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A historically consistent and broadly applicable monitoring, reporting, and verification system based on lidar sampling and Landsat time-series (tested in the US, and applied to the US NGHGI reporting system).
We will deliver a spatially explicit predictive tool depicting resilience to disturbance and resistance to cheatgrass (Bromus tectorum) invasion across the Great Basin.
The Lassen and Modoc National Forests are revising their Forest Plans, guided by the 2012 Planning Rule. This requires public and tribal input throughout the process and embraces the fact that ecological, social, and economic objectives are interrelated. Because ecological, social, and economic conditions have changed since the original forest plans were written and new science is available, preparing a science synthesis, guided by input from the public, tribes, and forest staffs, is the first step in a multi-step process that eventually leads to revised forest plans.
Successful ecosystem restoration often relies on outplanting seedlings grown in nurseries. These seedlings must be of high quality; a healthy, vigorous root system is essential. This project examines how root modification achieved in nurseries affects long-term root architecture and current fine-root growth of ponderosa pine.
Evaluating effects of climate change on whitebark pine trees.
Lick Creek Demonstration-Research Forest: 25-year fire and cutting effects on vegetation and fuels.
The impact of fire on conifer defenses.
Mortality reconsidered: Testing and extending models of fire–induced tree mortality across the United States.
Changes in fuel loading and conifer mortality risk factors due to bark beetles and drought in California.

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