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New website launched for Northwest Forest Plan science synthesis

Site includes interactive portal for literature submission

USDA Forest Service
Pacific Northwest, Research Station
Portland, OR: December 10, 2015

Media assistance: Yasmeen Sands, (503) 808-2137,


New website launched for Northwest Forest Plan science synthesis.

PORTLAND, Ore. December 10, 2015. The U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest Research Station today announced a website to promote awareness of the development of a science synthesis to inform plan revision in the Northwest Forest Plan (NWFP) area.

“The Forest Service is committed to making the process of developing the synthesis as transparent as possible,” said Rob Mangold, PNW Research Station Director. “We are excited to announce this website, which will help us share information about the status of the synthesis and provide a forum for members of nongovernmental organizations, other interested stakeholders, and the general public to suggest key science for consideration in the synthesis.”

A main feature of the site is an interactive reference literature database, which allows stakeholders to review the scientific literature being considered by the science team in the synthesis and to submit additional peer-reviewed publications for consideration.
The Pacific Northwest and Pacific Southwest Research Stations are developing the science synthesis to inform the revision of land management plans for 19 national forests within the NWFP area as part of the formal planning process for the U.S. Forest Service. The peer-reviewed publication—requested by the agency’s Pacific Northwest and Pacific Southwest Regions—will synthesize existing research on key resource management topics to provide managers with a thorough, up-to-date science foundation to be used as part of an assessment for plan revisions. A draft of the science synthesis is expected by fall 2016.

The NWFP amended land management plans in 1994 to protect threatened and endangered species associated with late-successional and old-growth forest habitats while still contributing to social and economic sustainability.







The Pacific Northwest Research Station—headquartered in Portland, Ore.—generates and communicates scientific knowledge that helps people make informed choices about natural resources and the environment. The station has 11 laboratories and centers located in Alaska, Washington, and Oregon and about 300 employees. Learn more online at

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