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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:
- Disturbance History in Natural Communities
- Fire Effects and Forest Recovery
- Fire, Fuel Treatments, and Restoration Ecology
- Fire Rehabilitation Effects and Effectiveness
- Role of Fire and Fuels in Ecological Restoration
- Wildfire Impacts, and Post-Fire Rehabilitation and Restoration
- Economics of Wildland Fire
- New Mexico Dendroecology Lab
- Post-fire Recovery Patterns in Southwestern Forests
- Evaluation of conservation grazing versus prescribed fire to manage tallgrass prairie remnants for plant and pollinator species diversity
- What role does prescribed fire play in managing annual bromes in Northern Great Plains grasslands?
- Identification of Fire Refugia in Rocky Mountain Ecosystems of the U.S. and Canada: Development and Application of the Refugium Concept for Biodiversity Conservation over Large Spatial and Temporal Scales
- Remote Sensing and Fire Science
- Aridlands Disturbances and Restoration Ecology
- Balancing Fire Hazards and Resource Protection
- Environmental Change and Fire
- Fire Impacts in U.S. West: Droughts Lead to More Tree Deaths from Fire
- Fire Severity Trends in the Western U.S.
- Forest Restoration in the Western U.S.
- Invasive Plants and Fire
- Southern California Wildfire Risk Scenario Project
- WERC Fire Science
- Why Are Biologists Studying Housing Loss from Wildfires?
- Wildland Fire Science in Forests and Deserts
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