methods developed during studies on Mount St. Helens are now used to shape research and monitoring at other volcanic site ...

Principal Investigator : Charlie Crisafulli

Wildlife and Fish
Resource Management and Use
2015PNW
Photo of Contractors remove trees infested by emerald ash borer, Shields, MI, 2004. David Cappaert, Michigan State University
ID: 639
Municipal Cooperation in Managing Emerald Ash Borer Increases Urban Forest Benefits

The best approach to managing an emerald ash borer (EAB) infestation is to fight it like a human health epidemic. Just as epidemiologists cannot ...

Principal Investigator : Robert G. Haight

Invasive Species
Resource Management and Use
2014NRS
Photo of Thicket of trees in a ponderosa pine forest located on the Long Valley Experimental Forest depicts unhealthy forest conditions. Richard T. Reynolds, USDA Forest Service.
ID: 698
New Framework Guides Land Managers in Restoring Forests to Historic Conditions

Forest Service and university scientists and managers synthesized 100 years of published forestry science to help forest managers better underst ...

Principal Investigator : Richard T. Reynolds

Wildland Fire and Fuels
Resource Management and Use
Outdoor Recreation
Water, Air, and Soil
Wildlife and Fish
2014RMRS
Photo of Aspen stands affected by drought in southern Colorado.
ID: 1384
New report offers comprehensive inventory of Colorado’s forests

The current inventory of Colorado’s forests is the first to use the complete set of Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) plots across all owner ...

Principal Investigator : John D. Shaw

Outdoor Recreation
Inventory and Monitoring
Invasive Species
Wildland Fire and Fuels
2017RMRS
Photo of Daniel Crockett, former employee on the London Ranger District, stands next to a 200 year-old white oak tree that was left following an oak woodland restoration treatment.
ID: 1318
Oak woodland restoration improves forest health

Conversion of a closed canopy oak forest to an oak woodland improved forest health, according to a long-term study initiated on the Daniel Boone ...

Principal Investigator : Stacy Clark

Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
2017SRS
Photo of Impacts of drought and insects at Bass Lake Ranger District, Sierra National Forest, May 2016. Christopher J. Fettig, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 1023
Observed and Anticipated Impacts of Drought on Forest Insects and Diseases

Changes to Earth’s climate are projected to include increases in temperature and changes in precipitation patterns that will increase the freq ...

Principal Investigator : Chris Fettig

Resource Management and Use
Wildlife and Fish
Wildland Fire and Fuels
2016PSW
Photo of National Forests in the Sierra Nevada color-coded by percent of each watershed available for mechanical treatment. USDA Forest Service
ID: 817
Opportunities to Wield the Saw and the Flame to Restore California Forests

Researchers analyzed how different kinds of constraints on forest thinning influence opportunities to reduce wildfire risks across the Sierra Ne ...

Principal Investigator : Jonathan W. Long

Resource Management and Use
Wildland Fire and Fuels
2015PSW
Photo of A field tour of potential collaborative projects on the Sweet Home Ranger District, Willamette National Forest. Emily Jane Davis, Oregon State University
ID: 788
Oregon Forest Collaboratives: What Are the Similarities and Differences Among Them?

Collaboration is a currently a popular approach to resolving conflict around national forest management, particularly in regard to forest health ...

Principal Investigator : Lee K. Cerveny

Resource Management and Use2015PNW
Photo of At a farmers' market in Carnation, Wash., members of the public identify some of their favorite places for outdoor recreation. USDA Forest Service
ID: 787
Outdoor Recreation Study Maps the Places People Love

Going to the people: Shoppers at farmers’ markets in King County, Wash., shared information about their favorite places for outdoor recreation ...

Principal Investigator : Lee K. Cerveny

Outdoor Recreation2015PNW
Photo of Photo of permanent study plot in 2007 immediately prior to timber harvest. Jack Butler, USDA Forest Service
ID: 701
Ponderosa Pine Understory Vegetation Recovers Quickly Following Timber Harvest

Creating and maintaining a healthy forest relies on the resiliency of understory vegetation. The understory vegetation is largely responsible fo ...

Principal Investigator : Jack L. Butler

Resource Management and Use
Inventory and Monitoring
Invasive Species
2014RMRS
Photo of A burned stand that has not been salvaged logged. USDA Forest Service
ID: 790
Postfire Logging Reduces Future Surface Woody Fuels in Dry Coniferous Forests

Severe wildfires create pulses of dead trees that influence future fuel loads, fire behavior, and fire effects as they decay and deposit surface ...

Principal Investigator : David W. Peterson

Wildland Fire and Fuels
Resource Management and Use
2015PNW
Photo of Managed forest land in western Oregon. A carbon offset sales program could encourage forest landowners to manage in ways that increase the amount carbon stored on their land. Jeff Kline, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 945
Potential Land Use and Forest Management Implications for a Carbon-offset Incentive Program

A new Forest Service study describes the potential implications for land use and management if a program where a forest owner could sell carbon ...

Principal Investigator : Jeffrey D. Kline

Resource Management and Use2016PNW
Photo of Sage grouse. U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 983
Predicting Changes in Population Extent and Fragmentation of Greater Sage-grouse

Habitat loss and fragmentation have dramatically reduced the area occupied and the population connectivity of greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus ...

Principal Investigator : Samuel A. Cushman

Wildlife and Fish2016RMRS
Photo of Louisiana Pine Snakes inhabit fire-maintained pine forests. Daniel Saenz, USDA Forest Service
ID: 717
Progress in Reintroducing the Louisiana Pine Snake

The Louisiana pine snake is subject to extinction in the near future. Forest Service researchers are monitoring the status of remnant population ...

Principal Investigator : Carline Rudolph

Wildlife and Fish2014SRS
Photo of Forest management on private land tends to decrease as proximity to residential development increases. USDA Forest Service.
ID: 785
Proximity and Amount of Development Affects Forest Structure, Invasive Plant Abundance, and Probability of Management of Remaining Forested Lands

Rural residential development in forests of Oregon and Washington continues to be a key driver of land use change. With greater housing density ...

Principal Investigator : Pacific Northwest Research Station

Resource Management and Use2015PNW
Photo of A pygmy rabbit. Boise State University, Boise State Univsersity
ID: 668
Pygmy Rabbits Use Nutritional and Chemical Cues While Making Foraging Decisions

Pygmy rabits are dietary specialists that feed on sagebrush (Artemisia spp.) and forage on specific plants more than others within a foraging pa ...

Principal Investigator : Rick G. Kelsey

Wildlife and Fish
Resource Management and Use
2014PNW
Photo of An 83-year-old longleaf pine stand planted by the Civilian Conservation Corps at Fort Polk in Louisiana. John R. Butnor, USDA Forest Service
ID: 719
Quantifying and Managing Carbon Sequestration in Longleaf Pine Ccosystems.

Forests can offset greenhouse gas emissions by sequestering carbon dioxide in tree biomass, understory vegetation, forest floor litter, detritus ...

Principal Investigator : John Butnor

Resource Management and Use2014SRS
Photo of Kiowa National Grassland, southern Great Plains, during drought conditions. U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 1005
Rangeland Drought: Effects and Adaptation Strategies

There is a critical need to understand how drought affects rangelands because drought severity and drought-associated disturbances are expected ...

Principal Investigator : Paulette L. Ford

Wildland Fire and Fuels
Resource Management and Use
2016RMRS
Photo of Ferruginous hawk instrumented with a solar GPS transmitter. USDA Forest Service
ID: 834
Response of Nesting Ferruginous Hawks to Energy Development

Over the past decade and a half, raptors nesting in prairie ecosystems have been subjected to sharp increases in nearby energy development activ ...

Principal Investigator : John R. Squires

Resource Management and Use
Wildlife and Fish
2015RMRS
Photo of A western pond turtle at the San Joaquin Experimental Range in California. USDA Forest Service
ID: 794
Response of Western Pond Turtles to Drought

Western pond turtles (Actinemys marmorata) are declining throughout most of their range. The population studied at the San Joaquin Experimental ...

Principal Investigator : Kathryn L. Purcell

Invasive Species
Wildlife and Fish
2015PSW
Photo of Rough skinned newt, Taricha granulosa is commonly seen in Pacific Northwest forests, and in laboratory experiments has been shown to be vulnerable to the salamander chytrid fungus. Elke Wind, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 977
Response to Emerging Infectious Amphibian Diseases Forges New Alliances Between Science, Management, and Policy

The newly described salamander chytrid fungus Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans (Bsal) is rapidly spreading in Europe, killing salamanders as it ...

Principal Investigator : Deanna ("Dede") H. Olson

Wildlife and Fish2016PNW
Photo of A caddisfly—freshwater prey for Chinook salmon.
ID: 1412
Restoration of freshwater biodiversity important for maintaining healthy salmon fisheries

Streams with greater biodiversity appear more resilient to environmental change compared to streams with lower biodiversity. The value of protec ...

Principal Investigator : J. Ryan Bellmore

Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
2018PNW
Photo of Tribal acorn gatherers and scientists gather underneath an actively tended black oak tree near North Fork, California. Jonathan Long, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 948
Restoring California Black Oaks Sustains Cultural and Ecological Values

California black oaks are a treasured food source for many Native Americans, while also providing sustenance and habitat for numerous wildlife s ...

Principal Investigator : Jonathan W. Long

Wildland Fire and Fuels2016PSW
Photo of Hikers in the Olympic National Forest, Washington.
ID: 1358
Revealing the economic benefits of outdoor recreation in national forests

Forest Service research provides updated data and technical guidance for computing the economic benefits of recreation at national, regional, an ...

Principal Investigator : Eric M. White

Resource Management and Use
Outdoor Recreation
2017PNW
Photo of ?Male and female greater sage-grouse converge on sagebrush mating areas every year. 
ID: 1423
Sage-grouse genetics

Unfortunately, greater sage-grouse are not as easy to find as they used to be. The birds’ population, once estimated at 16 million, is now bel ...

Principal Investigator : Todd B. Cross

Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
2018RMRS
Photo of Collecting sagebrush volatiles (odors) in a common garden near Ephraim, Utah.  U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 1041
Sagebrush Scent Identifies Species and Subspecies

Big sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata) is the dominant plant species across much of the western United States and provides critical habitat and fo ...

Principal Investigator : Justin B. Runyon

Resource Management and Use2016RMRS
Photo of U.S. forests, such as this bottomland hardwood stand, are susceptible to climate change. Paul Bolstad, University of Minnnesota
ID: 740
Science in supports of the National Climate Assessment

A synthesis of research findings provided the foundation for the analysis of climate change on forest conditions, land use, and forest carbon in ...

Principal Investigator : James Vose

Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
Inventory and Monitoring
2014SRS
Photo of A smoke monitor collects data during a prescribed on Deschutes National Forest. USDA Forest Service
ID: 776
Scientists Acquire Better Knowledge of Smoke Transport During Prescribed Burning in the Wildland-urban Interface of Bend, Oregon

Smoke from prescribed fires in the Deschutes National Forest has negatively affected the city of Bend, Oregon, nine times over the past two year ...

Principal Investigator : Susan O'Neill

Wildland Fire and Fuels
Water, Air, and Soil
2015PNW
Photo of Field crew collect forest inventory data in a stand of black spruce in Interior Alaska.
ID: 1398
Scientists analyze trends in tree growth to assess change in Interior Alaska’s spruce forest

Tree-ring analysis adjusted for age-related changes in growth indicate that recent growth of black and white spruce in Interior Alaska is near t ...

Principal Investigator : Andrew Gray

Outdoor Recreation
Inventory and Monitoring
2017PNW
Photo of A study site in the Tahoe National Forest, eight years after prescribed fire. USDA Forest Service.
ID: 764
Scientists Assess Effectiveness of Fuels Reduction Treatments in California

Fuel treatments are used to abate undesirable fire behavior and effects. Short-term effectiveness of fuel treatments to alter fire behavior and ...

Principal Investigator : Nicole M. Vaillant

Wildland Fire and Fuels2015PNW
Photo of Social assessment crew member interviews park user on Jamaica Bay. Joana Chan, USDA Forest Service
ID: 638
Scientists Assess Social Meaning of Jamaica Bay Region Parkland

The Jamaica Bay region of New York City is a focus of resiliency planning and adaptive management efforts. Working with natural resource manager ...

Principal Investigator : Lindsay K. Campbell

Resource Management and Use2014NRS
Photo of Alpine meadow from the top of Brown's Peak in the Snowy Range of Southeast Wyoming with Medicine Bow Peak in the background.  There are 127 known alpine plant species on these two peaks. USDA Forest Service
ID: 768
Scientists Find 25 Southern Rockies Alpine Plant Species Unique to the Region

Forest Service scientists and their collaborators have identified an extensive list of alpine plants in the Southern Rockies and within this lis ...

Principal Investigator : James F. Fowler

Inventory and Monitoring2015RMRS
Photo of Research ecologist Justin DeRose extracts a tree core from an increment borer. Tree rings in a tree core not only tell the age of the tree, they also provide vital information about a tree’s growth from year to year, including periods of drought and other natural disturbances.
ID: 1387
Scientists recontruct the history of snowpack in Utah to help managers plan for future water demand

Understanding snowpack variability is an important goal of water management; in particular, in the arid west where snow represents a major water ...

Principal Investigator : R. Justin DeRose

Outdoor Recreation
Wildlife and Fish
Water, Air, and Soil
Inventory and Monitoring
2017RMRS
Photo of A marbled murrelet. USDA Forest Service
ID: 838
Scientists Study Marbled Murrelet Populations and Nesting Habitat Under the Northwest Forest Plan

The marbled murrelet is listed as threatened under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. Conservation of the murrelet is an objective of the Northwe ...

Principal Investigator : Martin G. Raphael

Wildlife and Fish2015PNW
Photo of In Guinea, Africa, community forests are an important source of nontimber forest products. Susan Charnley, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 976
Socioeconomic Monitoring and Community Forests in West Africa

Community forests may be effective for conserving forest biodiversity in West Africa and sustaining desirable ecosystem services and forest prod ...

Principal Investigator : Susan Charnley

Resource Management and Use2016PNW
Photo of The career and gender distribution of ecology authors used in the analysis, Angela White, USDA Forest Service
ID: 1022
Solving the Productivity and Impact Puzzle: Do Men Outperform Women? Or are Metrics Biased?

The disproportionate attrition of women from science suggests current retention strategies are unsuccessful. But are female scientists’ career ...

Principal Investigator : Angela M. White

Wildlife and Fish2016PSW
Photo of Following a sharp decline in abundance related to West Nile Virus, western scrub-jays in California are showing recovery. Gary Woods.
ID: 1117
Songbird Population Trends Have Their Ups and Downs

Population trends and information on whether species are increasing or decreasing are crucial to managing and conserving species. Using 27 years ...

Principal Investigator : Kathryn L. Purcell

Wildlife and Fish2016PSW
Photo of Coyote pups in a log den, New York. Robin Holevinski, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
ID: 885
Spatial Analysis Differentiates New York Coyotes Between Two Colonizing Fronts

Coyotes are widely distributed, highly mobile predators that exhibit regional differences in habitat affinities, prey specialization, social agg ...

Principal Investigator : Paula E. Marquardt

Wildlife and Fish2015NRS
Photo of An aerial view of tree mortality on the Sierra National Forest, California. Steve Dunsky, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 1189
Statistical Prediction of Tree Mortality in California

Large parts of California are currently experiencing dramatic levels of tree loss due to a combination of drought and bark beetles. Forest Servi ...

Principal Investigator : Nancy E. Grulke

Resource Management and Use
Wildland Fire and Fuels
2016PNW
Photo of A honey bee. istockphoto.com.
ID: 1013
Strangers at their Doors: Hawaiian Plants and Non-native Pollinators

Forest Service researchers spent 576 hours observing potential pollinators for eight native plant species in a Hawaiian tropical dryland system. ...

Principal Investigator : Christina Liang

Invasive Species
Wildlife and Fish
2016PSW
Photo of Field sampling on the Yurok Reservation, encroached by trees and shrubs. Shaonna Chase (left) Yurok Tribe GIS specialist, Frank K. Lake (center) Forest Service research ecologist, and Eldon Kinney (right) Humboldt State University student researcher. Joe Hostler, Yurok Tribe Environmental Program.
ID: 971
Student Collaboration Links Tribal History with Cultural Resources, Fire Regimes, Forest Management, and Ecological Habitats

Open prairie grass and oak-dominated woodlands provide numerous cultural resources to the Yurok Tribe. Since the 1940s, more than 80 percent of ...

Principal Investigator : Frank K. Lake

Wildland Fire and Fuels2016PSW
Photo of Afforestation is one means of increasing forest carbon storage. S.A. Snyder, USDA Forest Service
ID: 624
Study Assesses Private Forest Landowner Attitudes Towards Forest Carbon Management and Carbon Credit Trading

Forest lands, if managed in certain ways, can store excess atmospheric carbon, a key contributor to global climate change. This accumulated carb ...

Principal Investigator : Stephanie Snyder

Resource Management and Use2014NRS
Photo of Monterey cypress is among the numerous rare and evolutionarily distinct tree species that grow in California.
ID: 1465
Study compares rarity and evolutionary distinctiveness of trees in protected and unprotected areas

How should tree species and forests be prioritized for conservation? In a paper published in the journal Biological Conservation, a researcher r ...

Principal Investigator : Southern Research Station

Outdoor Recreation
Inventory and Monitoring
2018SRS
Photo of The increase in center pivot irrigation systems from 1976 (left) to 2013 (right). Over the 38-year period there was a 4,500 percent increase in center pivot irrigation systems that was accompanied by an approximate 2,000 percent increase in total acres irrigated.
ID: 1335
Study maps the spatio-temporal evolution of irrigation in the Coastal Plain of Georgia

A team of scientists from the Forest Service and University of Georgia conduct a manual mapping analysis of the spatial and temporal change in c ...

Principal Investigator : Marcus Williams

Water, Air, and Soil
Wildlife and Fish
2017SRS
Photo of A butternut tree in southern Wisconsin with symptoms of butternut canker disease. This tree will die soon. Although other butternut trees in the same stand are relatively healthy, their resistance is not genetic but based on favorable site conditions. Nicholas LaBonte, Purdue University
ID: 804
Surviving Butternut Trees Benefit From Better Sites Rather than Disease Resistance

Butternut trees are rapidly disappearing because of butternut canker disease. Rare healthy trees appeared to hold hope for resistance to buttern ...

Principal Investigator : Keith Woeste

Resource Management and Use2015NRS
Photo of Proportion of grade one trees harvested over time for three harvest types. John Brown, USDA Forest Service.
ID: 641
Sustaining Tree Quality Under Three Harvesting Methods

The quality of trees grown and harvested under various methods exhibits changing patterns over time. A Forest Service scientist studied three me ...

Principal Investigator : John Brown

Resource Management and Use2014NRS
Photo of National forests in eastern Oregon and Washington are using information from this new synthesis to plan restoration projects.? USDA Forest Service
ID: 833
Synthesis on Mixed-Conifer Forest Science Provides Scientific and Practical Guidance to Landscape Restoration

Forest Service and university scientists developed a comprehensive synthesis of the best available science about mixed conifer forests in easter ...

Principal Investigator : Paul F. Hessburg, Sr.

Resource Management and Use2015PNW
Photo of Longleaf pine stand after a controlled burn. Erich G. Vallery, USDA Forest Service
ID: 714
Tailoring Prescribed Fire for the Private Landowner

The fate of the Range-Wide Conservation Plan for Longleaf Pine will be determined by private landowners' willingness to commit to longleaf pine ...

Principal Investigator : Mary Anne Sword Sayer

Resource Management and Use2014SRS
Photo of A sagebrush landscape that is becoming increasingly rare due to disturbance and invasive plants. Nolan E. Preece.
ID: 1049
Techniques to Ensure the Right Sagebrush Seed is Put in the Right Place

Wildfire, invasive weeds, and climate change are threatening sagebrush ecosystems including the flora and fauna that are dependent upon them. Bo ...

Principal Investigator : Bryce A. Richardson

Resource Management and Use2016RMRS
Photo of The American pika, a small non-hibernating mammal related to rabbits that lives in high mountains of western North America. Dr. Andrew Smith, Arizona State University.
ID: 941
The American Pika: From Icon of Climate Vulnerability to Model of Resilience

Despite their small size, mountain dwelling American pikas have gained a big reputation for their supposed vulnerability to climate change and l ...

Principal Investigator : Constance I. Millar

Wildlife and Fish2016PSW
Photo of Mapping provides insights into aquatic resources for conservation prioritization and restoration. USDA Forest Service
ID: 837
The Cold Water Climate Shield: Prioritizing High-value Aquatic Resources

Native trout are culturally and ecologically important, but climate change is likely to shrink the cold-water environments they require. Much ca ...

Principal Investigator : Daniel J. Isaak

Water, Air, and Soil
Wildlife and Fish
2015RMRS
Photo of A researcher collects a twig sample from a Douglas-fir tree growing in one of the garden sites in the Douglas-fir Seed-Source Movement Trial. Brad St. Clair, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 981
The Douglas-fir Seed-Source Movement Trial Sheds Light on Responses of Adaptive Traits to Changing Climates

This multi-site Forest Service study, encompassing a range of climate and soil conditions, is providing some very specific results on tree growt ...

Principal Investigator : Connie Harrington

Resource Management and Use2016PNW
Photo of RMRS Research Ecologist Michael Schwartz collects eDNA samples from Rattlesnake Creek in Missoula, Montana. Photo credit Kellie Carim
ID: 1520
The eDNAtlas project: A national map of aquatic biodiversity

eDNA sampling provides a low-cost & sensitive method for determining which species occur in water bodies. Rapid adoption of eDNA sampling by man ...

Principal Investigator : David E. Nagel

Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
Invasive Species
Inventory and Monitoring
Wildlife and Fish
Outdoor Recreation
2018RMRS
Photo of Río Saliente river in Jayuya, Puerto Rico.  Kasey R. Jacobs, USDA Forest Service
ID: 592
The effects of changing land cover on stream flow simulation in Puerto Rico

Rainfall, terrain, and use of the landscape affect stream flow and water resources availability.

Principal Investigator : William A. Gould

Resource Management and Use2014IITF
Photo of Tree marked for a restoration treatment on the Deschutes National Forest. Oregon Department of Forestry.
ID: 1109
The Effects of Landscape Restoration Strategies on Fire and Ecosystem Services Vary with Rate of Treatment in a Fire-prone Multi-ownership Region

The results and the landscape modeling tool are being used by the Deschutes National Forest and the Deschutes Collaborative Forest Landscape Res ...

Principal Investigator : Thomas Spies

Wildland Fire and Fuels
Resource Management and Use
2016PNW
Photo of Rocky Mountain fisher. USDA Forest Service
ID: 829
The Fisher: Secret Phantom of Mature Forests

Fishers are a rare and secretive carnivore in the Rocky Mountains and along the West Coast. They are currently being considered for listing unde ...

Principal Investigator : Rocky Mountain Research Station

Wildlife and Fish2015RMRS
Photo of Matt Fisk (Left) and Francis Kilkenny (Right) plant bluebunch wheatgrass (Pseudoroegneria spicata) at the Atomic City experimental study site near Atomic City, Idaho. Nancy Shaw, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 1058
The Great Basin Native Plant Project

Demand for native plant seed is increasing, especially in federal agencies including the U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Land Manageme ...

Principal Investigator : Francis F. Kilkenny

Invasive Species
Resource Management and Use
2016RMRS
Photo of Dustin Smith takes field weather observations during a 2010 prescribed burn in Idaho.
ID: 1427
The Hot-Dry-Windy Index improves fire weather forecasting

A new tool helps fire managers anticipate when wildfires could become erratic or dangerous.

Principal Investigator : Brian Potter

Water, Air, and Soil
Wildland Fire and Fuels
Inventory and Monitoring
Wildlife and Fish
2018PNW
Photo of School teachers sow paintbrush and yucca seeds in the new Cultural Plant Propagation Center at the Moencopi Day School in Tuba City, AZ. Jeremy Pinto, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 1050
The Intersection of Science and Technology Transfer: Reforestation, Nurseries, and Genetic Resources Team

The Reforestation, Nurseries, and Genetic Resources Team, established through a Forest Service memorandum of understanding, is tasked with trans ...

Principal Investigator : Kasten Dumroese

Resource Management and Use2016RMRS
Photo of School teachers sow paintbrush and yucca seeds in the new Cultural Plant Propagation Center at the Moencopi Day School in Tuba City, AZ. Jeremy Pinto, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 1157
The Intersection of Science and Technology Transfer: Reforestation, Nurseries, and Genetic Resources Team

The Reforestation, Nurseries, and Genetic Resources (RNGR) Team, established through a Forest Service memorandum of understanding, is tasked wit ...

Principal Investigator : Kasten Dumroese

Resource Management and Use2016RMRS
Photo of Outputs from the Landscape Treatment Designer showing planning area priorities for treating ecological departure (A) versus wildfire transmission to the urban interface (B) for the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest in northeastern Oregon. The program can quickly prioritize planning areas and perform trade-off analysis between alternative restoration scenarios. USDA Forest Service
ID: 827
The Landscape Treatment Designer Leads to Optimal Restoration Scenarios

The Landscape Treatment Designer can be used at a range of scales to prioritize management activities and understand policy tradeoffs associated ...

Principal Investigator : Alan Ager

Resource Management and Use
Wildland Fire and Fuels
2015PNW
Photo of A screen capture from an interactive time series mapping tool showing the normal fire environment projected for 2040 in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. Blue areas are projected to have low suitably for fires larger than 100 acres, yellow indicates moderate suitability, and red indicates environments that are likely to be highly suitable to large fires.
ID: 1414
The new normal: empirical estimates of future fire environments in the Pacific Northwest

If the climate continues to change as predicted, large wildfires are expected to become more common in portions of the Pacific Northwest. A set ...

Principal Investigator : Warren B. Cohen

Wildland Fire and Fuels
Water, Air, and Soil
Inventory and Monitoring
Resource Management and Use
2018PNW
Photo of Region 4 Science Partner Program groundwater dependent ecosystems team members collect data.
ID: 1429
The Region 4 — RMRS Science Partner Program: Working to improve management strategies and communication through shared stewardship

In 2016, the Rocky Mountain Research Station launched the Region 4—Rocky Mountain Research Station Science Partner Pilot program. The program' ...

Principal Investigator : Terrie B. Jain

Outdoor Recreation
Resource Management and Use
Inventory and Monitoring
Water, Air, and Soil
Wildlife and Fish
2018RMRS
Photo of U.S. Forest Service scientists use a greenhouse in Washington State to grow bluebunch wheatgrass as part of their current reciprocal transplant project. This project is one of the largest and most intensive projects of its kind ever attempted.
ID: 1401
The tortoise and the hare: Can the slow native plant win?

It has been suggested that exotic plants will be more successful than native plant species as a result of climate change. This is because exotic ...

Principal Investigator : Dean E. Pearson

Invasive Species
Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
2017RMRS
Photo of The Xylotron uses machine-visioning technology to identify wood species. John Hermanson, USDA Forest Service
ID: 585
The Xylotron: A Field-Deployable Machine-Vision Wood Identification System

The Xylotron is a machine-vision-based wood identification system that uses a custom-designed wood imaging device (the Xyloscope), image analysi ...

Principal Investigator : Alex C. Wiedenhoeft

Resource Management and Use
Wildlife and Fish
Inventory and Monitoring
2014FPL
Photo of An aerial view of an irregular thinning and gap-creation treatment in a stand of young Douglas-fir planted after the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens, Washington.
ID: 1459
Thinning to create gaps in forest canopy increases structural variability in conifer plantations

Two studies provide scientific basis for stand treatments designed to accelerate bio- and structural diversity in uniform conifer stands in west ...

Principal Investigator : Leslie C. Brodie

Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
2018PNW
Photo of A Douglas-fir flower.
ID: 1499
Timing of flowering in Douglas-fir is determined by cool-season temperatures and genetic variation

New model predicts Douglas-fir flowering to within an average of 5 days of observed flowering date. Warmer temperatures in the future will likel ...

Principal Investigator : Brad St. Clair

Water, Air, and Soil
Resource Management and Use
2018PNW
Photo of Cover of book???
ID: 1390
Tree diseases of the Great Plains

This new book provides visual guide to disease identification for 84 hardwood and 32 conifer tree diseases in the Great Plains, which will help ...

Principal Investigator : Alison Hill

Inventory and Monitoring
Outdoor Recreation
Water, Air, and Soil
Resource Management and Use
Invasive Species
2017RMRS
Photo of A scientist gathers a moss sample from a neighborhood tree in Portland, Oregon. Julie Johnson, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 1044
Tree Moss can be Used as an Inexpensive Bioindicator of Air Pollution in Complex Urban Environments

Urban air pollution monitors are very expensive and often too widely spaced to identify many sources of air pollution. Mosses accumulate polluta ...

Principal Investigator : Simon M. Kihia

Inventory and Monitoring
Water, Air, and Soil
2016PNW
Photo of A group of Arachnocoris feeding on spider trapped prey. Javier Mercado, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 1024
Two New Species of Spider Mimicking Kleptoparasitic Bugs from the West Indies

Two new species of bugs have been discovered in Puerto Rico and Hispaniola. The Puerto Rican nabid is incredibly unique in its ability to mimick ...

Principal Investigator : Javier E. Mercado

Inventory and Monitoring2016RMRS
Photo of In the southeastern U.S.?, strong timber markets and forest values reduce the conversion of forest land to urban or agricultural land uses.
ID: 1467
Understanding how forest area will change in response to competing land uses

Strong economic growth in the southeastern U.S. has led to a shift in rural lands to urban uses, while changes in agricultural markets have driv ...

Principal Investigator : David N. Wear

Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
2018SRS
Photo of The fungus Ceratocystis fimbiata. Flint Hughes, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 1089
Understanding Patterns and Impacts of Rapid ‘?hi?a Death on Native Forests of Hawai’i

Rapid ‘?hi?a Death is a plant disease that has killed large numbers of mature ??hi?a lehua trees on Hawai’i Island during the last several y ...

Principal Investigator : Flint Hughes

Invasive Species2016PSW
Photo of A male cerulean warbler gets fitted with a light-detecting geolocator, which will record its location as the bird migrates to its wintering grounds. Nathan Weyandt, USDA Forest Service.
ID: 636
Using New Technology To Track a Rare Songbird During Migration

The cerulean warbler is a tiny forest bird in big trouble. To better understand where these birds go when they migrate out of their Appalachian ...

Principal Investigator : Scott H. Stoleson

Wildlife and Fish2014NRS
Photo of People harvest thousands of pounds of black cohosh root for its medicinal value every year. The wild-harvesting of this and other nontimber forest products contributes millions of dollars to rural economies. Evidence indicates that the ecological impacts of harvesting may be significant, albeitnot well documented.
ID: 1484
Volumes and values of nontimber forest products in the United States

Wild-harvested plants and fungi from U.S. forests are critical to the food and financial security of millions of Americans. These nontimber prod ...

Principal Investigator : James L. Chamberlain

Inventory and Monitoring
Outdoor Recreation
Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
2018SRS
Photo of A screen shot of the WaterViz visualization. USDA Forest Service
ID: 637
WaterViz for Hubbard Brook: A Water Cycle Visualization Tool

The WaterViz for Hubbard Brook is a new water-cycle visualization tool for creatively communicating water science to the public with realtime fo ...

Principal Investigator : Lindsey Rustad

Inventory and Monitoring
Water, Air, and Soil
2014NRS
Photo of Looking out over the southwestern portion of the expansive Bob Marshall Wilderness Area in northwestern Montana.
ID: 1379
Wilderness science and its role in wilderness stewardship

Wilderness areas provide a unique and special place to disconnect from civilization and reconnect with nature. It is easy to assume these lands ...

Principal Investigator : Susan Fox

Water, Air, and Soil
Inventory and Monitoring
Outdoor Recreation
Resource Management and Use
Wildland Fire and Fuels
2017RMRS
Photo of Bumble bees and other pollinators are crucial to our nation’s economic health, food security, and ecosystem health; restoring habitat to conserve their populations is the focus of recent federal attention. R. Kasten Dumroese, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 1056
Wildflowers are Key to Sagebrush Restoration

Land managers are dealing with an increasing number of imperiled species; often mandates focus on each crisis species independently. A myopic ap ...

Principal Investigator : Kasten Dumroese

Resource Management and Use
Wildlife and Fish
2016RMRS
Photo of Dark sap staining on the bark surface of a walnut tree (Pterocarya stenoptera) branch caused by underlying damage from the walnut twig beetle (Pityophthorus juglandis) and fungus (Geosmithia morbida) surrounding two beetle entrance or emergence holes.
ID: 1386
Wingnut trees at risk to thousand cankers disease

The walnut twig beetle vectors a fungus that colonizes and kills the plant tissure known as phloem of walnut and butternut trees. Over the past ...

Principal Investigator : Steven J. Seybold

Water, Air, and Soil
Resource Management and Use
2017PSW
Photo of A technician with the USDA Forest Service Forest Inventory and Analysis Program (FIA) measures the diameter of a tree. FIA field data is key to calculating the amount of carbon stored in California’s forests.
ID: 1428
Working with Cal Fire to monitor carbon sequestration in California

Forest Service scientists partnered with California’s Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) to develop a carbon inventory esse ...

Principal Investigator : Andrew Gray

Outdoor Recreation
Inventory and Monitoring
2018PNW