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Photo of Prairie strip embedded in an agricultural (corn) watershed.  The prairie strips increase nutrient and sediment retention, reduce runoff, and increase biodiversity
ID: 1194
Incorporating ecosystem services into Midwest agriculture

Science-based Trials of Rowcrops Integrated with Prairie Strips (STRIPS) is transforming the way farmers conduct agriculture in the Midwest. STR ...

Principal Investigator : Randy Kolka

Water, Air, and Soil
Wildlife and Fish
2017NRS
Photo of Instrumentation inside SPRUCE chamber. Oak Ridge National Laboratoy.
ID: 1019
Largest Climate Change Experiment on the Planet: SPRUCE

The Spruce and Peatland Responses Under Climatic and Environmental Change Experiment (SPRUCE) is stretching scientists’ ability to manipulate ...

Principal Investigator : Randy Kolka

Water, Air, and Soil2016NRS
Photo of Prairie strip embedded in an agricultural (corn) watershed.  Prairie strips increase nutrient and sediment retention, reduce runoff, and increase biodiversity.  Iowa State University
ID: 57
Prairie Strips Lead to Better Environmental Health and Greater Socioeconomic Vitality

Forest Service scientists help Midwestern farming communities understand how to transform strategic portions of the agricultural landscape into ...

Principal Investigator : Randy Kolka

Water, Air, and Soil2012NRS
Photo of Figure 1. Contrasts of fire severity (light: a,b; severe (severe: c, d) for the Pagami Creek Fire. Remotely-sensed estimates of fire
severity such as the relative difference normalized burn ratio (RdNBR) are most strongly related to tree impacts. Loss of C, N, and Hg
from the forest floor were most strongly related to soil burn severity indices measured at the point of sampling, where the sampling
ring in b & d are 30 cm in diameter. Brian Sturtevant, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 1168
Scaling Up Ecosystem Impacts of the Pagami Creek Fire in Northern Minnesota

Quantifying fire severity is critical to understanding the ecosystem impacts of wildfire. Forest Service research demonstrates the magnitude of ...

Principal Investigator : Randy Kolka

Wildland Fire and Fuels
Water, Air, and Soil
2016NRS
Photo of Well-managed northern conifer forests were found to store more carbon than those that have been exploitatively harvested. Laura Kenefic, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 1177
Sustainable Northern Conifer Forest Management Stores More Carbon than Exploitative Harvesting

An important part of climate change mitigation is carbon storage in forests and wood products. Yet managers are often uncertain about which mana ...

Principal Investigator : Randy Kolka

Resource Management and Use2016NRS
Photo of Phenocam and Antenna on top of the pierce laboratory at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, NH. USDA Forest Service
ID: 881
“Smart Forests” Digital Environmental Sensors and Telecommunications Take Research to New Levels

Scientific breakthroughs of the 21st century will be powered by tools that help researchers collect and manipulate massive datasets, visualize t ...

Principal Investigator : Randy Kolka

Inventory and Monitoring
Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
Wildland Fire and Fuels
Wildlife and Fish
2015NRS