OverviewWildland ecosystems of the western United States are facing a variety of threats, including:
- Changing climatic conditions
- Insect and disease outbreaks
- Invasive species
- Climate Change
- Invasives - Plants, Insects, and Diseases
- Landscape Assessments
- Wildfire Risk and Fuels Management
Mission and ObjectivesOur mission is to generate and integrate knowledge and information to provide credible prediction, early detection, and quantitative assessment of environmental threats in the western United States. The center's goal is to inform policy and support the management of environmental threats to western wildlands. Our objectives are to:
- Assess risks, uncertainties, and potential effects of environmental stresses on western ecological conditions and socioeconomic values.
- Evaluate the effects and consequences of multiple, interacting stresses on western wildland health.
- Provide science-based decision-support tools for policy formulation and land management in the western United States.
- Provide land managers with credible predictions of potential severe disturbances in the West with sufficient warning to take preventive actions.