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Trailing Edge Forest Southern Rockies ecoregion

Trailing edge forest Southern Rockies ecoregion

Forests are an incredibly important resource across the globe, yet they are threatened by climate change through stressors such as drought, insect outbreaks, and wildfire.

Restoring whitebark pine ecosystems

Growing rust-resistant whitebark pine seedlings at the Coeur d’Alene Nursery. Photo by Robert E. Keane.

Whitebark pine (Pinus albicaulis) forests are declining across most of their range in North America because of the combined effects of mountain pine beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae...

Free master class offered for FireWorks educational trunk

Educators telling the story of a crown fire burning a lodgepole pine forest. Photo by Ilana Abrahamson

The USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station’s Fire, Fuel, and Smoke science program is offering its annual free “master class” on teaching with the FireWorks educational trunk on...

The most comprehensive inventory of Colorado’s forests – ever!

Colorado’s forests have sustained people for millennia. Photo by J.D. Shaw

The results are in from Forest Inventory Analysis data collected from 2002 to 2014, reporting on growth, mortality, and many other forest characteristics.

Effects of prescribed fire on wildlife and wildlife habitat in selected ecosystems of North America

Two scientist at the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge

Images of a prescribed fire in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge in La Joya, New Mexico.

A legacy of sagebrush science photo gallery

Reseeding in the Great Basin Experimental Range in the 1930s. (Note the seed silo behind the plane)

The Rocky Mountain Research Station holds a long legacy in sagebrush and rangeland research dating back to the 1930s. With over 70 years of research on sagebrush ecosystem dynamics as well as...

Forest Service science bolsters sagebrush and sage-grouse conservation

Wyoming big sagebrush, Owyhee County (southwest) Idaho. Photo by Matt Fisk, USDA FS

Sagebrush ecosystems are among the largest and most threatened ecosystems in North America. Greater sage-grouse has served as the bellwether for species conservation in these ecosystems and has...

Wildland fire: Nature’s fuel treatment

One year after the 2011 Miller Creek fire in the Gila Wilderness, New Mexico. Photo by Sean Parks

In recent decades, many landscapes across the western United States have experienced substantial fire activity. These fires consume fuels and alter vegetation structure, which may be able to serve...

Wildfire Research WiRe

TOMV mitigation effective infographic

Supporting images for The Wildfire Research Team (WiRe).