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Photo of The figure displays age class in red spruce-dominated forests by alternative and for three time steps (year 0, year 30, and year 100) for a portion of the study area as a result of the models.  There are some differences in the alternatives in the amount of red spruce forest by age class and their location on the landscape. USDA Forest Service
ID: 865
A Landscape Model for Planning Red Spruce Restoration in West Virginia

A Forest Service scientist developed a model to answer specific questions about meeting restoration goals for red spruce while protecting habita ...

Principal Investigator : Melissa Thomas-Van Gundy

Resource Management and Use
Wildlife and Fish
2015NRS
Photo of The image is an example of canopy gap delineation. On the right is the post-burn, leaf-on imagery from the USDA National Agricultural Imagery Program used to identify the canopy gaps created by prescribed fire. Gap boundaries also superimposed on pre-burn imagery on the left side of the image.
ID: 1243
Collaboration makes fire science available and useful to land managers

Forest Service researchers and foresters are partnering to document the effects of landscape-scale prescribed fire on the George Washington and ...

Principal Investigator : Melissa Thomas-Van Gundy

Water, Air, and Soil
Resource Management and Use
Inventory and Monitoring
Wildland Fire and Fuels
2017NRS
Photo of The NRS LT visiting the demonstration area via the Zero Grade Trail, which has universal access design features.
ID: 1237
Forest management demonstration area highlights working forest

New research published in 2017 describes the results of a 60-year forest management demonstration area on the Fernow Experimental Forest and the ...

Principal Investigator : Melissa Thomas-Van Gundy

Water, Air, and Soil
Resource Management and Use
2017NRS
Photo of Fence line of one of the plots with canopy gaps.  The vegetation is noticeably taller and denser inside the fence as compared to outside the fence. USDA Forest Service
ID: 866
Investigating the Roles of Fire, Browse, and Canopy Gaps in the Understory of an Oak-dominated Forest

Current forests developed under conditions different from original forests, with more deer, less fire, and smaller canopy gaps. This has resulte ...

Principal Investigator : Melissa Thomas-Van Gundy

Resource Management and Use2015NRS
Photo of The compound figure shows historic photos of large trees. the first is one that had been used as an example of an American chestnut in the pre-blight forest, the second photo shows a similar tree and setting that is of a redwood in California, the third photo is a documented photo of a large American chestnut before the blight. The figure was published in the journal Chestnut.
ID: 1009
Restoration of a Forest Giant

The blight resistance of a variety of families of hybrid American chestnuts is under study on the Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia. ...

Principal Investigator : Melissa Thomas-Van Gundy

Resource Management and Use2016NRS
Photo of An example of typical understory conditions in the Summer of 2008 on one of the fenced subplots on the Monongahela National Forest. Melissa Thomas-Van Gundy, USDA Forest Service
ID: 621
Roles of Fire, Browse, and Canopy Gaps in the Understory of an Oak-dominated Forest

Current forests developed under conditions different from original forests, with more deer, less fire, and smaller canopy gaps. The difference r ...

Principal Investigator : Melissa Thomas-Van Gundy

Resource Management and Use2014NRS
Photo of Changes in age classes for red spruce and red spruce-northern hardwood forest types combined for a section of the study area (about 13,000 acres) at three time steps. Melissa Thomas-Van Gundy, USDA Forest Service
ID: 614
Using a Landscape Model for Planning Red Spruce Restoration in West Virginia

A new Forest Service model was developed to answer specific questions about meeting restoration goals for red spruce while protecting habitat fo ...

Principal Investigator : Melissa Thomas-Van Gundy

Resource Management and Use
Wildlife and Fish
2014NRS
Photo of The figure is the cover of the station publication for the Minnesota work showing the percentage of pyrophilic witness trees across most of Minnesota with photos illustrating typical fire behavior for three areas. U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 1097
Witness Trees as Indicators of Past Fire

In ecosystem restoration, the question “What was the forest like back then?” is often difficult to answer. Understanding and mapping forest ...

Principal Investigator : Melissa Thomas-Van Gundy

Resource Management and Use2016NRS
Photo of The Monongahela National Forest is classified according to fire influence on species composition. Melissa Thomas-Van Gundy, USDA Forest Service
ID: 488
Witness Trees Reveal Where to Restore Fire

To help land managers make decisions and plan for restoration of oak-dominated forests, witness trees from early surveys were used by a Forest S ...

Principal Investigator : Melissa Thomas-Van Gundy

Wildland Fire and Fuels
Resource Management and Use
2013NRS
Photo of A map showing the boundaries of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine.  The outlines of four national forests are also included.  The results of calculating the percentage of pyrophilic witness tree species from town-level surveys are displayed as a color gradient from red to green, with red indicating a high percentage of pyrophilic species and green a low percentage.  The red starts in the south and grades to green further north.  Also displayed is an approximation of the tension zone line between generally wetter forests to the north and drier forests to the south. USDA Forest Service
ID: 875
“Witness Trees” as Indicators of Past Fire

In ecosystem restoration, the question of “What was it like back then?” is often difficult to answer. Understanding and mapping forest compo ...

Principal Investigator : Melissa Thomas-Van Gundy

Resource Management and Use2015NRS