USDA Forest Service

Pacific Northwest Research Station

Pacific Northwest Research Station
1220 SW 3rd Ave.
Portland, OR 97204

(503) 808-2100

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Why Conduct Research?



Research Benefits Society. Forest Service research helps society make choices about water, wildlife, and natural resources. Scientific understanding gained from research transforms the way land managers rise to challenges. For example, the tools and information used daily by managers and policymakers to make cost-effective and environmentally sound fire management decisions are based on research about fire behavior, fire ecology, fuels, and smoke in ecosystems. As a result, citizens are provided ways to secure their homes from fire, are warned when smoke requires them to take precautions, and informed how forests can be managed to reduce fire risk in their communities. Science-based knowledge and tools are being used to restore our Nations’ forests and protect their ability to provide clean water and air. In doing so, jobs are created, forest products—from lumber for homes to Native American basketry materials—are provided, cities become greener and healthier, wildlife and fish prosper, and humans increase the quality of life for themselves, their children, and grandchildren. Our Nation’s forests provide a bounty of oxygen, water, foods, and wood. Research gives society the means to understand this, appreciate the complexity inherent in forests, and ensure that the values from forests and grasslands are realized today and tomorrow.


Copper River Delta field work, Cordova, Alaska. Photo by Pete Bisson.   Decomposition study. Photo by Sherri Johnson




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