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Forest Service Research Improves Road Management and Influences National Policy

Cody Sullivan, August 11, 2016 at 11:15am

Forest Service researchers collaborated with partners to develop analytic tools that identify specific areas where water drains off forest roads and carries unwanted sediment into waterways. These tools, GRAIP (Geomorphic Road Analysis and Inventory Package) and GRAIP-Lite, informed new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) policy decisions.

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A crewmember examines a collapsed stream crossing in Idaho as part of GRAIP’s forest road inventorying process
A crewmember examines a collapsed stream crossing in Idaho as part of GRAIP’s forest road inventorying process

Fire and Forests

Diane Banegas, August 4, 2016 at 1:15pm

Since the Forest Service officially established its branch of research more than 100 years ago, it has studied fire and its positive and negative roles in sustaining U.S. forests and grasslands.


Diners Love This Stinky Food

Patricia Matteson, July 28, 2016 at 9:45am

This edible non-timber forest product can cost as much as a good steak with prices ranging from $12 to $30 per pound.

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Jim Chamberlain reviews placement of study plots where ramps have been harvested for commercial purposes in northwest Lower Michigan
Jim Chamberlain reviews placement of study plots where ramps have been harvested for commercial purposes in northwest Lower Michigan

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