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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 FIRETEC simulations of fire perimeter and fuel consumption through time for pinyon-juniper woodland during the green, red, and gray phases of a pinyon Ips bark beetle attack. Time proceeds from left to right. U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 939
Bark Beetles and Wildfires: New Tools Provide Insights

Bark beetles have affected millions of acres of western forests and sometimes contribute to highly unpredictable fire behavior. Two new models i ...

Principal Investigator : Carolyn H. Sieg

Wildland Fire and Fuels2016RMRS
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 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 The panel at upper left shows the extent of the project, specified by a green outline. * Forest Service
ID: 387
Combating wildlife habitat loss to human development

Scientists are investigating ways to lessen the impact of humans on wildlife and their travel corridors.

Principal Investigator : Samuel A. Cushman

Wildlife and Fish2011RMRS
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 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 Map of Borneo showing areas of forest loss between 2000 and 2010 in yellow, areas of forest persistence from 2000 to 2010 in green, and areas that were not forest in 2000 in black.
ID: 1350
Improved predictions of deforestation in Borneo

A collaborative team led by Forest Service research ecologist Samuel Cushman has produced a substantial breakthrough in advancing predictive mod ...

Principal Investigator : Samuel A. Cushman

Water, Air, and Soil
Outdoor Recreation
Inventory and Monitoring
Resource Management and Use
2017RMRS
Photo of Sign at entrance of Fort Valley Experimental Forest where this research occurred. U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 966
Long-term Thinning Alters Ponderosa Pine Reproduction in Northern Arizona

This study tested the relationship between overstory density and seedling survival in ponderosa pine forests. They used a long-term ( more than ...

Principal Investigator : W. Keith Moser

Resource Management and Use2016RMRS
Photo of Mexican spotted owl (MSO) nesting and roosting habitat suitability in the Sacramento Mountains predicted by (A) the multi-scale model, (B) the top single-scale model (200-m radius), and (C) the Mogollon Plateau multi-scale model. Black markers represent MSO locations from the entire validation dataset.
ID: 1349
Mexican spotted owls, forest restoration, fire, and climate change

The Mexican spotted owl is listed as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act and is vulnerable to habitat loss from wildfire and c ...

Principal Investigator : Samuel A. Cushman

Inventory and Monitoring
Wildland Fire and Fuels
Wildlife and Fish
2017RMRS
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
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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 Sage grouse. U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 983
Predicting Changes in Population Extent and Fragmentation of Greater Sage-grouse

Habitat loss and fragmentation have dramatically reduced the area occupied and the population connectivity of greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus ...

Principal Investigator : Samuel A. Cushman

Wildlife and Fish2016RMRS
Photo of Greater sage-grouse. U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 961
Sage Grouse Population Connectivity and Landscape Change

Greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) occupy a small fraction of their former range. This study looked at various connectivity models ...

Principal Investigator : Samuel A. Cushman

Wildlife and Fish2016RMRS
Photo of Wildlife habitats for such wildlife as elk were evaluated by scientists to better understand how their habitats connect across the Northern Rockies. (Thinkstock)
ID: 553
Scientists Evalute Connectivity of Wildlife Habitats in Northern Rockies

Forest Service scientists recently evaluated how and to what extent wildlife habitats are connected across a vast 44 million hectare geographica ...

Principal Investigator : Samuel A. Cushman

Wildlife and Fish2013RMRS
Photo of Alpine meadow from the top of Brown's Peak in the Snowy Range of Southeast Wyoming with Medicine Bow Peak in the background.  There are 127 known alpine plant species on these two peaks. USDA Forest Service
ID: 768
Scientists Find 25 Southern Rockies Alpine Plant Species Unique to the Region

Forest Service scientists and their collaborators have identified an extensive list of alpine plants in the Southern Rockies and within this lis ...

Principal Investigator : James F. Fowler

Inventory and Monitoring2015RMRS
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 A post-fire ponderosa pine seedling in a high-severity burn patch of the 2000 Pumpkin Fire, Arizona.
ID: 1354
Spatial patterns of ponderosa pine regeneration in high-severity burn patches

Over the past three decades, wildfires in Southwestern United States ponderosa pine forests have increased in size and severity, leaving large p ...

Principal Investigator : Suzanne M. Owen

Wildland Fire and Fuels
Inventory and Monitoring
2017RMRS
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 An adult male lion in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. Sam Cushman, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 1004
Trans-kalahari Predator Conservation Project

Populations of large carnivores are declining globally, and in Africa the ranges of lions, leopards, wild dogs and spotted hyenas have contracte ...

Principal Investigator : Samuel A. Cushman

Resource Management and Use
Wildlife and Fish
2016RMRS
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ID: 1390
Tree diseases of the Great Plains

This new book provides visual guide to disease identification for 84 hardwood and 32 conifer tree diseases in the Great Plains, which will help ...

Principal Investigator : Alison Hill

Inventory and Monitoring
Outdoor Recreation
Water, Air, and Soil
Resource Management and Use
Invasive Species
2017RMRS
Photo of The Santa Rita Mountains in Arizona, a Madrean Sky Island range, are home to unique bird species. Jamie Sanderlin, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 1032
Understanding How Forest Genomics Impact Ecosystem Vulnerability to Climate Change Across the Western U.S.

Understanding the interactions between tree genomics and the resilience and vulnerability of forest ecosystems is critical to anticipate and ada ...

Principal Investigator : Samuel A. Cushman

Resource Management and Use2016RMRS
Photo of A specimen from the Pinaleño Mountains with seven fire scars between 1785 and 1863, but no scars from 1864 until the tree was killed by bark beetles in 1995. O'Connor, University of Arizona
ID: 695
Wildfires in Southern Arizona are More Severe but Not Bigger

Scientists found that wildfires prior to 1880 burned about 70 percent of the landscape every 20 years. Since 1880 and the onset of fire exclusio ...

Principal Investigator : Ann M. Lynch

Wildland Fire and Fuels
Resource Management and Use
2014RMRS
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ID: 208
Wolf Recovery and the Future of Wisconsin's Forests: A Trophic Link

Overabundant white-tailed deer populations have serious negative effects on understory plant community structure and composition. Wolves, which ...

Principal Investigator : W. Keith Moser

Wildlife and Fish2010NRS
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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