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My current research interests include: understanding how drought impacts fire regimes, forest hydrology and watershed health; the restoration of composition, structure, function and dynamics of forest ecosystems, especially in  landscapes degraded by the interactions of fire, drought and invasive species; and community based solutions to managing threats to forests and restoring landscapes.
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Riverside Fire, Mt. Hood National Forest.
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The impacts of climate change on grazing lands and the livestock operations that depend on them will vary by region, type of grazing land, vegetation community, and the type of livestock. These impacts are superimposed upon other factors such as land ownership, historical and current management, demographic changes and access to USDA programs.
The following content is from a publication from the Forest Service Office of Sustainability and Climate, the full content can be viewed/downloaded in PDF
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The climate changes expected over the next century will have huge consequences for ecosystems and the benefits they provide, including the provision of wood and fuel, food, temperature and flood regulation, erosion control, recreational and aesthetic value, and species habitat, among others.
Dr. Emily Fusco works on connecting climate change science with management through research synthesis, science delivery, and coordination efforts. Currently, she is evaluating regional invasive species research needs. She is also coordinating and synthesizing research for regional climate change vulnerability assessments. Emily earned her PhD in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass) where she studied how people impact fire regimes across the U.S.
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How are forests vulnerable to climate change? Forests and ecosystems in the New England region will be affected directly and indirectly by a changing climate over the next 100 years. Understanding the potential impacts is an important first step to sustaining healthy forests in the face of changing conditions.
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Feral swine have recently invaded parts of the Northwest. They have been invading southwestern and central Oregon since 2004 and were first detected in Washington in 2016. Idaho has not seen significant numbers of feral swine, however migrating pigs may pose a threat.
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What is vulnerability?
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