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Photo of Crews spread foam on a fire to defend a home in Secesh Meadows, Idaho. Forest Service
ID: 384
Can fuel treatments mitigate wildfire effects

Did a real-time test of fuel treatments help mitigate the effects of a large wildfire

Principal Investigator : Andrew T. Hudak

Wildland Fire and Fuels2011RMRS
Photo of Examples of rust on various tree species. USDA Forest Service
ID: 778
DNA-based Analyses Provide Critical Insights Into Threats Posed by the Invasive Myrtle Rust Pathogen

Using DNA-based studies, scientists have investigated the movement of myrtle rust, a pathogen that negatively impacts the health of various tree ...

Principal Investigator : Ned B. Klopfenstein

Invasive Species
Inventory and Monitoring
Resource Management and Use
2015RMRS
Photo of Bacterial exudates covering second instar kermes scales feeding at the junction of new and one-year-old growth.
ID: 1353
Drippy blight: A new disease complex of red oak

Disease complexes, the result of insects and plant pathogens interacting to compromise their plant hosts, are becoming increasingly common world ...

Principal Investigator : Rachael A. Sitz

Inventory and Monitoring
Outdoor Recreation
Invasive Species
2017RMRS
Photo of Modeled flow metric datasets are organized by six major river basins in the western United States. Forest Service
ID: 381
Evaluating the Effects of Climate Change on Streamflow

Scientists have developed a database of flow metrics for streams in the western U.S. under historical conditions and climate change scenarios.

Principal Investigator : Charles H. Luce

Water, Air, and Soil2011RMRS
Photo of Location of four experimental forests included in the integrated restoration study.
ID: 1407
Experimental Forests: Great places to learn about forest science and management

Scientists used an experimental forest network to develop different management strategies and make science accessible for managers and other par ...

Principal Investigator : Terrie B. Jain

Inventory and Monitoring
Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
Wildland Fire and Fuels
2017RMRS
Photo of RMRS-2017-211; 1) Plant species richness (a) and duff depth (b) related to the imputed overstory responses via plot ID. Also shown are the fire history variables number of fires (c) and years since last fire (d).
2) Imputations of trees per hectare (a), basal area (b) and dominant tree species (c) from airborne LiDAR across Eglin AFB, and Plot ID (d) imputed as an ancillary variable (i.e., having no weight in the model).
ID: 1397
Forest structure relates to plant diversity, fuels, and fire regime

Forest Service researchers associated LiDAR data from Eglin Air Force Base in Florida with field plot data and fire management records. They det ...

Principal Investigator : Andrew T. Hudak

Inventory and Monitoring
Water, Air, and Soil
Outdoor Recreation
2017RMRS
Photo of A number of factors interact to affect sound decision making in wildland fire management which influence broad program goals and ultimate outcomes. Forest Service
ID: 388
Good decisions for good fire management

The Station's Wildland Fire Management Research, Development and Application program is developing the Wildland Fire Decision Support System (WF ...

Principal Investigator : Tom Zimmerman

Wildland Fire and Fuels2011RMRS
Photo of Forest Service researchers are treating young forests to create northern goshawk habitat and resistant bark beetle structures that also produce timber products.
ID: 1351
Goshawks, bark beetles, and timber management: Can they coexist?

Wildlife habitat and timber production are critical elements of the management of many national forests. The Black Hills National Forest in West ...

Principal Investigator : Russell T. Graham

Resource Management and Use
Wildlife and Fish
Water, Air, and Soil
2017RMRS
Photo of Example of high-resolution LiDar data of canopy heights. U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 1031
Laser Technology and Modeling Tools for Precision Forest Inventory, Monitoring, and Planning

Forest Service scientists and their partners are developing relationships between LiDAR estimates and traditional forestry measures collected on ...

Principal Investigator : Andrew T. Hudak

Inventory and Monitoring
Resource Management and Use
2016RMRS
Photo of Researchers collect the forest floor to determine amount of carbon. U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 974
Maintaining Long-term Productivity of Inland Northwest Forests After Bioenergy Harvesting

As the U.S. moves towards a more green economy, it is critical to understand the long-term impacts of harvest operations on both above and below ...

Principal Investigator : Deborah S. Page-Dumroese

Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
2016RMRS
Photo of Slash pile resulting from forest restoration activities. USDA Forest Service 
Figure 1. Building a slash pile to maximize biochar production. USDA Forest Service
Biochar pellets. Biochar pellets can be made to reduce dust and ease transportation and application.
ID: 1333
Making biochar with waste woody biomass

Forest restoration treatments create tons of waste residues that are normally burned in slash piles that damage the soil and cause pollution. F ...

Principal Investigator : Deborah S. Page-Dumroese

Wildlife and Fish
Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
2017RMRS
Photo of High-resolution stream temperature scenario developed from data at over 20,000 sites and used to precisely map locations of climate refugia for cold-water species. U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 1025
Mapping Climate Refugia to Preserve Cold-water Biodiversity Using Crowd-sourced Databases

Climate change is rapidly altering stream and river environments across the western U.S. and may threaten the long-term persistence of populatio ...

Principal Investigator : Daniel J. Isaak

Water, Air, and Soil
Wildlife and Fish
Inventory and Monitoring
2016RMRS
Photo of Spatial statistical stream network models can use data from a relatively small number of sites, left map, to make unbiased predictions across larger river networks, right map. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
ID: 552
New Class of Statistical Model Developed for Stream Networks

Researchers and their cooperators developed a new class of statistical model for stream networks that applies to most types of stream data and p ...

Principal Investigator : Daniel J. Isaak

Water, Air, and Soil2013RMRS
Photo of Under the canopy of contemporary climate change, some native plant species, such as western larch, will be unable to adapt or migrate fast enough to track the projected changes. Mary Williams, USDA Forest Service
ID: 557
New Database Established for Tracking Climate Change and Assisted Migration

A new literary database about native plant transfer guidelines, climate change and assisted migration provides information on assisted vegetatio ...

Principal Investigator : Kasten Dumroese

Resource Management and Use2013RMRS
Photo of Training sessions such as this one in Region 5 ensures that the Forest Soil Disturbance Monitoring Protocol is used consistently across National Forests in the U.S. Forest Service
ID: 391
New protocols help understand changing soils

Forest Service scientists have met the challenge of developing meaningful soil quality standards that can evaluate the full range of variability ...

Principal Investigator : Deborah S. Page-Dumroese

Water, Air, and Soil2011RMRS
Photo of Burned sagebrush sites can be seeded using rangeland drills to re-establish native perennial plants. Matthew Fisk, USDA Forest Service
ID: 702
New Seeding Techniques Restore Sagebrush Ecosystems Following Wildfire

Sagebrush ecosystems of the Great Basin are being rapidly converted to annual grasslands dominated by invasive weeds such as cheatgrass (Bromus ...

Principal Investigator : Jeffrey E. Ott

Invasive Species
Resource Management and Use
2014RMRS
Photo of Flock of pinyon jays in juniper tree. U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 994
Pinyon Jays: Orchardists of the Great Basin’s Woodlands

Expansion of pinyon-juniper woodlands into neighboring shrublands and grasslands can have detrimental impacts to species that prefer treeless ar ...

Principal Investigator : Christopher Witt

Inventory and Monitoring
Resource Management and Use
Wildlife and Fish
2016RMRS
Photo of Straw bales to be spread on the most erodible parts of U.S. Bureau of Land Management-administered land following the 2015 Butte Fire near Sacramento, Calif. U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 1186
Planning it Forward: Building Erosion Prediction Databases to Support Rapid Assessment of Post-fire Erosion Risks

Following wildfires, Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) teams are frequently assembled to quickly assess on-site and off-site risks to resour ...

Principal Investigator : William J. Elliot

Water, Air, and Soil
Wildland Fire and Fuels
2016RMRS
Photo of View of active fire burning surface fuels in a prescribed burn block at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida on Feb. 6, 2011. The overstory is dominated by fire-dependent longleaf pine. Andrew T. Hudak, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 1033
Prescribed Fires: Mapping Fuels and Energy Release Across the Landscape

Pine needles, deciduous leaves, and downed woody debris accumulate in the absence of fire along with grass and other dead plant material. This b ...

Principal Investigator : Andrew T. Hudak

Inventory and Monitoring
Resource Management and Use
Wildland Fire and Fuels
2016RMRS
Photo of Sources of phosphorus from a forested 90-m long hill with a Tahoe Basin Climate under different forest conditions, as predicted by the Tahoe Basin Sediment Model. Forest Service
ID: 123
Quantifying Phosphorus Delivery Pathways in Forest Watersheds

Predictive model clearly shows the importance of lateral flow in delivering phosphorus from steep forested hillslopes to forest streams

Principal Investigator : William J. Elliot

Water, Air, and Soil2012RMRS
Photo of Lake Tahoe is renowned for its intense blue hue. Wikimedia Commons.
ID: 1113
Quantifying Phosphorus Delivery Pathways in Forest Watersheds

Forest streams and lakes are renowned for their clarity, but scientists’ concern that forest streams are carrying excessive amounts of phospho ...

Principal Investigator : William J. Elliot

Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
2016RMRS
Photo of Healthy sagebrush common garden at Great Basin Experimental Range. Forest Service
ID: 110
Research Helps Conserve and Restore Shrub Dominated Ecosystems

Helping to make prudent, research-based decisions to improve shrublands in the Interior West

Principal Investigator : Bryce A. Richardson

Resource Management and Use2012RMRS
Photo of Blackbrush plant community in the Arches National Park, Utah. USDA forest Service
ID: 918
Research to Guide Restoration in Changing Climates

Understanding how climate affects species and populations of plants are critical for contemporary ecosystem management and future planning.

Principal Investigator : Bryce A. Richardson

Resource Management and Use2015RMRS
Photo of Soil amendment treatments (wood chips, biochar, and biosolids) alone or in combinations applied to an abandoned mine site near Sumpter, OR.
ID: 1355
Restoring abandoned mine soil with organic amendments

Restoring abandoned mine sites with no environmental hazard or chemical contamination can be expensive because of the inhospitable (hot, dry) en ...

Principal Investigator : Deborah S. Page-Dumroese

Water, Air, and Soil
Wildlife and Fish
2017RMRS
Photo of The image depicts winter mortality of big sagebrush not adapted to colder areas of the species distribution. USDA Forest Service
ID: 774
Science-based Guidelines for Restoration and Conservation of Sagebrush Ecosystems

Helping to make prudent, research-based decisions to improve shrublands in the Interior West.

Principal Investigator : Bryce A. Richardson

Resource Management and Use
Invasive Species
2015RMRS
Photo of This international collaborative team representing the U.S., Japan, South Korea, Germany, and Federated States of Micronesia is an example of the international collaborations necessary to address invasive forest pathogens. Phil Cannon, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 1082
Scientists Analyze Distribution and Genetic Diversity of the Invasive Brown Root-rot Pathogen

The invasive brown root-rot pathogen is threatening many tree species in tropical and subtropical areas worldwide. Ongoing genetic analyses are ...

Principal Investigator : Ned B. Klopfenstein

Invasive Species
Resource Management and Use
2016RMRS
Photo of Sulphur-flower buckwheat seed. Forest Service
ID: 122
Scientists Conserve the Seeds of Today To Propagate the Best Adapted Plants of Tomorrow

Project is aimed at restoring damaged grasslands, shrublands, and deserts

Principal Investigator : Nancy L. Shaw

Outdoor Recreation
Resource Management and Use
2012RMRS
Photo of A sagebrush landscape that is becoming increasingly rare due to disturbance and invasive plants. Nolan E. Preece.
ID: 1049
Techniques to Ensure the Right Sagebrush Seed is Put in the Right Place

Wildfire, invasive weeds, and climate change are threatening sagebrush ecosystems including the flora and fauna that are dependent upon them. Bo ...

Principal Investigator : Bryce A. Richardson

Resource Management and Use2016RMRS
Photo of 2011 landscape photo of mountain pine beetle devastation, northeast of Custer looking north to Harney Peak. U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service
ID: 959
The 115 year Bark Beetle Saga in the Black Hills

This research chronicles the science, people, and destruction caused by mountain pine beetles primarily in the Black Hills of South Dakota and W ...

Principal Investigator : Russell T. Graham

Resource Management and Use2016RMRS
Photo of Mapping provides insights into aquatic resources for conservation prioritization and restoration. USDA Forest Service
ID: 837
The Cold Water Climate Shield: Prioritizing High-value Aquatic Resources

Native trout are culturally and ecologically important, but climate change is likely to shrink the cold-water environments they require. Much ca ...

Principal Investigator : Daniel J. Isaak

Water, Air, and Soil
Wildlife and Fish
2015RMRS
Photo of Measuring gas exchange on an establishing seedling.
ID: 1382
The complexities behind restoration and reforestation efforts

Restoration and reforestation using nursery-produced seedlings can be an effective means of accelerating the recovery trajectory of disturbed ec ...

Principal Investigator : Jeremiah R. Pinto

Water, Air, and Soil2017RMRS
Photo of Matt Fisk (Left) and Francis Kilkenny (Right) plant bluebunch wheatgrass (Pseudoroegneria spicata) at the Atomic City experimental study site near Atomic City, Idaho. Nancy Shaw, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 1058
The Great Basin Native Plant Project

Demand for native plant seed is increasing, especially in federal agencies including the U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Land Manageme ...

Principal Investigator : Francis F. Kilkenny

Invasive Species
Resource Management and Use
2016RMRS
Photo of RNGR specialists provide necessary on-site support to nursery managers to improve production of native plants for reforestation and restoration. Forest Service
ID: 401
The Intersection of Science and Technology Transfer

Growers and users of the approximately one billion native plants produced each year in the United States now have the best information available ...

Principal Investigator : Kasten Dumroese

Resource Management and Use2011RMRS
Photo of School teachers sow paintbrush and yucca seeds in the new Cultural Plant Propagation Center at the Moencopi Day School in Tuba City, AZ. Jeremy Pinto, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 1050
The Intersection of Science and Technology Transfer: Reforestation, Nurseries, and Genetic Resources Team

The Reforestation, Nurseries, and Genetic Resources Team, established through a Forest Service memorandum of understanding, is tasked with trans ...

Principal Investigator : Kasten Dumroese

Resource Management and Use2016RMRS
Photo of School teachers sow paintbrush and yucca seeds in the new Cultural Plant Propagation Center at the Moencopi Day School in Tuba City, AZ. Jeremy Pinto, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 1157
The Intersection of Science and Technology Transfer: Reforestation, Nurseries, and Genetic Resources Team

The Reforestation, Nurseries, and Genetic Resources (RNGR) Team, established through a Forest Service memorandum of understanding, is tasked wit ...

Principal Investigator : Kasten Dumroese

Resource Management and Use2016RMRS
Photo of Soil samples are mixed with stabilizing buffer in preparation for DNA/RNA extraction. Ned Klopfenstein, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 1055
Understanding the Influence of Soil Microbial Communities on Forest Ecosystem Health

Forest root diseases, such as Armillaria root disease, are among the most damaging forest diseases in the world and are extremely difficult to m ...

Principal Investigator : Ned B. Klopfenstein

Resource Management and Use
Invasive Species
2016RMRS
Photo of Autumn Coleman, soil scientist for the Helena National Forest, collecting soil moisture in the adjacent undisturbed forest. Joan Tirocke, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 1062
Using Biochar to Improve Soil Quality on Decommissioned Roads

U.S. National Forests have more than 380,000 miles of roads. Many of these roads are over 25 years old, sub-standard, compacted, and invaded wit ...

Principal Investigator : Deborah S. Page-Dumroese

Water, Air, and Soil2016RMRS
Photo of Armillaria fruiting body (mushroom).
ID: 1362
Using DNA to correctly identify destructive vs. beneficial Armillaria fungus

Species of the fungal genus Armillaria are associated with forest ecosystems worldwide. Some species are destructive root disease pathogens, whi ...

Principal Investigator : Ned B. Klopfenstein

Invasive Species
Outdoor Recreation
Resource Management and Use
Inventory and Monitoring
Water, Air, and Soil
2017RMRS
Photo of Bumble bees and other pollinators are crucial to our nation’s economic health, food security, and ecosystem health; restoring habitat to conserve their populations is the focus of recent federal attention. R. Kasten Dumroese, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 1056
Wildflowers are Key to Sagebrush Restoration

Land managers are dealing with an increasing number of imperiled species; often mandates focus on each crisis species independently. A myopic ap ...

Principal Investigator : Kasten Dumroese

Resource Management and Use
Wildlife and Fish
2016RMRS