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Urban and Community Forestry

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Research Stations

Forest Service scientists carry out basic and applied research on forests as biological, physical, and social systems. The research promotes ecologically sound management of urban natural resources. Information is shared directly and through Technology Transfer Centers around the country.


Pacific Southwest Research Station

Center for Urban Forest Research

1731 Research Park Drive
Davis, CA 95618

Lead Scientist: Dr. Greg McPherson

Other Researchers: Dr. James Simpson, Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and Dr. Qingfu Xiao, University of California Davis, Department of Land, Air and Water Resources



Northern Research Station

Effects of Urban Forests and their Management on Human Health and Environmental Quality

C/O State University of New York
College of Environmental Science and Forestry
5 Moon Library
Syracuse, NY 13210

Lead Scientist: Dr. Dave Nowak

Other Researchers: Dr. Gordon Heisler, Dr. Quin Holifield, Dr. Richard Pouyat, and Dr. Jeffrey Walton



George D. Aiken Forestry Sciences Laboratory

705 Spear St., P.O. Box 968
Burlington, VT 05402–0968
802–951–6771, ext. 1111

Lead Scientist: Dr. Mark Twery

Other Researchers: Dr. Morgan Grove, Dr. Erika Svendsen, and Lindsay Campbell



Natural Environments for Urban Population

1033 University Pl. Ste. 360
Evanston, IL 60201–3172
847–866–9311, ext. 11

Lead Scientist: Dr. Lynne Westphal

Other Researchers: Dr. Paul Gobster, Dr. Sarah McCaffrey, Dr. Susan Stewart, and Dr. Herb Schroeder


Southern Research Station

Integrating Human and Natural Systems in Urban and Urbanizing Landscapes
Bldg. 164, Mowry Rd.
Gainesville, FL 32611

Acting Lead Scientist: Dr. Cassandra Johnson, Research Social Scientist (currently rotates bimonthly among the unit’s research scientists.)

Other Researchers: Dr. J. Michael Bowker (GA), Research Social Scientist (Economist); Dr. Cassandra Johnson (GA), Research Social Scientist (Social Science); and Dr. Wayne Zipperer (FL), Research Forester



USDA National Agroforestry Center

University of Nebraska—Lincoln-East Campus
North 38th Street & East Campus Loop
Lincoln, NE 68583–0822

Lead Scientist: Dr. Michele Schoeneberger

Other Researchers: Dr. Michael Dosskey and Gary Bentrup


Important Non-Forest Service Research Centers

Human Dimensions of Urban Forestry and Urban Greening

College of Forest Resources
University of Washington
Box 352100
Seattle, WA 98195–2100

Lead Scientist: Dr. Kathleen L. Wolf



Landscape and Human Health Laboratory

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
1103 South Dorner Dr.
Urbana, IL 61801–4778

Lead Scientist: Dr. Frances E. Kuo

Other Researchers: Dr. Johanna Weber, Dr. Andrea Faber Taylor,
Hongxia Fan, Amy Ritter, and Emma Bruehlman-Senecal



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Last modified: April 05, 2016