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Our relationship with a dynamic landscape: Understanding the 2013 Northern Colorado Flood

Pages Posted on: April 17, 2018
The summer of 2013 was drier than normal along the Front Range, so when rain started falling on the northern end on September 9, 2013, some greeted it with enthusiasm. According to the Colorado Climate Center, total rainfall for the week beginning Monday, September 9th measured 16.9” in Boulder, 9.3” in Estes Park, 5.9” in Loveland, and 6.0” in Fort Collins. Because the steep, rocky terrain in and around these communities channels water, the effects of precipitation can be greatly amplified and lead to rapid runoff. The sudden, huge influx led to extensive flooding that damaged infrastructure on the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and devastated property, infrastructure, and lives in surrounding communities.

The geologic, geomorphic, and hydrologic context underlying options for long-term management of the Spirit Lake outlet near Mount St. Helens, Washington

Publications Posted on: July 05, 2017
The 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens produced a massive landslide and consequent pyroclastic currents, deposits of which blocked the outlet to Spirit Lake. Without an outlet, the lake began to rise, threatening a breaching of the blockage and release of a massive volume of water. To mitigate the hazard posed by the rising lake and provide an outlet, in 1984–1985 the U.S.

Monitoring the effects of the High Park fire

Documents and Media Posted on: January 23, 2015
The High Park fire burned over 350 km2 of wildland in the mountains west of Fort Collins, Colorado. It has since become the third-largest wildfire in Colorado’s history, during a particularly devastating 2012 fire season. Fire is a powerful and enduring force that has had, and will continue to have, a profound influence on National Forest land.   Document Type: Briefing Papers

Influences of disturbance and vegetation on abundance of native and exotic detritivores in a southwestern riparian forest

Publications Posted on: July 19, 2007
Detritivores play important roles in energy and nutrient flow in riparian ecosystems. Endemic crickets (Gryllus alogus Rehn) and exotic isopods (Armadillidium vulagare Latreille and Porcellio laevi Latreille.) are abundant detritivores in riparian forest floors of central New Mexico.