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  • Climate Adaptation Leadership Award for Natural Resources The Climate Adaptation Leadership Award honors excellence by outstanding organizations and individuals to reduce climate-related threats and advance the resilience of fish, wildlife, and plants in a changing climate by helping to address the goals of the National Fish, Wildlife, and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy. Forest Service researcher, Dan Isaak, was one of the recipients for incorporating climate vulnerability into over 185 forest management projects across the Midwest, Central Appalachians, and the Northeast.

  • Enlightened Hawaiian chiefs as far back as the 14th century instituted what is called the moku-ahupua‘a system of management throughout the islands. (Limahuli Gardens)
    Finding Lessons on Culture and Conservation at the End of the Road in Kauai ...All of this is part of the larger trend of conservation biology that the U.S. Forest Service is exploring. “Conservation biology is continually evolving—from protecting nature for nature’s sake to today supporting socio-ecological systems,” says Christian Giardina, research ecologist for the U.S. Forest Service’s Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry, who is funding our research.

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    Facebook for Trees: The Forest Service's Quest to Make a Tree Database More User-Friendly The U.S. Forest Inventory and Analysis program is essentially the U.S. Census Bureau for trees. The agency maintains a database that includes various characteristics of some 19 million trees over some 350,000-plus plots of land across America and as far away as Guam and the Caribbean Territories.

  • South Sister, Broken Top and Mt. Bachelor from Crane Prairie Reservoir. Photo by Brian Jennings.
    Chasing the Snowpack Findings of climate research being done by the U.S. Forest Service's Pacific Northwest Research Station may eventually change the way Central Oregonians recreate. For two years, the research station has worked with resource managers in the Deschutes, Ochoco, and Fremont-Winema National Forests to study climate change affects on water, fish, vegetation, wildlife, and recreation on public lands. The research is led by Nobel Laureate David Peterson and Jessica Halofsky, a researcher at the University of Washington.

  • Hemlock
    What Does Restoration Look Like? Saving Hemlocks on the Grandfather Ranger District The most common way to treat hemlocks for the adelgid is using an insecticide treatment. The Forest Service’s primary chemical of choice is called Imidacloprid. Imidacloprid is mixed with water and injected into the soil around the root system of a hemlock. The chemical moves into the foliage, killing the adelgids as they feed but leaving the foliage unharmed. This both maintains old hemlocks and supports regeneration of new hemlocks near the treated trees.

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