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Photo of The cloud-immersed forest of the Luquillo Mountains in eastern Puerto Rico
ID: 1478
A 42 year inference of cloud base height trends in the Luquillo Mountains of northeastern Puerto Rico

Cloud base altitude has been found to be increasing in the late rainfall season at the Luquillo Mountains

Principal Investigator : Ashley Van Beusekom

Wildlife and Fish
Water, Air, and Soil
2018IITF
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 Young, dense jack pine forests used for nesting by Kirtland's Warblers
ID: 1453
A Warbler Recovers from Near Extinction, but Will its Habitat Survive?

More than three decades of work on restoration of its nesting habitat has resulted in the recovery of Kirtland’s warbler, a bird that flew clo ...

Principal Investigator : Deahn Donner

Wildlife and Fish2018NRS
Photo of An Acadian flycatcher sitting on its nest.  We found that Acadian flycathcer nests failed more oftent at warmer temperatures due to increased nest predation.
ID: 1438
A Warmer Midwest Could Lead to a Common Bird Becoming Less Common

A warmer future may lead to a common midwestern songbird becoming considerably less common because nesting success is predicted to decline with ...

Principal Investigator : Frank R. Thompson

Wildlife and Fish2018NRS
Photo of Trained volunteers with Trailkeepers of Oregon work to restore a trailin the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area that was damaged by the 2017 Eagle Creek Fire.
ID: 1451
Access to partners and volunteers linked to sociopolitical setting of national forest

A national survey of Forest Service officials illuminates challenges and opportunities for partnering that varied based on setting. The sociopo ...

Principal Investigator : Lee K. Cerveny

Water, Air, and Soil
Resource Management and Use
2018PNW
Photo of Silvopasturist and mushroom grower Greg Judy answers questions of the 2018 Missouri Agroforestry Academy Students.
ID: 1419
Advancing Agroforestry by Supporting Those Who Assist Producers

Increasing natural resource professionals' knowledge and experience of agroforestry is one focus of the National Agroforestry Center. This is be ...

Principal Investigator : Susan M. Stein

Water, Air, and Soil
Wildlife and Fish
Resource Management and Use
2018WO
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 Maps display the maximum spatial extent of drought conditions and drought severity in seven drought periods from 2000 to 2016
ID: 1489
Analyzing drought exposure and vulnerability in a tropical agricultural system

Correlating conservation practices and drought vulnerability in Puerto Rico to highlight agricultural areas vulnerable to drought conditions

Principal Investigator : William A. Gould

Wildlife and Fish
Water, Air, and Soil
2018IITF
Photo of Close-up view of hands surrounding a freshly-planted pine tree seedling
ID: 1454
Another Benefit of Reforestation: Soil Carbon Sequestration

The rate of carbon sequestration in forests is projected to decline in the decades ahead, largely because more forest land will be developed and ...

Principal Investigator : Grant M. Domke

Wildlife and Fish
Water, Air, and Soil
Inventory and Monitoring
Outdoor Recreation
2018NRS
Photo of Title pages of the assessment report and annotated bibliography on agroforestry's role in mitigating and adapting to climate change.
ID: 1472
Assessing Agroforestry’s Role in Mitigating and Adapting to Climate Change

The first-ever scientific assessment on agroforestry as a mechanism for improving the resiliency and productivity of farm and ranch lands.

Principal Investigator : Gary Bentrup

Water, Air, and Soil
Wildlife and Fish
Resource Management and Use
2018WO
Photo of Trunk Bay, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands
ID: 1525
Assessing Forest Sustainability on Islands in the Caribbean and the Pacific

Forests in the U.S. Caribbean and Pacific are relatively stable in terms of total area, but face a number of environmental and human-driven chal ...

Principal Investigator : Guy Robertson

Water, Air, and Soil
Resource Management and Use
2018IITF
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 Wood chips torrefied at different temperatures
ID: 1490
Biomass Pre-Processing by Torrefaction Improves Biofuel Consistency

Custom-made equipment fabricated for the torrefaction of wood chips now provides the sample quantities needed for application testing and qualit ...

Principal Investigator : Thomas L. Eberhardt

Water, Air, and Soil
Wildland Fire and Fuels
Inventory and Monitoring
Resource Management and Use
2018FPL
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 Laboratory experimental process to evaluate adhesive bonding properties of CLT made from hardwood and softwood species grown in the Great Lakes region.
ID: 1509
Bonding Mixed Species for Advanced Biomaterials

Massive composite timbers, such as cross laminated timber (CLT), are essential for tall timber buildings that require use of locally available w ...

Principal Investigator : Xiping Wang

Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
2018FPL
Photo of Customized options for kitchen cabinet doors including species, style, and finish
ID: 1440
Building a Stronger Hardwood Economy with Customized Products

Demand for individually customized products, where customers are enabled to choose their own design features, is increasing in the broader U.S. ...

Principal Investigator : Matthew Bumgardner

Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
2018NRS
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 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 Fire prone dry forest and grassland ecosystems may expand in area as climate is projected to become warmer and drier
ID: 1486
Climate space for fire occurrence and extent in Puerto Rico

The cumulative effect of small frequent fires found in the Caribbean can shape large landscapes. Relationships between weather patterns and the ...

Principal Investigator : Ashley Van Beusekom

Wildland Fire and Fuels
Inventory and Monitoring
Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
2018IITF
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 Projected changes in urban/developed areas (red), forest (green), and agricultural land uses (yellow) in the upper Yadkin Pee Dee watershed from 1992 to 2060. Note the substantial increases in urban/developed areas (red) by the year 2060.
ID: 1471
Complex landscapes and extreme precipitation events: the role of forests in mitigating responses

In many regions of the U.S., forests are a component of complex landscapes that also include developed and agricultural land uses. Watersheds wh ...

Principal Investigator : James Vose

Wildlife and Fish
Water, Air, and Soil
2018SRS
Photo of U.S. single-family house construction typically involves softwood framing lumber and structural wood-based panels, especially oriented strand board.
ID: 1466
Connecting future residential construction and lumber demand in the United States

Housing starts can be predicted by the rate of overall economic growth, and such a prediction informs estimates of future softwood lumber consum ...

Principal Investigator : Jeffrey P. Prestemon

Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
2018SRS
Photo of Tree cover change in urban areas by state
ID: 1431
Declining U.S. Urban Tree Cover

Urban forests in the United States conservatively provide over $18 billion in annual benefits. Between 2009 and 2014, tree cover in urban areas ...

Principal Investigator : David J. Nowak

Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
Inventory and Monitoring
Outdoor Recreation
2018NRS
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 The Rightful Place of Science: Designing Knowledge, book cover
ID: 1487
Designing Knowledge

Designing Knowledge Systems for Organizational Success

Principal Investigator : Tischa A. Munoz-Erickson

Water, Air, and Soil
Resource Management and Use
2018IITF
Photo of View upstream toward the wall failure that triggered the Cowee Creek tsunami, Alaska. Foreground shows the channel scoured to bedrock from the wave that originated in the lake below the cirque wall. The elevation of the scour line is 10 feet above the channel bottom.
ID: 1426
Destabilization of glacial rock faces causes tsunami in alpine lake

This hazard will likely become more common as glaciers recede. Documentation of this still rare event provides insight to the dynamics of alpine ...

Principal Investigator : Richard T. Edwards

Water, Air, and Soil
Wildlife and Fish
2018PNW
Photo of The Central American Agouti (Dasyprocta punctata), a game animal highly prized for its meat, and the Russet-naped Wood-Rail (Aramides albiventris), a species of high conservation concern, were captured on film using a remote, infrared wildlife camera trap placed in the understory of the Nicaraguan government's Datanlí-El Diablo Nature Reserve in the Department of Jinotega in the country's Northern Highlands Ecoregion
ID: 1475
Distribution of keystone species in the Datanlí-El Diablo Reserve, Nicaragua: Continued presence of game and other species of conservation concern confirms the area’s integrity as a nature reserve

24 keystone vertebrate species remotely photographed within Nicaragua’s northern Datanlí-El Diablo Nature Reserveexemplify wise management in ...

Principal Investigator : Wayne J. Arendt, PhD

Wildlife and Fish2018IITF
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 (Left) Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program treatment implementation on the Pike National Forest. (Right) A study plot at Boulder County’s Heil Ranch, before (top) and after (bottom) treatment implementation.
ID: 1421
Ecological impacts of collaborative forest restoration treatments

Restoration treatments are being implemented at an increasing rate in ponderosa pine and other dry conifer forests across the western United Sta ...

Principal Investigator : Paula J. Fornwalt

Wildland Fire and Fuels
Inventory and Monitoring
Invasive Species
Water, Air, and Soil
Wildlife and Fish
Outdoor Recreation
Resource Management and Use
2018RMRS
Photo of Mites (Acari) are an important component of the litter invertebrate community in tropical forests in Puerto Rico
ID: 1461
Ecology of soil arthropod fauna in tropical forests: A review of studies from Puerto Rico

A significant number of ecological investigations have focused on the characterization of the edaphic fauna, and how they influence ecosystem pr ...

Principal Investigator : Grizelle Gonzalez

Water, Air, and Soil
Wildlife and Fish
2018IITF
Photo of Torrefied wood chip briquettes produced from forest residues using a portable system near forest setup.
ID: 1504
Economic Analysis of Making Solid Biofuels and Biochar from Forest Residues Using Portable Production Systems in the U.S.

Higher logistic cost is one of the major bottlenecks to produce renewable power, fuel, or bioproducts from forest residues in large-scale produc ...

Principal Investigator : Kamalakanta Sahoo

Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
2018FPL
Photo of A northern hardwood stand in the Dukes Experimental Forest, Hiawatha National Forest, Michigan
ID: 1506
Effects of Silviculture Practices on the Engineering Properties of Northern Hardwood Species of the Lake States

Wood quality is an important determinant of its end use and therefore its value. Recent proliferation of novel engineered wood products has crea ...

Principal Investigator : Xiping Wang

Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
2018FPL
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 A key aspect of the agroforestry workshop was hearing from a diverse group of producers who are using agroforestry systems in their operations. L to R. Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin, Main Street Project, MN; Victor Harris, Minority Landowner Magazine; Nate Olive, Ridge to Reef Farm, Virgin Islands; Vicki Roberts-Ratliff, Shelton Roberts Properties, LLC, MS; Jacob Marty, Green Fire Farm, WI? 
ID: 1521
Enhancing Rural Economies through Agroforestry: Assessing Emerging Opportunities

A national workshop identified opportunities for enhancing the profitability of agroforestry through increased access to land, capital, and mark ...

Principal Investigator : Susan M. Stein

Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
Wildlife and Fish
2018WO
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 Forests protect and enhance multiple values of water resources. 34535243073_1f4737e4b3_o.jpg

 
ID: 1469
Estimating the contribution of forests to the economic value of water resource ecosystem services

Forest vegetation is a valuable source of natural capital. Changes in forest cover could affect water resources. This study describes how to est ...

Principal Investigator : Thomas P. Holmes

Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
Wildlife and Fish
2018SRS
Photo of Photo of the historic ship Eureka.
ID: 1497
Examination of Historic National Park System Ship Eureka

Researchers collaborated with the National Park Service (NPS) to examine a historic ship preserved at the San Francisco Maritime National Histor ...

Principal Investigator : Grant T. Kirker

Water, Air, and Soil
Resource Management and Use
2018FPL
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 Field and farmstead windbreaks?.  

https://www.flickr.com/photos/139938511@N02/26449465453/
 

 

 
ID: 1444
Farms and Forests: Quantifying the Tree Resource in the Great Plains

Between 1935 and 1942, the Prairie States Forestry Project orchestrated the planting of more than 220 million trees in 33,000 windbreaks totalin ...

Principal Investigator : Northern Research Station

Outdoor Recreation
Inventory and Monitoring
2018NRS
Photo of The 2002 Biscuit Fire in the Siskiyou National Forest created a mosiac of burned and unburned forest.
ID: 1470
Fire as a tool

Landscape-scale forest restoration programs that incorporate managed wildfire and prescribed fire lead to more pronounced reductions in fire sev ...

Principal Investigator : Thomas Spies

Wildland Fire and Fuels
Inventory and Monitoring
Water, Air, and Soil
Resource Management and Use
2018PNW
Photo of Map shows fires overlaid on the percent of summer precipitation (July, August, and September) based on 30-year normal annual values for the western United States
ID: 1511
Fire patterns in piñon and juniper in the Western United States: Trends from 1984 through 2013

By looking at 30 years of fire data in piñon and juniper landscapes in the western United States, researchers were able to analyze differences ...

Principal Investigator : David Board

Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
Wildland Fire and Fuels
Inventory and Monitoring
2018RMRS
Photo of A Hot-Dry-Windy analysis using
historical weather data for the Pagami Creek Fire (Minnesota, 2011) showing
very high HDW values for the day when the fire spread was greatest.
ID: 1445
Fire Weather Prediction Tool Modernizes Science Behind Forecasts

Fire weather forecasters need accurate and proven tools to help them anticipate when weather conditions can make wildfires dangerous for fire ma ...

Principal Investigator : Joseph J. (Jay) Charney

Inventory and Monitoring
Wildland Fire and Fuels
2018NRS
Photo of SRS_2018_Forest Birds Benefit from a Range.jpg  
A pileated woodpecker foraging in a mature, unlogged forest.
ID: 1485
Forest birds benefit from a range of timber harvest strategies

Timber harvesting affects birds that rely on mature forests for breeding, foraging, and other purposes. A long-term Forest Service study tracked ...

Principal Investigator : Roger W. Perry

Wildlife and Fish2018SRS
Photo of This large Douglas-fir died in 2012 and is surrounded by many smaller Douglas-fir, white fir, and Southwestern white pine that recruited during fire exclusion. Stand density in mesic mixed conifer forests increased during fire exclusion.
ID: 1512
Forests transformed by fire exclusion help us understand climate resilience

Fire exclusion can cause rapid changes to forest species composition and structure. These changes can make a forest more susceptible to drought, ...

Principal Investigator : Ann M. Lynch

Water, Air, and Soil
Inventory and Monitoring
Wildland Fire and Fuels
Resource Management and Use
2018RMRS
Photo of Panel discussion on the social, ecological, and technological dimensions of the disaster during the workshop From Disaster to Transformation held February 23, 2018, at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras
ID: 1488
From Disaster to Transformation: Lessons from Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane María

We are capturing lessons from the hurricane under the theme: "From disaster to transformation" involving wide cross sections of the social spect ...

Principal Investigator : Tischa A. Munoz-Erickson

Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
2018IITF
Photo of Researcher injecting an ash tree with insecticide.
ID: 1424
Genetic Information on Ash Informs Treatments for Emerald Ash Borer 

Forest managers can use insecticide treatments to protect ash trees from emerald ash borer to conserve the genetic diversity of ash. But which t ...

Principal Investigator : Northern Research Station

Outdoor Recreation
Invasive Species
Inventory and Monitoring
Water, Air, and Soil
Resource Management and Use
2018NRS
Photo of Regions of the termite digestive tract showing the large hindgut, which is, essentially, an anaerobic bioreactor packed full of microbes that digest cellulose.
ID: 1494
Giving Termites “Stomach Aches”

Chitosan can be used to upset the microbial imbalance in the termite hindgut, leading to the establishment of three different bacterial pathogen ...

Principal Investigator : Juliet D. Tang

Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
2018FPL
Photo of Cattle on the Starkey Experimental Forest and Range, Oregon.
ID: 1468
Grazing and endangered fish recovery: finding ways to make both possible

Grazing management on national forests is more likely to sustain and recover endangered fish, and support ranchers’ livelihoods, if there is m ...

Principal Investigator : Susan Charnley

Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
2018PNW
Photo of Before, during and after vacant lot greening intervention
ID: 1433
Greening Vacant Lots Reduces Crime, Increases Use

A study by a Northern Research Station (NRS) scientist and partners found that residents living near vacant lots that were cleaned and greened r ...

Principal Investigator : Michelle Kondo, Ph.D.

Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
2018NRS
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 The greenness loss in the Luquillo Experimental Forest after Hurricane Maria and Hurricane Irma
ID: 1473
Hurricane Maria in the U.S. Caribbean: Disturbance Forces, Variation of Effects, and Implications for Future Storms

Landscape-wide models could be useful at predicting effects of hurricanes on vegetation greenness loss and landslide occurrence

Principal Investigator : Ashley Van Beusekom

Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
2018IITF
Photo of A prescribed fire burns in a southern forest.
ID: 1477
Impacts of wildland fires on U.S. freshwater resources are variable

Burning forests alters watershed hydrological cycles by modifying soil and forest cover properties. Researchers found that fires with moderate ...

Principal Investigator : Ge Sun

Inventory and Monitoring
Wildlife and Fish
Wildland Fire and Fuels
Water, Air, and Soil
Resource Management and Use
2018SRS
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 Automated sorption balance
ID: 1503
Improving the Accuracy of Automated Instruments for Moisture in Wood

Automated instruments are increasingly used for measuring the equilibrium moisture content of wood. Research finds that common methods have much ...

Principal Investigator : Samuel V. Glass

Water, Air, and Soil
Resource Management and Use
2018FPL
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 Group photo
ID: 1493
International Research Institute Formed to Address Utilization of Plantation Grown Biomaterials

Leading wood scientists and engineers from around the globe formed an international group to address conservation issues surrounding historic tr ...

Principal Investigator : Robert J. Ross

Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
2018FPL
Photo of Wilderness managers in North Cascades National Park opted for chemical treatments to remove invasive fish species (Photo by National Park Service staff).
ID: 1516
Keep it wild: Asking the right questions to guide wilderness management

Every year, federal wilderness management agencies receive hundreds of proposals for ecological restoration actions in U.S. wilderness areas. Re ...

Principal Investigator : Beth Hahn

Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
2018RMRS
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 Moquah Barrens, a
restored pine barrens ecosystem in Northwest Wisconsin
ID: 1441
Landowner Acceptance of a Pine Barrens Restoration Project

Despite landowners’ uncertainty about long-term outcomes near a pine barrens restoration project on the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, t ...

Principal Investigator : Mike Dockry

Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
2018NRS
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 2015.04.12_S2N.Lagg_Woerndle_SDS_IMG5774.JPG: Research partner Glenn Woerndle (Univ. of NC, Greensboro) sampling peatland waters for mercury. 


2011.05.26_S2.lagg_Jeremiason.JD_SDS_IMG9343.jpg: Research partner Jeff Jeremiason (Gustavus Adolphus College) samples peatland waters for lead. 


2015.06.03_S2.BogWell_SDS_IMG6099.JPG: Core were analyzed to determine the lead and mercury content of peat.
ID: 1442
Legacy Lead vs. Newer Mercury: Atmospheric Pollutants Linger in Streams

Trace metal pollutants from the atmosphere may affect water resources on vastly different timescales. Lead from before the 1980s still leaches f ...

Principal Investigator : Stephen D. Sebestyen

Water, Air, and Soil
Wildlife and Fish
2018NRS
Photo of Little brown bat being checked for signs of white nose syndrome
ID: 1458
Lethal Fungus that Causes White-nose Syndrome May Have an Achilles` Heel

Since it was discovered in New York State in 2006, white-nose syndrome has killed millions of bats and may have spread as far west as Washington ...

Principal Investigator : Daniel Lindner

Invasive Species
Wildlife and Fish
2018NRS
Photo of (A) A representation of a deep neural network: the input to the neural network is an image of the transverse section of wood and the output is a confidence score over the woods on which the model was trained. (B) Conceptualizes the similarity of woods for a wood anatomist, showing which species are most likely to be confused with each other. (C) The results of the predictions of a model – the correct identification is shown in the rows, and the values in the cells are the proportion of all the images classified as the species listed in the columns, with the diagonal showing correct predictions.
ID: 1505
Machine Vision Wood Identification of Endangered Tropical Woods

Field identification of wood (screening) is the first step in a forensic workflow to combat illegal logging. Similarly, industries interested in ...

Principal Investigator : Alex C. Wiedenhoeft

Water, Air, and Soil
Resource Management and Use
2018FPL
Photo of GPS technology was instrumental in tracking lynx for this study.
ID: 1517
Managing forests and forest carnivores: Canada lynx and forest mosaics

Differences in forest structure impact the ability of Canada lynx to produce kittens. Therefore, understanding how forest management and silvicu ...

Principal Investigator : John R. Squires

Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
Wildlife and Fish
2018RMRS
Photo of Figure legend: These maps depict change in an index of drought severity for the period 2070-2099 under multiple climate scenarios. The maps show a large variationin potential drought throughout much of the conterminous US, mostly because of high uncertainty in future precipitation. Based on data from the RPA 2020 Assessment, the ‘warm wet’ figure represents a scenario with increased precipitation and less warming resulting from a relatively rapid reduction of greenhouse gases so that emissions peak ~2040. The ‘hot-wet’ scenario, also with rapid reduction of greenhouse gases, is wet but hot. The ‘hot-slightly dry’ scenario assumes continued current emissions levels for much of this century and is hot with slightly less precipitation, while the ‘hot-dry’ scenario is both dry and hot, resulting in the most severe drought conditions.
ID: 1443
Mapping U.S. Drought Projections Helps Foresters Plan for Sustainability

Droughts are natural disturbances that can cause negative effects on natural ecosystems and also have important social and economic consequences ...

Principal Investigator : Louis Iverson

Wildlife and Fish
Water, Air, and Soil
Resource Management and Use
2018NRS
Photo of 1) Schematic of lactic acid grafting on polylactic acid (PLA)
2) Image of composites made with modified cellulose nanofibrils (CNFs) (left) and unmodified CNFs (right)
ID: 1495
Modifying Cellulose Nanomaterials for Wet Compounding into Polylactic Acid

Cellulose nanomaterials (CNMs) have been demonstrated to significantly improve various properties, including mechanical and barrier performance, ...

Principal Investigator : Ronald C. Sabo

Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
2018FPL
Photo of The South Fork of the Snake River and other world-famous northwestern U.S. fisheries are expected to lose trout and salmon habitat as a result of rising river temperatures. (Image: Bureau of Land Management.)
ID: 1430
Monitoring the impact of changing climate on western rivers and cold water species

While coldwater fish such as salmon and trout can adjust to slightly warmer-than-normal temperatures for short periods, abnormally high temperat ...

Principal Investigator : Dona Horan

Wildlife and Fish2018RMRS
Photo of Water in a stream on the Fernow Experimental Forest.
ID: 1439
New Methods, Old Studies Reveal Source of Carbon in Lakes and Streams

Over recent decades, dissolved organic carbon concentrations (DOC) in lakes and streams have increased through the northern hemisphere, leading ...

Principal Investigator : Mary Beth Adams

Water, Air, and Soil
Wildlife and Fish
2018NRS
Photo of A mature shortleaf pine-bluestem grass woodland maintained using thinning and cyclic prescribed fire. The banded tree contains an active nest for the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker. Ouachita National Forest, Scott County, Arkansas.
ID: 1436
Options for forest management in southern forests under changing climate conditions

In the southern United States, how will foresters respond to the threat posed by changing climate conditions? Easy—by managing one stand at a ...

Principal Investigator : James M. Guldin

Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
2018SRS
Photo of Photograph of autonomous testing robot with sealants and load cells mounted within. 
ID: 1501
Outdoor Strain Cycling Robot Reveals Key Durability Factors for Building Sealants

Outdoor durability testing of building sealants by autonomous robot demonstrates advantages of summer over winter installation and the dominant ...

Principal Investigator : Gregory Schueneman

Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
2018FPL
Photo of Cattle on western rangelands
ID: 1522
Predicting the effects of climate change on cattle production in western U.S. rangelands

Forage availability for grazing animals has always been vulnerable to the effects of variations of weather and climate from year–to–year, w ...

Principal Investigator : Matt C. Reeves

Inventory and Monitoring
Outdoor Recreation
Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
2018RMRS
Photo of Flaming with special sample holder with thermocouples in the cone calorimeter test
ID: 1449
Pyrolysis and Combustion Material Properties of Naturally Heterogeneous Fuel Beds of Southern Pine Forests

Detailed computational fluid dynamics (CFD) models for fire behavior of various live and dead foliage can benefit from the Forest Products Labor ...

Principal Investigator : David R. Weise

Wildland Fire and Fuels
Inventory and Monitoring
2018FPL
Photo of Housing development adjacent to undeveloped wildlands outside Reno, Nevada
ID: 1447
Rapid Wildland-Urban Interface Growth Increases Wildfire Challenges

The wildland-urban interface (WUI), where homes meet or intermingle with undeveloped forests and grasslands, is a critical area for wildfire and ...

Principal Investigator : Miranda H. Mockrin

Wildland Fire and Fuels
Water, Air, and Soil
Inventory and Monitoring
Resource Management and Use
2018NRS
Photo of Photo 1: Acid deposition predisposes red spruce to winter injury evident as reddish colored foliage that dries out and falls from trees in the spring.


Photo 2: Alexandra Kosiba collecting a wood increment core from a red spruce tree to assess growth.
ID: 1446
Recovery of Red Spruce Linked to Decreased Acid Deposition and Higher Temperatures

Red spruce was once a valued timber species but was threatened when high inputs of acid deposition reduced its growth and increased mortality fo ...

Principal Investigator : Paul Schaberg

Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
2018NRS
Photo of Bromeliads in full swing in Palo Colorado, El Yunque National ForestChanges in bromeliad invertebrate communities over time. Predicted means with 95% confidence intervals (for details see [6]). (A) Species richness; (B) Animal abundance; (C) Gamma diversity. See [7].  NR = no replication for this data point; TAB = Tabonuco;  PC = Palo colorado;  DF = Elfin forest.
ID: 1463
Responses of Two Litter-Based Invertebrate Communities to Changes in Canopy Cover in a Forest Subject to Hurricanes

Changes in canopy cover due to hurricane impact play an important role in determining litter invertebrate community

Principal Investigator : Grizelle Gonzalez

Water, Air, and Soil
Wildlife and Fish
2018IITF
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 A new method to measuring forest fuels in three-dimensions using a top-down sliding frame approach. Vegetation (forest fuels) spatial location, size, and mass are measured down to the 0.001 m3 level. This image was taken in a longleaf pine (Pinus palustris Mill.) ecosystem in north Florida, which is burned every 1-3 years using low-intensity prescribed burning.
ID: 1524
Rethinking how we measure forest fuels for advancing wildland fire science and management

Land managers depend on quality fire research to advance their understanding of wildland fire behavior. Cutting-edge fire behavior models output ...

Principal Investigator : Andrew T. Hudak

Inventory and Monitoring
Wildland Fire and Fuels
2018SRS
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 https://usfs.box.com/s/qlil4h9aup9vlcp1cjpbczf55ymdr8pzSRS4552_Ulyshen_2018_Saproxylic Insects Diversity Ecology and Conservation_1.JPG  
Lucanus elaphus (female), a wood-feeding beetle native to the southeastern United States
ID: 1496
Saproxylic insects: diversity, ecology, and conservation

A new book synthesizes global knowledge about one of the most diverse groups of insects in forests, those associated with dying and dead wood.

Principal Investigator : Michael Ulyshen

Wildlife and Fish2018SRS
Photo of Mature bluebunch wheatgrass reproductive seed stalks just before dispersal
ID: 1418
Selecting the provenance: Local native or nonlocal native?

As the demand for seed and the global restoration effort continues to grow, choosing the provenance of seed remains an early and important part ...

Principal Investigator : Francis F. Kilkenny

Inventory and Monitoring
Outdoor Recreation
2018RMRS
Photo of Undergraduate student Marika Lapham measures eastern hemlock branches for hemlock woolly adelgid infestation prior to foliar cation analysis.
ID: 1523
Shade and hemlock woolly adelgid infestation increase eastern hemlock foliar nutrient concentration

Eastern hemlock trees are dying across much of eastern North America from the invasive hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA). Due to the persistent chang ...

Principal Investigator : Chelcy F. Miniat

Invasive Species2018SRS
Photo of This stand of ponderosa pine in the  Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, Oregon, was thinned in 1998, followed by a prescribed burn in 2000. Forest Service scientists assessed the response of soil fungi to these fuels reduction treatments.
ID: 1500
Soil fungi, key to forest health, are resilient to restoration thinning and prescribed fire

Results from a 15-year study in the Blue Mountains of eastern Oregondemonstrate the resiliency of these forests to disturbances associated with ...

Principal Investigator : Jane E. Smith

Water, Air, and Soil
Resource Management and Use
2018PNW
Photo of Cypress swamps embedded in pine flatwoods were among the forested wetland study sites.
ID: 1462
Southern forested wetlands are projected to become drier in the future

Extensive southern forested wetlands provide important ecosystem services. A study of five typical forested wetlands across the Southeast sugges ...

Principal Investigator : Ge Sun

Wildlife and Fish
Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
2018SRS
Photo of Privately-owned forest land can provide many economic benefits. State programs can reduce property taxes for forest land, but landowners must comply with the requirements in state law.
ID: 1476
State programs to reduce forestland property taxes vary in requirements and implementation.

All states in the U.S. have programs that lower property taxes for qualified forest land, which is justified by the economic benefits and non-ma ...

Principal Investigator : Gregory E. Frey

Water, Air, and Soil
Resource Management and Use
2018SRS
Photo of Damage from the Waldo Canyon Fire in a wildland-urban interface near Colorado Springs, CO.
ID: 1513
Stay or leave? How homeowners consider their options during wildfires.

Wildfires are intensifying due to climate change, and more people are living in regions prone to fire. Understanding how individuals threatened ...

Principal Investigator : Sarah M. McCaffrey

Wildland Fire and Fuels
Inventory and Monitoring
2018RMRS
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 Participants
at a Women’s Chainsaw Safety Class
ID: 1448
Study Finds Differences in How Men and Women Manage Family Forests

Although women are the primary decision-makers for more than 44 million acres of forest land in the United States and influence the land managem ...

Principal Investigator : Northern Research Station

Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
2018NRS
Photo of Schoolyard trees around an elementary school in Portland, Oregon.
ID: 1417
Support a child’s education by planting neighborhood trees?

Greenness around a child’s home and school is associated with higher scores on standardized math and reading tests, whereas proximity to major ...

Principal Investigator : Geoffrey Donovan

Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
2018PNW
Photo of Wood chips storage types (Top-left: Outdoor-open, Top-right: Outdoor-tarped, Bottom-left: Indoor, Bottom-right: Silo)
ID: 1502
Techno-economic and Environmental Assessments of Storing Woodchips and Pellets for Bioenergy Applications

Storage is the critical operation within the biomass supply chain to reduce feedstock supply risks and to manage smooth year-around operations o ...

Principal Investigator : Kamalakanta Sahoo

Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
2018FPL
Photo of Laboratory subterranean termite test (Coptotermes curvignathus Holmgren) with five wood-plastic composites blends and untreated pine wood.
ID: 1507
Termite Resistance of Wood–Plastic Composites

Wood–plastic composite (WPC) specimens were exposed to termites both in the laboratory and the field in Bogor, Indonesia. On a scale of 0 (com ...

Principal Investigator : Rebecca E. Ibach

Water, Air, and Soil
Resource Management and Use
2018FPL
Photo of Crooked River Grasslands, Oregon, looking west toward Mount Jefferson.
ID: 1456
Terrestrial Condition Assessment supports agency mission to protect and restore ecosystem integrity in the National Forest System

Terrestrial Condition Assessment tools provide agency users with a holistic and integrated understanding of the how numerous stressors are affec ...

Principal Investigator : Keith M. Reynolds

Water, Air, and Soil
Resource Management and Use
2018PNW
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 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 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 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 An elementary school within the Chicago Public School system
ID: 1457
Tree Cover Boosts Academic Performance in Chicago Public Schools

An analysis of academic achievement within Chicago Public Schools suggests that a higher proportion of tree cover, relative to grass and other v ...

Principal Investigator : Lynne M. Westphal

Resource Management and Use
Wildlife and Fish
Water, Air, and Soil
2018NRS
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 Favorable fire behavior in mixed conifer and brush during a burn operation near Jerseydale;
Ferguson Fire, Sierra NF, CA, 2018.
ID: 1432
Understanding Wind Gusts During Fire can Help Fire and Smoke Managers

Wind fields in the vicinity of wildland fires can be highly variable or turbulent, exhibiting significant gusts that can lead to erratic fire be ...

Principal Investigator : John Hom

Inventory and Monitoring
Wildland Fire and Fuels
2018NRS
Photo of Cover of ASHRAE Standard 160-2016
ID: 1518
Updating a Building Design Standard with Improved Criteria for Preventing Mold Growth

A consensus standard for building design that addresses moisture control analysis was recently revised to improve the criteria for preventing mo ...

Principal Investigator : Samuel V. Glass

Water, Air, and Soil
Resource Management and Use
2018FPL
Photo of Researcher inserting temperature probes in oak wilt
fungus-colonized oak logs prior to vacuum steam treatment.
ID: 1455
Vacuum Steam Heat: A New Method to Kill Oak Wilt Fungus in Logs

International export of oak logs from the United States requires fumigation of the logs with methyl bromide. However, methyl bromide causes seve ...

Principal Investigator : Jennifer Juzwik

Wildlife and Fish
Water, Air, and Soil
Resource Management and Use
2018NRS
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 Field technician Chris Sobek calibrates a gas analyzer on top of a forest eddy flux tower at Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory.
ID: 1498
Warmer temperatures reduce forest productivity but not water use

Warmer temperatures are expected to lengthen the growing season for forests. Longer growing seasons may also increase forest water use and produ ...

Principal Investigator : Andrew C. Oishi

Water, Air, and Soil
Wildlife and Fish
2018SRS
Photo of Ecoregions in the western US for which we built models describing the possibility of high-severity fire - Map
ID: 1514
Why and where high-severity fire occurs

An evaluation using consistent data and methods across the broad geographic range of forested landscapes of the western United States will allo ...

Principal Investigator : Sean A. Parks

Inventory and Monitoring
Wildland Fire and Fuels
2018RMRS
Photo of Tennessee State Forester David Arnold and SRS Research Forester Callie Schweitzer challenged foresters and wildlife managers to think about how and why prescribed fire is used in upland hardwood forests. 
ID: 1482
Why are we using prescribed fire in upland hardwoods?

Prescribed fire in upland hardwoods can be a management conundrum. Challenges include timing fire to meet goals for forest reproduction without ...

Principal Investigator : Callie Schweitzer

Inventory and Monitoring
Wildland Fire and Fuels
2018SRS
Photo of A view of the Mameyes River, a Wild and Scenic River in the Luquillo Experimental Forest/ El Yunque National Forest, Puerto Rico
ID: 1479
Wild and Scenic Rivers: their contributions to aquatic species conservation and opportunities for improvement

Wild and Scenic Rivers are designated to preserve certain rivers with outstanding natural, cultural, and recreational values in a free-flowing c ...

Principal Investigator : Russ F. Thurow

Invasive Species
Water, Air, and Soil
Wildlife and Fish
Resource Management and Use
Outdoor Recreation
Inventory and Monitoring
2018IITF
Photo of The four study areas for which we evaluated the effect of wildland fire on the occurrence of subsequent fire. Solid colors represent fire perimeters; points represent ignition locations. Figure
ID: 1519
Wildfires today impact future wildfires

Wildland fire limits subsequent fire occurrence. Researchers monitored the extent to which a previous wildland fire inhibits new fires from igni ...

Principal Investigator : Rocky Mountain Research Station

Wildland Fire and Fuels
Inventory and Monitoring
2018RMRS
Photo of Prescribed fire in upland hardwood forests.
ID: 1483
Wildlife response to prescribed fires and mechanical fuel reduction treatments in an upland hardwood forest

Prescribed burning is a common forest management tool, with fuel reduction, ecosystem restoration, and wildlife habitat improvement often cited ...

Principal Investigator : Katie H. Greenberg

Resource Management and Use
Inventory and Monitoring
Wildlife and Fish
Wildland Fire and Fuels
Water, Air, and Soil
2018SRS
Photo of Finger joint after failure showing smooth wood surfaces that could be easily refit together where the adhesive failed at low temperatures.
ID: 1492
Wood Adhesives at High Temperatures

Researchers examined the performance of finger-jointed lumber to understand how it performs in fire.

Principal Investigator : Douglas R. Rammer

Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
2018FPL
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
Photo of (left) X-ray computed tomography (XCT) volume reconstructions of BrPF resins in bondlines. (right) X-ray fluorescence microscopy (XFM) Br maps of transverse sections cut from BrPF bondlines.
ID: 1510
X-Ray Methods to Observe and Quantify Adhesive Penetration into Wood

To accelerate development of new and improved wood adhesives for engineered wood products, researchers are working to understand the optimal adh ...

Principal Investigator : Daniel J. Yelle

Water, Air, and Soil
Resource Management and Use
2018FPL