From clean water and wildlife habitat to timber and other forest products, recreation, and spiritual and cultural values, healthy natural ecosystems provide a range benefits for people. Increasingly, the value of these “ecosystem services” is being recognized, along with the need to ensure they are available now and into the future. The U.S. Forest Service, with its mission to sustain the nation’s forests and grasslands for present and future generations, is working to incorporate an ecosystem services approach into its programs and activities. So, how might this best be done? Read More>>
From skiing and hunting to horseback riding and camping, federal lands are key providers of the landscapes and facilities that characterize most Americans’ outdoor recreation experiences. In addition to the physical, mental, and spiritual benefits outdoor recreation provides, it also contributes to the U.S. economy by supporting jobs and providing income, particularly in rural communities near recreation destinations. This contribution was formalized in December 2016 when the Outdoor REC Act was enacted, requiring the federal government to report how outdoor recreation contributes to the United States’ Gross Domestic Product. Read More>>
Fires have always been common during the hot, dry summers of the Inland Pacific. However, most wildfires today are immediately suppressed, while those that escape suppression typically burn with high intensity over large areas.
Historically, fires varied tremendously in their frequency, severity, seasonality, distribution, and extent. Restoring these variations in fire, or pyrodiversity, is critical to maintaining successionally diverse landscapes that are resilient to climate change, invasive species, and other stressors. Read More>>
Mission: 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.
Headquarters: Portland, Ore.
Laboratory and Center Locations: 11 total—Fairbanks, Anchorage, Juneau, and Sitka, Alaska; Seattle, Olympia, and Wenatchee, Wash.; Portland, Corvallis, Prineville, and La Grande, Ore.
Workforce: 300 employees (272 permanent and 28 temporary), which includes 79 scientists (in fiscal year 2015)
Funding: $45.9 million (base research appropriations: $40.5 million, client support: $5.4 million) (in fiscal year 2015)