The western U.S., including California, has experienced extreme weather events that have resulted in catastrophic and deadly fires. These destructive fires have resulted in loss of life and property, and burned through iconic landscapes within the National Park Service (NPS). This ongoing project measures the impact and landscape response of these fires on three national parks in California.
In the semiarid grasslands of southeastern Arizona, historical degradation and uncertainty about local responses to future climate change threaten the continued productivity of the region. Land managers are implementing watershed restoration measures to promote climate change resilience and preserve ecological function while allowing traditional land uses such as livestock grazing.