Pacific Northwest Research Station
1220 SW 3rd Ave.
Portland, OR 97204
Northwest Research Station is a leader in the scientific study
of natural resources. The Station has 11 locations in Alaska, Oregon,
and Washington and about 300 employees. We generate and communicate
impartial knowledge to help people understand and make informed choices about
natural resource management and sustainability.
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Each year, the Forest Service Deputy Chief for Research and Development presents awards to a small number of Forest Service scientists for extraordinary work. This year, two PNW scientists were honored.
Research biologist David L. Peterson received the “Distinguished Science” award for exceptional accomplishments in wildfire and climate change research and outstanding service to forest land managers.
Research forester Keith Reynolds received the "Science Delivery” award for sustained productivity, leadership, and science serving natural resource management in the United States with global application.
Measuring the public health benefits of urban trees is not easy, yet this information can influence the lives of millions of people. Research forester Geof Donovan designs and conducts innovative studies that explore the connection between our health and the natural world. Humans seem to have an affinity for trees and green spaces. Following this intuitive sense, Donovan wondered what would happen to human health in communities where an invasive tree pest killed thousands of trees, leaving some neighborhoods without trees. Watch this video and find out what Donovan discovered about human mortality rates in counties with emerald ash borer infestations. You will learn why “trees are niceties, but also necessities.”PNW Research Station YouTube videos
Social scientist Susan Charnley studies the human dimensions of forestry. She helps us understand how social and natural processes interact to influence forest ecosystems—which include people. She has studied questions like: How do national forest management plans and policies contribute to the well-being of rural communities and economies? How do public and private forest landowners address wildfire risk on their land, and what are the outcomes of their decisions? Her goal is to provide information to help promote social-ecological sustainability and resilience and sustain natural resource-based livelihoods that revolve around forestry and ranching, particularly in rural communities in the West. >>More