Over the last decade, decisions surrounding the provenance, or the geographic origin of a seed source, has sparked a debate whether or not to use local native or nonlocal native seed. A new paper turns a traditionally theoretical discussion into specific priority actions for researchers and practitioners involved in restoration.
A new study found that these trees not only repel mountain pine beetles; they also do not support the survival of the beetle’s offspring. This makes the Great Basin bristlecone pine distinct, as nearly all other pine species within mountain pine beetle’s native range in western North America have been shown to be susceptible hosts.
Are the demographics of our country mirrored in public lands use? A new study shows that this is not the case.
The Greater sage-grouse, once estimated to have a population of 16 million across the western United States, is now believed to be less than one million. The population decline is related to their habitat, much of which has been degraded by non-native grasses and fragmented by development. Because of the location-specific nature of their mating ritual, greater sage-grouse are particularly vulnerable to habitat disruption. New research builds the...
What will the future hold for western river systems and the cold-water species that depend on them? To answer this question, scientists at the USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station compiled temperature records from nearly 400 monitoring sites along large rivers in the northwestern United States.
Sam Cushman is honored with the 2018 Distinguished Landscape Practitioner Award by the United States Chapter of the International Association for Landscape Ecology (US-IALE). This honor is bestowed to individuals who have made outstanding contributions over a period of years to the application of the principles of landscape ecology to real-world problems.
What are the consequences of allowing more wildfires to burn in the western United States? A new study by the USDA Forest Service and Oregon State University suggests that over the long term, naturally-ignited fires managed for restoration purposes can improve forest health and resilience and resistance to high-severity wildfires. The study also pointed out that there are trade-offs associated with managed wildfires, including increased short-...
Matt Jolly and Larry Bradshaw of the USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station have received the most prestigious award offered by the wildland fire community, the Paul Gleason Lead By Example Award, for their efforts to modernize and improve the National Fire Danger Rating System (NFDRS).
The Wildfire Research (WiRē) Team has created a series of three short illustrative videos that outline the WiRē Team’s innovative approach to helping communities adapt to wildfire.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz., March 7, 2018 - Farmers in the United States face the daunting challenge of meeting ever-increasing production demands under the growing uncertainties of dramatically changing weather conditions, climates, and markets.