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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: 416
advancing the Comparative Risk Assessment Framework and Tools (CRAFT)

The Eastern Forest Environmental Threat Assessment Center and the University of North Carolina Asheville's National Environmental Modeling and A ...

Principal Investigator : Steve Norman

Wildland Fire and Fuels
Invasive Species
Wildlife and Fish
Resource Management and Use
2011SRS

ID: 96
Air-Pollution Thresholds Protect Ecosystems

Research benefits air-quality specialists, land managers, scientists, and policymakers

Principal Investigator : Mark Fenn

Water, Air, and Soil2012PSW

ID: 46
Assessing Climate Change Risk to Eastern Forests Using Climate Change Tree Atlas Data

New tool makes for better informed forest management decisions

Principal Investigator : Stephen Matthews

Water, Air, and Soil2012NRS

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: 319
Assessing the Vulnerability of Northern Wisconsin's Forests to Climate Change

A team of scientists and managers from the Forest Service and other organizations assessed the vulnerability of northern Wisconsin forests to cl ...

Principal Investigator : Chris Swanston

Resource Management and Use2011NRS

ID: 86
Beetle Pheromones Save Endangered Pines From Bark Beetles

High-elevation pines protected by turning beetles' own pheromones against them

Principal Investigator : Nancy Gillette

Resource Management and Use2012PSW

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: 103
Breaking the Grass-Fire Cycle in Dryland Ecosystems in Hawai'i

Scientists develop practical tools to manage and restore tropical dry forest landscapes on military lands in the Pacific

Principal Investigator : Susan Cordell

Wildland Fire and Fuels
Resource Management and Use
Invasive Species
2012PSW

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: 362
Characterizing high altitude surface ozone in the White Mountains of California

We present surface ozone data for high-elevation sites in the White Mountains. At 4342 and 3783 m, our measurements are higher in elevation than ...

Principal Investigator : Andrzej Bytnerowicz

Water, Air, and Soil2011PSW

ID: 302
Colony collapse of Eastern subterranean termites

Termite colonies in laboratory and field tests were rapidly eliminated using a trap, treat and release method with commercial termite toxicants ...

Principal Investigator : Frederick Green

Invasive Species2011FPL

ID: 387
Combating wildlife habitat loss to human development

Scientists are investigating ways to lessen the impact of humans on wildlife and their travel corridors.

Principal Investigator : Samuel Cushman

Wildlife and Fish2011RMRS

ID: 13
Cone Calorimetry Takes Center Stage in Evaluating Fire Retardancy of Wood Products

Evaluations of cone calorimeter tests are now documented in handbook

Principal Investigator : Mark Dietenberger

Resource Management and Use2012FPL

ID: 94
Conserving Martens, Sables, and Fishers

New book provides the first comprehensive synthesis of knowledge about these species in nearly 20 years

Principal Investigator : Keith Aubry

Wildlife and Fish2012PNW

ID: 411
Developing a simple rearing method for Emerald ash borer biological control agents

The emerald ash borer, a buprestid beetle native to Asia, is one of the most ecologically and economically significant invasive forest pests in ...

Principal Investigator : Michael Ulyshen

Invasive Species2011SRS

ID: 291
Durable wood product evaluations

In an effort to reduce the amount of time required to obtain meaningful durability data for wood products, it has become widely accepted to use ...

Principal Investigator : Stan Lebow

Resource Management and Use2011FPL

ID: 26
Economic Model Predicts U.S. Forest Product Markets and Timber Demand Trends

Model provides insights on how U.S. competition and trade in forest products could be affected by expanded global use of wood for energy in futu ...

Principal Investigator : Peter Ince

Resource Management and Use2012FPL

ID: 41
Effects of Disturbance, Climate, and Management on U.S. Forest Carbon

Forest response to fire, insects, harvesting, etc., is responsible for nearly one-half of the U.S. forest carbon sink, offsetting about 12 perce ...

Principal Investigator : Yude Pan

Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
2012NRS

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: 349
Environmental and Economic Benefits of Short-Rotation Poplar Energy Crops

Woody production systems and conversion technologies help maintain healthy forests and ecosystems, create high-paying manufacturing jobs, and me ...

Principal Investigator : Ronald S. Zalesny Jr.

Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
2011NRS

ID: 381
Evaluating the Effects of Climate Change on Streamflow

Scientists have developed a database of flow metrics for streams in the western U.S. under historical conditions and climate change scenarios.

Principal Investigator : Charlie Luce

Water, Air, and Soil2011RMRS

ID: 281
Evaluating the environmental impact of building material recovery and reuse

Within the green building and sustainable construction fields, there is a growing movement to recover and reuse building materials in lieu of de ...

Principal Investigator : Richard Bergman

Resource Management and Use2011FPL

ID: 323
Experimental Forest Network Hosts Nationwide Bee Monitoring Project

There is a widespread perception that populations of pollinating insects in North America are in decline.

Principal Investigator : Sam Droege

Wildlife and Fish2011IITF

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: 390
Fire and fish dynamics in a changing climate

Forest Service scientists are seeking a better understanding how climate change and fire affect native trout.

Principal Investigator : Michael Young

Wildlife and Fish2011RMRS

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: 131
Forest Community Dynamics After Widespread Die-Off From an Invasive Insect

Understanding how microclimate and forest community respond to eastern hemlock die-off

Principal Investigator : Chelcy Miniat

Water, Air, and Soil
Invasive Species
2012SRS

ID: 51
Forest For Every Classroom Engages Students in Environmental Topics

Building a network for place-based environmental education in Wisconsin

Principal Investigator : Barbara McGuinness

Invasive Species
Outdoor Recreation
Resource Management and Use
2012NRS

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: 132
ForWarn Monitors Forests Coast-to-Coast

Web-based tool provides a weekly snapshot of U.S. forest conditions to aid forest managers

Principal Investigator : William Hargrove

Wildland Fire and Fuels
Invasive Species
Resource Management and Use
2012SRS

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: 321
Global Forests Sequester One-third of Annual Fossil Fuel Emissions, Much More Than Previously Thought

Forested land plays a much larger role in removing carbon from the atmosphere than was previously thought, according to Forest Service scientist ...

Principal Investigator : Yude Pan

Water, Air, and Soil
Resource Management and Use
2011NRS

ID: 394
Group Addresses Climate Change Impacts

New Forest Service group addresses the impacts of changing climates across the diverse landscapes of the Intermountain West and Great Plains.

Principal Investigator : Jan Engert

Resource Management and Use2011RMRS

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: 415
How much does a woodpecker cost

Using simulations to predict the value of timber production lost due to conserving an endangered species

Principal Investigator : Jim Guldin

Resource Management and Use2011SRS

ID: 347
Hubbard Brook Environmental Literacy Program

One of the Northern Research Station's primary partnerships supporting environmental literacy is with the Hubbard Brook Research Foundation, whi ...

Principal Investigator : Barbara McGuinness

Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
Wildlife and Fish
2011NRS

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: 134
Invasive Chinese Tallow Reduces Hatching of Frog Eggs

Decomposing leaf litter reduces hatching of southern leopard frog eggs by lowering the pH and concentration of dissolved oxygen in the water

Principal Investigator : Dan Saenz

Invasive Species
Wildlife and Fish
2012SRS

ID: 285
Labeling Wood Products Based on Environmental Impacts - Helping consumers make sustainable choices

Environmental product declaration (EPD) is a summary of the environmental impacts associated with producing and using a product or service. An E ...

Principal Investigator : Richard Bergman

Resource Management and Use2011FPL

ID: 310
Managing Tropical Montane Cloud Forests

Over the course of a decade, USFS researchers have collaborated with international researchers to complete research needed to better manage and ...

Principal Investigator : Frederick N. Scatena

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

ID: 369
Measuring Prescribed Burns in Tropical Savannas

A remote-sensing based model has been developed that produces heat flux estimates that are highly consistent with in situ fire plume measurement ...

Principal Investigator : Philip Riggan

Wildland Fire and Fuels2011PSW

ID: 74
Mitigating Arctic Black Carbon Deposition

Scientists identify meteorological conditions when black carbon does not travel to the Arctic

Principal Investigator : Sim Larkin

Wildland Fire and Fuels2012PNW

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: 286
Moisture Control in Crawl Spaces in Louisiana

Builders and homeowners in the Gulf Region often ask how to insulate a crawl space to avoid moisture problems. The Forest Products Laboratory (F ...

Principal Investigator : Samuel Glass

Resource Management and Use2011FPL

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: 398
New collaborative project focuses on tribal climate change issues in the Southwest

This southwestern project is helping Native American tribes identify how climate change is affecting them and how to address these issues.

Principal Investigator : Carol Raish

Resource Management and Use2011RMRS

ID: 10
New Guide Advises Treatments and Technologies To Protect Historic Wooden Bridges

Forest Service and university researchers collaborate to evaluate methods of protecting wooden bridges from fire and biodegradation.

Principal Investigator : Stan Lebow

Resource Management and Use2012FPL

ID: 67
New Model Estimates Historic Fire Frequency

Model will help restore fire-dependent ecosystems and assess effects of changing climates

Principal Investigator : Daniel C. Dey

Resource Management and Use
Wildland Fire and Fuels
2012NRS

ID: 117
New Report Assesses Impact of Climate Change on Forest Diseases

Climate change is projected to have far-reaching environmental effects domestically and abroad

Principal Investigator : Susan Frankel

Invasive Species2012PSW

ID: 70
New Way To Model Forest Stand Dynamics

Scientists test assumptions on natural selection to maximize fitness

Principal Investigator : Harry Valentine

Water, Air, and Soil2012NRS

ID: 311
Novel secondary forests provide valuable habitat for non-vascular plants

The value of secondary forests dominated by introduced species has been the subject of much debate. Forest Service sponsored research in Puerto ...

Principal Investigator : Ines Sastre

Invasive Species2011IITF

ID: 118
Pacific Fire Exchange Is the Hottest Partnership in the Pacific

A new collaboration promotes and uses the best available science to reduce wildfire management costs and improve land managers' ability to prote ...

Principal Investigator : Susan Cordell

Wildland Fire and Fuels
Resource Management and Use
Invasive Species
2012PSW

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: 332
Project SMART: Educating and Motivating Talented High School Students in Math and Science

Forest Service funding from the Northern Research Station's Civil Rights Diversity Committee's Special Project Funds and Conservation Education' ...

Principal Investigator : Rakesh Minocha

Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
Wildlife and Fish
2011NRS

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: 364
Re-sampling historical inventory plots indicates degree of forest changes over the last 100 years

A 100 years of forest change is documented. Contemporary forests are compared to their historical counterparts. The findings presented here ca ...

Principal Investigator : Brandon M. Collins

Wildland Fire and Fuels
Resource Management and Use
2011PSW

ID: 422
Recovery of Carbon and Nutrient Pools in a Northern Forested Wetland

There has been long-standing concern about the effects of silvicultural practices on the functions of forested wetlands. This work shows that th ...

Principal Investigator : Carl Trettin

Resource Management and Use2011SRS

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: 80
Reponding to Climate Change on National Forests



Principal Investigator : David Peterson

Resource Management and Use2012PNW

ID: 115
Report Offers New Management Strategies for Sierra Nevada Forests

Concrete examples of science-based strategies are a hit with managers and stakeholders

Principal Investigator : Malcolm North

Resource Management and Use2012PSW

ID: 110
Research Helps Conserve and Restore Shrub Dominated Ecosystems

Helping to make prudent, research-based decisions to improve shrublands in the Interior West

Principal Investigator : Bryce Richardson

Resource Management and Use2012RMRS

ID: 81
Responding to Climate Change on National Forests

A new guidebook provides a scientific foundation and framework for preparing for climate change

Principal Investigator : David Peterson

Resource Management and Use2012PNW

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: 119
Science Synthesis for Forest Plan Revision



Principal Investigator : Carl Skinner

Wildland Fire and Fuels
Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
Wildlife and Fish
2012PSW

ID: 32
Scientist Refines Models Relating River Flows to Fish Habitat and Population Dynamics

To generate robust preductions, models need to acknowledge the complex life histories of riverine and diadromous fishes

Principal Investigator : Keith Nislow

Wildlife and Fish
Water, Air, and Soil
2012NRS

ID: 36
Scientists and Managers Work To Develop Climate-Smart Conservation Strategies

Project that addresses the needs of land managers in a changing climate has expanded to nine States and more than 133 million acres

Principal Investigator : Chris Swanston

Resource Management and Use2012NRS

ID: 31
Scientists Develop Wildfire Weather Climatology for the Northeastern United States

Knowing where and why large wildfires have occurred in the past can help weather forecasters and fire managers predict future events with greate ...

Principal Investigator : Joseph J. (Jay) Charney

Wildland Fire and Fuels2012NRS

ID: 75
Scientists Find Cause of Yellow-cedar Death in Alaska's Coastal Forests

Absence of snow to protect shallow roots results in roots freezing and extensive tree death

Principal Investigator : Paul Hennon

Resource Management and Use2012PNW

ID: 24
Scientists Find the Achilles' Heel of Wood Fungi Tolerance to Preservatives

Inhibiting the enzymatic pathway in copper tolerant brown rot fungi can block its tolerance of commercial wood preservatives

Principal Investigator : Katie Jenkins

Resource Management and Use2012FPL

ID: 380
SINAMI

SINAMI' is a tool for the economic evaluation of forest fire management programs in Mediterranean ecosystems. It determines the most efficient p ...

Principal Investigator : Armando Gonzalez-Caban

Wildland Fire and Fuels2011PSW

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: 309
Soy-based Adhesives for Wood Products

Soy-based adhesives developed at FPL have been commercialized and allow wood manufacturers to replace adhesives based on fossil fuel with biomas ...

Principal Investigator : Charles Frihart

Resource Management and Use2011FPL

ID: 328
Street-Level Views of Climate Change

Forest Service researchers and partners interviewed residents of two Chicago neighborhoods about their awareness of climate change and their own ...

Principal Investigator : Lynne M. Westphal

Wildland Fire and Fuels
Invasive Species
Outdoor Recreation
2011NRS

ID: 312
Sustainable Management of Big-leaf Mahogany in the Brazilian Amazon

Big-leaf mahogany is by far the most valuable timber species in seasonally dry forests across the southern rim of the Amazon Basin, but much of ...

Principal Investigator : James Grogan

Resource Management and Use2011IITF

ID: 428
TACCIMO Development Team Honored with Regional Forester's Honor Award

The Template for Assessing Climate change Impacts and Management Options (TACCIMO) development team, composed of researchers from the Southern R ...

Principal Investigator : Steve McNulty

Resource Management and Use2011SRS

ID: 107
The Effects of Climate Change in Grasslands, Shrublands, and Deserts

Studies show that by the turn of the century, climate in the Western United States may be incompatible with current vegetation types, resulting ...

Principal Investigator : Deborah Finch

Resource Management and Use
Invasive Species
Wildlife and Fish
2012RMRS

ID: 424
The Forest Health Initiative

The Forest Health Initiative is a new government-university-industry partnership dedicated to developing workable solutions for improving forest ...

Principal Investigator : C. Dana Nelson

Invasive Species
Resource Management and Use
2011SRS

ID: 346
The responses of ecosystems to climate change is influenced by geology and soils

Land managers should be aware of the potential for very different ecological responses to climate change dependent upon soil nutrient status. Nu ...

Principal Investigator : Carl Skinner

Resource Management and Use
Wildland Fire and Fuels
2011PSW

ID: 19
The Role of Millipedes in Tropical Ecosystems

The direct and indirect effects on litter of varying lignin content

Principal Investigator : Grizelle Gonzalez

Water, Air, and Soil2012IITF

ID: 406
Tools to help international conservation agencies make sound decisions

Researchers with the Eastern Forest Environmental Threat Assessment Center (EFETAC) applied models they developed with partners to measure water ...

Principal Investigator : Ge Sun

Water, Air, and Soil2011SRS

ID: 389
Understanding climate change trends on tribal reservations

Station scientists are working with Native American tribes to understand how tribal members and resource managers perceive forecasted climate ch ...

Principal Investigator : Alan Watson

Resource Management and Use2011RMRS

ID: 430
USDA Agroforestry Strategic Framework Provides Roadmap to Sustainable Agriculture

On June 6, 2011, the USDA Agroforestry Strategic Framework, Fiscal Year 2011-2016 was officially released by USDA Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merr ...

Principal Investigator : Andy Mason

Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
2011WO

ID: 15
Water Freezing in Wood: How Low Can It Go

The freezing and melting of water in wood gives clues about how water bonds to wood during processes such as wood decay and fastener corrosion

Principal Investigator : Samuel Zelinka

Resource Management and Use2012FPL

ID: 331
What Motivates Homeowners To Mitigate Fire Risk

In working to foster fire-adapted communities, individuals and organization need to understand the dynamics of public support for fuels manageme ...

Principal Investigator : Sarah M. McCaffrey

Wildland Fire and Fuels2011NRS

ID: 429
Which American Forest Tree Species are Most at Risk

Several threats will increase the risk that forest trees could experience population-level or species-level extinction under climate change scen ...

Principal Investigator : Kevin Potter

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

ID: 372
Wildfire Decision Making

Fire management training and tools can be improved through understanding potential biases impacting wildfire management decisions.Managing wildf ...

Principal Investigator : Pat Winter

Wildland Fire and Fuels2011PSW

ID: 149
Wildfire in the United States: Future Trends and Potential

Climate models project warming and increased droughts this century in the continental United States, so wildfire is likely to increase according ...

Principal Investigator : Yongqiang Liu

Wildland Fire and Fuels2012SRS

ID: 2
Wood Can Last for Centuries if Protected From Moisture

Report dispels myths about wood construction through proper information that educates and empowers the public

Principal Investigator : Carol Clausen

Resource Management and Use2012FPL