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Living with Wildfire in Montezuma County, Colorado: 2015 Data Report

Publications Posted on: March 25, 2019
Residents in the wildland-urban interface (WUI) can play an important role in reducing wildfire’s negative effects by performing wildfire risk mitigation on their property. This report offers insight into the wildfire risk mitigation activities and related considerations, such as attitudes, experiences, and concern about wildfire, for people with homes in select communities in Montezuma County, Colorado.

Living with wildfire in La Plata County, Colorado: 2015 data report

Publications Posted on: March 25, 2019
Residents in the wildland-urban interface (WUI) can play an important role in reducing wildfire’s negative effects by performing wildfire risk mitigation on their property. This report offers insight into the wildfire risk mitigation activities and related considerations, such as attitudes, experiences, and concern about wildfire, for people with homes in select communities in La Plata County, Colorado.

Living with wildfire in Archeluta County, Colorado: 2015 data report

Publications Posted on: March 25, 2019
Residents in the wildland-urban interface (WUI) can play an important role in reducing wildfire’s negative effects by performing wildfire risk mitigation on their property. This report offers insight into the wildfire risk mitigation activities and related considerations, such as attitudes, experiences, and concern about wildfire, for people with homes in the Pagosa Fire Protection District of Archuleta County, Colorado.

Arctic sea routes: Potential new pathways for nonindigenous species spread

Publications Posted on: September 18, 2018
This paper evaluates the potential effects of future commercial shipping through the Northern Sea Route and Northwest Passage on the spread of nonindigenous species (NIS) between Europe, the United States, and the Asia-Pacific region. We modeled NIS spread risk as a function of two factors: NIS introduction and NIS establishment.

A model-based framework to evaluate alternative wildfire suppression strategies

Publications Posted on: January 09, 2018
The complexity and demands of wildland firefighting in the western U.S. have increased over recent decades due to factors including the expansion of the wildland-urban interface, lengthening fire seasons associated with climate change, and changes in vegetation due to past fire suppression and timber harvest.

Probability of infestation and extent of mortality associated with the Douglas-fir beetle in the Colorado Front Range

Publications Posted on: January 09, 2018
Infested and uninfested areas within Douglas fir, Pseudotsuga menziesii Mirb.. Franco, stands affected by the Douglas-fir beetle, Dendroctonus pseudotsugae Hopk. were sampled in the Colorado Front Range, CO. Classification tree models were built to predict probabilities of infestation. Regression trees and linear regression analysis were used to model amount of tree mortality in terms of basal area killed in infested stands.

Wildfire Evacuations – Why do some choose to stay and others choose to leave?

FS News Posted on: December 07, 2017
FORT COLLINS, Colo., December 06, 2017 - When a fire is burning near homes and officials give evacuation orders, why do some people choose to stay and why do some people leave immediately? What factors influence homeowner decisions during an evacuation? A new study in the journal Risk Analysis shows how much an individual relies on physical and official cues influences whether or not they will evacuate in a wildfire.

Systems thinking and wildland fire management

Publications Posted on: October 03, 2017
A changing climate, changing development and land use patterns, and increasing pressures on ecosystem services raise global concerns over growing losses associated with wildland fires. New management paradigms acknowledge that fire is inevitable and often uncontrollable, and focus on living with fire rather than attempting to eliminate it from the landscape. A notable example from the U.S.

A review of challenges to determining and demonstrating efficiency of large fire management

Publications Posted on: September 19, 2017
Characterising the impacts of wildland fire and fire suppression is critical information for fire management decision-making. Here, we focus on decisions related to the rare larger and longer-duration fire events, where the scope and scale of decision-making can be far broader than initial response efforts, and where determining and demonstrating efficiency of strategies and actions can be particularly troublesome.

Managing climate change risks in rangeland ecosystems

Science Spotlights Posted on: July 21, 2017
Rangelands are ecologically diverse ecosystems in the drier parts of the United States, occupying around 25 percent of the United States land area. Rangelands provide a variety of ecosystem services, including wildlife habitat, clean water, and carbon sequestration. Rangelands also provide the opportunity for commodity products such as domestic livestock, energy (solar, and oil and gas), and small diameter wood products. Rangelands contribute to the livelihoods of thousands of people in the Great Plains and the Southwest of the United States. These livelihoods are vulnerable to climate change from both an ecological and a socioeconomic perspective. Adaptation to this changing climate will have to address ecological stress as well as the social and economic challenges. 

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