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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

2016 High Park fire science workshop

Projects Posted on: May 17, 2017
A workshop was hosted by the Coalition for the Poudre River Watershed for those interested in wildfires and post-fire ecology and impacts, discussing transmission of key research findings from work done in the High Park Fire on key topics, implications for post fire restoration management decision making and identification of barriers to rehab/restoration action & knowledge gaps. Researchers from Rocky Mountain Research Station, CSU, and other regional institutions presented results from their work since the High Park Fire.

Stream water quality concerns linger long after the smoke clears - learning from Front Range wildfires

Documents and Media Posted on: April 07, 2017
Large, high-severity wildfires alter the ecological processes that determine how watersheds retain and release nutrients and affect stream water quality. These changes usually abate a few years after a fire, but recent studies indicate they may persist longer than previously expected. Wildfires are a natural disturbance agent, but due to the increased frequency and extent of high-severity wildfires predicted for western North America, it is important to better understand their consequences on surface water. Document Type: Other Documents

Stream water quality after a fire

Projects Posted on: April 07, 2017
Wildland fires in the arid west create a cause for concern for many inhabitants and an area of interest for researchers. Wildfires dramatically change watersheds, yielding floods and debris flows that endanger water supplies, human lives, and valuable fish habitats.

Reducing post-fire hillslope erosion with wood shreds

Documents and Media Posted on: January 23, 2015
Wood shreds and other mulch treatments (agricultural straw, woods strands, and hydromulch) are frequently recommended as a technique used to stabilize hillslopes by providing immediate ground cover and to mitigate post-fire increases in runoff and erosion rates. Key Points:Document Type: Briefing Papers

Evaluating the effectiveness of wood shred and agricultural straw mulches as a treatment to reduce post-wildfire hillslope erosion in southern British Columbia, Canada

Publications Posted on: September 04, 2013
After the 2009 Terrace Mountain fire near Kelowna, BC, Canada, wood shred and agricultural straw mulch effects on post-fire runoff and sediment yields were compared using three experimental techniques: rainfall simulations on 1-m2 plots, concentrated flow (rill) simulations on 9-m long plots, and sediment yields from natural rainfall on 30-m2 plots. All experimental plots were located on and along a planar hillslope burned at high severity.

Production and aerial application of wood shreds as a post-fire hillslope erosion mitigation treatment

Publications Posted on: August 02, 2013
Guidelines for the production and aerial application of wood shred mulch as a post-fire hillslope treatment were developed from laboratory and field studies, several field operations, and the evaluations of professionals involved in those operations. At two early trial sites, the wood shred mulch was produced off-site and transported to the area of use.

Multi-scale nest-site selection by black-backed woodpeckers in outbreaks of mountain pine beetles

Publications Posted on: December 07, 2009
Areas of mountain pine beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae Hopkins) outbreaks in the Black Hills can provide habitat for black-backed woodpeckers (Picoides arcticus), a U.S. Forest Service, Region 2 Sensitive Species. These outbreaks are managed through removal of trees infested with mountain pine beetles to control mountain pine beetle populations and salvage timber resources.

Three years of hillslope sediment yields following the Valley Complex fires, western Montana

Publications Posted on: August 31, 2009
The 2000 Bitterroot Valley wildfires provided an opportunity to measure post-fire effects and recovery rates. We established 24 small (0.01 ha [0.02 acre]) plots in four high-severity burn sites. We measured sediment yields at each site with silt fences. We also measured rainfall characteristics, soil water repellency, vegetative cover, and other site characteristics.

Evaluation of linear spectral unmixing and deltaNBR for predicting post-fire recovery in a North American ponderosa pine forest

Publications Posted on: November 26, 2007
The Differenced Normalized Burn Ratio (deltaNBR) is widely used to map post-fire effects in North America from multispectral satellite imagery, but has not been rigorously validated across the great diversity in vegetation types. The importance of these maps to fire rehabilitation crews highlights the need for continued assessment of alternative remote sensing approaches.