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Keyword: altered fire regimes

Contrasting human influences and macro-environmental factors on fire activity inside and outside protected areas of North America

Publications Posted on: August 06, 2019
Human activities threaten the effectiveness of protected areas (PAs) in achieving their conservation goals across the globe. In this study, we contrast the influence of human and macro-environmental factors driving fire activity inside and outside PAs.

Using traditional phenological knowledge

Science Spotlights Posted on: March 29, 2018
This research looks at opportunities to utilize traditional phenological knowledge to support adaptive management of social-ecological systems vulnerable to changes in climate and fire regimes. Integrating phenological knowledge into natural resource stewardship is important in making land management decisions. Indigenous knowledge of seasonal change adds a broader ecological knowledge base in the context of changing and vulnerable social and ecological systems. The knowledge gained from an ongoing relationship with the landscape and ecosystems therein holds potential for conservation, restoration, and adaptation. 

Resilience to stress and disturbance, and resistance to Bromus tectorum LBromus tectorum L. invasion in cold desert shrublands of western North America

Publications Posted on: September 28, 2014
Alien grass invasions in arid and semi-arid ecosystems are resulting in grass-fire cycles and ecosystem-level transformations that severely diminish ecosystem services.

Science-based management of public lands in southern Nevada [Chapter 11] (Executive Summary)

Publications Posted on: September 09, 2013
Landmark legislation provides guiding principles for land management planning in southern Nevada and the rest of the United States. Such legislation includes, but is not limited to, the Forest Service Organic Administration Act of 1897 (16 U.S.C. 473-478, 479-482 and 551), National Park Service Organic Act of 1916 (U.S.C. Title 16, Secs.

Recreation use on federal lands in southern Nevada [Chapter 10] (Executive Summary)

Publications Posted on: September 09, 2013
Providing for appropriate, diverse, and high quality recreation use of southern Nevada’s lands and ensuring responsible visitor use is an ongoing challenge for Federal agencies that manage much of this land (fig. 1.1). This chapter examines recreation on these Federal lands and addresses Sub-goal 2.4 in the SNAP Science Research Strategy (table 1.1).

Preserving heritage resources through responsible use of southern Nevada’s lands [Chapter 9] (Executive Summary)

Publications Posted on: September 09, 2013
Southern Nevada’s cultural resources (heritage resources) include archeological remains, sacred sites, historic sites, and cultural landscapes of significance to Native Americans and many other cultural groups. Locating, maintaining, and protecting these special places are part of the mandate of Nevada’s Federal and state agencies.

Human interactions with the environment through time in southern Nevada [Chapter 8] (Executive Summary)

Publications Posted on: September 09, 2013
Southern Nevada is rich in irreplaceable cultural resources that include archeological remains, historic sites, cultural landscapes, and other areas of significance to Native Americans and other cultural groups.

Maintaining and restoring sustainable ecosystems in southern Nevada [Chapter 7] (Executive Summary)

Publications Posted on: September 09, 2013
Resource managers in southern Nevada are faced with the challenge of determining appropriate goals and objectives and developing viable approaches for maintaining and restoring sustainable ecosystems in the face of rapid socio-ecological and environmental change.

Species of conservation concern and environmental stressors: Local, regional and global effects [Chapter 6] (Executive Summary)

Publications Posted on: September 09, 2013
Southern Nevada’s unique landscapes and landforms provide habitat for a diversity of plant and wildlife species of conservation concern including many locally and regionally endemic species.

Fire history, effects, and management in southern Nevada [Chapter 5] (Executive Summary)

Publications Posted on: September 09, 2013
Fire can be both an ecosystem stressor and a critical ecosystem process, depending on when, where, and under what conditions it occurs on the southern Nevada landscape. Fire can also pose hazards to human life and property, particularly in the wildland/ urban interface (WUI).

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