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ID: 196
A Canopy Trimming Experiment in Puerto Rico: the response of litter invertebrate communities to canopy loss and debris deposition in a tropical forest subject to hurricanes

Insects and other invertebrates in leaf litter are important components in decomposition, nutrient cycling, and food webs. As part of larger stu ...

Principal Investigator : Grizelle Gonzalez

Water, Air, and Soil
Inventory and Monitoring
2010IITF

ID: 324
A socioecological network for a tropical city

Traditional urban research involves tree inventories, census activities, water quality sampling, or socioeconomic studies, all conducted by sepa ...

Principal Investigator : Ariel Lugo

Water, Air, and Soil
Invasive Species
Resource Management and Use
Wildlife and Fish
Inventory and Monitoring
2011IITF

ID: 40
Analysis Reveals Cyclical and Structural Changes in Forest Products Industry

Structural changes may be difficult to reverse but prospects for growth exist in forest product exports and wood-based biorefining

Principal Investigator : Christopher W. Woodall

Inventory and Monitoring2012NRS

ID: 16
Assessing Litterfall Trap Bias

Are traps preferentially representing certain kinds of leaf litter

Principal Investigator : Grizelle Gonzalez

Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
Inventory and Monitoring
2012IITF

ID: 17
Avian Diversity in the Agroscapes of Nicaragua's Northern Highlands

Creating biological corridors to sustain biodiversity, while increasing revenue for local farmers

Principal Investigator : Wayne Arendt

Wildlife and Fish
Inventory and Monitoring
2012IITF

ID: 100
Biocontrol of Strawberry Guava

First field release of biocontrol agent for managing invasive strawberry guava

Principal Investigator : Tracy Johnson

Invasive Species
Inventory and Monitoring
Resource Management and Use
2012PSW

ID: 195
Changes in Structure, Composition, and Nutrients During 15 years of Hurricane-Induced Succession in a Subtropical Wet Forest in Puerto Rico

Quantifying the impacts and recovery of forest resources to hurricanes and multiple disturbances is essential to managing forests in hurricane-p ...

Principal Investigator : Tamara Heartsill Scalley

Resource Management and Use
Inventory and Monitoring
2010IITF

ID: 35
Changing Climate, Changing Forests

Effects of climate change on forests of the Northeastern United States and Eastern Canada

Principal Investigator : Lindsey Rustad

Inventory and Monitoring
Invasive Species
2012NRS

ID: 184
Climate and vegetation change in Alaskan tundra.

Studies of tundra vegetation changes in recent decades have predicted an increase in the relative abundance of shrubs in response to climate war ...

Principal Investigator : William Gould

Inventory and Monitoring
Resource Management and Use
2010IITF

ID: 98
Do Insects Visit and Pollinate Tanoak Flowers

The knowledge is key for informed conservation of the species

Principal Investigator : Jessica Wright

Invasive Species
Inventory and Monitoring
2012PSW

ID: 105
Echolocation Monitoring Models Bat Occupancy Near Wind Energy Facilities

Model could mitigate the effects of wind energy development on populations of migratory bats

Principal Investigator : Ted Weller

Wildlife and Fish
Resource Management and Use
Inventory and Monitoring
2012PSW

ID: 112
Effects of Rising Temperature on Carbon Cycling and Storage in Ecosystems

Scientists find that as ecosystems warm, they store more carbon, not less

Principal Investigator : Christian Giardina

Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
Inventory and Monitoring
2012PSW

ID: 333
FIA 5-year report summarizes forest conditions in Washington

This report highlights forest conditions and trends from 2002 to 2006 for all forest lands in Washington State. This information establishes a b ...

Principal Investigator : Karen Waddell

Inventory and Monitoring2011PNW

ID: 129
Fighting Forest disease and pests using genomics and biotechnology



Principal Investigator : C. Dana Nelson

Resource Management and Use
Invasive Species
Inventory and Monitoring
2012SRS

ID: 44
First Inventory of Standing Dead Trees Across the United States Developed

Study compares differences between previously modeled estimates and new empirical estimates

Principal Investigator : Christopher W. Woodall

Inventory and Monitoring2012NRS

ID: 45
Forest Carbon Estimates for Climate Benefits Projects Around the World

Science on forest carbon benefits developed by the Forest Service contributes to a reduction in deforestation and degradation in forests through ...

Principal Investigator : Linda S. Heath

Inventory and Monitoring2012NRS

ID: 334
Forest Inventory and Analysis begins work on Hawaiian Islands

Policymakers and natural resource managers need up-to-date, consistent, and credible information on the status and trends of forests in Hawaii a ...

Principal Investigator : Robert Pattison

Inventory and Monitoring2011PNW

ID: 318
Forest Land Estimates Improved by Novel Automated Mapping Technique Using Winter Satellite Imagery

Most automated satellite-based approaches for mapping forest lands rely on summer satellite imagery and are usually inconsistent with FIA plot-b ...

Principal Investigator : Kirk M. Stuve,

Inventory and Monitoring2011NRS

ID: 405
Giving forest-fringe communities a stake in restoring and conserving rainforests in Africa

Restoring, conserving and protecting forests depends on the action of local communities. Community members can be given incentives to conserve f ...

Principal Investigator : John Stanturf

Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
Inventory and Monitoring
2011SRS

ID: 233
Historic Critchfield Memorial Herbarium Goes Digital: Believed to Be the Largest Collection of Pine Specimens in the World

The USDA Forest Service's Pacific SouthwestResearch Station, Institute of Forest Genetics, Placerville, CA, has released the online version of i ...

Principal Investigator : Jessica Wright

Resource Management and Use
Inventory and Monitoring
2010PSW

ID: 350
How Large-scale Forest Conditions Influence Northern Goshawk Nesting

Efforts to better understand nesting habitat requirements of the northern goshawk, a forest-sensitive species in northern Wisconsin, were enhanc ...

Principal Investigator : Deahn Donner

Wildlife and Fish
Inventory and Monitoring
2011NRS

ID: 221
Improving the Accuracy of Tree Ring Age Measurements

NRS Scientist Shawn Fraver developed regression models to estimate tree age adjustments needed, depending on coring height and growth rate.

Principal Investigator : Shawn Fraver

Inventory and Monitoring2010NRS

ID: 87
Industrial Air Pollution May Have Ecological Consequences

Elevated concentrations of ammonia can negatively impact lichen communities and elevated levels of nitrogen and sulfur deposition can potentiall ...

Principal Investigator : Andrzej Bytnerowicz

Water, Air, and Soil
Inventory and Monitoring
2012PSW

ID: 325
Integrating Research, Education, and Traditional Knowledge in Ecology

Integrating research and education is a fundamental goal of research institutions and agencies but specific approaches not widely published in e ...

Principal Investigator : William Gould

Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
Inventory and Monitoring
2011IITF

ID: 92
Lichen Communities Serve as Canary in the Coal Mine for Air Pollution

A comparison of lichen communities from 1976 to 2008 suggests continued deterioration of air quality in the Los Angeles Basin despite policy and ...

Principal Investigator : Sarah Jovan

Inventory and Monitoring2012PNW

ID: 194
Mapping avian habitat characteristics using cloud-cleared satellite image mosaics

Forest age, vertical structure, disturbance For studies of wintering habitat for the endangered Kirtland's Warbler, scientists from the Forest S ...

Principal Investigator : Eileen Helmer

Inventory and Monitoring
Wildlife and Fish
2010IITF

ID: 73
Mapping Hardwood and Softwood Vegetation Types with LiDAR

Study informs forest management activities and assesses woodpecker habitat

Principal Investigator : Robert McGaughey

Inventory and Monitoring2012PNW

ID: 182
Mapping snags and understory shrubs with LiDAR to assess wildlife habitat suitability.

Forest Service scientists evaluated the use of LiDAR data for mapping the presence/absence of understory shrub species and different snag diamet ...

Principal Investigator : William Gould

Wildlife and Fish
Inventory and Monitoring
2010IITF

ID: 220
Mapping Young Forest Habitats across the Great Lakes Region

NRS research scientists from the Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) program used current FIA data to estimate trends in abundance of young fore ...

Principal Investigator : Mark D. Nelson

Inventory and Monitoring2010NRS

ID: 228
Maps illustrate 23 years of change on Northwest forests

By using historical remote-sensing data, researchers developed maps of annual forest change between 1984 and 2007. These maps, with a resolution ...

Principal Investigator : Warren Cohen

Inventory and Monitoring2010PNW

ID: 59
Model Assesses the Influence of Drought Stress on Forest Relative to Other Factors

Drought stress data added to a forest landscape disturbance and succession model show that length of drought is more important than severity

Principal Investigator : Eric J. Gustafson

Inventory and Monitoring
Resource Management and Use
2012NRS

ID: 114
Monitoring Network Saves Wealth of Data on American Bird Populations

Network archives data sets to address future large-scale conservation issues

Principal Investigator : C Ralph

Resource Management and Use
Wildlife and Fish
Inventory and Monitoring
2012PSW

ID: 271
National Land Cover Database (NLCD) 2011 percent tree canopy product

Forest Inventory and Analysis Program scientists throughout the country are collaborating with the Remote Sensing Applications Center to develop ...

Principal Investigator : Michael Wilson

Inventory and Monitoring2010RMRS

ID: 298
Nationally consistent approach to forest inventory across the United States

The passage of the 1998 Farm Bill led to the development of a nationally consistent approach to forest inventory across the United States.These ...

Principal Investigator : Thomas Brandeis

Inventory and Monitoring2010SRS

ID: 21
New Study Leads the Way to Detailed Mapping of Tropical Rain Forest Types

Tropical tree communities mapped for Trinidad and Tobago with satellite imagery

Principal Investigator : Eileen Helmer

Wildlife and Fish
Inventory and Monitoring
2012IITF

ID: 38
New Tree Volume and Biomass Estimation Procedures Implemented for the Yearly U.S. National Greenhouse Gas Inventory

New procedures have improved the accuracy, reliability, and transparency of the U.S. National Greenhouse Gas Inventory of U.S. forests and bioma ...

Principal Investigator : Christopher W. Woodall

Inventory and Monitoring2012NRS

ID: 29
Photographic Key Determines Age and Gender in Two Thryothorus Wrens From Nicaragua's Pacific Slope

A visual and metric aid to determining age and gender in tropical wrens

Principal Investigator : Wayne Arendt

Wildlife and Fish
Inventory and Monitoring
2012IITF

ID: 421
Posting of 2010 Southern Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) annual data

Decision-makers such as Congress, government agencies, and industry managers require current data on the state of the Nation's forests for effec ...

Principal Investigator : Ali Conner

Inventory and Monitoring
Resource Management and Use
2011SRS

ID: 138
Predicting Future Spruce Beetle Infestations

Scientists model the effects of increasing temperatures and forest stand conditions on the likelihood of spruce beetle infestation over time

Principal Investigator : R. Justin DeRose

Inventory and Monitoring2012RMRS

ID: 270
Rangelands On The Edge

City and county planners across the US will have a new toolkit to better manage development encroachment into rangelands. The 'Rangelands on the ...

Principal Investigator : Cindy S. Swanson

Inventory and Monitoring2010RMRS

ID: 409
Rapid monitoring of climate change effects improves forest management

Climate change and other threats are likely to alter the composition of forests as species die out in some areas and move into others, which cou ...

Principal Investigator : Kevin Potter

Inventory and Monitoring2011SRS

ID: 145
Red Oak Species Is Especially Vulnerable to Drought Events

Oak decline and mortality under periodic regional drought in the Ozark Highlands of Arkansas and Missouri

Principal Investigator : Marty Spetich

Inventory and Monitoring2012SRS

ID: 53
Report Details Trends and Current Conditions for Northern Forests

Overarching issues include the interaction of forests and people, managing invasive species, sustaining biodiversity, and sustaining capacity fo ...

Principal Investigator : Stephen R. Shifley

Inventory and Monitoring
Outdoor Recreation
Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
Wildland Fire and Fuels
Wildlife and Fish
2012NRS

ID: 146
School Children Explore the World of Forest Science



Principal Investigator : Kier Klepzig

Invasive Species
Inventory and Monitoring
Outdoor Recreation
Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
Wildland Fire and Fuels
Wildlife and Fish
2012SRS

ID: 97
Sources of Air Quality in the Lake Tahoe Basin Analyzed

Scientists determine elevated concentrations of ambient ozone in the Lake Tahoe Basin are caused mainly by local emissions

Principal Investigator : Andrzej Bytnerowicz

Water, Air, and Soil
Inventory and Monitoring
2012PSW

ID: 418
The National Harvest and Utilization Program

The U.S. forest industry is a multibillion dollar business, providing jobs and economic value to local communities across the Nation. With incre ...

Principal Investigator : James Bentley

Inventory and Monitoring
Resource Management and Use
2011SRS

ID: 299
U.S. Invasive Plants Identified in Comprehensive Database

Scientists in SRS' Eastern Forest Environmental Threat Assessment Center are developing a database of the more than 4,000 plants introduced into ...

Principal Investigator : Qinfeng Guo

Inventory and Monitoring2010SRS

ID: 222
Urban Tree Canopy Assessment Program

Despite millions of dollars spent each year by federal, state, and local governments on remote sensing datasets, decision makers sometimes still ...

Principal Investigator : Morgan Grove

Inventory and Monitoring2010NRS

ID: 130
Wetlands Assessment Project Documents Outcomes of Conservation on Working Lands

Assessment offers managers a tool to improve project planning and assessment of wetland practices on working lands in the South and elsewhere

Principal Investigator : Diane DeSteven

Inventory and Monitoring2012SRS

ID: 423
What do we need to know to conserve wetlands on working lands in the South

The Conservation Effects Assessment Project (CEAP) is a multi-agency effort to improve effectiveness of Farm Bill conservation programs by quant ...

Principal Investigator : Diane DeSteven

Inventory and Monitoring2011SRS

ID: 126
Wilderness Fellows Program Engages Youth in Federal Land Management

Program helps agencies develop a baseline assessment of wilderness character and integrate that character in wilderness planning, management, an ...

Principal Investigator : Peter Landres

Outdoor Recreation
Inventory and Monitoring
2012RMRS