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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Sharing What We've Learned

Arrow.The station produced 266 publications in fiscal year 2012. This includes station series publications, journal articles, books or book chapters, theses and dissertations, and other publications.

Arrow.158,202 hard copies of station publications distributed

Arrow. 37,336 electronic publication downloads for the station’s Web site and Treesearch

Arrow. 4,106 station publications available online via the station’s Web site and Treesearch

Arrow. 11 issues of PNW Science Findings published, about 8,000 copies of each issue distributed or downloaded





Publications pie chart.

Web Visitors
Arrow.Total number of visits: 90,862 from 161 countries and territories Arrow. Total number of unique visitors: 53,166

Arrow. Total number of page views: 222,205

Arrow.Percentage of new visitors: 55.73%


Number of publications chart.


Our Most Popular Publications

All of the station’s publications are available online. The station’s top 10 most frequently downloaded publications are listed below. Some of these publications are decades old but still relevant today

1.Responding to Climate Change in National Forests: A Guidebook for Developing Adaptation Options (2011; PNW-GTR-855)

2. Production, Prices, Employment, and Trade in Northwest Forest Industries, All Quarters 2010 (2011; PNW-RB-260)

3. Natural Vegetation of Oregon and Washington (1973; PNW-GTR-008)

4. Synthesis of Knowledge of Extreme Fire Behavior: Volume I for Fire Managers (2011; PNW-GTR-854)

5. Adaptive Management of Natural Resources: Theory, Concepts, and Management Institutions (2005; PNW-GTR-654)

6. Adapting to Climate Change at Olympic National Forest and Olympic National Park (2011; PNW-GTR-844)

7. FRAGSTATS: Spatial Pattern Analysis Program for Quantifying Landscape Structure (1995; PNW-GTR-351)

8. The Formula Scribner Log Rule (1952; OSN-PNW-078)

9. Engineering a Future for Amphibians Under a Changing Climate (2011; Science Findings 136)

10. Ecological Characteristics of Old-Growth Douglas-Fir Forests (1981; PNW-GTR-118)

The station's Twitter account has 766 followers—up from 560 in 2011. Reporters, natural resource professionals, and nonprofit groups comprise the majority of subscribers, who receive instant electronic alerts (tweets) to station news releases, new publications, and other information.


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Symposia, Workshops, and Tours

The station sponsors learning events each year, often in partnership with other agencies, organizations, and universities. A few events are highlighted below.


In 2012:
Bellet. 920 people participated in symposia,
workshops, and webinars sponsored
by the station.
Bellet. 1,630 people went on field trips led
by station researchers.
Bellet. 1,510 people participated in conservation
education activities sponsored
by the station.


Assessing the Impact of Climate Change in Alaska’s Forests: The station hosted workshops in Fairbanks, Juneau, Sitka, Kenai, Haines, Anchorage, and Palmer with 22 key clients and research partners. Participants developed a conceptual framework to describe the impacts of climate change across Alaska forests.


Blue Mountains Elk Habitat Modeling Workshop: Station scientists and partners presented ground-breaking models depicting elk nutritional resources and habitat selection in the Blue Mountains of eastern Oregon and Washington. The models can benefit land management plan revisions and habitat restoration for elk in this region. The workshop was held in Pendleton, Oregon, where 140 people participated.

BlueSky Training: Station scientists led two training session for National Forest System staff using the BlueSky framework to model fire information, fuel loading, smoke dispersal, and more. About 50 people attended the training in Redmond, Oregon, and 45 attended the training in Missoula, Montana.


Forest and Fire Scenarios Workshops: Station scientists organized workshops in Klamath Falls and Bend, Oregon, with 24 representatives from forest management and nongovernmental organizations. Attendees shared information about factors affecting forests and fire; scientists provided a tutorial on how to use scenario planning to address uncertainties and connections in ecological and social systems.


Density Management in the 21st Century: At this 3-day conference, 120 natural resource professionals reviewed 20 years of thinning research in young forests of western Oregon and Washington. Forty-five people participated in a related 1-day field trip.


Density Management Study Tours: Station scientists led two tours through the Green Peak and Delph Creek study sites for 85 natural resource professionals and explained the ongoing Density Management and Riparian Buffer study designs and research findings. The tours were cosponsored by Bureau of Land Management, Oregon State Office.

Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) 2012 Client Meetings: PNW-FIA held symposiums in Portland and Honolulu to discuss current research activities in the respective regions. The second day featured training workshops where clients received help with analyzing FIA data to answer challenging resource questions. Seventy clients attended.


National Emissions Inventory Workshop: Station scientists taught 40 people how to use local data to improve the National Emissions Inventory for Wildland Fire at the International Emissions Conference in Tampa, Florida.


Next Generation Genetic Sequencing Workshop: This workshop introduced 54 participants to the essentials of next-generation sequencing. The workshop was part of the Botanical Society of America’s 2012 annual meeting in Columbus, Ohio.


Sudden Oak Death Science Symposium: National and international leaders in the discipline of forest pathology and ecology came together to discuss and present their research findings on Phytophthora ramorum, the pathogen that causes sudden oak death. About 150 people attended the event in Petaluma, California.

Conservation Education

Station scientists make time to share their expert knowledge with students and their teachers through programs ranging from classroom activities to week-long field camps. A few activities from 2012 are highlighted below.


Forest Camp 2012: Station and Siuslaw National Forest staff taught roughly 200 sixth graders about ecology and the role of fungi in forest ecosystems at Camp Tadmore, Lebanon, Oregon. Forests Inside Out! The station continued its partnership with the nonprofit World Forestry Center in Portland to support Forests Inside Out!, a successful summer conservation education program. This program is a series of 2-day immersive and unforgettable indoor and outdoor experiences for 400+ children ages 6 to 10 and family members from diverse and underserved communities in the greater Portland metropolitan area. The program promotes active, healthy outdoor lifestyles for young children and their families and introduces participants to urban forests, natural areas, and national forests. Eight high school and college-age students from the Portland area were hired as mentors for the program.

Children examine animal skulls during the summer program Forests Inside Out! Photo by Becky Bittner.

Héen Latinee Outdoor Classroom Project: This collaboration between the Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska and the station introduced nine Alaska Native high school students to natural resource management.




Inner City Youth Institute: The station continued its support of the Inner City Youth Institute (ICYI), which encourages underrepresented youth to pursue higher education and careers in the natural resource and environmental fields. ICYI sponsored forest ecology programs in Portland inner city high schools and a summer camp program for high school students from Portland and southwest Washington. About 200 students participated in ICYI programs.

High school students learn about ecology on Mount St. Helens. Photo by Ray Yurkewycz, Mount St. Helens Institute.Learning on Mount St. Helens: The station and partners are using the Mount St. Helens landscape as a living laboratory for teaching middle school teachers and their students about disturbance ecology and natural history. Twelve middle school teachers and 40 middle school students attended this workshop at the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. Another 60 students from the Battle Ground School District, Washington, learned about the life history, reproductive biology, and general ecology of amphibians of Clark County in classroom, laboratory, and field settings.


Minorities in Agriculture and Natural Resources Research: About 25 high school students from Roosevelt High School, Portland, Oregon, attended presentations about aquatic ecology research and natural resource management.



Download the Report

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2012 Science Accomplishments.
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