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Pacific Southwest Research Station
About Us: Research Accomplishments 2012
Explore the 2012 Report
Adapting to a Changing Climate, Urban Natural Resources Stewardship, Water, and Wildland Fire
Four strategic plans outline the Pacific Southwest Research Station's (PSW) direction over the next decade for adapting to a changing climate, urban natural resources stewardship, water, and wildland fire. In each of these areas, PSW's research, development, and technology will be interdisciplinary and collaborative. The strategies reach across PSW's research programs and are coordinated with the Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region, National Forests, other Research Stations, universities, and other government organizations. The plans focus on natural resources in California, Hawai‘i, and the U.S.-affiliated Pacific Islands.
ADAPTING TO A CHANGING CLIMATE
For nearly a century, Forest Service Research and Development has investigated important stressors on the Nation's forests and rangelands and developed practices to manage for healthy, sustainable, productive, and resilient ecosystems. Over the last two decades, our research has specifically improved the understanding of how a changing climate impacts our Nation's forests, rangelands, and urban areas. We have also examined how forests and forest management can reduce emissions or increase carbon sequestration to help mitigate a changing climate by reducing greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.
Approximately 87 percent of our country's fresh water supply originates from forests and agricultural lands. More than 200 million people rely on their drinking water from public and private forests and grasslands. PSW's research helps inform future management decisions to protect water-related goods and services, such as abundant and clean drinking water, fish and wildlife habitat, slowing of storm runoff, and water-related recreational opportunities. Our water strategy plan concentrates on four critical components: projecting the impacts of disturbance on water and the resulting goods and services; understanding the watershed processes that will be impacted by these disturbances; identifying critical aquatic species at risk and developing appropriate tools and management practices to mitigate adverse impacts; and developing best management practices and tools to maintain watershed health in natural ecosystems and for urban areas to help mitigate the impact of a changing water supply.
URBAN NATURAL RESOURCES STEWARDSHIP
More than 80 percent of the U.S. population lives in urban areas, cities and suburbs. Forest Service Research and Development strives to foster the proper care of natural resources and the advancement of ecosystem services in urban landscapes. PSW and its partners continue to develop tools that will assist the citizenry in making appropriate planning and management decisions on creating healthy and sustainable urban ecosystems for their communities. Focus areas include: urban water, green infrastructure, humans and fire, and environmental justice.
The mission of PSW's wildland fire research is to provide the knowledge and tools that managers need to reduce negative impacts and enhance beneficial effects of fire and fire management on society and the environment. Our science will guide land management practices so they reflect an understanding of the diverse impacts of fire and fuels management, and of fire's role as a disturbance on a regional, as well as global scale; assist individuals and communities to recognize their options and accept their responsibilities regarding fire safety when living in fire-affected ecosystems; and provide fire managers with state-of-the-art, science-based knowledge and decision-support tools.
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