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Forest photo with the title Pacific Southwest Research Station 2014 Accomplishments Report.

From fish screens to FireBuster, 2014 was a great year of science from the Pacific Southwest Research Station. Learn more about our recent accomplishments by viewing the 34-page report.

The foothill yellow-legged frog in a stream among the rocks.

Learn about the challenge yellow-legged frogs face in a Northern California river managed for agriculture, energy, and salmon habitat. See the story on the USDA Blog.

A city street lined with trees.

Learn how Pacific Southwest Research Station scientists and partners are working to find the balance between forest restoration and habitat conservation. See the story on the USDA Blog.

Screenshot of Pacific Southwest Research Station scientist Malcolm North from his appearance in The Fire Next Time.

The Fire Next Time looks at the impacts that high intensity wildfires are having on watersheds, wildlife, and carbon storage. Features PSW scientist Malcolm North. Watch on Vimeo.

Screenshot of climate temperatures fom 1905 taken from the education module called Climate Change Effects on Forests and Grasslands.

The second education module in a series of three is called Climate Change Effects on Forests and Grasslands: What You Need to Know. Visit the Climate Change Resource Center.


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Science that makes a difference.

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.

[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.

California’s climate change policies and programs
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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