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Social vulnerability and wildfire in the WUI: A synthesis

Access synthesis. The overall objective of this paper is to clarify areas of debate, clearly define and contrast disparate approaches, and synthesize findings that may help address vulnerability to wildfires and other...

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Effects of management practices on grassland birds – Greater sage-grouse

View report. Keys to greater sage-grouse management are maintenance of expansive stands of sagebrush, especially varieties of big sagebrush with abundant forbs in the understory, particularly during spring; undisturbed and somewhat open...

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Testing and extending models of fire-induced tree mortality across the US

View study. Managers can use the First Order Fire Effects Model (FOFEM) when planning prescribed burns to achieve mortality-related objectives and for creating post-fire salvage guidelines to predict which trees will die...

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Climate change vulnerability and adaptation in south-central Oregon

View report. The South-Central Oregon Adaptation Partnership (SCOAP) was developed to identify climate change issues relevant for resource management on federal lands in south-central Oregon. This science-management partnership assessed the vulnerability of...

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Wildland fire impacts on water yield across the contiguous US

View report. Wildland fires in the contiguous United States (CONUS) have increased in size and severity, but much remains unclear about the impact of fire size and burn severity on water supplies...

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12 Years of Wildland fire science at the USGS: Publications, 2006–17

Access the synthesis. In this report, we identify and characterize scientific literature produced by USGS scientists during 2006–17 that addresses topics associated with wildland fire science. Our goals were to (1) make...

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Innovations in biochar

Access the story map and biochar resources. Biochar is a modern technology that returns carbon to the soil in the form of long-lasting charcoal. It’s made by baking biomass (such as tree...

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Models inform strategic implementation of management in extreme fire weather

View summary and access full report. Our model-informed decision framework illustrated that forest management (thinning and continued prescribed fire) was most effective and critical under extreme fire weather conditions. Using a model...

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Fire ember production from wildland and structural fuels

Access report. Spot fires caused by wind-blown burning embers are a significant mechanism of fire spread in the wildland and Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI). Fire spread and structure ignition by embers can be...

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Targeted livestock grazing to strategically reduce fine fuels: Progress Report May 2019

View the Progress Report. In 2015, the Bureau of Land Management implemented a call to action with the release of the Integrated Rangeland Fire Management Strategy (IRFMS) to improve the efficiency and...

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