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US Forest Service Research & Development
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  • US Forest Service Research & Development
  • 1400 Independence Ave., SW
  • Washington, D.C. 20250-0003
  • 800-832-1355
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About R&D

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The research and development (R&D) arm of the Forest Service, a component of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, works at the forefront of science to improve the health and use of our Nation's forests and grasslands. Research has been part of the Forest Service mission since the agency's inception in 1905.

The organization consists of seven research stations and 81 experimental forests and ranges Forest Service R&D interacts with national forests in nine regions and with the agency's State and Private Deputy Area throughout the United States. Forest Service R&D is also allied with agencies in the USDA Research, Education, and Economics mission area, including the Agricultural Research Service (ARS), National Institute of Food and Agriculture, National Agricultural Statistics Service, and ARS' National Agricultural Library. Forest Service R&D also partners with other federal agencies, non-governmental organizations, universities, and the private sector.

Today, more than 400 Forest Service scientists work in a range of biological, physical, and social science fields to promote sustainable management of the Nation's diverse forests and rangelands. Their research covers a lot of territory, with programs in all 50 States, U.S. territories, and commonwealths.

Research and Development enhances the rigor and impact of the whole agency. Our research provides a seamless connection between the needs of agency mission areas and the latest science. The work has a steady focus on informing policy and land-management decisions, whether it addresses invasive insects, degraded river ecosystems, or sustainable ways to harvest forest products. The researchers work independently and with a range of partners, including other agencies, academia, nonprofit groups, and industry. The information and technology produced through basic and applied science programs is available to the public for its benefit and use.

Research Priority Areas

These Research Priority Areas reflect those described in the US Forest Service FY21 Budget Justification. They are not fully congruent with the ‘Priority Research Areas’ shown in other parts of this website which reflect earlier budget prioritizations.

Research Framework
R&D is committed to impactful science, effective delivery, and organizational synergy, with a nimble and intentional approach to our work. Our research is connected to three key deliverables: resource inventory and assessment, decision support, and innovations in practices and utilization.

Foundational Research Areas

  • Forest and Grassland Health
  • Forest Soils, Air Quality, and Hydrology
  • Silviculture and Ecology (including forest ecology and fish & wildlife ecology)