PORTLAND, Ore. August 14, 2003. For more than 30 years, the Pacific
Northwest (PNW) Research Station conducted fire research out of
its forestry sciences laboratory in Seattle. But as its fire research
program and partnerships continued to grow, the Station decided
to rename the lab to create the Pacific Wildland Fire Sciences
Laboratory (PWFSL) according to PNW Research Station Director Tom
“I’m also happy to announce the formation of the Atmosphere and Fire
Interactions Research and Engineering team which will be based at the PWFSL,” Quigley
said. “This team will generate new information useful to land managers
and policymakers and will be led by Dr. Sue Ferguson.”
The Station’s Fire and Environmental Research Applications Team led by
Dr. Sam Sandberg and the Rural Urban Wildland Interactions Team led by Dr.
Roger Clark will continue to be based in the PWFSL as well.
Research currently conducted at the newly-named lab includes
the impact of fire on air quality and visibility, wildfire
and ecology research, the effects
fire on air, and the impacts of smoke on human health, and social research
(rural and urban wildland interface). The Station will also continue to conduct
fire research at its other lab locations.
The PNW Research Station headquarters is in Portland, Oregon, with 10 laboratories
located in Alaska, Oregon, and Washington. The Station has about 500 employees.