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The Forest and Rangeland Renewable Resources Planning Act of 1974 requires the Forest Service to periodically assess anticipated resource supply and demand conditions of the nation's renewable resources. This project focuses on fresh water demand.
The 2010 Resources Planning Act (RPA) Water Assessment evaluates the vulnerability of the United States water supply to shortage. The RPA Assessment is produced every 10 years in response to the Renewable Resources Planning Act of 1974. Reports from the 2010 Assessment are now being released.
Optimizing classical biological control through the deployment of environmentally resilient agents may provide a sustainable, cost-effective and selective management option for large scale infestations of fire adapted weeds. Ongoing research is exploring the efficacy of a candidate agent, the stem mining weevil Mecinus heydenii, for biocontrol for invasive toadflax.
Researchers provided estimates of the carbon stored in harvested wood products for all Forest Service Regions using carbon accounting methods developed by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the 2010 California Forest Project Protocol, and the Forest Carbon Management Framework (ForCaMF).
Rocky Mountain Research Station scientists are investigating how climate change, namely elevated levels of CO2, might impact invasive species and classical biological control of weeds.
The Colorado Plateau and Southern Great Plains continue to experience frequent droughts and high temperatures. On-going research examines whether even drought tolerant junipers may succumb to increased aridity and begin dying at increased rates, which could significantly alter fire regimes.
This project seeks to improve understanding of social vulnerability and adaptive capacity at the community and landscape scales and evaluate collaborative scenario-building exercises as a method for encouraging multi-stakeholder learning and adaptation planning.
The Fire Effects Information System (FEIS) provides scientific information for resource management, restoration, rehabilitation, and fire management. FEIS continues to improve its service to managers by providing new and updated products and a new user interface is currently under development.
Great Basin bristlecone pine (GBBP) (Pinus longaeva) is a long-lived species found at high elevations in Utah, Nevada, and southeastern California (CA). 'Methuselah', a GBBP found in the White Mountains, CA, is the oldest known living non-clonal organism. Foxtail pine (FTP) (P.
The focus of this project is on climate change vulnerability and adaptive capacity. It evaluates collaborative scenario building to investigate landscape-scale decisionmaking under uncertainty.