US Forest Service Research & Development
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  • 1400 Independence Ave., SW
  • Washington, D.C. 20250-0003
  • 800-832-1355
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Linda S. Heath

Linda S. Heath

271 Mast Road
New Hampshire
United States

Phone: 603-868-7612
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Current Research

I recently returned from a 2-year detail under an Intergovernmental Personnel Act Agreement, serving as the Senior Forest Climate Change Specialist to the Global Environment Facility, Washington DC. The GEF is a Vice Presidential Unit within the World Bank. I led the land use, land use change and forestry (LULUCF) portfolio and the Sustainable Forest Management/REDD+ portfolio for the Climate and Chemicals Team; and was the carbon benefits expert for estimation for GEF forest-related projects.

I am currently working with NRS concerning my next Forest Service assignment.

Research Interests

All land management and use potentially contributes to greenhouse gas emissions and sinks, including carbon benefits. Other multiple environmental benefits, such an in the areas of climate change, biodiversity and combating desertification, are also produced. Future research will involve quantifying and understanding multiple environmental benefits from land management and use. Relevant science findings will be communicated to policymakers, practicing land managers, and the public.

Past Research

My research assignment prior to my sabbatical at the GEF was focused on estimating greenhouse gas inventories and their uncertainties associated with forest and land management in the United States, and exploring management impacts. This included online applications: COLE,

Why This Research is Important

Carbon is important to energy production and climate change. Credible estimation of carbon benefits from land management is crucial for development of carbon markets, to meet policy commitments, to practice sustainable land management, and to understand the global carbon cycle.


  • University of Washington, Seattle, WA, Ph.D. Quantitative Resources Management 1989
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, B.S. Forestry 1981
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, M.S. Forest Management 1983

Professional Organizations

  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Ecological Society of America
  • Society of American Foresters

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Research Highlights


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 ...


Improving Forest Inventory and Monitoring Capacity in Countries of the World

Efficient national and subnational level inventory and monitoring systems are needed to characterize carbon and other attributes of forests so t ...


Last updated on : 04/20/2016