Tag: "wildfire" at biology news
USGS study casts doubt on role of fire suppression in causing catastrophic shrubland wildfires
... increasingly concernedwith solving the problem of wildfire
destruction. A recent article in the journal Scien...rea, reinforced anearlier view that the problem of wildfire
destruction started with populationgrowth into the foothills. The authors found that fire suppressio...
USGS fire research in the southeast
...pecies haveadapted to a natural regime of frequent wildfire
caused by lightning strikes. Inaddition, fires set by Native Americans and European settlers have influencedvegetation patterns in the Southeast for centuries. The effects of fire are not subtle. Frequent fire can dramatically change thestructur...
Taking the long view: examining factors which influence Northern Spotted Owls
...y shaped patches with clean edges. The role of wildfire
in these forests is still poorly understood, however, and the researchers point out that increased knowledge of this and other kinds of disturbances could be used to develop new kinds of management practices which might provide or encourage the d...
People and fire at Florida's wildland-urban interface
...forest stand attributes, forest fragmentation, and wildfire
frequency. They found the most intense areas of pr...th central and panhandle regions of Florida, while wildfire
occurred more evenly throughout the state, with the heaviest concentration in the southwest. On the ...
Beyond prescribed burning
...tments applied to Florida sites following the 1998 wildfire
season. Summer 1998 was one of the worst fire seas...sidences ruined or damaged. Historically, periodic wildfire
or prescribed burning controlled the buildup of "rough" -- the undergrowth vegetation that can fuel ...
GSA Release 02-41: 2002 Geological Society of America Annual Meeting
...ighest Level" range from the geomorphic effects of wildfire
to the evolution of the Rocky Mountains to early Mars and everything in between. Numerous topics with public policy implications include hydrogeology and water resources, challenges in the national problem of high level radioactive waste disposal, ...
USDA Forest Service publishes wildland-urban interface assessment
...n Florida in 1998. The complex challenges the 1998 wildfire
season presented to the people who live and work in the wildland-urban interface pointed out the need for more information to support quality decision-making and policy development by local agencies. Other critical issues in the interface relate to l...
Fire frequency determines forest carbon storage
...ack Spruce all regenerate simultaneously following wildfire
in areas once dominated by mature black spruce forests in this region of Manitoba. Aspen and Jack Pine tend to dominate in young stands where light is not limited. Black Spruce grow the slowest, but eventually out-compete the Aspen and Jack Pine b...
New technology helps fire managers anticipate smoke problems
...ng. The first tests began with the Quartz Mountain wildfire
complex in the Pasayton Wilderness of the Okanogan National Forest in Washington's northern Cascades. "We worked with smoke managers, burn bosses, and air regulators for many years prior to developing BlueSkyRAINS," Ferguson says. "As wildfires beca...
November science picks!
...t of The National Map to mapping the potential for wildfire
to place-based factors in human health, the "where" factor integrates USGS studies in many fields. The USGS enthusiastically supports the national celebration of Geography Awareness Week, November 16-22, and GIS Day 2003 on November 19. To find conne...
Fair to showcase innovations in natural resources, forestry
...exhibits will be featured with topics ranging from wildfire
risk to noxious weed invasion. Scientists will provide information, tools and techniques to attendees by using computer simulations or photographic or video descriptions or by interacting with an innovation itself. Scientists and developers are avai...
Researchers awarded $2 million to create high-tech tools for fighting wildfires
...maps and predictions of a wildfire's next moves to wildfire
incident management teams hundreds of miles away. ...ted, dynamic, data-driven system that will predict wildfire
behavior and progression. The four-year project, funded by the National Science Foundation, will use...
NCAR aircraft, ground instruments to track carbon dioxide uptake
...ge, disturbed area." Forest losses during the 2002 wildfire
season in Colorado reversed years of carbon uptake. The amount of carbon dioxide released from trees during the fires equaled an entire year's emissions from statewide transportation activities. As the research plane samples air aloft, a dense networ...
SEEDS program sponsors field trip to Calgary
...e with a trip to Kootenay National Park, featuring wildfire
behavior and ecology and a trip to Banff National Park to learn about grizzly bear research. Students participating in the field trip come from around the United States and Puerto Rico, including: Arizona State University; California State Unive...
Articles on forest fire risks published in BioScience
...de that a "one size fits all" approach to reducing wildfire
hazards in the Rocky Mountain region is unlikely to be effective and could create new problems. In "Effects of Invasive Alien Plants on Fire Regimes," Matthew L. Brooks of the US Geological Survey and his co-authors note that invasive plants can dram...
Society for conservation biology conference
...sions, and forest treatments to reduce the risk of wildfire
are concentrated. Some planners hope a new type of clustered housing development that maximizes open space can benefit plant and wildlife, but findings from a recent study of housing in Boulder, CO, suggests the effect is minimal. Native Plants in...
Where the sage-grouse roam
...of a four-state study of Bureau of Land Management wildfire
rehabilitation projects in his presentation, "Restoration and rehabilitation Bridges to build and impediments to success." Pyke's talk will be followed by a study on the close association between sage-grouse population success and sagebrush habitat...
Berkeley Lab soil scientist Margaret Torn receives Presidential Early Career Award
...ted studies to assess effects of global warming on wildfire
danger, and on threats to wildlife, agriculture, and public health. Says Torn, "We need to understand what things can change unexpectedly, given how quickly climate may change. And we need to learn how ecosystem processes may amplify the warming we h...