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Potential Operational Delineations (PODs), what are they and how do they work on the ground?

Webinar registration. A presentation on Potential Operational Delineations (PODs) from multiple perspectives including both scientists and managers. We will discuss how PODs were used in Northern New Mexico past fire seasons where...

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Ready, set, go! and Camp Fire lessons learned videos

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Access WildfireSAFE WildfireSAFE provides simplified access to an advanced suite of fire weather and fire products. The Wildland Fire Assessment System (WFAS) is a USDA Forest Service, Fire and Aviation Management-supported system...

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Sharing Science and Lessons Learned: COVID-19 and Wildfire

Webinar recording. Description: As COVID-19 cases and wildland fire activity increase across the country, wildland fire personnel are looking for ways to quickly identify cases and prevent the spread of the disease on...

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Wildland Fire Decision Support System: End user perspectives

View article. The increasing complexity of wildland fire management highlights the importance of sound decision making. Numerous fire management decision support systems (FMDSS) are designed to enhance science and technology delivery or...

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Low-tech wet meadow restoration: Reading the landscape

Webinar recording. Wet or mesic meadows are rare but disproportionately important habitats within western rangelands. Gully erosion and channel incision are widespread problems reducing natural resiliency and water storage capacity, which is...

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FIRE-BIRD wildlife habitat tool

Webinar recording. Description: Webinar discusses discuss FIRE-BIRD, an ArcGIS spatial tool for applying habitat suitability models for woodpecker species of concern to generate maps that inform forest management planning. FIRE-BIRD was developed...

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Adaptive governance and the administrative state: Knowledge management for forest planning in the western United States

View article. Scholarship on adaptive governance emphasizes the importance of institutional flexibility, collaboration, and social networks for linking knowledge to action across scales of socio-ecological organization. However, a major gap in our...

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Bridging the research-management gap: Landscape science in practice on public lands in the western US

View paper. This study provide several recent examples related to landscape monitoring, restoration, reclamation, and conservation in which landscape science products were developed specifically to support decision-making. The paper highlights three actions—elevating...

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State-and-Transition Simulation Model (ST-Sim)

Learn more and access ST-Sim tool  Using computer-aided modeling, land management teams can use ST-Sim to document or justify management actions in forthcoming forest plans and NEPA documentation. ST-Sim allows managers to...

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