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Species like the European Starling (left, photo courtesy of Cephas/Creative Commons) thrive with human settlement, whereas species of conservation concern, such as the Veery (right, photo by Lars Ploughmann), are negatively impacted by housing development

Bird biodiversity in the wildland urban interface

Species like the European Starling (left, photo courtesy of Cephas/Creative Commons) thrive with human settlement, whereas species of conservation concern, such as the Veery (right, photo by Lars Ploughmann), are negatively impacted by housing development.
Recreational opportunities are an important ecosystem service provided by Wild and Scenic Rivers.

The condition of watersheds on our National Forests

The pollution of rivers, lakes, reservoirs and drinking water are some of the environmental problems of greatest concern to Americans. Scientists with the Rocky Mountain Research Station found substantially lower risk of impaired watershed condition on the National Forest System (NFS) as opposed to non-NFS lands.
An ecosystem service is any benefit that wildlife or ecosystems provides to people. The benefits can be direct or indirect – small or large.

Modeling ecosystem services

General equilibrium model of ecosystem services (GEMES) is one of the first coupled economic and ecological model of ecosystem services, which include water quality, resistance to invasion by non-native species, wildlife habitat, timber production, etc.
Social scientists are studying the process of rebuilding after fires in the wildland urban interface.

Rebuilding after wildfire: New development outpaces rebuilds

Social scientists are studying the process of rebuilding after fires in the wildland urban interface. Surprisingly, the number of buildings inside fire perimeters five years after wildfires was greater than the number of buildings before the fires. Most of these buildings were from new construction.
Participation in hunting has declined over the past few decades, and the average age of hunters has increased.

Changing patterns of wildlife hunting and viewing

Participation in hunting has declined over the past few decades, and the average age of hunters has increased.
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The Human Dimensions Science Program provides science-based innovation to help human societies develop sustainable relationships with their environment. Program scientists, professional technicians, and support staff use rigorous research methods to produce knowledge that can improve the understanding and integration of social and economic values and effects with ecosystem processes in natural resource planning and decision-making. Major issues confronting societies around the world, such as global climate change, management of energy, fire, and water, and ecosystem services, have important socioeconomic dimensions that this Program explores and addresses.