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ID: 248
A new approach to large-scale fish monitoring

The old paradigm of 'how much is out there' is being replaced by a new method prototyped by the Rocky Mountain Research Station, which is easier ...

Principal Investigator : William M. Block

Wildlife and Fish2010RMRS
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 Sampling a grassland site invaded by spotted knapweed in western Montana. Forest Service
ID: 403
An herbicide solution to knapweed

Station researchers evaluated the effects of a common herbicide treatment on grassland plants in western Montana to determine if and when suppre ...

Principal Investigator : Yvette K. Ortega

Invasive Species2011RMRS
Photo of Stands that have seen managed fire, such as this one in the Gila Wilderness, should exhibit a reduced probability of high-severity fire. U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 1081
Can Managed Fires Restore Forests at Landscape Scales? Lessons from Two Southwestern Wilderness Areas

The goal of this project was to evaluate the ability to restore wildfire at landscape scales within two wilderness areas in the southwestern U.S ...

Principal Investigator : Jose Iniguez

Resource Management and Use
Wildland Fire and Fuels
Wildlife and Fish
2016RMRS
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 Winter recreationists carrying GPS units were tracked as they traveled in the backcountry. Forest Service
ID: 273
Catalyzing Human Behavior in Support of Monitoring Recreation Impacts on Wildlife

Surprising successes have been achieved in the first year of a pilot project examining how humans, lynx and wolverine use winter recreation area ...

Principal Investigator : William M. Block

Outdoor Recreation2010RMRS
Photo of Site at Coconino National Forest, which is representative of open understories typical of southwestern forests. U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 1003
Contemporary Fire Effects on Birds Dependant on Historical Fire Regime

Wildfire strongly shapes landscape structure and animal communities in dry forests of western North America. Forest Service research documents r ...

Principal Investigator : Quresh Latif

Wildlife and Fish
Wildland Fire and Fuels
Resource Management and Use
2016RMRS
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 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 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 Adult chipping sparrow banded to allow individual identification (photo by A. Benson) Aubree Benson, University of Montana
ID: 835
Invasive Plant Erodes Bird Song Diversity via Food Chain Effects

Although plant invaders are known for their negative effects on natural systems, the extent of these impacts is often unknown. Forest Service s ...

Principal Investigator : Yvette K. Ortega

Wildlife and Fish
Invasive Species
2015RMRS
Photo of Location of sites in western Montana sampled to determine the invasiveness and impact of 48 exotic plants in the bluebunch wheatgrass habitat type.  USDA Forest Service
ID: 830
Invasiveness and Impact of 48 Exotic Plant Species in Native Grasslands

This study quantified and ranked invasiveness and impact for 48 exotic plant species based on surveys over 20,000 square kilometers (12,427 squa ...

Principal Investigator : Dean E. Pearson

Invasive Species2015RMRS
Photo of This is one of the wildfires that impacted bird point count stations that are being used to assess large-scale effects of wildfire and climate change on bird communities and habitats in the Arizona Sky Islands. U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 1147
Monitoring Bird Communities with Citizen Science in the Sky Islands

The Sky Islands of southeastern Arizona have bird species found nowhere else in the U.S., which leads to a vibrant state and local ecotourism in ...

Principal Investigator : Jamie S. Sanderlin

Inventory and Monitoring
Wildlife and Fish
2016RMRS
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 Northern goshawk. U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 1140
Northern Goshawks on the Kaibab Plateau: A 20-year Investigation Into Factors Affecting Their Demography

The northern goshawk is designated as a “sensitive species” in all Forest Service regions. This designation is a consequence of a contention ...

Principal Investigator : Richard T. Reynolds

Wildland Fire and Fuels
Wildlife and Fish
2016RMRS
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ID: 247
Pioneering genetics research aids in fisher survival

Rocky Mountain Research Station scientists and collaborators have pioneered a mitochondrial genome sequencing technique that can be used to answ ...

Principal Investigator : William M. Block

Wildlife and Fish2010RMRS
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 RMRS researchers attaching a color band to a captured and hooded Mexican spotted owl. Forest Service
ID: 108
Scientists Study Endangered Mexican Spotted Owl

Research provides information useful to managers charged with conserving and restoring Mexican spotted owls and their habitat

Principal Investigator : Joseph L. Ganey

Outdoor Recreation
Wildlife and Fish
2012RMRS
Photo of Snags and logs provide important resources and biological legacies in mixed-conifer forests. U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 1144
Southwestern Forests: The Importance of Snags and Logs

Snags (standing dead trees) and logs are a critical component of ecosystems. They contribute to decay dynamics and other ecological processes in ...

Principal Investigator : Joseph L. Ganey

Inventory and Monitoring
Resource Management and Use
Wildland Fire and Fuels
Wildlife and Fish
2016FPL
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ID: 254
Southwestern Ponderosa Pine Fire Findings Published

In 2010, the Rocky Mountain Research Station published ground-breaking findings on fire behavior in southwestern ponderosa pine forests. Using t ...

Principal Investigator : William M. Block

Wildland Fire and Fuels2010RMRS
Photo of Remote camera captures a wolverine as it approaches a researcher's trap. USDA Forest Service
ID: 548
Study Guages the Response of Wolverines to Winter Recreation

Forest Service scientists and their research partners use a novel approach that includes trapping and fitting wolverines with GPS collars that a ...

Principal Investigator : John R. Squires

Wildlife and Fish2013RMRS
Photo of A pair of Mexican spotted owls watches a live mouse on the forest floor.  Spotted owl nests typically are well hidden and difficult to locate.  Nesting owls often take captured prey to the nest site, allowing scientists to locate the nest. USDA Forest Service
ID: 554
Study Looks Into Nesting Habitats of Threatened Mexican Spotted Owls

Scientists worked with land managers to study nesting habitats of the Mexican spotted owl in New Mexico. Findings provide a template for preser ...

Principal Investigator : Joseph L. Ganey

Wildlife and Fish2013RMRS
Photo of Herbicide treatment targeting the invasive plant, spotted knapweed, in Montana. U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 1185
The Bane of Weed Management: Secondary Invasions

Weed management can result in unintentional secondary invasion: an increase in non-target exotics following efforts to suppress targeted invasiv ...

Principal Investigator : Dean E. Pearson

Invasive Species2016RMRS
Photo of Ferruginous hawk fitted with a GPS transmitter to study movements relative to oil/gas and wind energy development. Forest Service
ID: 109
The Effects of Energy Development on Hawks and Golden Eagles Documented

Results from a new wildlife study help managers develop conservation measures for ferruginous hawks and golden eagles in areas being developed f ...

Principal Investigator : John R. Squires

Wildlife and Fish2012RMRS
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 Black-backed woodpecker favors unlogged, recently burned forests for nesting.
ID: 1410
Using habitat requirements of woodpeckers to design post-fire salvage logging

Can we conduct economically-beneficial forest management while maintaining wildlife populations in recently burned forests? Study shows trade-of ...

Principal Investigator : Victoria A. Saab

Wildland Fire and Fuels
Resource Management and Use
Inventory and Monitoring
Outdoor Recreation
Water, Air, and Soil
Wildlife and Fish
2017RMRS
Photo of Experimental disturbance killing native plants facilitates invasion by tall tumblemustard, cheatgrass, lamb's quarters, prickly lettuce, Canada thistle, bull thistle, sweetclover, bulbous bluegrass, and herb Sophia. Forest Service
ID: 142
Why Do the Exotics Beat the Natives: Where Is the Home-Team Advantage

New research sets forth a framework for understanding why exotic plants invade and how to fight the invasions

Principal Investigator : Dean E. Pearson

Invasive Species2012RMRS
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ID: 246
Wolverine Futures in a Changing Climate

Rocky Mountain Research Station researchers have demonstrated that wolverines are dependent on persistent spring snow for denning and this facto ...

Principal Investigator : William M. Block

Wildlife and Fish2010RMRS