Research and Publications

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Bark beetles and fire: two forces of nature transforming western forests

View brief. This Joint Fire Science Program brief addresses whether or not beetles are setting the stage for larger, more severe wildfires and fires are bringing on beetle epidemics.

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Research perspectives on the public and fire management: a synthesis of current social science on eight essential questions

View synthesis. This synthesis reviewed existing scientific knowledge on the following questions: What is the public’s understanding of fire’s role in the ecosystem? Who are trusted sources of information about fire? What […]

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SageSTEP News: Issue 14 – Treatment responses, tree removal and erosion, & resilience

View newsletter. In this issue: Early vegetation response to prescribed fire and mechanical treatments. Effects of tree removal on water runoff and erosion and implications for management. Resilience of Wyoming big sagebrush ecosystems.

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Fuel treatments on rangelands

This report is intended to introduce policy makers and citizens to issues related to wildfire management and fuel treatments on Idaho’s rangelands.

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What is limiting more flexible fire management – Public or agency pressure?

View article. For this study, researchers traveled to two fires—the Gap in California and Gunbarrel in Wyoming—each of which used a different strategy for managing the fire. At each site, they interviewed key […]

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Invasive species visionary white paper from the Rocky Mountain Research Station

View paper. This paper provides an overview of recent and ongoing invasive species research conducted by Rocky Mountain Research Station scientists in the Intermountain West in order to familiarize managers with the Station and its […]

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Short- and long-term effects on fuels, forest structure, and wildfire potential from prescribed fire and resource benefit fire in southwestern forests, USA

View article. The objectives of this study were to investigate the effects of recent prescribed fires, resource benefit fires, and repeated fires in ponderosa pine forests, as well as recent resource benefit […]

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Responding to climate change in national forests: a guidebook for developing adaptation options

Resource managers at the nation’s 155 national forests now have a set of science-based guidelines to help them manage landscapes for resilience to climate change, and this guidebook is now available both electronically and in hard copy.

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SageSTEP News: Issue 16 – Seed banks, monitoring, & PJ mastication

View newsletter. In this issue: Examination of the role of seed banks in restoration and their implications for land management. The importance of monitoring beyond the short term. Effects of PJ mastication in the […]

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Collaborating for healthy forests and communities: building partnerships among diverse interests

View report. This report provides examples of working partnerships can be found in a wide-range of management settings. There is no single formula for building a partnership and partnerships per se are not […]