PORTLAND, Ore. November 5, 2009. The U.S.
Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest Research Station has realigned
its organizational structure. Under the newly aligned organization,
the station is centered on science themes found in its updated
strategic business plan.
The station now has six research programs:
- Ecological Process and
- Resources Monitoring and Assessment
- Goods, Services,
- Land and Watershed Management
- Threat Characterization and Management
- Focused Science Delivery
No positions were eliminated as a result of the alignment. Scientists
and technical staff were reassigned to programs or teams that are,
in some cases, different from the ones they were previously affiliated
with but that better align with the new programs.
Central to the alignment are the newly defined “four pillars”—relevance,
quality, performance, and stakeholder support—which Station
Director Bov Eav and the leadership team will use to guide and
measure the station’s success as it demonstrates its value
The alignment process began in spring 2008, when the leadership
conducted a review to evaluate if the station was optimally structured
to address future opportunities and challenges. The review also
sought to determine if the station was responsive, flexible, efficient,
and capable of fully implementing the strategic business plan.
The outcome of the review was the determination that realignment
was necessary, the net effect of which was the elimination of one
research program and the revision of the six that remained so that
they correspond directly to the foundational science themes established
in the strategic business plan.
The PNW Research Station is headquartered in Portland, Oregon.
It has 11 laboratories and centers located in Alaska, Oregon, and
Washington and about 425 employees. Visit the station Web page
Note: The station is currently in the process of updating its Web
page and contact directory.