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Science framework for conservation and restoration of the sagebrush biome: Linking the Department of the Interior’s Integrated Rangeland Fire Management Strategy to long-term strategic conservation actions. Part 2. Management applications

Publications Posted on: April 12, 2019
The Science Framework is intended to link the Department of the Interior’s Integrated Rangeland Fire Management Strategy with long-term strategic conservation and restoration actions in the sagebrush biome. The focus is on sagebrush (Artemisia spp.) ecosystems and sagebrush dependent species with an emphasis on Greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus).

Fishers and Martens and Lynx, Oh My! Multiregional, Goal Efficient Monitoring of Mesocarnivores

Pages Posted on: February 19, 2019
Scientists are developing methods to better monitor lynxes and other mesocarnivores across the Rocky Mountain region and beyond.</body></html>

Science You Can Use (in 5 min): Fishers and Martens and Lynx, Oh My! Multiregional, Goal Efficient Monitoring of Mesocarnivores

Documents and Media Posted on: February 12, 2019
Science You Can Use (in 5 min): Fishers and Martens and Lynx, Oh My! Multiregional, Goal Efficient Monitoring of Mesocarnivores​ Document Type: Other Documents

Using environmental DNA methods to improve winter surveys for rare carnivores: DNA from snow and improved noninvasive techniques

Publications Posted on: November 29, 2018
The management of rare species is a conservation priority worldwide, but this task is made difficult by detection errors in population surveys. Both false positive (misidentification) and false negative (missed detection) errors are prevalent in surveys for rare species and can affect resulting inferences about their population status or distribution.

A new way to look at winter footprints

FS News Posted on: November 26, 2018
An innovative new project has discovered that animal footprints contain enough DNA to allow for species identification. Scientists have traditionally relied on snow-tracks and camera traps to monitor populations of rare carnivores, like Canada lynx, fishers and wolverines. These traditional techniques can tell part of, but not the entire story of an animal population, and are sometimes difficult to validate species identification. 

Applications of the United States Forest Inventory and Analysis dataset: A review and future directions

Publications Posted on: November 19, 2018
The United States Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) program has been monitoring national forest resources in the United States for over 80 years; presented here is a synthesis of research applications for FIA data. A review of over 180 publications that directly utilize FIA data is broken down into broad categories of application and further organized by methodologies and niche research areas.

Progress towards more uniform assessment and reporting of soil disturbance for operations, research, and sustainability protocols

Documents and Media Posted on: September 21, 2018
International protocols, such as those of the Montreal Process (MP), specify desired outcomes without specifying the process and components required to attain those outcomes. We suggest that the process and its components are critical to achieve desired outcomes.Document Type: Other Documents

Inferring presence of the western toad (Anaxyrus boreas) species complex using environmental DNA

Publications Posted on: September 17, 2018
Western toads (species complex comprised of Anaxyrus boreas, A. canorus, A. exsul, and A. nelsoni) are widely distributed in the western United States but are declining, particularly in the southeastern extent of their range. The subspecies A. b. boreas is listed as a Species of Greatest Conservation Need in New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming.

A feather in their cap: Using citizen monitoring to track post-wildfire bird communities

Documents and Media Posted on: September 04, 2018
RMRS researchers initiated a partnership with a local group, to assess the feasibility of using a citizen-monitoring program to collect bird population data. By comparing citizen-collected data with that collected by a professional crew, they found that citizen science partnerships can be used for inexpensive and statistically rigorous monitoring, with the added benefit of fostering greater local public involvement in science and conservation. Document Type: Other Documents

The eDNAtlas project: A national map of aquatic biodiversity

Science Spotlights Posted on: June 07, 2018
The National Genomics Center for Wildlife and Fish Conservation pioneered development of eDNA sampling of aquatic environments at their laboratory in Missoula, MT. The Center has partnered with dozens of National Forests, as well as other state, federal, tribal, and private natural resource organizations to assist in the collection and processing of eDNA samples. Thousands of eDNA samples are collected annually and constitute a rapidly growing biodiversity archive that provides precise information about native and non-native species distributions, temporal trends in those distributions, and the efficacy of species and habitat restoration and conservation efforts. eDNA sampling provides a low-cost & sensitive method for determining which species occur in water bodies. Rapid adoption of eDNA sampling by many natural resource agencies led to an exponential increase in data and the need for an open-access database. The website and open-access database were launched in June 2018 with approximately 6,000 samples and is updated semi-annually with newly processed samples.