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Highlight IDTitleStrategic Program Area(s)YearStation
Photo of The degrees of risk for non-wilderness National Forest System parts of 3,700 watersheds (1=low risk; 5= high risk). Forest Service
ID: 402
A close comparison of the condition of watersheds on our National Forests

Given the continuing concern over nonpoint-source pollution, researchers sought to understand how the risk of water quality impairment from nonp ...

Principal Investigator : Thomas C. Brown

Water, Air, and Soil2011RMRS
Photo of A subset of the landscape in Montana’s Swan Valley (top panel). The lower panel shows the plot IDs for the best-matching plot for each pixel of the same landscape, with each color representing a unique plot. In the left half of the imagery, the landscape is dominated by a checkerboard pattern, the legacy of extensive timber harvest on private lands, and less extensive harvest on public lands. On the right side of the imagery, vegetation is dominated by topographic gradients in a mountainous landscape. The model was able to pick up these patterns, with the outline of the checkerboard visible in the left half of the lower panel, and the topographic gradients visible in the clustering of the plots on the right half of the panel. U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 1150
A Tree Level Model of Forests in the Western United States

Maps of the number, size, and species of trees in forests across the western U.S. are desirable for a number of applications including estimatin ...

Principal Investigator : Karin Riley

Inventory and Monitoring
Wildland Fire and Fuels
2016RMRS
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ID: 252
Adapting to Climate Change in National Forests: A Workshop for Resource Managers

In April of 2010, scientists from the Rocky Mountain, Pacific Northwest, and Pacific Southwest Research Stations organized and conducted a works ...

Principal Investigator : Cindy S. S. Swanson

Resource Management and Use2010RMRS
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ID: 272
Aiding Visitation Management in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness

The unique wilderness of Boundary Waters Canoe Area draws over 250,000 visitors annually, making it one of the most popular wilderness areas in ...

Principal Investigator : Cindy S. S. Swanson

Outdoor Recreation2010RMRS
Photo of Key components of risk assessment are exposure analysis and effects analysis.  This framework, employed by researchers, systematically portrays how fire likelihood and intensity influence risk to social, economic and ecological resources. Forest Service
ID: 383
Assessing wildfire risk to communities and natural and cultural resources

Station scientists affiliated with the National Fire Decision Support Center are working closely with the Agency's Western and Eastern Threat Ce ...

Principal Investigator : Dave E. Calkin

Wildland Fire and Fuels2011RMRS
Photo of Key components of risk assessment are exposure analysis and effects analysis. This framework systematically portrays how fire likelihood and intensity influence risk to social, economic and ecological resources. U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 1027
Assessing Wildfire Risk to Communities and to Natural and Cultural Resources

New wildfire risk assessment methods form the scientific basis for the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy, an effort of federal ...

Principal Investigator : Matthew P. Thompson

Wildland Fire and Fuels2016RMRS
Photo of Location of 1,225 Breeding Bird Surveys within and outside protected areas across six broad geographic regions of the U.S. Numbers indicate Bird Conservation Regions defined at http://www.nabci-us.org/map.html.
ID: 962
Bird Biodiversity in the Wildland Urban Interface

This project used readily available data on protected area locations, housing density, and bird communities in six large regional study areas to ...

Principal Investigator : Curtis H. Flather

Wildlife and Fish2016RMRS
Photo of Before completing meander studies of floristic diversity in the water, volunteers and staff plant monitors take a break in the South Patrol Road Prairie at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie in Wilmington, Ill. (Left to Right) Emilie Pfeiffer (USFS), Don Nelson, Chris Nelson, Len LeClaire, Espie Nelson, Michelle Pearion (USFS), Daniella DeRose (Chicago Botanic Garden), Mike Rzepka, Grace Wu (USFS).
ID: 1394
Choices in the face of uncertainty: Study points to thresholds and framing as major influencing factors

This research, published in the journal Climatic Change, highlights human incentives for positive change in uncertain situations. The research s ...

Principal Investigator : Thomas C. Brown

Water, Air, and Soil
Resource Management and Use
2017RMRS
Photo of A forested watershed in Wyoming.
ID: 1352
Effect of forest cover on water treatment costs

Intact forests preserve water quality in our lakes and streams, providing cost savings for municipal water providers. American water utilities s ...

Principal Investigator : Travis Warziniack

Resource Management and Use
Wildlife and Fish
Water, Air, and Soil
2017RMRS
Photo of Map of the water supply of the U.S. U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 1002
Forest Service Scientists Estimate Annual Water Supply of the Contiguous U.S.

Forest Service scientists estimated water supply across the contiguous 48 states for the period 1981-2010. Political, administrative, and land c ...

Principal Investigator : Thomas C. Brown

Water, Air, and Soil2016RMRS
Photo of Idaho home with defensible space fostered by an incentive program. Sarah McCaffrey, USDA Forest Service
ID: 651
Identifying Policy Tools That Encourage Community-Level Defensible Space in Six U.S. Communities

A Forest Service scientist and partners assessed outreach programs in six different communities and identified outreach tools that were effectiv ...

Principal Investigator : Sarah M. McCaffrey

Wildlife and Fish2014NRS
Photo of Biomass receiving gate for a Burlington Electric power station. Dennis Becker, University of Minnesota
ID: 327
Impediments to Woody Biomass Utilization on Federal Lands

Efforts to increase woody biomass utilization have met with limited succes

Principal Investigator : Sarah M. McCaffrey

Wildland Fire and Fuels2011NRS
Photo of Shultz Fire Information Provision. Sarah McCaffrey, USDA Forest Service
ID: 502
Improving Knowledge of Public Information Needs During a Wildfire

Although fire managers actively work to provide information to the public during wildfires, little research has been conducted to understand whe ...

Principal Investigator : Sarah M. McCaffrey

Wildland Fire and Fuels2013NRS
Photo of A new tool helps resource managers weigh investments and mitigation measures to reduce wildfire risk. Forest Service
ID: 256
Improving the assessment of wildfire risk

A new risk analysis framework has been designed to help resource managers and policy-makers weigh investments and mitigation measures to reduce ...

Principal Investigator : Cindy S. S. Swanson

Wildland Fire and Fuels2010RMRS
Photo of Damage from the 2012 Waldo Canyon Fire in a wildland-urban interface near Colorado Springs, Colorado. Kari Greer, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service
ID: 1052
Making Communities Fire Resilient

Social scientists identified characteristics of wildland-urban interface communities that influence their wildfire preparedness and planning pro ...

Principal Investigator : Daniel R. Williams

Wildland Fire and Fuels2016RMRS
Photo of A recent workshop provided water managers with information to help make more cost-effective and efficient use of existing management tools. Forest Service
ID: 244
Management of Western Water Resources in a Changing Climate

Hydrologists and water and resource managers from National Forests and eight governmental and non-governmental organizations planned and partici ...

Principal Investigator : Cindy S. S. Swanson

Water, Air, and Soil2010RMRS
Photo of Rangelands occupy 25 percent of America's landscape.
ID: 1389
Managing climate change risks in rangeland ecosystems

Rangelands are ecologically diverse ecosystems in the drier parts of the United States, occupying around 25 percent of the United States land ar ...

Principal Investigator : Linda A. Joyce

Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
2017RMRS
Photo of Map of the mean annual water supply for the contiguous 48 United States. USDA Forest Service
ID: 777
Mean Annual Water Supply for the Contiguous U.S. Updated

This study estimated water supply across the contiguous 48 states for the period 1981-2010. Political, administrative, and land cover boundaries ...

Principal Investigator : Thomas C. Brown

Water, Air, and Soil2015RMRS
Photo of The San Francisco Peaks in northern Arizona are sacred to many Native American groups. Forest Service
ID: 398
New collaborative project focuses on tribal climate change issues in the Southwest

This southwestern project is helping Native American tribes identify how climate change is affecting them and how to address these issues.

Principal Investigator : Carol B. Raish

Resource Management and Use2011RMRS
Photo of The beetle-killed to biochar process. Forest Service
ID: 385
Producing biochar from forest biomass

All that dead wood in our forests can be used to make charcoal, synthetic gas, and even fuel for our vehicles.

Principal Investigator : Dan W. McCollum

Resource Management and Use2011RMRS
Photo of Trees burned along a hillside at the edge of the 2011 Wallow Fire. Sarah McCaffrey, USDA Forest Service.
ID: 863
Psychological Impacts of Experiencing a Wildfire

New research by Forest Service scientists is examining how wildfire impacts to the landscape affect the post-fire psychological health of people ...

Principal Investigator : Sarah M. McCaffrey

Resource Management and Use
Wildland Fire and Fuels
2015NRS
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ID: 270
Rangelands On The Edge

City and county planners across the US will have a new toolkit to better manage development encroachment into rangelands. The 'Rangelands on the ...

Principal Investigator : Cindy S. S. Swanson

Inventory and Monitoring2010RMRS
Photo of Incorporating information on wildfire likelihood, wildfire intensity, and resource/asset susceptibility to wildfire is critical for assessing risk. USDA Forest Service
ID: 555
Report Offers Framework for Wildfire Risk Assessment and Decision Support

Scientists crafted a framework for wildfire risk assessment and applied the framework to support fire-management decision making processes on mu ...

Principal Investigator : Matthew P. Thompson

Wildland Fire and Fuels2013RMRS
Photo of A spatial, quantitative wildfire risk assessment framework based on characterizing exposure of highly valued resources and assets to risk factors, as well as their response to varying levels of exposure. Forest Service
ID: 127
Risk Analysis Prioritizes Investments in Hazardous Fuels Reduction

Scientists mitigate the adverse impacts of wildland fires

Principal Investigator : Matthew P. Thompson

Outdoor Recreation
Wildland Fire and Fuels
2012RMRS
Photo of Research is demonstrating the benefits of reviewing escaped fire reports and learning from them. Forest Service
ID: 404
Using Escaped Fire Reviews to Improve Organizational Learning

Through data collection and workshops, researchers are shedding light on who learns what from reviewing information on escaped fires.

Principal Investigator : Anne E. Black

Wildland Fire and Fuels2011RMRS
Photo of Defensible Space in Idaho. Sarah McCaffrey, Forest Service
ID: 331
What Motivates Homeowners To Mitigate Fire Risk

In working to foster fire-adapted communities, individuals and organization need to understand the dynamics of public support for fuels manageme ...

Principal Investigator : Sarah M. McCaffrey

Wildland Fire and Fuels2011NRS