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U.S. Forest Service R&D Contributed to Historic Day for Citizen Science

Lily Whiteman, October 22, 2015 at 10:15am

​September 30, 2015 was a day of important scientific and policy milestones for citizen science—the participation of nonscientists in scientific research.  The U.S. Forest Service R&D contributed to this special day by helping to produce a paper about citizen science for land managers and decision makers.

A photo of volunteers sorting and identifying specimens for a biodiversity survey.

On National Forests and Grasslands, All Droughts are not Created Equal

Stephanie Worley Firley, October 7, 2015 at 5:00pm

This Science Story was originally posted on CompassLive, an interactive venue hosted by the USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station.

During the “top five” droughts, researchers found the highest reductions in water yield on national forests in the West and Southeast.

Study Concludes Coyotes Help Manage Deer Population in Southeast U.S.

Diane Banegas, October 7, 2015 at 2:00pm

The wily canine thrives in its adopted region but questions remain about its impact on other species

Forest Service Research Wildlife Biologist John Kilgo with a fawn

Taking sample of water in a swamp. courtesy of ThinkstockClimate change

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