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Partnering for Solutions: new tools for spatial fire planning – Shop Local

Fire control opportunities don’t know boundaries; let’s plan with that in mind. The RMRS Wildfire Risk Management Science Team has developed a series of tools (quantitative wildfire risk assessment, suppression difficulty index, potential control locations, PODS) to support spatial fire planning including large, cross-boundary fire response. For more information:

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Engaging the Fire Before it Starts: proactive risk management – Shop Local

Fire season has arrived on the Ponderosa Pine National Forest, but this year is different. After working with the Wildfire Risk Management Team at RMRS, they understand risks better. They use detailed data and analysis to complement years of experience on the ground. When lighting strikes this season, the Forest will know how to respond. For more information:

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Re-forging Our Relationship with Fire – Shop Local

First in a three-part video series describing the work and cutting edge risk management tools developed by the Rocky Mountain Research Station Wildfire Risk Management Science Team. The Team works with National Forests and other fire managers to plan ahead of the fire season. This team uses spatial risk assessment to help the Forest answer questions like "How might fire harm or benefit the things we care about?" and 'What can we do to plan for fire?" For more info:

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Visiting the Superior National Forest – BWCAW Part 1 – Shop Local

As a wilderness visitor, you have an important role in protecting the natural integrity of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. This video, which is the first in a series of 3 videos, provides information important to the early stages of planning your wilderness trip. After you watch the video, check out the BWCAW Trip Planning Guide on our Forest website for more details.

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Visiting the Superior National Forest – BWCAW Part 2 – Shop Local

This second video shares useful tips for packing and preparing for your upcoming visit to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. You will also learn about rules and regulations that will help you to have a safe trip while protecting wilderness values. After you watch the video, check out the BWCAW Trip Planning Guide on our Forest website for more details.

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Tracking Snow – Shop Local

An innovative new project has discovered that animal footprints contain enough DNA to allow for species identification. The study, led by the USDA Forest Service, collected snow samples within animal tracks from known locations of collared or photographed animals. DNA was extracted from these samples and analyzed with cutting-edge genomic tools and newly developed molecular genetic assays to identify each species. They found these assays positively detected the DNA of each species in various snow samples and outperformed traditional lab techniques on previously undetectable genetic samples, which suggests that this method could revolutionize winter surveys of rare species by greatly reducing or eliminating misidentifications and missed detections.

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Teton Wilderness, Bridger-Teton National Forest – Shop Local

The United States Congress designated the Teton Wilderness in 1964 and it now has a total of 584,708 acres. All of this wilderness is located in Wyoming and is managed by the Forest Service. The Teton Wilderness is bordered by the Washakie Wilderness to the east. The Teton Wilderness borders the south end of Yellowstone National Park providing a huge area of land to explore to the adventurous of spirit.

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Dixie National Forest – Shop Local

Dixie National Forest, with headquarters in Cedar City, Utah, occupies almost two million acres and stretches for about 170 miles across southern Utah. It straddles the divide between the Great Basin and the Colorado River. The Forest is divided into four geographic areas. High altitude forests in gently rolling hills characterize the Markagunt, Pansaugunt, and Aquarius Plateaus. Boulder Mountain, one of the largest high-elevation plateaus in the United States, is dotted with hundreds of small lakes 10,000 to 11,000 feet above sea level. Video directed by the Pattiz Brothers.

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