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Wildfire management vs. fire suppression benefits forest and watershed

An unprecedented 40-year experiment in a 40,000-acre valley of Yosemite National Park strongly supports the idea that managing fire, rather than suppressing it, makes wilderness areas more resilient to fire, with the added benefit of increased water availability and resistance to drought. Read More

Threats to At-Risk Species in America's Private Forests: A Forests on the Edge Report

America’s private forests harbor thousands of species – from butterflies, bears, birds and bats; to salmon, snails and salamanders that inhabit streams and wetlands; to flowers, trees and shrubs that feed and protect wildlife and enrich human lives. Many native animals and plants found in private forests nationwide are at risk of decline or extinction, in part because of impacts of increasing housing development. The effects of development on at-risk species on private forests are intensified by additional impacts from fire, insects and disease. Read More

Emergency Incident Rehabilitation

The U.S. Fire Administration collaborated with the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) on the newly released updated and revised Emergency Incident Rehabilitation Manual (174 pages). This edition of the manual examines critical topics related to emergency incident rehabilitation, including operational issues, human physiology, weather and technology, and addresses ways to better protect fire fighters and other emergency responders through the use of proper protective clothing and improved tactical procedures. The revised manual updates the original USFA document published in 199.2 Read More

Earth Observatory: Natural Hazards

A collection of high resolution, photographs and descriptions of natural hazards around the world. Read More

Plan & Prepare

A guide to disaster planning and preparation. Read More

Forest and Flame in the Bible

A collection of biblical passages supporting the protection of forests, with descriptive text provided by the author. Read More

Lessons from PPP2000: Living with Earth's Extremes-Report from the PPP2000 Working Group to the Office of Science and Technology Policy Subcommittee on Natural Disaster Reduction

This book is a series of reports summarizing discussions and recommendations from a series of forums about strategies to deal with natural disaster. The focus is on changing human behavior and development in order to coexist with natural phenomena rather than trying to control natural phenomena. Read More

USDA Emergency Preparedness and Response

USDA works closely with agencies across the Federal Government to prepare for and respond to emergencies, hazards, outbreaks or other incidents. This page provides a collection of information, tools and resources to help individuals, families, small businesses and communities during emergencies. Read More

Hazards, Disasters, and The National Map

Federal, State, and local response and management personnel must have current, reliable, and easily accessible geographic information and maps to prepare for, respond to, or recover from emergency situations. In life-threatening events, such as earthquakes, floods, or wildland fires, geographic information is essential for locating critical infrastructure and carrying out evacuation and rescue operations. The USGS promotes partnerships to ensure that base map data are up to date, readily available, and shareable among local, state, and National users. The National Map enables other government agencies, private industry, and the public to link and share additional data that provide even more information. These efforts with state and local governments have helped standardize the data by reducing data inconsistencies between neighboring jurisdictions and will help fill in the gaps for those places where data are lacking. Read More

Science for the Changing Great Basin

The huge expanse of the Great Basin offers a compelling opportunity to conduct large-scale science in a relatively understudied region. A research strategy, developed by the USGS and partners, addresses critical management issues and includes a prioritized list of research needs. Read More


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