USDA Forest Service

Pacific Southwest Research Station

Pacific Southwest
Research Station

800 Buchanan Street
Albany, CA 94710-0011
(510) 883-8830
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About Us

About PSW

Strategic Framework Overview: An overview of the five strategic plan outcomes at PSW.

The work of the Forest Service is as diverse as the landscapes managed by the agency. Since 1905, the research and development arm of the Forest Service works to improve the health and use of our Nation's forests and grasslands.

The USDA Forest Service Research and Development (FS R&D) is the world's largest forestry research organization. FS R&D conducts ecological and social science research to understand ecosystems, how humans influence those systems, and how to manage for sustained and enhanced benefits.

FS R&D operates five Research Stations, the Forest Products Laboratory, and the International Institute of Tropical Forestry. It employs more than 500 scientists, as well as several hundred technical and support personnel located at 67 sites throughout the United States.

The Pacific Southwest Research Station represents FS R&D in the states of California and Hawaiʻi and the U.S.-affiliated Pacific Islands. The region has the lowest, driest desert in the country, the highest elevations within the 48 contiguous States, and the wettest tropical forests. It is home to an abundant diversity of native plants and animals and nearly half of the Nation's threatened and endangered species. PSW scientists conduct a broad array of natural resources research to achieve our mission to "develop and communicate science needed to sustain forest ecosystems and their benefits to society."

Awards and accomplishments

View our recent awards and accomplishment reports.

Who's Who at PSW

View our directory of employees to find phone numbers and locations of PSW scientists.

Organizational Overview

The PSW organization consists of four research programs. More than 30 permanent research scientists work at one of eight PSW locations -- seven in California, and one in Hawaiʻi.


Founded as the California Forest Experiment Station on July 1, 1926. Take a look at the history and accomplishments over the years.