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Pacific Southwest Research Station
800 Buchanan Street
Albany, CA 94710-0011
Since 2010, an estimated 40 million trees have died in California. Visit the California Tree Mortality website to learn about the Forest Service's response and National Forest visitor safety.
Learn about PSW's research programs, research highlights from 2015 and other activities and goals for the station in our 2015 Accomplishments Report.
A recent USDA Blog shows how PSW and other research stations are involved in the Research Assistantship Program for Native American students interested in research careers.
A recent study by the University of California, Riverside, and PSW shows that plants grown in areas of poor air quality releases more pollutants than plants grown in clean air.
Our researchers are working with the University of Hawaii and other partners to spread awareness on Rapid Ohia Death. Visit the Hawaii Forestry Extension website to learn about the disease.
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 eighth-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.
Visit our Air Quality topic for new updates focusing on major air quality research initiatives and emerging research. Understanding impacts of air quality is critical, because air pollution affects climate change and has important effects on health of forests and people.
Learn about the pollutants that have the greatest effect on forest growth and health as well as the various monitoring techniques used by scientists to study these pollutants. Research detailed on the site explains what critical loads are and how it's important to establish and monitor them to help avoid long-term harmful effects on an ecosystem.
Using a network of forest health monitoring plots, researchers are learning about the interactive effects of air pollution and climate change on forest ecosystems. In collaboration with environmental chemists, hydrologists, ecophysiologists, lichenologists, and forest inventory analysts, we investigate and explain complex changes in forest environments.
Water Temperature, Dissolved Oxygen, Flow, and Shade Measurements in the Three Stream Sections of the Golden Trout Wilderness
This six-year study provides an understanding of the interactive effects of climate warming and livestock grazing on water temperature in the streams inhabited by California golden trout.
California’s oak woodlands cover 10 percent of the state and are a key ecological component of conifer forests. Oak woodlands are the most biologically diverse broad habitat in the state, making conservation of their ecosystem values a management priority.
Risk and Pathway Assessment for the Introduction of Exotic Insects and Pathogens That Could Affect Hawai'i's Native Forests (GTR-PSW-250)
The unmitigated risk potential of the introduction of exotic insects and pathogens to Hawai'i was evaluated for its impact on native plants. Assessments estimate the likelihood and consequences of introduction of representative insects and pathogens of concern.
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