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ID: 101
A High-Tech Adventure Game of Hide and Seek

Geocaching invites a technologically savvy public into nature

Principal Investigator : Deborah J. Chavez

Outdoor Recreation2012PSW
Photo of Dead and dying trees on theBass Lake RangerDistrict, Sequoia National Forest, California.
ID: 1413
A satellite view yields clues about drought and tree mortality

Researchers are using satellite data to understand the interplay between drought and site-specific conditions across the larger landscape. A new ...

Principal Investigator : David M. Bell

Inventory and Monitoring
Outdoor Recreation
2018PNW
Photo of As urban natural resource stewardship is a priority at the Forest Service, it is critical to understand how the distribution of urban green spaces can influence public health amongst diverse communities. U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 1139
Advancing Sustainability through Urban Green Space: Cultural Ecosystem Services, Equity, and Social Determinants of Health

Although the benefits of urban forests, gardens, parks, and other green spaces have been documented, the nuances of this relationship continue t ...

Principal Investigator : Viniece Jennings

Outdoor Recreation2016SRS
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ID: 272
Aiding Visitation Management in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness

The unique wilderness of Boundary Waters Canoe Area draws over 250,000 visitors annually, making it one of the most popular wilderness areas in ...

Principal Investigator : Cindy S. S. Swanson

Outdoor Recreation2010RMRS
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ID: 102
Americans and Greeks Experience Similar Benefits from Recreation in Forests

Data show recreational uses of forest lands are psychologically and socially important

Principal Investigator : Jim Absher

Outdoor Recreation2012PSW
Photo of Close-up view of hands surrounding a freshly-planted pine tree seedling
ID: 1454
Another Benefit of Reforestation: Soil Carbon Sequestration

The rate of carbon sequestration in forests is projected to decline in the decades ahead, largely because more forest land will be developed and ...

Principal Investigator : Grant M. Domke

Wildlife and Fish
Water, Air, and Soil
Inventory and Monitoring
Outdoor Recreation
2018NRS
Photo of Researcher Xiping Wang inspects field exposed specimens with ground penetrating radar.
ID: 1285
Assessing the ability of ground-penetrating radar to detect internal moisture and fungal decay

Internal moisture and fungal decay are detected in structural bridge members using ground penetrating radar for faster evaluation of timber brid ...

Principal Investigator : James P. Wacker

Outdoor Recreation
Inventory and Monitoring
2017FPL
Photo of False color composite of the four representative Landsat MSS images – the older images that go back to the 1970s, in Puerto Rico, and their cloud and shadow masks by the new method, ATSA2 (gray: clear pixels; black: shadows; white: clouds, DOY = Day of Year)
ID: 1474
Automated monitoring of tropical deforestation made easier

New algorithm permits automated tropical forest monitoring back to the 1970s and allows more frequent observations since the year 2015

Principal Investigator : Eileen H. Helmer

Inventory and Monitoring
Outdoor Recreation
2018IITF
Photo of Scenic views from San Jacinto Wilderness, San Bernardino National Forest. José J. Sánchez, USDA Forest Service
ID: 687
Benefits and Losses of Wildfires on the San Jacinto Wilderness

Forest Service scientists discovered that recently burned landscapes are attractive to forest recreationalists. This information can help fire m ...

Principal Investigator : Jose J. Sanchez

Outdoor Recreation
Wildland Fire and Fuels
2014PSW
Photo of A new book provides land managers and policy makers with key information about the potential impacts of climate change on southern forest ecosystems. Sarah Farmer, USDA Forest Service
ID: 734
Book Published to Help Managers of Southern Forests Cope with the Effects of Climate Change

Resource managers and policy makers require new insights into the implications of a rapidly changing climate on forest ecosystems and their valu ...

Principal Investigator : James Vose

Invasive Species
Wildland Fire and Fuels
Outdoor Recreation
Resource Management and Use
Wildlife and Fish
Water, Air, and Soil
2014SRS
Photo of 1. A street of vacant and abandoned rowhomes in Baltimore.
2.  Inside a deconstructed rowhome; wood and brick salvaged from homes can be reused rather than landfilled.  Deconstruction create substantial economic benefits, including 6-8 times as many jobs as demolition.
3. The Forest Service facilitates restoration of land after rowhomes have been removed.  Forest Service social-ecological research looks at the watershed, community development, and human health benefits of urban restoration.
ID: 1274
Catalyzing an urban wood and restoration economy in Baltimore

The Weeks Act of 1911 enabled the newly established U.S. Forest Service to restore land and watersheds. One hundred and six years later, agency ...

Principal Investigator : Sarah J. Hines

Water, Air, and Soil
Resource Management and Use
Inventory and Monitoring
Outdoor Recreation
Wildlife and Fish
2017NRS
Photo of Winter recreationists carrying GPS units were tracked as they traveled in the backcountry. Forest Service
ID: 273
Catalyzing Human Behavior in Support of Monitoring Recreation Impacts on Wildlife

Surprising successes have been achieved in the first year of a pilot project examining how humans, lynx and wolverine use winter recreation area ...

Principal Investigator : William M. Block

Outdoor Recreation2010RMRS
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ID: 354
Community Environmentalism

Findings suggest that ethnically diverse publics may find motivation for environmentalism through a commitment to social action that serves thei ...

Principal Investigator : Patricia L. Winter

Outdoor Recreation2011PSW
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ID: 1343
Conservation and restoration of the sagebrush biome

Land management agencies face the need for effective strategic conservation actions for the conservation and restoration of sagebrush ecosystems ...

Principal Investigator : Jeanne C. Chambers

Water, Air, and Soil
Wildland Fire and Fuels
Outdoor Recreation
Invasive Species
Inventory and Monitoring
Resource Management and Use
2017PSW
Photo of Face of DVD titled The Wildlife and Wilderness Exploration Show. Forest Service
ID: 329
Culturally Appropriate Conservation Education for the Hmong American Community

Forest Service researchers produced a conservation education DVD in partnership with the Hmong community titled The Wildlife and Wilderness Expl ...

Principal Investigator : David N. Bengston

Outdoor Recreation
Wildland Fire and Fuels
2011NRS
Photo of Tree cover change in urban areas by state
ID: 1431
Declining U.S. Urban Tree Cover

Urban forests in the United States conservatively provide over $18 billion in annual benefits. Between 2009 and 2014, tree cover in urban areas ...

Principal Investigator : David J. Nowak

Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
Inventory and Monitoring
Outdoor Recreation
2018NRS
Photo of Bacterial exudates covering second instar kermes scales feeding at the junction of new and one-year-old growth.
ID: 1353
Drippy blight: A new disease complex of red oak

Disease complexes, the result of insects and plant pathogens interacting to compromise their plant hosts, are becoming increasingly common world ...

Principal Investigator : Rachael A. Sitz

Inventory and Monitoring
Outdoor Recreation
Invasive Species
2017RMRS
Photo of The Discover the Forest and earth camps attracted diverse candidates from across the Northeastern United States. Kyle Lolar
ID: 506
Earth Camps Connect Students to Nature

The University of Maine's first high school forest resource camps, a partnership with the Forest Service's Northern Research Station, attracted ...

Principal Investigator : Laura S. Kenefic

Outdoor Recreation
Resource Management and Use
2013NRS
Photo of (Left) Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program treatment implementation on the Pike National Forest. (Right) A study plot at Boulder County’s Heil Ranch, before (top) and after (bottom) treatment implementation.
ID: 1421
Ecological impacts of collaborative forest restoration treatments

Restoration treatments are being implemented at an increasing rate in ponderosa pine and other dry conifer forests across the western United Sta ...

Principal Investigator : Paula J. Fornwalt

Wildland Fire and Fuels
Inventory and Monitoring
Invasive Species
Water, Air, and Soil
Wildlife and Fish
Outdoor Recreation
Resource Management and Use
2018RMRS
Photo of Overview of the methodology used to map vegetation carbon stocks throughout Hawaii: a, b the Hawaii State GAP vegetation map provided a geospatial guide for sampling Hawaii Island with airborne Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR). The LiDAR data were converted to maps of top-of-canopy height (TCH). c A diverse array of satellite-based environmental maps were compiled to provide continuous geographic information on vegetation cover, topographic variables, and climate. d The satellite and LiDAR data were processed through a geostatistical model based on the Random Forest Machine Learning (RFML) approach to develop multi-island, statewide maps of TCH at 30 m spatial resolution. The statewide TCH map was converted to estimates of aboveground carbon density (ACD) using a universal plot-aggregate approach. The modeling process included an estimate of uncertainty on each 30 m grid cell for the entire State of Hawaii.
ID: 1400
Ecosystem carbon storage and productivity across the Hawaiian Islands

Hawaii provides a model system for understanding the effects of environment on ecosystem carbon storage and flux. Forest Service scientists exam ...

Principal Investigator : Christian P. Giardina

Invasive Species
Outdoor Recreation
2017PSW
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ID: 1491
El Yunque National Forest Atlas release

Publication of an atlas about El Yunque National Forest, a collaboration between the International Institute of Tropical Forestry and El Yunque ...

Principal Investigator : International Institute of Tropical Forestry

Resource Management and Use
Outdoor Recreation
Inventory and Monitoring
Wildlife and Fish
Water, Air, and Soil
2018IITF
Photo of Baltimore Field Station's Quin Holifield talks to students about soils on the Gwynns Falls Trail. Mary Hardcastle, Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks.
ID: 1120
Every Kid in a Park is Urban, Too

President Obama’s Every Kid in a Park initiative strives to get every fourth-grader (and his or her family) out on to public lands and waters ...

Principal Investigator : Barbara McGuinness

Outdoor Recreation2016NRS
Photo of Exurban development changes the landscape context of family forest.
ID: 1464
Family forests are the ties that bind the landscape

Family forests have an enormous capacity to provide ecosystem services such as clean air and water, timber and nontimber forest products, wildli ...

Principal Investigator : Kurt Riitters

Outdoor Recreation
Inventory and Monitoring
2018SRS
Photo of Field and farmstead windbreaks?.  

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ID: 1444
Farms and Forests: Quantifying the Tree Resource in the Great Plains

Between 1935 and 1942, the Prairie States Forestry Project orchestrated the planting of more than 220 million trees in 33,000 windbreaks totalin ...

Principal Investigator : Northern Research Station

Outdoor Recreation
Inventory and Monitoring
2018NRS
Photo of Eighteeen educators, administrators and community members participated in Wisconsin's first replication of Forest For Every Classroom. Barbara McGuinness, Forest Service
ID: 51
Forest For Every Classroom Engages Students in Environmental Topics

Building a network for place-based environmental education in Wisconsin

Principal Investigator : Barbara McGuinness

Invasive Species
Outdoor Recreation
Resource Management and Use
2012NRS
Photo of This map displays the current (2017) status of urban  FIA implementation.  Inventory monitoring has begun in those cities in bold font and the year the inventory began is also indicated.
ID: 1277
Forest Inventory and Analysis Urban Monitoring Expands to Include 26 Cities

In collaboration with state and local partners, the Forest Service’s Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIS) Program has expanded urban forest mon ...

Principal Investigator : Mark Majewsky

Inventory and Monitoring
Outdoor Recreation
2017NRS
Photo of Landscape photograph of the Missouri Ozark forests. Dan Dey, USDA Forest Service
ID: 609
Forest Management Guidelines Help Improve and Sustain Missouri's Forest Resources

Missouri landowners and resource managers need state-of-the-art, science-based knowledge of forest management planning, silviculture, and best m ...

Principal Investigator : Daniel C. Dey, Dr.

Inventory and Monitoring
Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
Outdoor Recreation
Invasive Species
Wildland Fire and Fuels
2014NRS
Photo of Kayakers at Freshkills Park site Photo provided by NYC Parks. New York City Parks.
ID: 1007
Forest Service Research Evaluates Public Response to Transformed Landfill

City parks are easy to love, but would you love, or visit, a park that used to be a landfill? As part of a team that included the New York City ...

Principal Investigator : Stephanie Snyder

Outdoor Recreation2016NRS
Photo of Dr. James Trappe (Forest Service, emeritus scientist) and Mr. Turgut Keskin (Turkish entrepreneur interested in developing a commercial truffle industry in Turkey) enjoy the aroma of Tuber aestivum near Denizli, Turkey. Michael Castellano, USDA Forest Service
ID: 492
Forest Service Scientists Help Turkish Foresters Cultivate Truffle Species

Forest Service scientists provided training to Turkish Ministry of Forestry personnel in the importance of ectomycorrhizal fungi to forest produ ...

Principal Investigator : Michael Castellano

Wildlife and Fish
Resource Management and Use
Outdoor Recreation
2013NRS
Photo of The GuidosToolbox offers a free, user-friendly alternative to commercial software tools for users across the globe to monitor forest fragmentation and landscape patterns at any scale.
ID: 1313
Forest Service software goes global

Originally intended to foster and support U.S.-European harmonization of forest assessments required for the Montreal Process and the Food and A ...

Principal Investigator : Kurt Riitters

Outdoor Recreation2017SRS
Photo of RMRS-2017-211; 1) Plant species richness (a) and duff depth (b) related to the imputed overstory responses via plot ID. Also shown are the fire history variables number of fires (c) and years since last fire (d).
2) Imputations of trees per hectare (a), basal area (b) and dominant tree species (c) from airborne LiDAR across Eglin AFB, and Plot ID (d) imputed as an ancillary variable (i.e., having no weight in the model).
ID: 1397
Forest structure relates to plant diversity, fuels, and fire regime

Forest Service researchers associated LiDAR data from Eglin Air Force Base in Florida with field plot data and fire management records. They det ...

Principal Investigator : Andrew T. Hudak

Inventory and Monitoring
Water, Air, and Soil
Outdoor Recreation
2017RMRS
Photo of Kayakers in Freshkills Park, NYC. Forest Service
ID: 54
From World's Largest Landfill to New York City's Newest Park

The story of the restoration of Fresh Kills Salt Marsh, Staten Island, NY

Principal Investigator : Lindsay K. Campbell

Resource Management and Use
Outdoor Recreation
2012NRS
Photo of Researcher injecting an ash tree with insecticide.
ID: 1424
Genetic Information on Ash Informs Treatments for Emerald Ash Borer 

Forest managers can use insecticide treatments to protect ash trees from emerald ash borer to conserve the genetic diversity of ash. But which t ...

Principal Investigator : Northern Research Station

Outdoor Recreation
Invasive Species
Inventory and Monitoring
Water, Air, and Soil
Resource Management and Use
2018NRS
Photo of Students get outdoor instruction as part of the Go Green Club. Nikka Labella, Bradford Area School District
ID: 658
Go Green Club Introduces Students to the Forest

The Forest Service's Northern Research Station and Allegheny National Forest are key partners in establishing the "Go Green Club," an after-scho ...

Principal Investigator : Barbara McGuinness

Invasive Species
Outdoor Recreation
Inventory and Monitoring
Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
2014NRS
Photo of Map of Luquillo Mountains, including El Yunque National Forest/Luquillo Experimental Forest and its locations in NE Puerto Rico where bird population monitoring occurred. The black circles represent sites sampled in 2015 with automated acoustic recorders and yellow circles sites with historical point count data. Different colors represent differences in elevation (m a.s.l.).
ID: 1452
Have bird distributions shifted along an elevation gradient with climate change over a 17-year period in El Yunque National Forest?

Expected elevational shifts in bird distributions with global warming may be species-specific and, hence not readily predictable for many bird s ...

Principal Investigator : Wayne J. Arendt, PhD

Outdoor Recreation
Wildlife and Fish
Inventory and Monitoring
2018IITF
Photo of Housing growth rate 1940-2000 within 50 km of each national forest, national park, and wilderness area within the conterminous United States. Susan I. Stewart, Forest Service
ID: 204
Housing Growth In and Near Protected Areas

NRS researcher Susan Stewart and cooperators at the University of Wisconsin and Oregon State University analyzed housing data from 1940 to 2030, ...

Principal Investigator : Susan I. Stewart

Outdoor Recreation2010NRS
Photo of At a community meeting in Issaquah, Washington, particpants discuss maps created by the public and their role in travel management planning. Lee Cerveny, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 1045
Human Ecology Mapping Reveals Public Priorities for Forest Destinations and Roads

Public land managers often must prioritize among ongoing construction and maintenance of infrastructure and facilities valued by the public. Hum ...

Principal Investigator : Lee K. Cerveny

Outdoor Recreation
Resource Management and Use
2016PNW
Photo of i-Tree user distribution by country.
ID: 1219
i-Tree grows to more than 180,000 users in 130 countries

i-Tree is a series of freely available tools that aid people in quantifying the benefits and values derived from trees and forests and in under ...

Principal Investigator : David J. Nowak

Outdoor Recreation
Inventory and Monitoring
2017NRS
Photo of Map of Borneo showing areas of forest loss between 2000 and 2010 in yellow, areas of forest persistence from 2000 to 2010 in green, and areas that were not forest in 2000 in black.
ID: 1350
Improved predictions of deforestation in Borneo

A collaborative team led by Forest Service research ecologist Samuel Cushman has produced a substantial breakthrough in advancing predictive mod ...

Principal Investigator : Samuel A. Cushman

Water, Air, and Soil
Outdoor Recreation
Inventory and Monitoring
Resource Management and Use
2017RMRS
Photo of Estimates of carbon dioxide equivalent for the forest land category in the United States (negative estimates represent sequestration). DOS: Drained organic soils, Fire: wild and prescribed fire emissions (N20 and CH4), FLCL: Forest Land Converted to Land, FLRFL: Forest Land Remaining Forest Land, Harvested Wood Products, Land Converted to Forest Land.
ID: 1260
Land use conversion to and from forest land has important implications on the National Greenhouse Gas Budget

Land use and land use change data from the Forest Inventory and Analysis Program makes possible a first-of-its-kind analysis of carbon dynamics ...

Principal Investigator : Grant M. Domke

Inventory and Monitoring
Outdoor Recreation
2017NRS
Photo of Dead whitebark pine trees in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness Area, Salmon-Challis National Forest, Idaho
ID: 1515
Landscape-scale assessments of whitebark pine

Whitebark pine (Pinus albicaulis) is an ecologically important species in high-altitude areas of the Western United States. Whitebark pine stand ...

Principal Investigator : Sara A. Goeking

Outdoor Recreation
Inventory and Monitoring
2018RMRS
Photo of PSW-2017-250; One of the nine research plots located along a five degree Celcius mean annual temperature gradient on the Island of Hawaii; here the field crew is measuring soil respiration and collecting litterfall.
ID: 1399
Long-term warming increases ecosystem nitrogen cycling

In a model ecosystem study where mean annual temperature (MAT) increases with elevation but where many factors such as soils, soil moisture, and ...

Principal Investigator : Christian P. Giardina

Outdoor Recreation
Inventory and Monitoring
2017PSW
Photo of Tree failure resulting in damage to house, Kennebunkport, ME. USDA Forest Service
ID: 654
Managing Wood Decay in the Urban Forest

Arborists need tools to help identify patterns of wood decay as part of tree risk analysis and decisions on the proper care of urban and communi ...

Principal Investigator : Jessie A. Glaeser

Outdoor Recreation
Resource Management and Use
2014NRS
Photo of Model predictions of forest harvesting and conversion along the U.S.-Canadian border in northern Maine show most of the forest lost to development occurred in Canada, and although annual rates of harvesting (normalized for the total amount of forest area in each country) are roughly similar, the forest cut blocks on the U.S. side are noticeably larger.
ID: 1320
Mapping forest disturbance agents with Landsat time series

Disturbance plays an important role in shaping forests’ ability to sequester carbon and provide critical ecosystem services such as clean air ...

Principal Investigator : Todd A. Schroeder

Inventory and Monitoring
Outdoor Recreation
2017SRS
Photo of Restoration in urban areas can take several forms ' or ' View of Chicago skyline from Calumet restoration sites. Lynne Westphal, Forest Service
ID: 202
Models for Ecological Restoration in Urban Areas: Lessons From the USA and Europe

NRS researchers Paul Gobster and Lynne Westphal and a German colleague, Matthias Gross, analyzed urban restoration projects and developed severa ...

Principal Investigator : Lynne M. Westphal

Outdoor Recreation2010NRS
Photo of Dr. Mark Twery of the NRS describing the structure of a dandelion stem to participants in the Moving Field Guide workshop at Patterson Park in Baltimore. Steward Pickett, Baltimore Ecosystem Study LTER, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
ID: 348
Moving Field Guides: Learning ecology through dance

Children in Baltimore, MD, are working with Forest Service researchers and the Dance Exchange, a professional dance company, to turn their obser ...

Principal Investigator : Mark Twery

Outdoor Recreation2011NRS
Photo of These efforts area aimed at furthering our understanding of the link between outdoor recreation and health and well being, and ensuring that managers and stakeholders have access to personal stories from the field demonstrating research applications. Forest Service
ID: 231
Multiple Studies Improve Understanding, Measurement, and Transfer of Knowledge of Recreation, Quality Of Life, and Health

PSW scientists contributed to an increased understanding of the link between recreation, quality of life, and health. Visitor constraints to phy ...

Principal Investigator : Armando Gonzalez-Caban

Outdoor Recreation2010PSW
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ID: 264
National Survey on Recreation and the Environment

The National Kids Survey (NKS), a companion survey to the National Survey of Recreation and the Environment (NSRE), focuses on youth 6 to 19 yea ...

Principal Investigator : H. Ken Cordell

Outdoor Recreation2010SRS
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ID: 419
Natural Lands and Future Rural Migration

People of the U.S. move frequently, and they move for many reasons. One reason of growing importance is to live in places with natural landscape ...

Principal Investigator : H. Ken Cordell

Outdoor Recreation2011SRS
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ID: 368
Nature Education

A better understanding will improve the effectiveness of nature educations programs such as the U.S. Forest Service, Kids in the Woods.A study t ...

Principal Investigator : Jim Absher

Outdoor Recreation2011PSW
Photo of i-Tree PRESTO welcome screen.
ID: 1225
New addition to i-Tree family estimates carbon in wood products

Wood continues to store carbon after it is harvested, and some carbon offset programs allow landowners to receive credit for carbon in products ...

Principal Investigator : Coeli Hoover

Outdoor Recreation
Water, Air, and Soil
2017NRS
Photo of Book cover. USDA Forest Service
ID: 653
New Book Documents Contributions from Forest Service's Long-Term Research Sites

From the role of fire in forests to responses to clearcutting controversies, from the discovery of acid rain to the development of biogeochemica ...

Principal Investigator : Susan Stout

Invasive Species
Inventory and Monitoring
Outdoor Recreation
Wildland Fire and Fuels
Water, Air, and Soil
Resource Management and Use
Wildlife and Fish
2014NRS
Photo of Pine bark (center) and other beetles found in a dead Ponderosa pine in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service (FS) Sequoia National Forest are displayed on the inner side of a piece of outer bark that Entomologist Beverly Bulaon removed in search for pine bark beetles burrowed in dead conifers, near Posey, CA, on August 24, 2016.
ID: 1396
New forest health monitoring methods tested and found effective

Disturbance processes such as insect outbreaks are natural disturbance agents in forests. The frequency and intensity of disturbances is expect ...

Principal Investigator : Jose Negron

Outdoor Recreation
Inventory and Monitoring
2017RMRS
Photo of Thicket of trees in a ponderosa pine forest located on the Long Valley Experimental Forest depicts unhealthy forest conditions. Richard T. Reynolds, USDA Forest Service.
ID: 698
New Framework Guides Land Managers in Restoring Forests to Historic Conditions

Forest Service and university scientists and managers synthesized 100 years of published forestry science to help forest managers better underst ...

Principal Investigator : Richard T. Reynolds

Wildland Fire and Fuels
Resource Management and Use
Outdoor Recreation
Water, Air, and Soil
Wildlife and Fish
2014RMRS
Photo of Aspen stands affected by drought in southern Colorado.
ID: 1384
New report offers comprehensive inventory of Colorado’s forests

The current inventory of Colorado’s forests is the first to use the complete set of Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) plots across all owner ...

Principal Investigator : John D. Shaw

Outdoor Recreation
Inventory and Monitoring
Invasive Species
Wildland Fire and Fuels
2017RMRS
Photo of At a farmers' market in Carnation, Wash., members of the public identify some of their favorite places for outdoor recreation. USDA Forest Service
ID: 787
Outdoor Recreation Study Maps the Places People Love

Going to the people: Shoppers at farmers’ markets in King County, Wash., shared information about their favorite places for outdoor recreation ...

Principal Investigator : Lee K. Cerveny

Outdoor Recreation2015PNW
Photo of Large trees occupy a drainage inside Eco-park. Yiscel Y�ng?ez, Panama
ID: 192
Panama Eco-park: a Protected Urban Forest

A consortium of Panamanian natural resource management agencies have been developing Eco-Park to increase eco-tourism. Forest Service scientists ...

Principal Investigator : Peter Weaver

Outdoor Recreation2010IITF
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ID: 420
Partnering to Support Better Recreation Policy and Management Analysis

For over 30 years the Forest Service and the Recreation Research Unit in Athens, Georgia have been recognized leaders in partnering to address n ...

Principal Investigator : H. Ken Cordell

Outdoor Recreation2011SRS
Photo of Reactions to fear of crime and their relationships to recreation behavior. Paul Gobster, Forest Service
ID: 203
Perceptions of Crime and its Impacts on the Use of Urban Parks by Latino Residents

NRS scientist Paul Gobster examined how the perceptions of Latino residents in two inner-city Chicago neighborhoods affected their use of outdoo ...

Principal Investigator : Paul H. Gobster

Outdoor Recreation2010NRS
Photo of Cattle on western rangelands
ID: 1522
Predicting the effects of climate change on cattle production in western U.S. rangelands

Forage availability for grazing animals has always been vulnerable to the effects of variations of weather and climate from year–to–year, w ...

Principal Investigator : Matt C. Reeves

Inventory and Monitoring
Outdoor Recreation
Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
2018RMRS
Photo of Extent of light pollution in the island of Puerto Rico, Vieques and Culebra, 1992-93 to 2000. Global data source accessible from NOAA NGDC Earth Observation Group (EOG) Defense Meteorological Satellite Program. Forest Service
ID: 193
Preserving the nighttime environment for future generations in Puerto Rico

Currently, Forest Service scientists are helping to monitor the state and extent of artificial light pollution in Puerto Rico. Scientists are cu ...

Principal Investigator : Olga Ramos

Outdoor Recreation
Resource Management and Use
2010IITF
Photo of Urban green space is among the strongest predictors of city dwellers' overall wellbeing. Snicky2290, Pixabay.
ID: 992
Public Parks and Wellbeing in Urban Areas of the United States

The amount of urban green space is among the strongest predictors of city dwellers' overall wellbeing, report Forest Service scientists. Underst ...

Principal Investigator : Viniece Jennings

Outdoor Recreation2016SRS
Photo of
ID: 366
Public Trust and Conservation

Findings help improve Forest Service efforts to communicate ecosystem risks and to encourage actions that protect natural resources.Trust in the ...

Principal Investigator : Patricia L. Winter

Outdoor Recreation2011PSW
Photo of Yellow-cedar (Callitropsis nootkatensis) in Cedar Bay, Alaska.
ID: 1368
Recent increases found in yellow-cedar in Alaska

In most unmanaged forests in Alaska, yellow-cedar has recently increased, as measured by live tree basal area, and the average mortality rate ha ...

Principal Investigator : Tara M. Barrett

Inventory and Monitoring
Outdoor Recreation
2017PNW
Photo of Forests of the Northern United States uses more than 100 maps, graphs, and tables to summarize current conditions and recent trends for the 172 million acres of forest land in the 20 States that comprise the U.S. North. Forest Service
ID: 53
Report Details Trends and Current Conditions for Northern Forests

Overarching issues include the interaction of forests and people, managing invasive species, sustaining biodiversity, and sustaining capacity fo ...

Principal Investigator : Stephen R. Shifley

Inventory and Monitoring
Outdoor Recreation
Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
Wildland Fire and Fuels
Wildlife and Fish
2012NRS
Photo of Hikers in the Olympic National Forest, Washington.
ID: 1358
Revealing the economic benefits of outdoor recreation in national forests

Forest Service research provides updated data and technical guidance for computing the economic benefits of recreation at national, regional, an ...

Principal Investigator : Eric M. White

Resource Management and Use
Outdoor Recreation
2017PNW
Photo of A spatial, quantitative wildfire risk assessment framework based on characterizing exposure of highly valued resources and assets to risk factors, as well as their response to varying levels of exposure. Forest Service
ID: 127
Risk Analysis Prioritizes Investments in Hazardous Fuels Reduction

Scientists mitigate the adverse impacts of wildland fires

Principal Investigator : Matthew P. Thompson

Outdoor Recreation
Wildland Fire and Fuels
2012RMRS
Photo of Northwoods Environmental Scholars group. Forest Service
ID: 56
Scholars Program Welcomes Youth into the World of Nature

Alleviating nature deficit disorder in the youth of Wisconsin's Northwoods

Principal Investigator : Ronald S. Zalesny, Jr.

Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
Outdoor Recreation
2012NRS
Photo of Field crew collect forest inventory data in a stand of black spruce in Interior Alaska.
ID: 1398
Scientists analyze trends in tree growth to assess change in Interior Alaska’s spruce forest

Tree-ring analysis adjusted for age-related changes in growth indicate that recent growth of black and white spruce in Interior Alaska is near t ...

Principal Investigator : Andrew Gray

Outdoor Recreation
Inventory and Monitoring
2017PNW
Photo of Sulphur-flower buckwheat seed. Forest Service
ID: 122
Scientists Conserve the Seeds of Today To Propagate the Best Adapted Plants of Tomorrow

Project is aimed at restoring damaged grasslands, shrublands, and deserts

Principal Investigator : Nancy L. Shaw

Outdoor Recreation
Resource Management and Use
2012RMRS
Photo of Cruise tourism continues to grow in southeast Alaska. Here, two ships dock in Juneau. Linda Kruger, USDA Forest Service
ID: 524
Scientists Grapple with the Commercialization of Nature-based Activities

For the recreation and tourism industry in Alaska, the implications of this study reflect the trade-off between tighter control of tourism activ ...

Principal Investigator : Linda E. Kruger, Ph.D.

Outdoor Recreation2013PNW
Photo of The distribution of net ecosystem production (mean for 2006–2010). Areas in red denote highest productivity and therefore sequestered the greatest amounts of atmospheric carbon. From Turner et al. 2016
ID: 1403
Scientists model four-state region to estimate carbon pools and flux over large domains

Variation in climate, disturbance regime, and forest management strongly influence terrestrial carbon sources and sinks.

Principal Investigator : Andrew Gray

Outdoor Recreation
Inventory and Monitoring
2017PNW
Photo of Research ecologist Justin DeRose extracts a tree core from an increment borer. Tree rings in a tree core not only tell the age of the tree, they also provide vital information about a tree’s growth from year to year, including periods of drought and other natural disturbances.
ID: 1387
Scientists recontruct the history of snowpack in Utah to help managers plan for future water demand

Understanding snowpack variability is an important goal of water management; in particular, in the arid west where snow represents a major water ...

Principal Investigator : R. Justin DeRose

Outdoor Recreation
Wildlife and Fish
Water, Air, and Soil
Inventory and Monitoring
2017RMRS
Photo of RMRS researchers attaching a color band to a captured and hooded Mexican spotted owl. Forest Service
ID: 108
Scientists Study Endangered Mexican Spotted Owl

Research provides information useful to managers charged with conserving and restoring Mexican spotted owls and their habitat

Principal Investigator : Joseph L. Ganey

Outdoor Recreation
Wildlife and Fish
2012RMRS
Photo of Mature bluebunch wheatgrass reproductive seed stalks just before dispersal
ID: 1418
Selecting the provenance: Local native or nonlocal native?

As the demand for seed and the global restoration effort continues to grow, choosing the provenance of seed remains an early and important part ...

Principal Investigator : Francis F. Kilkenny

Inventory and Monitoring
Outdoor Recreation
2018RMRS
Photo of An oak savannah in McHenry county. USDA Forest Service
ID: 869
Shared Principles of Ecological Restoration

Restoration is growing in application, and Forest Service scientists found a set of guiding principles in effect throughout the Chicago Wilderne ...

Principal Investigator : Lynne M. Westphal

Invasive Species
Outdoor Recreation
Resource Management and Use
2015NRS
Photo of Word cloud of North Kenwood-Oakland residents' responses to the question What three words come to mind when you hear climate change Field Museum
ID: 328
Street-Level Views of Climate Change

Forest Service researchers and partners interviewed residents of two Chicago neighborhoods about their awareness of climate change and their own ...

Principal Investigator : Lynne M. Westphal

Wildland Fire and Fuels
Invasive Species
Outdoor Recreation
2011NRS
Photo of Private forest land posted against unauthorized public access. Forest Service
ID: 60
Study Assesses Public Access to Private Land for Recreation Purposes

Scientists review opportunities, constraints, and possibilities for relieving recreational pressure on public lands

Principal Investigator : Stephanie Snyder

Outdoor Recreation2012NRS
Photo of Monterey cypress is among the numerous rare and evolutionarily distinct tree species that grow in California.
ID: 1465
Study compares rarity and evolutionary distinctiveness of trees in protected and unprotected areas

How should tree species and forests be prioritized for conservation? In a paper published in the journal Biological Conservation, a researcher r ...

Principal Investigator : Southern Research Station

Outdoor Recreation
Inventory and Monitoring
2018SRS
Photo of Outdoor recreation will remain a key part of the social and economic fabric of the United States for many decades to come. Forest Service
ID: 137
Study Projects Outdoor Recreation Levels in the United States to 2060

Changes in climate, socioeconomic conditions, and land use, along with population growth will affect future outdoor recreation activity in the U ...

Principal Investigator : Michael Bowker

Outdoor Recreation2012SRS
Photo of RMRS Research Ecologist Michael Schwartz collects eDNA samples from Rattlesnake Creek in Missoula, Montana. Photo credit Kellie Carim
ID: 1520
The eDNAtlas project: A national map of aquatic biodiversity

eDNA sampling provides a low-cost & sensitive method for determining which species occur in water bodies. Rapid adoption of eDNA sampling by man ...

Principal Investigator : David E. Nagel

Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
Invasive Species
Inventory and Monitoring
Wildlife and Fish
Outdoor Recreation
2018RMRS
Photo of Region 4 Science Partner Program groundwater dependent ecosystems team members collect data.
ID: 1429
The Region 4 — RMRS Science Partner Program: Working to improve management strategies and communication through shared stewardship

In 2016, the Rocky Mountain Research Station launched the Region 4—Rocky Mountain Research Station Science Partner Pilot program. The program' ...

Principal Investigator : Terrie B. Jain

Outdoor Recreation
Resource Management and Use
Inventory and Monitoring
Water, Air, and Soil
Wildlife and Fish
2018RMRS
Photo of digitizing core w-slider ring.JPG: An increment core is cradled in a shallow groove of a wood block on a sliding stage, which allows the core to move along under the view of a microscope. The microscope is wired into a computer that crossdates and digitizes the core as it moves from one section to the next.
Digitizing rings w-microscope and sliding stage.png: Research Ecologist Justin DeRose views an increment core through a microscope as he measures ring widths to crossdate and digitize tree-ring features.
ID: 1392
Traumatic resin ducts indicate past beetle outbreaks

The formation of traumatic resin ducts in Engelmann spruce represents an important induced defense in response to environmental perturbations. T ...

Principal Investigator : R. Justin DeRose

Resource Management and Use
Outdoor Recreation
Invasive Species
Water, Air, and Soil
Inventory and Monitoring
2017RMRS
Photo of Cover of book???
ID: 1390
Tree diseases of the Great Plains

This new book provides visual guide to disease identification for 84 hardwood and 32 conifer tree diseases in the Great Plains, which will help ...

Principal Investigator : Alison Hill

Inventory and Monitoring
Outdoor Recreation
Water, Air, and Soil
Resource Management and Use
Invasive Species
2017RMRS
Photo of Million Trees NYC Volunteers in Action City of New York / NYC Parks - NYC Parks
ID: 845
Tree Planting Programs a Gateway to Strong Civic Engagement

This study examined how tree planting projects can make an important difference to the social fabric of dense urban communities. Qualitative int ...

Principal Investigator : Erika Svendsen

Resource Management and Use
Outdoor Recreation
2015NRS
Photo of
ID: 139
Updated Computer Model Helps Managers Better Estimate Visitation to Camp Sites

Model simulates travel patterns for 11,000 groups in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness

Principal Investigator : Alan E. Watson

Outdoor Recreation2012RMRS
Photo of A Texas A&M Forest Service FIA crew making their way to an UFIA plot in the Houston, TX area.
ID: 1322
Urban forest inventories heating up in Texas and beyond

The Forest Service is rolling out a national program of inventorying urban forests across the U.S. As an early adopter of the program, Texas is ...

Principal Investigator : Kerry Dooley

Inventory and Monitoring
Outdoor Recreation
2017SRS
Photo of Trees alter the microclimate around buildings and affect energy use.
ID: 1216
Urban Trees Save Billions of Dollars Through Reduced Energy Costs

Trees in U.S. urban and community areas reduce residential energy use by an average of 7.2 percent, which equates a national savings of $7.8 bil ...

Principal Investigator : David J. Nowak

Outdoor Recreation
Inventory and Monitoring
2017NRS
Photo of Armillaria fruiting body (mushroom).
ID: 1362
Using DNA to correctly identify destructive vs. beneficial Armillaria fungus

Species of the fungal genus Armillaria are associated with forest ecosystems worldwide. Some species are destructive root disease pathogens, whi ...

Principal Investigator : Ned B. Klopfenstein

Invasive Species
Outdoor Recreation
Resource Management and Use
Inventory and Monitoring
Water, Air, and Soil
2017RMRS
Photo of Black-backed woodpecker favors unlogged, recently burned forests for nesting.
ID: 1410
Using habitat requirements of woodpeckers to design post-fire salvage logging

Can we conduct economically-beneficial forest management while maintaining wildlife populations in recently burned forests? Study shows trade-of ...

Principal Investigator : Victoria A. Saab

Wildland Fire and Fuels
Resource Management and Use
Inventory and Monitoring
Outdoor Recreation
Water, Air, and Soil
Wildlife and Fish
2017RMRS
Photo of People harvest thousands of pounds of black cohosh root for its medicinal value every year. The wild-harvesting of this and other nontimber forest products contributes millions of dollars to rural economies. Evidence indicates that the ecological impacts of harvesting may be significant, albeitnot well documented.
ID: 1484
Volumes and values of nontimber forest products in the United States

Wild-harvested plants and fungi from U.S. forests are critical to the food and financial security of millions of Americans. These nontimber prod ...

Principal Investigator : James L. Chamberlain

Inventory and Monitoring
Outdoor Recreation
Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
2018SRS
Photo of A view of the Mameyes River, a Wild and Scenic River in the Luquillo Experimental Forest/ El Yunque National Forest, Puerto Rico
ID: 1479
Wild and Scenic Rivers: their contributions to aquatic species conservation and opportunities for improvement

Wild and Scenic Rivers are designated to preserve certain rivers with outstanding natural, cultural, and recreational values in a free-flowing c ...

Principal Investigator : Russ F. Thurow

Invasive Species
Water, Air, and Soil
Wildlife and Fish
Resource Management and Use
Outdoor Recreation
Inventory and Monitoring
2018IITF
Photo of Members of the Wilderness Fellows program. Forest Service
ID: 126
Wilderness Fellows Program Engages Youth in Federal Land Management

Program helps agencies develop a baseline assessment of wilderness character and integrate that character in wilderness planning, management, an ...

Principal Investigator : Peter B. Landres

Outdoor Recreation
Inventory and Monitoring
2012RMRS
Photo of Looking out over the southwestern portion of the expansive Bob Marshall Wilderness Area in northwestern Montana.
ID: 1379
Wilderness science and its role in wilderness stewardship

Wilderness areas provide a unique and special place to disconnect from civilization and reconnect with nature. It is easy to assume these lands ...

Principal Investigator : Susan Fox

Water, Air, and Soil
Inventory and Monitoring
Outdoor Recreation
Resource Management and Use
Wildland Fire and Fuels
2017RMRS
Photo of A technician with the USDA Forest Service Forest Inventory and Analysis Program (FIA) measures the diameter of a tree. FIA field data is key to calculating the amount of carbon stored in California’s forests.
ID: 1428
Working with Cal Fire to monitor carbon sequestration in California

Forest Service scientists partnered with California’s Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) to develop a carbon inventory esse ...

Principal Investigator : Andrew Gray

Outdoor Recreation
Inventory and Monitoring
2018PNW
Photo of Image1 Forest Service Research Wildlife Biologist Richard Buech (retired), counts annual growth rings on the carapace (upper shell) of an adult wood turtle in northeastern Minnesota during the original study, 1990. Mark Nelson, USDA Forest Service
Image Donald Brown (right), West Virginia University, examines the carapace (upper shell) of an adult wood turtle in northeastern Minnesota while University of Minnesota-Duluth graduate student Madaline Cochrane (left) and Northern Michigan University student intern Stefan Nelson (center) view the plastron (lower shell) and record data during the 2015 study.
ID: 1268
“Long live the wood turtles!” is both a cheer and a fact

Forest Service researchers and their collaborators revisited a 25-year-old study and found that old turtles can deliver new knowledge about the ...

Principal Investigator : Mark D. Nelson

Inventory and Monitoring
Outdoor Recreation
Wildlife and Fish
2017NRS