Research and Publications

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To masticate or not: Useful tips for treating forest, woodland, and shrubland vegetation

View report. This report synthesizes the current knowledge on mastication as a forest management tool. It found that excavators, skid steers, and tractors can all be carrier machines and different types of […]

Grazing lands have more bugs for birds

View research brief. A study comparing insect communities in grazed, rested, and idled pastures in Montana found that the types of insects that provide a critical food source for sage grouse chicks […]

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Jumpstarting recovery of Wyoming big sagebrush and other native plants out on the range

View research brief. Key findings of this research were: Burned low-elevation sagebrush sites can be seeded with mixes of native grasses, forbs and shrubs using rangeland drills adapted for seeding large and […]

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Livestock grazing and topographic site effects on grassland plant communities after long-term grazing cessation

View article. This study investigated how grazing affected plant communities in terms of cover and richness of native and invasive species and how topographic sites of summit, backslope and toeslope altered these […]

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Planning and implementing cross-boundary, landscape-scale restoration and wildfire risk reduction

Access guide. This guide describes the process the Klamath-Lake Forest Partnership (KLFHP) has used to plan and implement cross-boundary restoration projects to achieve improved forest health conditions on large landscapes scales. It […]

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Seedling-based ecology, management, and restoration in aspen (Populus tremuloides)

View synthesis. This synthesis presents existing information and identifies critical knowledge gaps in our understanding of seed-based aspen regeneration, in particular as it relates to flowering and seed production, as well as […]

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Shifting global fire regimes: Lessons from reburns and research needs

View synthesis. This study reviews published studies on reburns in fire-adapted ecosystems of the world, including temperate forests of North America, semi-arid forests and rangelands, tropical and subtropical forests, grasslands and savannas, […]

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How today’s professionals prefer to find the science they need to do their jobs

View article. At seven focus groups held across the United States, natural resource professionals were asked how they found the science needed to do their jobs. Although searching for science online was […]

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Resiliency of biological soil crusts and vascular plants varies among morphogroups with disturbance intensity

View article. Using a chronosequence approach, cover of vascular plants and biocrusts was examined across chronic disturbance gradients related to invasion by exotic species and grazing by livestock, following the acute disturbance […]

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Common ground regarding the role of wildfire in forested landscapes of the western US

View report. A group of people knowledgeable about wildland fire have produced a 52-page document that attempts to assemble and summarize areas of agreement and disagreement regarding the management of forested areas […]