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Climate Change


Drought is a global issue that has been exacerbated by climate change and increasing water demands. This project is analyzing the impacts of the current drought in California.
Spatial and temporal conifer regeneration dynamics for silvicultural prescriptions.
White pine blister rust (WPBR) is a lethal disease threatening five-needle pine species in the Northern Rocky Mountains. Through the use of mechanistic models, we are developing mitigation and prevention strategies.
RMRS and partners have developed a strategy to sustain healthy high elevation pine populations and mitigate the impact of invasion by the non-native pathogen that causes the lethal disease white pine blister rust. This approach provides the science foundation for proactive management.   
The avifauna within the Sky Islands of southeastern Arizona includes species found nowhere else in the United States. Rocky Mountain Research Station scientists initiated a study in the 1990s on avian distribution and habitat associations within the Sky Islands. This project involves monitoring vegetation and bird populations following wildfires, applying climate change models to assess potential changes and explore strategies for managing resilient forests and avian populations, and engaging citizens in data collection and long-term avian monitoring.  
Fishes of the genus Cottus –the sculpins- have long been a challenge for fish managers and ichthyologists in the West. They share streams, rivers, and lakes with trout and salmon, and depend on the same kinds of habitats with relatively cold, clean water. Yet we don’t know how many kinds of sculpins there are.