Our timber and forest management research is devoted to understanding
how trees grow, how to manage forests, and how to harvest
trees while minimizing the effect on other forest values such
as recreation, wildlife, and water. Most of the forest land
in the Northeast is privately owned and our forest ecosystem
research is applicable to private land as well as public land.
Our quality of life depends on abundant and clean sources
of water. Forest Service hydrologists, foresters, and biologists,
among others, focus their research on understanding how human
activities and natural processes affect vital water and aquatic
resources, and watersheds.
You don't have to go far to be in a forest setting-even from
large cities. Determining the outdoor recreation needs and
preferences of urban Americans is an important part of our
research program. Sociologists and outdoor recreation planners
are a few of the professionals who conduct this type of research.
Forest fires make the evening news, but insects and disease
kill far more trees than do fires. Entomologists, botanists,
plant pathologists, and biologists are learning more about
a variety of damaging pests. Information from their research
is being used to develop new forest management practices that
minimize disease and insect attack.
The Northeastern Research Work Unit 4501
is a field unit located in Hamden, CT. This field locations
focus on Forest Insect Biology & Biocontrol and Forest
Insect Pathology & Microbial Control
Is the earth warming? How will changes in the global climate
caused by human activities affect our forest ecosystems as
we know them today? We are building our research program in
this area on the belief that our policymakers, land managers,
and elected officials need good, sound information to make
Our wildlife and fish biologists have the enviable job of
studying the wildlife, fish, and birds that call America's
forests home. Our research is aimed at ensuring their continued
survival in the face of mounting pressure. We believe the
health of our wildlife is a measure of our own health.
Research Work Unit 4251 is a field unit located on the
University of Massachusetts campus in Amherst, MA. This field
locations focus on Wildlife and Fish Habitat Relationships
in New England Ecosystems.
Research is our business, but we hire people other than scientists.
Our research support employees work in professional, technical,
administrative, and clerical areas, and deal with matters
such as statistics, computers, public relations, publications,
personnel, purchasing, and finance. By doing these critical
jobs well, our research support people help our scientists
do what they do best -- research!