About Us: Research Accomplishments
Vision and Mission: 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. Our mission is to develop and communicate science needed to sustain forest ecosystems and their benefits to society.
The Pacific Southwest Research Station (PSW) represents Forest Service Research and Development in California, Hawaiʻi, and the U.S.-affiliated Pacific Islands. Our region has the lowest, driest desert in the country, the highest elevations within the 48 contiguous States, and the wettest tropical forests. An abundant diversity of native plants and animals and nearly half of the nation's threatened and endangered species live in this region. At PSW, we develop and deliver science to help inform decisions about natural resource management, conservation, and environmental protection. Much of our work is accomplished in cooperation with other research and development institutions, such as universities, and state and other federal agencies.
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