Main Topic |
Tropical Ecosystems |
Sierra Nevada Ecosystems
Nowhere is the competition for land use higher or more controversial
than in the Pacific Southwest and Pacific Islands regions. Public
awareness of environmental issues is higher here than in any other
region of the United States, and per capita consumption of forest
products is the highest in the world. Natural ecosystems and human
populations are more diverse here than anywhere else in the world.
The specific goal of our research is to understand the relationhips
of the many components of forest ecosystems and to further understand
the influences of the current or proposed land management.
Major Research Initiatives:
Research to develop and implement knowledge needed to restore, protect, and sustain
upland and wetland forests of the Pacific for purposes of conservation and utilization.
Sierra Nevada Ecosystems:
The Sierra Nevada Research Center conducts research in the Sierra Nevada mountain
range of California, an ecoregion of national and international significance. With
a full spectrum of research initiatives from long-term, fundamental research to
short-term, tactical applications, the Center seeks to support conservation,
restoration, and sustainable utilization of lands within the Sierra Nevada ecoregion.