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Forest Service R&D provides leading science and new technology that informs urban natural resources stewardship and improves environmental health and community well-being in urban areas. Our research helps to create more livable, desirable, sustainable communities.

Forest Service scientists are at the forefront of urban forestry and socio-ecological (or human-environment) research, providing science that helps cities transition to a sustainable future. Critical research is advancing knowledge of urban trees and forestry resources, urban ecology, ecosystem services and values, watershed rehabilitation, human health and well-being, and green infrastructure.

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Jonathan Moran

March 10: Wildlife Conservation in Cities and Suburbs: Pollinators, Agriculture, and the Great Midwest, Omaha NE A special session at the 80th North American Wildlife and Natural Resources, Conference, featuring new knowledge, programs, practices, and tools for urban pollinator conservation More »


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