You are here: Home / Research Topics / Research Highlights / Search Results

Research Highlights

Search Results

Below are the highlights meeting your search criteria. To perform another search, click here.

Highlight IDTitleStrategic Program Area(s)YearStation
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 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 Caption: Retreating glaciers leave loose sediment exposed, increasing risk of large debris flows following heavy rain. Gordon Grant, Forest Service
ID: 352
Cascade volcanoes may be at greater risk for debris flows as climate warms

Scientists with the Pacific Northwest Research Station discovered previously unreported links between receding glaciers, areas of stagnant and d ...

Principal Investigator : Gordon Grant

Resource Management and Use2011PNW
Photo of A flooded stream on the Chugach National Forest. John S. Lang, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 1155
Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment for the Chugach National Forest and the Kenai Peninsula

The Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment is being used to help revise the Forest Management Plan for the Chugach National Forest. The assessm ...

Principal Investigator : Teresa Hollingsworth

Resource Management and Use2016PNW
Photo of A thinned riparian site within the Density Management and Riparian Buffer Study, Oregon. Deanna Olson, USDA Forest Service
ID: 526
Collected Works Summarize Forest Dynamics and Ecosystem Responses to Partial Overstory Harvests

Density Management in the 21st Century: West Side Story presents abstracts and peer reviewed papers from a 2011 regional conference highlighting ...

Principal Investigator : Paul Anderson

Water, Air, and Soil
Resource Management and Use
2013PNW
Photo of Pine marten. Michael Mengak, Bugwood.org
ID: 94
Conserving Martens, Sables, and Fishers

New book provides the first comprehensive synthesis of knowledge about these species in nearly 20 years

Principal Investigator : Keith Aubry

Wildlife and Fish2012PNW
Photo of The Marmot Dam on the Sandy River in Oregon was breached in October 2007 to improve habitat for salmon and steelhead. Gordon Grant, Forest Service
ID: 91
Dam Removal Produces Largest Release of Sediment in History

Four years of research on the Sandy River after the removal of the Marmot Dam provides guidance for future dam removals

Principal Investigator : Gordon Grant

Water, Air, and Soil2012PNW
Photo of
ID: 242
Deep groundwater mediates streamflow response to climate warming and will provide a major source of summer streamflow for the western U.S. in the future

Prior efforts to model streamflow trends, and hence the availability of water, under future climate scenarios in the Western United States focus ...

Principal Investigator : Gordon Grant

Water, Air, and Soil2010PNW
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 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
ID: 223
Forest managers receive requested side-by-side comparison of fuel treatments

Forest managers throughout the United Stated have asked for side-by-side comparisons of treatments to better understand the ecological and econo ...

Principal Investigator : Anthony Youngblood

Wildland Fire and Fuels2010PNW
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 A study site at the Starkey Experimental Forest and Range that was thinned and then fenced to exclude ungulate herbivory. USDA Forest Service
ID: 826
Fuels Reduction and Ungulate Grazing Effects on Exotic Plant Species are Short-lived in Upland Forest Understories

Disturbances of fire and domestic ungulates have been shown to facilitate the spread and establishment of exotic plant species in many grassland ...

Principal Investigator : Michael Wisdom, Dr.

Resource Management and Use2015PNW
Photo of A fisher in the snow. Timothy Catton, USDA Forest Service
ID: 536
Habitat Preferences of Fishers

This is the first study to investigate the broader applicability of habitat selection patterns for fishers derived from multiple independent rad ...

Principal Investigator : Keith Aubry

Wildlife and Fish2013PNW
Photo of The Blue River in H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest, Oregon. Tom Iraci, USDA Forest Service
ID: 530
Long-term Nitrogen Trends Differ in Pristine Forested Streams

Stream nitrate has declined in the Pacific Northwest, in the Northeast, and in Puerto Rico, but it has increased in the Mountain West and the So ...

Principal Investigator : Sherri Johnson

Water, Air, and Soil2013PNW
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 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 marbled murrelet. Josh London, NOAA
ID: 537
Maps of Marbled Murrelet and Northern Spotted Owl Habitat Look 50 Years Ahead

Station scientists developed detailed wall-to-wall maps of marbled murrelet and northern spotted owl habitat, both current and 50 years into the ...

Principal Investigator : Martin G. Raphael

Wildlife and Fish
Resource Management and Use
2013PNW
Photo of
ID: 227
Marbled murrelet populations are declining in the Northwest Forest Plan area

The marbled murrelet, a seabird, is a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. The 1996 Northwest Forest Plan is the guiding plan fo ...

Principal Investigator : Martin G. Raphael

Wildlife and Fish2010PNW
Photo of A stand of ponderosa pine in central Oregon after thinning and prescribed burning. Tom Iraci, Forest Service
ID: 337
Multiple fuel treatments likely needed to restore resiliency in fire-adapted ecosystems

Fuel reduction and restoration treatments can be used to begin restoring late-successional stand structure, but single treatments are insufficie ...

Principal Investigator : Anthony Youngblood

Wildland Fire and Fuels2011PNW
Photo of Fuel is masticated prior to a prescribed burn on a study plot in the Pringle Falls Experimental Forest. Rhonda Mazza, Forest Service
ID: 79
National Study Evaluates Fuel Treatments in Reducing Risk of Fire

Mechanical treatments do not serve as surrogates for fire treatments

Principal Investigator : Anthony Youngblood

Wildland Fire and Fuels2012PNW
Photo of Standardized sampling of sagebrush habitats can inform management actions for sagebrush obligates like greater sage-grouse. Mary Rowland, USDA Forest Service
ID: 758
National Technical Guide Provides a Foundation for Monitoring Wildlife Habitat on National Forests

This technical guide offers comprehensive guidance for habitat monitoring on public lands in the United States, particularly national forests an ...

Principal Investigator : Mary M. Rowland

Wildlife and Fish
Inventory and Monitoring
2014PNW
Photo of Diminishing snowpack will cause reductions in summer streamflows in the Pacific Northwest. Sasha Sulia, USDA Forest Service
ID: 519
New Maps Detail Areas Sensitive to Reduced Summer Streamflows as a Result of Climate Warming

New maps assist resource planners in the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board in assessing risk to ...

Principal Investigator : Gordon Grant

Water, Air, and Soil2013PNW
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 Exclosures protect riparian plantings from browsing by deer and elk at Starkey Experimental Forest and Range, Oregon.
ID: 1348
Quantifying the effects of deer and elk on riparian plantings installed to improve salmon habitat

Researchers evaluated elk and mule deer impacts on deciduous woody riparian plantings along Meadow Creek, a steelhead- and Chinook salmon-bearin ...

Principal Investigator : Mary M. Rowland

Wildlife and Fish2017PNW
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 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 A prescribed burn on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. USDA Forest Service
ID: 839
Seven Core Principles Can Guide Restoration of Fire-prone Inland Pacific Landscapes

More than a century of forest and fire management of Inland Pacific landscapes has transformed their successional and disturbance dynamics. Curr ...

Principal Investigator : Paul F. Hessburg, Sr.

Wildland Fire and Fuels2015PNW
Photo of A researcher collects a water sample from a small stream in the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest, Oregon. Rhonda Mazza, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 1108
Streams and Their Hyporheic Zones Substantially Influence Carbon Export from Pacific Northwestern Headwater Streams

This foundational information can be used to calculate carbon storage in Pacific Northwest forests. It will be essential to future polices for c ...

Principal Investigator : Steve Wondzell

Water, Air, and Soil2016PNW
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 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 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