Three new environmental justice studies
Some communities are exposed to a disproportionate amount of unhealthy materials where they live, play, and work. Other communities might not have equal access to parks, trees, safe housing, or good education. Environmental justice means everyone has a fair chance of living the healthiest life possible.
One of the ways the Pacific Northwest Research Station helps overcome some environmental justice barriers is by conducting participatory research projects that directly engage underserved populations. This year we are supporting three such studies. >>More
Science pulse at Mount St. Helens
Unraveling the complexities of massive natural disturbances
Thirty-five years ago, Mount St. Helens burst onto the global stage with a highly energized eruption that captured the world’s attention. Since then, scientists have been studying the physical processes of landscape renewal and tracking the establishment of plants and animals in forests, meadows, streams, and lakes. Every 5 years, students, researchers, writers, and artists from around the world come to Mount St. Helens to conduct a coordinated “pulse” of work to unravel the complexities of massive natural disturbances. This year marks another pulse, taking place July 26 to August 1. Hundreds of long-term plots distributed across the volcanic landscape are sampled for mammals, birds, amphibians, fishes, insects, plants, lichens, fungi, and soil. Collectively, these 5-year measurements chronicle the reassembly of life at the volcano and give land managers information about landscape restoration. Mount St. Helens is a powerful inspiration beyond the sciences as well. That’s why the pulse meshes science, education, and cultural experiences. We are including a program of arts and humanities that brings in storytellers, writers, and other artists to engage with this wild landscape. The science-inspired stories that emerge will provide a vital narrative of appreciation for the natural world and our place in it. By including creative pathways for engagement, we will build a broader community interested in the outdoors, and promote learning about the importance of studying and understanding this beautiful landscape in our backyard.
Contact: Charlie Crisafulli, firstname.lastname@example.org
Increasing and often competing demands for water for agriculture, urban uses, and aquatic habitat requirements highlight the importance of understanding waterflow regimes and their sensitivity to climate and land use change. Research hydrologist Gordon Grant’s work on these interactions is of great interest to land managers and communities across the West and beyond.
Grant began working for the Forest Service at the Pacific Northwest Research Station in 1985, and received his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University in geomorphology in 1986. His contributions to river science are abundant and diverse, including landmark studies on the interactions among hydraulics, sediment transport, and channel morphology; sediment impacts on salmon; effects of clearcutting on river systems; dynamics and effects of large woody debris in rivers; river restoration; the importance of groundwater resources and how they are driven by rain and snowmelt; and recent work on volcanism and watershed flow structure in the Cascades. >>More