Fires have always been common during the hot, dry summers of the Inland Pacific. However, most wildfires today are immediately suppressed, while those that escape suppression typically burn with high intensity over large areas.
Historically, fires varied tremendously in their frequency, severity, seasonality, distribution, and extent. Restoring these variations in fire, or pyrodiversity, is critical to maintaining successionally diverse landscapes that are resilient to climate change, invasive species, and other stressors. Read More>>
Hessburg is lead author of a recent paper that represents a unified vision of landscape restoration, from a diverse group of thinkers. Scientists from leading universities, GOs and NGOs – including the Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute, The Nature Conservancy, and The Wilderness Society – contributed to the study. Read More>>
At first glance, white oak trees, DNA, and Siberian tigers may seem to have little in common. But with financial support from the U.S. State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development, the Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest Research Station and Germany’s Thünen Institute of Forest Genetics are linking all three through research that offers a new approach for sleuthing the source of wood products and combating illegal logging. Read More>>
Mission: The Pacific Northwest Research Station is a leader in the scientific study of natural resources. We generate and communicate impartial knowledge to help people understand and make informed choices about natural resource management and sustainability.
Headquarters: Portland, Ore.
Laboratory and Center Locations: 11 total—Fairbanks, Anchorage, Juneau, and Sitka, Alaska; Seattle, Olympia, and Wenatchee, Wash.; Portland, Corvallis, Prineville, and La Grande, Ore.
Workforce: 317 employees (271 permanent and 46 temporary), which includes 78 scientists (in fiscal year 2013)
Funding: $46.6 million (base research appropriations: $38.2 million, client support: $8.4 million) (in fiscal year 2013)