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Accurate and timely scientific information is critical to ensure appropriate management response to wildfires and effective investments in stabilization, rehabilitation, and restoration of landscapes immediately after wildfires occur. Currently, fire management organizations lack adequate scientific information to prioritize burned regions for suppression and restoration activities.

USGS researches the post-fire response of sage grouse and other important components of a healthy sagebrush ecosystem and assess effectiveness of management actions, provides tools for land managers to respond quickly and efficiently to implement emergency stabilization actions, and provides science-based strategies for long-term recovery of the natural vegetation community for the use and enjoyment by ranchers and recreationalists. 

Information regarding priorities for suppression empowers fire managers to maximize their resources and employ strategies that can result in long-term resource benefits such as reducing hazardous fuels and minimizing fire size and intensity. Restoration efforts rely on research-based information to reduce the post-fire effects on water quality and supply, critical wildlife habitat, invasive species, and ecosystem services such as livestock grazing, timber production, and recreational value. Demands for strategic preparation and rapid science delivery during and immediately after wildfires are increasing, and frequently surpass the current capacity for the USGS to adequately provide science to support a cohesive wildfire response by Federal, State, tribal, and local organizations.

 

CURRENT USGS SCIENCE:

 

Field study after Goodsprings Fire WERC

Field study after the Goodsprings Fire (Credit: Elizabeth Moore, Western Ecological Research Center. Public domain.)

Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center (FRESC)

 

USGS employees survey vegetation on soda fire burned area

Crew surveying an area burned by the 2015 soda fire for vegetation cover and species (Credit: Justin L. Welty).

Fort Collins Science Center (FORT)

 

Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center (NPWRC)

Photo of a burning southern California landscape

Southern California wildfire. (Public domain.)

 

Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center (NOROCK)

 

Southwest Biological Science Center (SBSC)

 

Wetland and Aquatic Research Center (WARC)

 

Western Ecological Research Center (WERC)

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