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A national approach to leverage the benefits of tree planting on public lands

Publications Posted on: March 27, 2019
The number of global initiatives for forest restoration, and the scope of these initiatives, continues to increase. An important tool for meeting objectives of these global initiatives is reforestation, achieved by natural processes or by tree planting. Worldwide, organizations are challenged to most efficiently and effectively direct resources to the most critical reforestation needs.

#MeToo for the wildfire community

Publications Posted on: October 04, 2018
It is hard to miss the #MeToo movement these days. The international movement against sexual harassment and assault is everywhere in conventional and social media as well as water cooler and dinner table conversation. Important in its own right, #MeToo also has been a touchstone for broader conversations about inclusivity, diversity, equity, power dynamics and the challenges of who gets to represent whom in our culture.

The fluctuating resource hypothesis explains invasibility, but not exotic advantage following disturbance

Publications Posted on: September 26, 2018
Invasibility is a key indicator of community susceptibility to changes in structure and function. The fluctuating resource hypothesis (FRH) postulates that invasibility is an emergent community property, a manifestation of multiple processes that cannot be reliably predicted by individual community attributes like diversity or productivity.

Shrub cover and fire history predict seed bank composition in Great Basin shrublands

Publications Posted on: August 17, 2018
Dormant seeds in the soil are an important contribution to the regenerative potential of an area. Understanding factors that affect seed bank dynamics in arid regions provides insight into how communities respond to disturbance and environmental change.

Recreating in color: Promoting ethnic diversity in public lands

Pages Posted on: June 04, 2018
Recent studies of the Forest Service’s National Visitor Use Monitoring data show a wide disparity in racial and ethnic use of national forests. Researchers at the Rocky Mountain Research Station in Fort Collins, Colorado, are studying these numbers systematically—the first time a nationwide study has been done with these data. They hope that their research will help National Forest System staff to encourage different racial and ethnic groups to connect with public natural lands. By doing so, national forest managers will be transforming management practices and priorities to encourage wider use of natural lands by different racial and ethnic groups.

Winter bait stations as a multispecies survey tool

Publications Posted on: August 08, 2017
Winter bait stations are becoming a commonly used technique for multispecies inventory and monitoring but a technical evaluation of their effectiveness is lacking. Bait stations have three components: carcass attractant, remote camera, and hair snare. Our 22,975 km2 mountainous study area was stratified with a 5 × 5 km sampling grid centered on northern Idaho and including portions of Washington, Montana, and British Columbia.

Native species richness buffers invader impact in undisturbed but not disturbed grassland assemblages

Publications Posted on: November 18, 2016
Many systems are prone to both exotic plant invasion and frequent natural disturbances. Native species richness can buffer the effects of invasion or disturbance when imposed in isolation, but it is largely unknown whether richness provides substantial resistance against invader impact in the face of disturbance.

Applying the 2012 Planning Rule to conserve species: A practitioner's reference

Publications Posted on: September 30, 2016
The National Forest Management Act of 1976 (NFMA) directs managers of National Forest System (NFS) lands to "provide for diversity of plant and animal communities based on the suitability and capability of the specific land area in order to meet overall multiple-use objectives." The mandate is challenging and is embraced by the Forest Service.

Characteristics of mixed-oak forest ecosystems in southern Ohio prior to the reintroduction of fire

Publications Posted on: May 12, 2016
Contains 12 chapters describing baseline conditions of mixed-oak forest ecosystems in the context of a long-term study of prescribed fire effects.

Vegetation responsees to landscape structure at multiple scales across a Northern Wisconsin, USA, pine barrens landscape

Publications Posted on: May 12, 2016
Increasing awareness of the importance of scale and landscape structure to landscape processes and concern about loss of biodiversity has resulted in efforts to understand patterns of biodiversity across multiple scales. We examined plant species distributions and their relationships to landscape structure at varying spatial scales across a pine barrens landscape in northern Wisconsin, U.S.A.