Silviculture Research is applied forest ecology and forms the scientific foundation for forest management and conservation. Our silviculture researchers study how to regenerate forest trees and other plants; how trees grow over time; and how stands of trees interact with other factors such as the environment, wildlife, diseases, and insects.
Silviculture — science-based active manipulation of forest vegetation — is the means of achieving all desired outcomes from forests, be it water quality, biodiversity, wildlife habitat, timber, energy, or something else.
Forest Service silviculture research creates, quantifies, and integrates knowledge about tree growth, soils, plant physiology, genetics, and plant-site-environment interactions to develop options, strategies, systems, and practices to sustainably manage forests to provide what people want and need from them — now and into the future.
Forest Service Silviculture Research
Northern Research Station
- Sustaining Forests
- Sustaining Forests in a Changing Environment
- Ecology and Silviculture of Northern Forests
- Sustainable Management of Central Hardwood Ecosystems and Landscapes
- Institute for Applied Ecosystem Studies
Pacific Northwest Research Station
Pacific Southwest Research Station
Rocky Mountain Research Station
Southern Research Station
- Forest Restoration and Management
- Upland Hardwood Ecology & Management
- Restoring and Managing Longleaf Pine Ecosystems
- Southern Pine Ecology and Management
- Center for Bottomland Hardwood Research
- Center for Forested Wetlands Research
- Southern Institute of Forest Ecosystems Biology