USDA Forest Service

Pacific Southwest Research Station


Pacific Southwest Research Station
800 Buchanan Street
Albany, CA 94710-0011

(510) 559-6300

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About Us

About PSW

Sources and Science: A Guide to Experts at the Pacific Southwest Research Station

[Photo]: People The USDA Forest Service Research and Development (FS R&D) is the world's largest forestry research organization FS R&D conducts ecological and social science research to understand ecosystems, how humans influence those systems, and how to manage for sustained and enhanced benefits. FS R&D operates five Research Stations, the Forest Products Laboratory, and the International Institute of Tropical Forestry. It employs more than 500 scientists as well as several hundred technical and support personnel located at 67 sites throughout the United States.

The Pacific Southwest Research Station represents Forest Service Research & Development in the states of California and Hawaii and the U.S.-affiliated Pacific islands. The region has the lowest, driest desert in the country, the highest elevations within the 48 contiguous States, and the wettest tropical forests. It is the home of an abundant diversity of native plants and animals and nearly 50 percent of the nation's threatened and endangered species. PSW scientists conduct a broad array of natural resources research to achieve our mission to "develop and communicate science needed to sustain forest ecosystems and their benefits to society."

Who's Who at PSW

Learn more about the expertise and interests of our employees. More about our employees.

Organizational Overview

Our organization consists of 11 teams within four Research Programs. Most of our more than 45 permanent research scientists work from one of eight PSW locations -- seven in California, and one in Hawaii. More organizational overview information.


Founded as the California Forest Experiment Station on July 1, 1926. Through time, PSW has ... More history information.

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