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Western Forbs: Biology, Ecology, and Use in Restoration is now a Website

The Western Forbs: Biology, Ecology, and Use in Restoration project is now a website.

Westernforbs.org is designed to aid seed collectors, seed growers, nurserymen, landowners, restoration practitioners, and land managers as they increase the supply and use of native forbs.

  • Species menu tab – Offers complete reviews that synthesize existing research and practical  experience available for western forb species. Anything reported on the biology, ecology, seed technology, and use in wildland restoration is included.
  • Lookup Table menu tab – Summarizes forb species data in a searchable and filterable table. Included are the data on taxonomy, distribution, biology, ecology, seed supply development, and nursery and wildland restoration knowledge for each species.
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Effectiveness of fuel treatments at the landscape scale

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A recent report, Effectiveness of fuel treatments at the landscape scale: State of understanding and key research gaps, provides key findings from four literature synthesis documents (concepts and fuel treatment effectiveness measurements, empirical, simulation, and case studies) that evaluate the extent to which landscape fuel treatments mitigate adverse effects of wildfire, provide opportunities to manage fire for beneficial effects of wildfire, provide opportunities for cost efficient fire suppression strategies, maximize fire responder safety, provide results to inform future fuel treatment planning, and identify research gaps.

Join the Joint Fire Science Network and Rocky Mountain Research Station for the Landscape Fuel Treatment Effectiveness webinar on Wednesday, April 5 from 11:00 – 12:30 MT.

Four Rocky Mountain Research Station scientists will present their latest research followed by a panel discussion and Q&A.

  1. Lessons learned from wildland fire case studies | Ali Urza, Research Ecologist
  2. Quantifying forest wildfire hazard and fuel treatment effectiveness from stands to landscapes | Sharon Hood, Research Ecologist
  3. Fuel treatment scenarios tested through simulation studies | Jeff Ott, Research Ecologist
  4. Is there empirical evidence for landscape-level fuel treatment effectiveness? | Shawn McKinney, Writer/Editor
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Fire in the western US: Big fires. Big challenges. The call for regional learning and action

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Learn about the diverse inputs and outcomes from six large fires spanning five JFSP Regional Fire Science Exchanges. This webinar walks you through the jointly produced story map: Fire in the Western U.S.: Big fires. Big challenges. Big need for regional learning and action.

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