Warren Forestry Sciences Laboratory

Work Environment

The problems upon which Warren Research Work Unit NE-4152 proposes to focus are complex and interacting. Intermediate treatments affect the probable outcomes of eventual forest renewal activities. Forest renewal treatments and natural disturbances affect landscape patterns and processes and in turn affect forest health, wildlife habitat, and wild plant habitats. Policy decisions concerning public forest management and deer management affect forest health, forest renewal, and the outcomes of intermediate treatments. All of these factors affect the sustainability of forestry policies and practices, and affect the efficiency and efficacy of management unit-level indicators of sustainability. To address these complex interactions, we:

  1. Emphasize interdisciplinary research - Wherever possible and appropriate, we will design and implement studies in which we can assess impacts of proposed treatments on multiple elements of the forest community. Scientists with differing expertise will work together. Measurements of like elements in disparate studies will be conducted using a standard protocol, which will enable us to make comparisons among studies.

  2. Seek partnerships - We will continue to seek opportunities to conduct research through partnerships. Our partners will include universities, the National Forest System and State and Private Forestry, the Pennsylvania DCNR Bureau of Forestry, the Pennsylvania Game Commission and the New York Department of Environmental Conservation, foundations including the Sand County Foundation, forest industry, and environmental groups. The Wolf Run Forest Resource Research Partnership is an important example of such partnerships.

  3. Emphasize technology transfer - We will use a full array of means for transferring research results to colleagues and potential users, ranging from field tours to refereed journal publications. We will continue to conduct silvicultural training sessions annually, updating them as new results accumulate. We will continue to package research results in computer based decision support tools for natural resource managers, including SILVAH and NED. We will also continue to explore ways of sharing our results with interested members of the public.

  4. Use existing long-term studies - We are the stewards of a wonderful legacy of long-term studies, some now 70+ years old. We will continue to turn to these long-term studies to enhance our understanding of patterns and processes in forests of the Allegheny Plateau. These patterns and processes develop slowly, and new insights gained from current research both enhance and are enhanced by the information available in long-term study records.

  5. Continue to rely on a professional, permanent, highly skilled and committed technical staff Both our record of accomplishment and our ability to sustain a large number of long-term studies depend heavily on the commitment, expertise, and institutional memory of our permanent technician staff. Prompt replacement of these individuals as they retire, ideally with apprenticeship periods for their replacements, is fundamental to our continued success.

    Send comments or inquiries to: cweldon@fs.fed.us.


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