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Having precise estimates of our forest characteristics is important if we want to assess the status of our forests, detect change, or monitor trends. New statistical estimators enable us to improve precision by merging forest inventory data with data from a variety of remote sensing instruments but often pose computational challenges. This new tutorial and R software package, known as mase (model-assisted survey estimation) makes both old...
The Climate-Smart Restoration Tool provides climate-informed seed zone recommendations for sagebrush, with other species, such as bluebunch wheatgrass, set to follow.
FIRE-BIRD is an ArcGIS spatial tool for applying habitat suitability models to generate maps that inform forest management planning. This tool focuses on disturbance-associated woodpecker species of conservation concern.
How does a land manager make a decision today that will impact landscapes decades into the future? With the uncertain influence of climate change and its associated stressors, it’s an increasingly thorny question. To help answer this question, Rocky Mountain Research Station scientists partnered with a company called Apex Resource Management Solutions (commonly known as “Apex”) to use a software-based ecological simulation...
Rangeland vegetation growth is highly variable often exceeding 40 percent on an interannual basis. Monitoring these changes and adjusting management actions, such as annual operating instructions or fire preparedness activities, is a costly and time-consuming endeavor especially since there are roughly 662 million acres of rangelands in the Coterminous US. Given the increasing need for geospatial intelligence, decreasing resources for...
The Next Generation Fire Severity Mapping is a tool designed to depict the probability of high-severity fire, if a fire were to occur, for several ecoregions in the contiguous western U.S. Statistical models were used to generate “wall-to-wall” maps for 13 of the 19 ecoregions. 
FireWorks is an educational program about the science of wildland fire, designed for students in grades 1-10. The program consists of a curriculum and a trunk of materials, including laboratory equipment, specimens, CDs, books, and kits of specialized materials for teachers. FireWorks reaches approximately 2,000 students per year.
The Fire History Analysis and Exploration System (FHAES) is a suite of tools for calculating the statistics and provide graphics used to describe disturbance – particularly fire – regimes and their relationship to climate. Other disturbances that can be described with these tools include insect infestations, avalanche patterns, flooding, and cold snaps.
This tool is designed to help identify bark beetles (Curculionidae: Scolytinae) to the taxonomic level of genus without the need for expertise in the group. Targeted users include APHIS’ pest survey specialists, ports of entry inspectors, other inspection personnel, students, and scientists. The “Is it a bark beetle?” page provides information on how to distinguish a bark beetle from members of other groups with similar appearance within the...

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