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Effectiveness of fuel treatments at the landscape scale: State of understanding and key research gaps

Projects Posted on: August 21, 2019
There is widespread interest in understanding the effectiveness of fuel treatments in mitigating the trajectory of wildfire suppression costs and how their effectiveness and longevity can be extended over large areas and landscapes. To date, there have been several studies that used a modeling approach to evaluate fuel treatment effectiveness at the landscape scale. However, empirical studies at this scale are rare because landscape-scale fuel treatment strategies have not been fully implemented or wildfires have not burned through implemented landscape fuel treatments. A thorough evaluation of what is currently available in the literature and lessons learned from forest and rangeland managers has not yet been conducted.

Homes on the Range: Helping to Understand Residential Development of U.S. Rangelands

Documents and Media Posted on: May 23, 2019
May 2019 Science You Can Use (in 5 min)  Document Type: Other Documents

Rangeland drought: Effects, restoration, and adaptation [Chap. 8]

Publications Posted on: February 10, 2016
Drought can have severe impacts on rangeland ecosystems in North America. For the purposes of this chapter, rangelands include natural grasslands, savannas, shrublands, many deserts, tundras, alpine communities, marshes, meadows, and woodlands. Drought impacts vary depending on the severity, frequency, duration, and aerial extent of the drought(s); how the land is managed; and whether plans are in place and implemented to respond to drought.