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The 21st Century silviculturist

Publications Posted on: July 25, 2019
As a discipline, silviculture has a long legacy of practitioners who mentored the next generation, passing their knowledge - and vision for the future - onward.

Disturbance processes and ecosystem management

Publications Posted on: August 01, 2018
This paper is intended to broaden awareness and help develop consensus among USDA Forest Service scientists and resource managers about the role and significance of disturbance in ecosystem dynamics and, hence, resource management. To have an effective ecosystem management policy, resource managers and the public must understand the nature of ecological resiliency and stability and the role of natural disturbance on sustainability.

Controls on the size and occurrence of pools in coarse-grained forest rivers

Publications Posted on: August 01, 2018
Controls on pool formation are examined in gravel- and cobble-bed rivers in forest mountain drainage basins of northern California, southern Oregon, and southeastern Alaska. We demonstrate that the majority of pools at our study sites are formed by flow obstructions and that pool geometry and frequency largely depend on obstruction characteristics (size, type, and frequency).

Characteristics of successful puma kill sites of elk in the Black Hills, South Dakota

Publications Posted on: February 21, 2017
Elk Cervus canadensis nelsoni in the Black Hills, South Dakota, have been declining since 2006 and there is concern by resource managers and hunters that puma Puma concolor predation may be contributing to declining herds. We evaluated characteristics at sites where puma successfully killed elk in the Black Hills of South Dakota. We evaluated characteristics at coarse (79-ha plots) and fine (0.2-ha plot) scales across the landscape.

Report on the scientific roundtable on biological diversity convened by the Chequamegon and Nicolet National Forests.

Publications Posted on: May 12, 2016
Provides summary of management recommendations relating to biological diversity.

Complex challenges of maintaining whitebark pine in Greater Yellowstone under climate change: A call for innovative research, management, and policy approaches

Publications Posted on: April 21, 2016
Climate suitability is projected to decline for many subalpine species, raising questions about managing species under a deteriorating climate. Whitebark pine (WBP) (Pinus albicaulis) in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE) crystalizes the challenges that natural resource managers of many high mountain ecosystems will likely face in the coming decades.

Review and recommendations for climate change vulnerability assessment approaches with examples from the Southwest

Publications Posted on: August 29, 2013
Climate change creates new challenges for resource managers and decision-makers with broad and often complex effects that make it difficult to accurately predict and design management actions to minimize undesirable impacts. We review pertinent information regarding methods and approaches used to conduct climate change vulnerability assessments to reveal assumptions and appropriate application of results.

The North Cascadia Adaptation Partnership: a science-management collaboration for responding to climate change

Publications Posted on: June 11, 2013
The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and National Park Service (NPS) have highlighted climate change as an agency priority and issued direction to administrative units for responding to climate change. In response, the USFS and NPS initiated the North Cascadia Adaptation Partnership (NCAP) in 2010.

The California spotted owl: a technical assessment of its current status

Publications Posted on: April 01, 2013
This report is based an the Final Repart submitted on May 8, 1992 by the Technical Assessment Team to the interagency Steering Committee for the California Spotted Owl Assessment. The 13 chapters cover the assessment of the current status of the California spotted owl, its biology and habitat use, and forests where the subspecies occurs in the Sierra Nevada and southern California.

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