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Biological and Physical Resources



to the Forest Service - Biological and Physical Resources program web site. From improving air quality to enhancing streams and uplands for drinking water and wildlife in your National Forests & Grasslands, our programs cover a wide variety of topics and span the country. Working with partners across the nation we provide technical expertise, support, and coordination for the Forest Service’s Regional Offices, Forests, and Districts in the stewardship of water, fish, wildlife, air, and endangered species within the watersheds of the National Forest System. Given the breadth of our work there is a lot to explore! Browse to learn about programs such as experiencing stream environments through freshwater snorkeling; implementing the Weather Information Management System to provide local data for fire danger and flooding; and protecting life, property, and critical natural and cultural resources after fires through the Burned Area Emergency Response program. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Ideas for joining friends in nature… & schedule events in your September, October, November, and December calendar!

  • Happy Birthday Woodsy! :: Woodsy’s 50th Birthday :: September 15, 2021
  • Calendar: National Public Lands Day :: September 25, 2021
  • Calendar: Hispanic Heritage Month :: September 15 – October 15, 2021
  • Calendar: National Hunting & Fishing Day :: September 24, 2021
  • World Rivers Day :: September 26, 2021
  • Native American Heritage Month :: November
  • Wildlife Conservation Day :: December 4, 2021
  • World Soil Day :: December 5, 2021
  • Audubon Christmas Bird Count :: December 14 – January 5, 2021
  • Check out our terrific program NatureWatch!
  • New Publications

  • Brett Roper, PhD (Aquatic Ecologist) of our National Stream and Aquatic Ecology Center, recently co-authored Did changes in western federal land management policies improve salmonid habitat in streams on public lands within the Interior Columbia River Basin? Environ Monit Assess (2019) 191:574 Brett B. Roper & W. Carl Saunders & Jeffrey V. Ojala
    Abstract of the Abstract: Historic management actions authorized or allowed by federal land management agencies have had a profound negative effect on salmon, trout, and char populations and their habitats. To rectify past failings, in the 1990s, federal agencies in the Interior Columbia River Basin modified how they conducted land management activities to foster the conservation of aquatic species. ... By understanding and accounting for how changes in stream conditions reflect improved land management policies and broader environmental trends, federal agencies will be better situated to make project level decisions that benefit aquatic resources. Keywords Streams . Monitoring . Land management . Trend . Salmonids . Pacific Northwest
  • David Merritt, PhD (Riparian Ecologist) and Lindsay Reynolds, PhD (Riparian Ecologist) of our National Stream and Aquatic Ecology Center, recently co-authored a paper with colleagues, Prepare river ecosystems for an uncertain future; As the climate warms, we can’t restore waterways to pristine condition, but models can predict potential changes ... in the journal Nature about globally imperiled rivers and a call to action for river scientists worldwide. Dr. Merritt summarizes, "We present a four step plan toward reshaping the kind of science that we are doing to protect rivers and ideas for engaging the public in recognizing their functions and services to society and steps toward their conservation and recovery. It is a compelling article and has been picked up by news outlets on the West coast and in New Zealand." Oregon State University Press Release
  • Wildlife & Rise to the Future Natural Resource Award Winners!

    Note: The award winners are recognized at various events in winter and spring. The Joint FS and BLM awards bear the year they are awarded.

    Each year the USDA Forest Service recognizes outstanding individual and group achievements by natural resource professionals in the Forest Service, as well as significant partner contributions to wildlife, fish and native plant conservation. We are pleased to announce the recipients! Fall is our "Call for Nomination" season. Join in the celebration of a job well done.

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