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The Pacific Southwest Research Station is a world leader in natural resources research through our scientific excellence and responsiveness to the needs of current and future generations.

We represent the research and development branch of the USDA Forest Service in the states of California and Hawaii and the U.S. affiliated Pacific Islands. Our primary work occurs in California (the most populous state with the fifth largest economy in the world) and Hawaii (a strategic location in the Pacific Rim economies and tourism).

Our mission is to develop and communicate science needed to sustain forest ecosystems and their benefits to society.

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News Release: Even in restored forests, extreme weather strongly influences wildfire's impacts
Fire Sweeps Up, South Flank, Rim Fire; Credit: Mike McMillan - USFSThe 2013 Rim Fire, the largest wildland fire ever recorded in the Sierra Nevada region, is still fresh in the minds of Californians, as is the urgent need to bring forests back to a more resilient condition.

A recently published study examined how the Rim Fire burned through forests with restored fire regimes in Yosemite National Park to determine whether they were as resistant to high-severity fire as many scientists and land managers expected. [Read the full news release.]

Video: Science Perspectives - Air quality in Devils Postpile National Monument
Air pollution from cities moves through California’s Central Valley and the San Joaquin River drainage and affects air quality at Devils Postpile National Monument. Senior scientist Andrzej Bytnerowicz discusses the phenomenon and air quality monitoring research conducted in partnership with the National Park Service in a new video. [See more videos on the Forest Service YouTube Channel]

Blog: Award-winning video aims to reduce wildlife-vehicle collisions

Collisions between vehicles and wildlife are a big problem on U.S. roads. Wildlife biologist and transportation ecology expert Sandra Jacobson co-produced a video, "Avoiding Wildlife-Vehicle Collisions," to help make roads safer for wildlife and people. [Read the full post on the U.S. Department of Agriculture Blog site]


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[image-text]: Featured Science

Urban Forestry

The urban forestry initiative in Los AngelesMillion Trees Los Angeles: carbon sink or source?
Are urban Tree Planting Initiatives (TPIs) likely to be effective means for reaching local carbon dioxide reduction targets? Research forester Greg McPherson and partners determined that a large-scale TPI, Million Trees Los Angeles (now called City Plants), is achieving success in terms of survival, growth and performance.

New research evaluating tree species for climate adaptation
Climate change poses challenges for California, where an already parched region is expected to get hotter and, in its southern half, significantly drier. Research forester Greg McPherson and partners are identifying the resilience of different tree species to future climate exposure and threats from pests and disease in the Central Valley.

State of wildland fire emissions, carbon, and climate research
Station research and partner California ReLeaf’s advocacy efforts have resulted in $17.8 million in cap-and-trade auction revenues for California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection’s (CAL FIRE) Urban and Community Forestry Program in 2014-15, the largest one-year single-state allocation for urban forestry. Research forester Greg McPherson and partners published an article that traces the history of this effort.

[image-text]: Recent Publications
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Long, Jonathan W.; Quinn-Davidson, Lenya N.; Skinner, Carl N., eds. 2014. Science synthesis to support socioecological resilience in the Sierra Nevada and southern Cascade Range. Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-GTR-247. Albany, CA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station. 723 p.

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Busse, Matt D.; Hubbert, Ken R.; Moghaddas, Emily E. Y. 2014. Fuel Reduction Practices and Their Effects on Soil Quality. Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-GTR-241. Albany, CA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station. 156 p.

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Hugh D. Safford and Kip M. Van de Water. 2014. Using Fire Return Interval Departure (FRID) Analysis to Map Spatial and Temporal Changes in Fire Frequency on National Forest Lands in California. Res. Pap. PSW-RP-266. Albany, CA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station. 59 p.

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