Episode 44: Crawling in Caves
Forest Focus
by USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Region
2M ago
There are portals within many national forests that offer entry into realms of the most curious forms of biodiversity. These underground chambers and hallways are called lava tubes or caves. In these landscapes below the ground, tiny creatures creep in the shadows in costumes of faded hues. Their pallor is paired with neighboring life forms that sparkle when hit by a flashlight, as if dusted with glitter. And these subterranean spaces are also archives that contain records of our Paleolithic and climatic past. To explore within, a readiness for crawling will be required. Fortunately, we have a ..read more
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Episode 42: Pacific Southwest Research Station 101
Forest Focus
by USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Region
4M ago
The Pacific Southwest Research Station is part of the Forest Service's research and development organization. R&D employs more than 500 scientists as well as several hundred technical and support personnel located at 67 sites throughout the U.S. In this episode, we focus on three employees to share who they are and what they do at the station ..read more
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Episode 41: Tree Mortality from a Bird's-Eye View
Forest Focus
by USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Region
4M ago
When it comes to getting perspective on forest health, sky-high observations are a big help in California. With over 30 million acres of forested land throughout the state, there is a lot of ground to cover. So, each summer, Forest Service aerial tree survey specialists spend several weeks in the aircraft gathering observations on tree mortality in lands of all ownerships ..read more
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Episode 40: Frog Fridays
Forest Focus
by USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Region
4M ago
[Croak. Ribbit. Croak. Ribbit.] This is the anthem of Frog Fridays. This May-time wildlife survey is held within a stream on the Tahoe National Forest, where foothill yellow-legged frogs lay their eggs. Each outing is part training exercise, part data collection for future habitat restoration and part protection mission. And it is where we will literally get our feet wet in wildlife conservation ..read more
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Episode 39: Finding Fishers
Forest Focus
by USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Region
4M ago
Species are designated as endangered when their population is in significant decline, which often means documentation of these species in their natural habitat is increasingly challenging. Perhaps as difficult as landing on a conclusive verbal description of how they look. But knowing where endangered species, like the fisher, are in the landscape and how many of them are there, is essential for their conservation and recovery ..read more
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Episode 38: Seeing Our Forests With Sound
Forest Focus
by USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Region
4M ago
National Forests are locations where we can listen to a concert of wildlife sounds. The caws, croaks, howls, growls and squeaks we might hear are gems of information about wildlife and their habitat. The USDA Forest Service and partners work together to conserve and restore land that wildlife species need to survive but to avoid unintended negative impacts of wildlife, it is essential to know what species are in a forest and where they are located ..read more
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Episode 37: Cone Camp
Forest Focus
by USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Region
4M ago
This is the audio version of our first Videocast from one of the four Cone Camps held in 2023. The camps are built around a day in the classroom and a day in the field. Participants network and learn from industry experts from American Forests, USDA Forest Service, CAL FIRE, and the California Cone Corps. On the agenda: cone phenology, monitoring and collection techniques, seed needs, cone collection planning, contracting and coordinating with agencies, reporting crop sighting, field logistics, safety and more. [Video version ..read more
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Episode 42: Pacific Southwest Research Station 101
Forest Focus
by USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Region
4M ago
The Pacific Southwest Research Station is part of the Forest Service's research and development organization. R&D employs more than 500 scientists as well as several hundred technical and support personnel located at 67 sites throughout the U.S. In this episode, we focus on three employees to share who they are and what they do at the station ..read more
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Episode 41: Tree Mortality from a Bird's-Eye View
Forest Focus
by USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Region
4M ago
When it comes to getting perspective on forest health, sky-high observations are a big help in California. With over 30 million acres of forested land throughout the state, there is a lot of ground to cover. So, each summer, Forest Service aerial tree survey specialists spend several weeks in the aircraft gathering observations on tree mortality in lands of all ownerships ..read more
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Episode 37: Cone Camp
Forest Focus
by USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Region
6M ago
This is the audio version of our first Videocast from one of the four Cone Camps held in 2023. The camps are built around a day in the classroom and a day in the field. Participants network and learn from industry experts from American Forests, USDA Forest Service, CAL FIRE, and the California Cone Corps. On the agenda: cone phenology, monitoring and collection techniques, seed needs, cone collection planning, contracting and coordinating with agencies, reporting crop sighting, field logistics, safety and more. [Video version ..read more
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