PORTLAND, Ore. June 28, 2010. The U.S.
Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest (PNW) Research Station
has published a report about the role of forests in the stewardship
of water in a changing climate. The report is available online
at http://www.fs.fed.us/pnw/pubs/pnw_gtr812.pdf and will be available
in print beginning July 9.
Titled Water, Climate Change, and Forests:
Watershed Stewardship for a Changing Climate, the publication describes
watersheds as a primary strategy for sustaining ecosystems and
the clean, abundant water they provide.
Water from forested lands supports people, ecosystems, agriculture,
industry, and energy production and is immensely valuable and irreplaceable,” said
Michael Furniss, a hydrologist with the PNW Research Station and
lead author of the publication. “With a changing climate,
the need for stewardship of forested watersheds to secure high-quality
water supplies and healthy aquatic ecosystems is more important
The report’s 13 primary authors and more
than 40 contributors and reviewers are Forest Service earth scientists
and aquatic biologists
who worked for two years to develop the technical details for managing
watersheds for resilience and for protecting water.
We face many serious challenges in managing forested watersheds,
and it is notable that the Forest Service has remarkable expertise
and experience to do this work,” Furniss said. “The
Forest Service has over 800 water and aquatic ecosystem specialists
posted in hundreds of locations all over the country, a robust
research base and capacity, and decades of experience in watershed
Printed copies of the report can be requested after July 9 by e-mailing
firstname.lastname@example.org and referencing “PNW-GTR-812.”
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.