USDA Forest Service

Pacific Northwest Research Station

Pacific Northwest Research Station
1220 SW 3rd Ave.
Portland, OR 97204

(503) 808-2100

US Forest Service

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The Pacific Northwest Research Station is a leader in the scientific study of natural resources. We generate and communicate impartial knowledge to help people understand and make informed choices about natural resource management and sustainability.

Who We Are

The Pacific Northwest (PNW) Research Station is one of seven research centers that are part of the USDA Forest Service. We develop and deliver knowledge and innovative technology to improve the health and use of the Nation’s forests and rangelands—both public and private. Since 1925, the PNW Research Station has been dedicated to understanding forests and rangelands. We believe that resilient forests are a promise to generations to come—a promise to replenish the air we breathe and the water we drink and use to grow food. Forest trees store carbon from the roots to the tops. Trees supply wood for homes, biomass for fuel, and fiber for paper. From remote mountains to bustling cities, forests provide habitat for fish and wildlife. Wherever they grow, forests are places of beauty, renewal, and solace.

Land managers understand more than ever just how important forests are to people from every walk of life. The PNW Research Station is in the unique position to offer scientific knowledge—built on decades of research—that can be used now to assure future generations enjoy the same benefits from forests that we do today. As part of the USDA Forest Service, Research and Development, the station has access to national forests and an experimental forest system that hold the keys to new understanding of forests and rangelands.

The PNW Research Station has strong partnerships with universities, national forests, state agencies, nonprofits, private industry, and other federal agencies. With these partners, we address key questions associated with climate change, imperiled species, human health and well-being, and other topics. We have the honor of bringing science to the table as people make often difficult choices about managing land.



Geoffrey Donovan - Research Forester Mary Rowland - Research Wildlife Biologist Richard Cronn - Research GeneticistAllen Brackley - Research Forester Jane Smith - Research Botanist Andrew Gray - Research Ecologist


USDA Forest Service Research is composed of six stations, the Forest Product Laboratory, and the International Institute of Tropical Forestry. Station Directors, Executive Teams, and staff work out of Director's Offices (DO). Research is done within the structure of programs at PNW. More organizational overview


The PNW Research Station is supported by two funding sources. The largest part of our funding comes from federal appropriations. Our other funding source is direct client support, which comes from various organizations needing scientific information. More finances and workforce




Forest Service research dates back almost to the time the national forests were created. The first study in the Pacific Northwest was started in 1909 to determine tree volume, taper, and bark thickness of hundreds of trees. Permanent growth plots were established on the Willamette National Forest. More history



Listed below are cooperators who received funding for studies from the PNW Research Station in 2009 and those who provided funding for studies to the station. More partners and clients








2015 Science Accomplishments Report

2015 Science Accomplishments Report
(PDF - 16 MB)



PNW Strategic Framework

The PNW Strategic Framework
A New Decade of Impact and Innovation

(PDF - 12.6 MB)


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