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US Forest Service R&D provides research information to the public that is reliable, accurate, and presented clearly. We require all scientific manuscripts to be reviewed by qualified personnel, including written reviews by at least two peers, competent in the subject matter and with demonstrable objectivity. FS R&D scientists are further required to incorporate review comments, and when appropriate obtain statistical review before submitting a manuscript to the publications control officer. A set of standard guidelines is made available to reviewers containing review criteria including, but not limited to factual accuracy, quality of information, clarity, consistency, references, effectiveness, and overall merit. For manuscripts containing influential information and highly influential assessments, we adhere to additional applicable requirements embodied in USDA Research Guidelines/Peer Review, based on OMB’s Information Quality Bulletin for Peer Review.

In compliance with the requirements of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Quality of Information Guidelines, this page provides information pertaining to the Forest Service Peer Review Plan and agenda for performing peer reviews for the influential or highly influential scientific work our agency performs.

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Forest Service Peer Review Plans for 2015: 

  1. Manuscript: Revising the National Forest Timber Sale Appraisal Process

  2. The California spotted owl: current state of knowledge

  3. A climate adaptation strategy for conservation and management of yellow-cedar in Alaska

  4. Northern Spotted Owls and Barred Owls in the Eastern Cascades, Washington

  5. Tongass National Forest Timber Demand, Projections for 2015 to 2030

Forest Service Peer Review Plans for 2014: 

  1. Interim Update of the 2010 Resources Planning Act (RPA) Assessment

  2. Mapping Habitat Suitability for At-risk Plants and its Implications for Restoration and Reintroduction

  3. A Life Cycle Carbon Dioxide Inventory of the Million Trees Los Angeles Program

  4. Restoring composition and structure in frequent-fire forests: a science-based framework improving ecosystem resiliency

Forest Service Peer Review Plans for 2013: 

  1. Central Hardwoods Ecosystem Vulnerability Assessment and Synthesis

  2. Science Synthesis to Promote Resilience of Social-ecological Systems in the Sierra Nevada and Southern Cascades

  3. The Structure, Distribution and Biomass of the World's Forests

  4. Implications for Expansion of GE Freeze-Tolerant Eucalyptus Plantations on Water Resources in the Continental U.S.

  5. Projecting potential adoption of genetically engineered freeze-toleratnt Eucalyptus plantations

Forest Service Peer Review Plans for 2012: 

  1. Climate Change Vulnerabilities within the Forestry Sector for the Midwestern United States

  2. Climate Change impacts on forests of the Northeastern US and Eastern Canada

  3. Economic impacts of non-native forest insects in the continental United States

  4. Effects of Federal and State Policies on Family Forest Owners of the United States

  5. SINAMI a tool for the economic evaluation of forest fire management programs in Mediterranean ecosystems

  6. Trends and causes of severity size and number of fires in northwestern California

  7. Managing Sierra Nevada Forests General Technical Report

  8. Four Mile Canyon Fire Assessment

  9. Social Science at the Wildland-Urban Interface: A Compendium of Research Results to Create Fire-Adapted Communities

  10. Interactive Effects of Anthropogenic Nitrogen Enrichment and Climate Change on Biodiversity

  11. Science Synthesis to Support Forest Plan Revision in the Sierra Nevada and Southern Cascades

  12. Mapping Hazard Due to Forest Insects and Disease 2012

Forest Service Peer Review Plans for 2011: 

  1. Guiding Concepts for Park and Wilderness Stewardship

  2. Effects of Wildfire on Carbon Cycling, Carbon Stocks, and Emissions

  3. Options and Strategies for Active Forest Management in Riparian Zones

  4. Resources Planning Act Assessment

Forest Service Peer Review Plans for 2010: 

  1. Aspen Free-Air Carbon Enrichment Experiment

  2. Effectiveness of road-related BMPs

  3. Southern Forest Futures Project

  4. Fire Safe Mulch

Forest Service Peer Review Plans for 2009: 

  1. Demography of Northern Spotted Owl

Forest Service Peer Review Plans for 2008: 

  1. Study of flammability for several types of mulch used for landscapes around the homes  

  2. Naturalness and Beyond

  3. Biomass to Energy

  4. Forest Critical Acid Loads


Completed Peer Review Plans: 

The effectiveness of vegetation management practices for prevention and control of bark beetle infestations in coniferous forest of the western and southern United States

Ecosystem Management of the Sierran forests

Acacia koa Ecology and Silviculture

Role of bark in insect infestation of heat-treated wood packaging

Water resources in Upper Verde River, Arizona

Forest residue biomass utilization in Bitterroot Valley, Montana

Ecological Effects of Prescribed Fire Season

Effects of Low Carbon Policies on Net Farm Income

What does "local" firewood buy you? Managing the risk of invasive species introduction

Wildland Fire Suppression Costs

Potential Costs of Hazard Reduction During Bark Beetle Outbreaks

Forest Fuels Budget Allocation

Regional Forest Carbon Assessments

Fire Ecology

Status & Trends of Late-Successional and Old-Growth Forests, 1994-2008

Status & Trends of Nesting Habitat for the Marbled Murrelet, 1994-2008

Status & Trends of Northern Spotted Owl Populations & Habitats, 1994-2008

Potential Effects of Climate Change on Forests of Northern Wisconsin

Draft Programmatic Environmental Assessment (DEIS), National Forest Land Management Planning

Decline of Forest Interior Conditions in the Conterminous United States



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