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Targeting forest management through fire and erosion modeling

Publications Posted on: January 06, 2017
Forests deliver a number of important ecosystem services, including clean water. When forests are disturbed by wildfire, the timing, quantity and quality of runoff are altered. A modelling study was conducted in a forested watershed in California, USA, to determine the risk of wildfire, and the potential post-fire sediment delivery from ~4-ha hillslope polygons within a 1500-km2 basin following a wildfire event.

Introduction to special issue on remote sensing for advanced forest inventory

Publications Posted on: January 06, 2017
Information needs associated with sustainable forest management are evolving rapidly as the forest sector works to satisfy an increasingly complex set of economic, environmental, and social policy goals. A barrier to the sustainable management of forests and the provision of ecosystem goods and services under these new pressures is a lack of up-to-date and detailed information with regard to the number and characteristics of forest resources.

Management of spruce-fir in even-aged stands in the central Rocky Mountains

Publications Posted on: December 09, 2016
Potential production of Engelmann spruce and subalpine fir in the central Rocky Mountains is simulated for combinations of stand density, site quality, ages, and thinning schedules. Such estimates are needed to project future development of stands managed in different ways for various uses.

Uneven-aged management of old-growth spruce-fir forests: Cutting methods and stand structure goals for the initial entry

Publications Posted on: December 09, 2016
Topics discussed include: (1) cutting methods, (2) stand structure goals, which involve choosing a residual stocking level, selecting a maximum tree size, and establishing a diameter distribution using the "q" technique, and (3) harvesting and removal of trees. Examples illustrate how to determine realistic stand structures for the initial entry for specific stand conditions, and management and silvicultural constraints.

Transferability of habitat suitability models for nesting woodpeckers associated with wildfire

Publications Posted on: October 25, 2016
Following wildfire, forest managers are challenged with meeting both socioeconomic demands (e.g., salvage logging) and mandates requiring habitat conservation for disturbance-associated wildlife (e.g., woodpeckers).

Proactive or reactive? Optimal management of an invasive forest pest in a spatial framework

Publications Posted on: September 30, 2016
This paper offers a preliminary investigation into the conditions under which it might be optimal to engage in proactive management of a non-timber forest resource in the presence of an invasive species whose spread is unaffected by management action. Proactive management is defined as treating an uninfected area in order to encourage healthy ecosystem function, given that the arrival of the invasive is inevitable.

Limber pine health survey in the Rocky Mountains and North Dakota

Publications Posted on: September 30, 2016
Limber pines are widely distributed across the Rocky Mountains and are especially important because of their unique cultural and ecological characteristics. Recent surveys have suggested that significant ecological impacts are occurring as a result of white pine blister rust (WPBR) and other damaging agents.

Mapping forest structure and composition from low-density LiDAR for informed forest, fuel, and fire management at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, USA

Publications Posted on: September 14, 2016
Eglin Air Force Base (AFB) in Florida, in the United States, conserves a large reservoir of native longleaf pine (Pinus palustris Mill.) stands that land managers maintain by using frequent fires. We predicted tree density, basal area, and dominant tree species from 195 forest inventory plots, low-density airborne LiDAR, and Landsat data available across the entirety of Eglin AFB.

Northern goshawks on the Kaibab Plateau: A 20-year investigation into factors affecting their demography

Science Spotlights Posted on: August 26, 2016
The elusive northern goshawk, its forest habitats, and the habitats of its bird and mammal prey are significant conservation issues related to the management of forests throughout the hawk’s North American range.  The Rocky Mountain Research Station has been enumerating the population size and documenting the population ecology and demography of individual goshawks on Arizona’s Kaibab Plateau for 20 years with the objective of identifying the vegetation composition and structure of forests habitats that best supports their survival and reproduction.

The 115-year bark beetle saga in the Black Hills

Science Spotlights Posted on: August 17, 2016
Forest restoration, resilience, and wildfire are major issues of contemporary forest management. Integral to these issues is the destruction, understanding, and management of mountain pine beetles. This is the story of 115 years of mountain pine beetles, associated organisms and the people that study them in the Black Hills. It reads much like a film-noir. This research informs forest policy and management throughout western North America.