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Science You Can Use (in 5 min): September 2019 Recent advances in horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing (since 2000) have greatly increased oil and gas development in the West. In a new General Technical Report (RMRS-GTR-384) titled Biological Assessment of Oil and Gas Development on the Little Missouri National Grassland, scientists describe the actual and potential effects of oil and gas development on the largest designated National...
The US Forest Service Clear Creek Restoration Project’s goal is to restore desired silvicultural distributions/diversity within even aged stands. Researchers are using FlamMap, the WEPP model (GeoWEPP) and GIS tools to determine sediment delivery for a variety of biomass removal scenarios. Analysis included user defined GIS and ArcToolbox tools. The findings show that the area left untreated will ultimately deliver much more sediment than the...
The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest is planning a major restoration project to improve forest health and decrease the risk of wildfire in the Clear Creek Watershed. Elliot and Miller (2017) provided a detailed analysis estimating likely erosion from the proposed treatment areas, but at that time, did not have the tools to satisfactorily estimate sediment from the road network. Earlier estimates of likely road sediment generation were made...
A collection of reports from the Co-Management of Cross-Boundary Fire Risk Transmission (CoMFRT) Research Group.
Successful management of natural and cultural resources needs to account for increasing stress due to climate change, wildfire, and anthropogenic disturbance and requires collaborative processes to identify effective strategies at landscape scales. Recognizing this need, the Southern Rockies Landscape Conservation Cooperative (SRLCC) implemented a landscape conservation design framework to develop data and tools for use during land management...
This Decision Notice (DN) documents the decision to implement the Proposed Action in the Boise Basin Experimental Forest Project (BBEF Project) Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact (EA/FONSI), and the determination that the Proposed Action is not a major federal action that will significantly affect the quality of the environment.
Faced with limited funds and resources, how do land and resource managers prioritize restoration efforts that cover millions of acres of public and private land? It’s a question that’s been asked repeatedly in the southeastern United States, where the U.S. Forest Service and its partners have committed to restoring millions of acres of longleaf pine ecosystems. These ecosystems, which are home to dozens of species of conservation concern, cover...
Sagebrush ecosystems are a major component of western U.S. landscapes and they provide vital habitat to a wide array of wildlife species, including greater sage-grouse and pygmy rabbits. However, in recent decades, sagebrush ecosystems have been reduced or degraded by a wide range of disturbances, including human development, overgrazing, severe fires, and encroachment by cheatgrass and pinyon-juniper woodlands. These factors are expected to...
Presentation by Megan Friggens and Katelyn Driscoll given at First Friday All Climate Change Talks on March 2, 2018.
Presentation given by Katelyn Driscoll entitled "Use of airborne digital imagery to examine floodplain complexity at varying discharges."

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