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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 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. Research and Development’s contributions to the Forest Service and to the broader natural resource community are based on our scientific excellence in the foundational research areas of forest and grassland health; forest soils, air quality, and hydrology; and silviculture and ecology, including forest ecology and fish & wildlife ecology. These foundational disciplines are essential to our leadership in addressing the agency’s national research priorities.

National Research Priorities

These national research priorities reflect those described in the US Forest Service FY21 Budget Justification. They relate to, but are not fully congruent with, the ‘Priority Research Areas’ shown elsewhere on this website, which reflect priorities described in earlier budget justifications.