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Photo of Threebe in Baltimore, looking regal after being fitted with his transmitter. The harnesses expand as the bird grows, and the transmitters are very lightweight (measured in 10’s of grams). Harriet Van Kleeck.
ID: 1175
1,000 Herons

School becomes a little more interesting when students are working with real-life herons and egrets and integrating data about birds into their ...

Principal Investigator : Barbara McGuinness

Wildlife and Fish2016NRS
Photo of Tactical shelter door made using 3D engineered fiberboard made from laminated paper. John Hunt, USDA Forest Service
ID: 582
3D Engineered Panels from Laminated Paper Composites have Broad Potential

Forest Service researchers are studying the use of high-strength laminated paper composite material as a low-cost replacement for aluminum and s ...

Principal Investigator : John F. Hunt

Resource Management and Use2014FPL
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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 Indiana bat. Caroline Byrne, Indiana State University.
ID: 1076
A Landscape Model for Predicting Roost Habitat of the Endangered Indiana Bat in the Southern Appalachians

The endangered Indiana bat commonly roosts in yellow pines in the Southern Appalachians. Forest Service scientists at the agency’s Southern Re ...

Principal Investigator : Susan C. Loeb

Wildlife and Fish2016SRS
Photo of Students measuring vegetation structure in urban socio-ecosystem. Forest Service
ID: 324
A socioecological network for a tropical city

Traditional urban research involves tree inventories, census activities, water quality sampling, or socioeconomic studies, all conducted by sepa ...

Principal Investigator : Ariel Lugo

Water, Air, and Soil
Invasive Species
Resource Management and Use
Wildlife and Fish
Inventory and Monitoring
2011IITF
Photo of Community sign about rebuilding after the 2012 High Park Fire, Larimer County. USDA Forest Service
ID: 779
Adapting to Wildfire: Rebuilding After Home Loss

Wildfire management now emphasizes fire-adapted communities that coexist with wildfires, although it is unclear how communities will progress to ...

Principal Investigator : Miranda H. Mockrin

Wildland Fire and Fuels2015RMRS
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
Photo of Emissions from a waterside facility, contributing to air pollution. USDA Forest Service
ID: 604
Air Pollution as a Psychosocial Stressor

A Forest Service scientist and her research partners found that air pollution contributes to physical and psychosocial conditions that act as co ...

Principal Investigator : Michelle Kondo, Ph.D.

Water, Air, and Soil2014NRS
Photo of Thousand Cankers Disease affected eastern black walnut trees used to determine insects emerging and carry the TCD fungus. Jennifer Juzwik, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 1123
Ambrosia Beetles and Bark-Colonizing Weevils Carry Thousand Cankers Disease Fungus

Thousand cankers disease (TCD) is a threat to the health of eastern black walnut, a highly valued species for timber and nut production in the e ...

Principal Investigator : Jennifer Juzwik

Invasive Species2016NRS
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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 Brighton Development in Barnegat Township, 2007 Warren Grove Wildfire. Gregory S. McLaughlin, New Jersey Forest Fire Service
ID: 874
Assessing Fire Risk at the Wildland-urban Interface Using LiDAR

Assessing wildland fire risk in the wildland–urban interface is difficult because each home and parcel has unique characteristics. Forest Serv ...

Principal Investigator : Nicholas Skowronski

Wildland Fire and Fuels2015NRS
Photo of CLT sample D4 prior to (left) and following (right) eight weeks of exposure to the Formosan termite, an invasive species of subterranean termite.
ID: 1279
Assessing termite impact on cross-laminated timber panels

Forest Service and Mississippi State University researchers are in the process of determining the impact of termites found in the Southeastern U ...

Principal Investigator : Juliet D. Tang

Invasive Species2017FPL
Photo of Gypsy moth trap used to detect new populations. Forest Service
ID: 47
Balanced Approach to Surveillance Reduces the Costs of Invasive Species Detection and Control

New planning tool helps organizations make decisions on where and how much money to spend on invasive pests detection programs

Principal Investigator : Robert G. Haight

Invasive Species2012NRS
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 The 20 States bounded by Maine, Maryland, Missouri and Minnesota comprise the most heavily forested and most densely populated quadrant of the United States.  This landscape view from southern Maine illustrates the beauty of those forests and the uniformity of the forest age structure.  That uniformity is a potential problem because it means northern forests lack diversity and resilience. Dan Dey, USDA Forest Service
ID: 643
Big Changes Ahead Expected for Northern Forests

Northern Forests, those in the 20 states bounded by Maine, Maryland, Missouri, and Minnesota, are in for some big changes in the next 50 years. ...

Principal Investigator : Stephen R. Shifley

Invasive Species
Resource Management and Use
2014NRS
Photo of Robin from kitchen window. J. Amy Belaire, University of Illinois at Chicago
ID: 854
Birds Connect Urban Residents to Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

Birds can help urban residents make connections to the outdoors. Forest Service scientists surveyed urban residents and found that most of them ...

Principal Investigator : Lynne M. Westphal

Resource Management and Use
Wildlife and Fish
2015NRS
Photo of Street trees lining California’s roadways provide $1 billion in services each year.  U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 978
California ‘Street’ Tree Benefits Valued at $1 Billion

Forest Service researchers use a computerized tree inventory and management program to quantify the number and types of tree species lining Cali ...

Principal Investigator : E. Gregory McPherson

Inventory and Monitoring
Resource Management and Use
2016PSW
Photo of Crews spread foam on a fire to defend a home in Secesh Meadows, Idaho. Forest Service
ID: 384
Can fuel treatments mitigate wildfire effects

Did a real-time test of fuel treatments help mitigate the effects of a large wildfire

Principal Investigator : Andrew T. Hudak

Wildland Fire and Fuels2011RMRS
Photo of Trees in New York City Central Park. Dave Nowak, USDA Forest Service
ID: 472
Carbon Sequestration by Urban Trees Valued in the Billions of Dollars Annually

Forest Service scientists quantified carbon storage and sequestration by urban trees in the United States to assess the magnitude and role of ur ...

Principal Investigator : David J. Nowak

Resource Management and Use2013NRS
Photo of Assessment of a stream reach that combines open channelization with built-up, impermeable (gray) riparian areas and canopy forming vegetation (green) riparian with permeable surfaces of the Rio Piedras watershed. Luis Weber-Grullón, Arizona State University.
ID: 1154
Challenges to Riparian Function in a Tropical, Urban Stream Network

Limited connectivity of riparian areas, pluvial drainages, and highly modified stream channels affect hydrological function of green spaces in u ...

Principal Investigator : Tamara Heartsill Scalley

Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
2016IITF
Photo of Landowners and land managers across the southeastern region need information for coping with increasing climate variability such as more frequent or severe floods and droughts. Lance Cheung, U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service.
ID: 1084
Climate Risk Assessment Aids Natural Resource Professionals in the Southeast

USDA's Climate Hubs deliver science-based, region-specific information and technologies to assist farmers and forest managers with climate-smart ...

Principal Investigator : Steven McNulty

Resource Management and Use2016SRS
Photo of Larvae of emerald ash borer on an ash tree from which the bark had been peeled in April 2014. The larvae are dead (dark brown instead of cream), killed during the winter of 2013-14. Robert C. Venette, USDA Forest Service
ID: 645
Cold Winter Temperatures Set Emerald Ash Borer Back in Minnesota

Emerald ash borer is the most devastating nonnative insect pest of trees in the United States. Overwintering larvae are unable to survive the w ...

Principal Investigator : Robert C. Venette

Invasive Species2014NRS
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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
Photo of Overview map of treatment and control lots in Youngstown, OH. Michelle Kondo, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 957
Community Greening Can Reduce Crime

In Youngstown, Ohio, vacant lots greened by community members experienced reductions in violent assaults, while vacant lots greened by contracto ...

Principal Investigator : Michelle Kondo, Ph.D.

Resource Management and Use2016NRS
Photo of Mangrove reforestation in Puerto Rico. USDA Forest Service
ID: 771
Conserving Mangroves in the Context of the Anthropocene

Mangroves of the Anthropocene will be on the move as a result of sea level rise and atmospheric warming as well as human activity and therefore ...

Principal Investigator : Ariel Lugo

Resource Management and Use2015IITF
Photo of Emerald ash borer larva feeding on insecticide-treated artificial diet.  Tina Ciarmitaro, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 1020
Control of Emerald Ash Borer with Systemic Insecticides

Several systemic insecticide products were evaluated to determine toxicity to emerald ash borer (EAB) adults and larvae and were found to provid ...

Principal Investigator : Therese M. Poland

Invasive Species2016NRS
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 The General Technical Report and Urban Tree Database provide species-specific data on tree growth that are critical to projecting uptake of air pollutants and other services that trees provide.
ID: 1381
Database captures urban tree sizes, growth rates across U.S.

Sometimes in the cramped environs of U.S. cities every inch counts, especially if attempting to make space for nature. City planners and urban f ...

Principal Investigator : E. Gregory McPherson

Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
2017PSW
Photo of The Rightful Place of Science: Designing Knowledge, book cover
ID: 1487
Designing Knowledge

Designing Knowledge Systems for Organizational Success

Principal Investigator : Tischa A. Munoz-Erickson

Water, Air, and Soil
Resource Management and Use
2018IITF
Photo of A fire growth model for homeowner-sized plats is being developed with state-of-the-art testing of realistic objects. Steve Schmieding, Forest Service
ID: 289
Developing a fire model for homeowner-sized plats - Protecting lives and properties through proper selection of building and landscape materials

This research is directed to development of fire growth model for the homeowner sized plat that would guide the user on better and aesthetic sel ...

Principal Investigator : Mark A. Dietenberger

Wildland Fire and Fuels2011FPL
Photo of
ID: 411
Developing a simple rearing method for Emerald ash borer biological control agents

The emerald ash borer, a buprestid beetle native to Asia, is one of the most ecologically and economically significant invasive forest pests in ...

Principal Investigator : Michael Ulyshen

Invasive Species2011SRS
Photo of City forester collecting branch sample from actively wilting white oak tree. USDA Forest Service
ID: 862
DNA-based Method Enhances Detection of the Oak Wilt Fungus

Oak wilt is a major cause of tree death in the eastern United States. Symptoms are slower to develop in white oaks species than red oaks and oak ...

Principal Investigator : Jennifer Juzwik

Invasive Species2015NRS
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 Phase-contrast light microscopy of some protists found in the subterranean termite, Reticulitermes virginicus.  A) Pyrsonympha minor, B) Spirotrichonympha flagellata, C) Trichonympha burlesquei, D) Holomastigotes elongatum, E) Trichonympha agilis, F) Monocercomonas species.  Scale bars are indicated for A and F, while B-E use the same scale bar as in A.
ID: 1278
Eco-friendly biopesticide protects wood from termites by affecting their hindgut symbionts

Chitosan kills termites by targeting their hindgut protists rather than the termite itself.

Principal Investigator : Juliet D. Tang

Water, Air, and Soil
Resource Management and Use
2017FPL
Photo of Book cover
ID: 458
Ecological Gradient Analyses in Tropical Ecosystems

Forest Service scientists recently published a book that contains a comprehensive analysis of ecological gradients in the Luquillo Mountains of ...

Principal Investigator : Grizelle Gonzalez

Inventory and Monitoring
Water, Air, and Soil
Resource Management and Use
2013IITF
Photo of Seventeen-year-old hybrid poplars used for phytoremediation at an industrial brownfield in North Carolina. Ron Zalesny, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 1129
Ecosystem Services and Environmental Technologies of Woody Crop Production Systems

Long-term research led by Forest Service scientists show that short rotation woody crops such as poplar and willow can be grown to enhance ecosy ...

Principal Investigator : Ronald S. Zalesny, Jr.

Water, Air, and Soil
Resource Management and Use
2016NRS
Photo of Researchers studied the effect of diet on carpenter ant brood development. ?Clemson University, USDA Cooperative Extension Slide Series, Bugwood.org
ID: 895
Effects of Diet on Brood Development in the Carpenter Ant

A Forest Service scientist fed carpenter ants an artificial diet, and variations of this diet, with nutrient components removed to examine the e ...

Principal Investigator : Mark Mankowski, E.

Invasive Species2015FPL
Photo of Photo of copies of the atlas
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 Green stormwater infrastructure in Center City, Philadelphia. Rebecca Schwartz, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 952
Elemental Concentrations in Urban Green Stormwater Infrastructure Soils

A study by a Forest Service scientist and her partners found that in an urban area, soils in green stormwater infrastructure facilities appear t ...

Principal Investigator : Michelle Kondo, Ph.D.

Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
2016NRS
Photo of Oobius female depositing eggs inside an ash tree which may infect emerald ash borer larvae. Forest Service
ID: 42
Emerald Ash Borer Natural Enemies Becoming Established in the United States

Optimism increasing for long-term management of the emerald ash borer

Principal Investigator : Leah Bauer

Invasive Species2012NRS
Photo of John Schelhas discusses family land history with Eleanor Cooper Brown in South Carolina. Sarah Hitchner, University of Georgia Athens.
ID: 1134
Engaging African American Forest Owners in Sustainable Forest Management

Baseline research was conducted in three southern U.S. states for a community- based outreach program: the Sustainable Forestry and African Amer ...

Principal Investigator : John Schelhas

Resource Management and Use2016SRS
Photo of Design Building on the Amherst campus of the University of Massachusetts.
ID: 1270
Environmental building declaration prepared using life cycle assessment

An environmental building declaration for the Design Building on the Amherst campus of the University of Massachusetts was prepared from a whole ...

Principal Investigator : Hongmei Gu

Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
Wildlife and Fish
2017FPL
Photo of Koa tree along Saddle Road on east side of the Big Island of Hawaii.
ID: 1404
Environmental factors associated with genetic variation in the Hawaiian koa tree

Forest Service scientists looked at the association between environmental variables and genetic variation in the endemic Hawaiian tree species, ...

Principal Investigator : Christina Liang

Water, Air, and Soil
Resource Management and Use
2017RMRS
Photo of The Cedar Covered Bridge, Winterset, Iowa, was destroyed by a fire set by an unknown arsonist on the evening of September 3, 2002. The Madison County Board of Supervisors constructed a replica of the original bridge, but this replica was also destroyed by an arsonist on April 15, 2017.
ID: 1291
Evaluating fire-damaged components of historic covered bridges

Arson continues to claim many historic covered bridges including the most recent one : Cedar Covered Bridge

Principal Investigator : Mark A. Dietenberger

Water, Air, and Soil2017FPL
Photo of These images depict the habitat restoration site and demonstrate the assignment of habitat characteristics to individual habitat cells.
ID: 1345
Evaluating habitat restoration plans with a novel fish population model

The ability to forecast the consequences of alternative habitat restoration plans for highly valued resources is a critical need of the Forest S ...

Principal Investigator : Bret C. Harvey

Water, Air, and Soil
Wildlife and Fish
2017PSW
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 Wildland fire can have destructive ecological and social effects.  Georgia Forestry Commission
ID: 730
Examining Trade-offs in Wildland Fire Management Decisions

Reducing or mitigating the negative effects of wildland fire is a major priority in communities all across the United States and must be address ...

Principal Investigator : Danny C. Lee

Wildland Fire and Fuels
Resource Management and Use
2014SRS
Photo of Andrena perplexa. This genus of bees tends to be solitary, nest in the ground, and was found in 6 Experimental Forest sites in the western half of the US. Graham Snodgrass for Sam Droege of USGS
ID: 323
Experimental Forest Network Hosts Nationwide Bee Monitoring Project

There is a widespread perception that populations of pollinating insects in North America are in decline.

Principal Investigator : International Institute of Tropical Forestry

Wildlife and Fish2011IITF
Photo of Male Asian longhorned beetle choosing the branch with the sex trail pheromone Melody Keena, USDA Forest Service
ID: 605
Female Asian Longhorned Beetles Lure Mates With a Trail of Sex Pheromone

Female Asian longhorned beetles lure males to their locations by laying down a sex-specific pheromone trail on the surfaces of trees. This find ...

Principal Investigator : Melody Keena

Invasive Species2014NRS
Photo of High-risk cargo is unloaded from containers after arrival at U.S. ports of entry and inspected for pests. Shown here is one of the special inspection warehouses used at the port of Long Beach, Calif. Bob Haack, USDA Forest Service
ID: 596
Fewer Pests Found in Wood Packaging Material Following New International Standards

Wood packaging material such as pallets and crating must now be treated for pests prior to export when used in international trade. A Forest Se ...

Principal Investigator : Robert A. Haack

Invasive Species2014NRS
Photo of Windcliff Colorado residents work together as a Firewise community. Jim Absher, Forest Service
ID: 371
Firewise Actions Depend on Trust

Trust is an important component in working with communities and individuals on fire risk mitigation, but it is an abstract concept that needs to ...

Principal Investigator : Jim Absher

Wildland Fire and Fuels2011PSW
Photo of Urban forest species composition as a percentage of all trees, Austin, Texas. This data and more are included in FIA’s first published urban report: Austin’s Urban Forest, 2014. Tonya Lister, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 1164
Forest Inventory and Analysis is Coming to a City Near You

In collaboration with state and local partners, the U.S. Forest Service’s Forest Inventory and Analysis Program (FIA) has begun monitoring the ...

Principal Investigator : Tonya Lister

Inventory and Monitoring2016NRS
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 MillionTreesNYC Training Program participants at a volunteer planting day in Staten Island, NY. Brian Aucoin, New York City Department of Parks & Recreation
ID: 496
Forest Service Partnership with MillionTreesNYC

The demand for a well-trained green-collar labor force will increase as many cities implement sustainability and green infrastructure plans. Add ...

Principal Investigator :

Resource Management and Use2013NRS
Photo of Nancy Falxa Sonti shows students how to evaluate tree health in the Bronx as part of the Wave Hill mentoring program. Rich Hallett, USDA Forest Service
ID: 657
Forest Service Program Mentors New York City Students in Environmental Science

An innovative research mentorship with a Forest Service scientist gets New York City teens out into the urban woods, learning how to measure for ...

Principal Investigator : Nancy Falxa Sonti

Resource Management and Use2014NRS
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 Newly described pine beetle, Dendroctonus mesoamericanus, initiating a mine into the bark of a healthy pine tree in Chiapas, Mexico.  The beetle is clearing liquid resin being released by the tree as a defensive reaction to prevent beetle entry.  Hundreds of attacks like this one by this species and its close relative the southern pine beetle, Dendroctonus frontalis, can deplete the resin and cause rapid death of the tree.  Once the tree is dead, the beetles feed and reproduce within the bark. USDA Forest Service
ID: 937
Forest Service Scientists and Their International Collaborators Describe a Dangerous New “Mesoamerican Pine Beetle”

A newly discovered species of tree killing bark beetle in Central America, Dendroctonus mesoamericanus, has been recently described by an intern ...

Principal Investigator : Brian Sullivan

Invasive Species2015SRS
Photo of Forest Service scientists and the Carolina wren.  Vincent D'Amico, Forest Service
ID: 64
FRAME Study Looks at Invasive Plants in Delaware

What are the causes and consequences of soil, plant, and animal changes in the valuable patches of forests that make up urban parks, riparian bu ...

Principal Investigator : Vince D'Amico

Invasive Species2012NRS
Photo of Panel discussion on the social, ecological, and technological dimensions of the disaster during the workshop From Disaster to Transformation held February 23, 2018, at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras
ID: 1488
From Disaster to Transformation: Lessons from Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane María

We are capturing lessons from the hurricane under the theme: "From disaster to transformation" involving wide cross sections of the social spect ...

Principal Investigator : Tischa A. Munoz-Erickson

Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
2018IITF
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 A prescribed fire being ignited under controlled conditions to promote open woodland habitat suitable for endangered species in the Ouachita Mountains. Virginia McDaniel, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 1040
Fuel, Smoke, and Prescribed Fire in the Ouachita Mountains

Prescribed burning is a key tool in restoration and management of native stands of southern pines in the southern U.S., but the smoke produced b ...

Principal Investigator : Virginia McDaniel

Resource Management and Use2016SRS
Photo of Cover of Future Forests of the Northern United States Report. U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 1073
Future Forests of the Northern United States

The recent publication of Future Forests of the Northern United States and associated databases caps a 6-year effort to examine past trends, cur ...

Principal Investigator : Stephen R. Shifley

Resource Management and Use2016NRS
Photo of
ID: 405
Giving forest-fringe communities a stake in restoring and conserving rainforests in Africa

Restoring, conserving and protecting forests depends on the action of local communities. Community members can be given incentives to conserve f ...

Principal Investigator : John A. Stanturf

Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
Inventory and Monitoring
2011SRS
Photo of Regions of the termite digestive tract showing the large hindgut, which is, essentially, an anaerobic bioreactor packed full of microbes that digest cellulose.
ID: 1494
Giving Termites “Stomach Aches”

Chitosan can be used to upset the microbial imbalance in the termite hindgut, leading to the establishment of three different bacterial pathogen ...

Principal Investigator : Juliet D. Tang

Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
2018FPL
Photo of Male Procambarus barbiger, a burrowing crayfish endemic to Mississippi. Chris Lukhaup, Crusta10
ID: 926
Global Conservation Status of Freshwater Crayfish

The southeastern U.S. is a major hotspot of freshwater crayfish diversity, says a new global assessment of crayfish conservation status. The rep ...

Principal Investigator : Susan B. Adams

Wildlife and Fish2015SRS
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 Interns put EAB eggs on trees: Summer interns set up bioassay experiment by taping EAB eggs to test trees. USDA Forest Service
ID: 810
Green Ash Trees That Survive Beetle Infestation Pass on Their Resistance Through Propagation and Planting

Among the tens of millions of trees killed by the emerald ash borer (EAB), researchers have found a small number of trees that survived their as ...

Principal Investigator : Jennifer Koch

Invasive Species2015NRS
Photo of Stormwater tree trench and pervious pavers. USDA Forest Service
ID: 849
Green Stormwater Infrastructure Reduces Crime

Forest Service scientists tested the effects of green stormwater infrastructure installation on health and safety outcomes across Philadelphia ...

Principal Investigator : Michelle Kondo, Ph.D.

Water, Air, and Soil2015NRS
Photo of The brood of Tetrastichus adults emerging from an Emerald Ash Borer gallery in the field last fall, when dissecting an ash tree. USDA Forest Service
ID: 850
Guidelines for Release and Recovery of Emerald Ash Borer Biocontrol Agents

Biological control is a sustainable and long-term management tool for invasive species and is now being used to control the emerald ash borer (E ...

Principal Investigator : Leah Bauer

Invasive Species2015NRS
Photo of A colony of tri-colored bats roosting in dead pine needles within a live pine tree during summer. Tri-colored bats are one of three species declining due to white-nose syndrome. S. Andrew Carter, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 1092
Guidelines to Minimize Risk of White-Nose Syndrome to Bats through Forest Management

During the course of forest operations, managers make many choices on the timing and method of improvements. The results of these choices affect ...

Principal Investigator : Roger W. Perry

Wildlife and Fish2016SRS
Photo of Slash pine needles raked into piles for later collection and baling. Pine needles are among the most common non-timber forest products collected from State Forests in five southern states. David Dickens, University of Georgia, Bugwood.org.
ID: 1083
Half of States in the Southern U.S. Allow Harvest of Non-timber Forest Products in State Forests; can also Document Illegal Harvesting

Little is known about of the harvest of non-timber forest products (NTFPs) in state forests of the southern U.S. Forest Service scientists docum ...

Principal Investigator : Gregory E. Frey

Resource Management and Use2016SRS
Photo of The southern part of the San Juan Bay Estuary, a hilly area with soils  derived from volcanic soils, is less densely developed and has higher  tree cover than other parts of the watershed. Tom Brandeis, USDA Forest Service
ID: 738
Highly Dynamic Urban Forest in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Between 2001 and 2010, the urban forest in the San Juan Watershed in Puerto Rico was highly dynamic. Nearly 50 percent in trees originally sampl ...

Principal Investigator : Wayne C. Zipperer

Inventory and Monitoring
Resource Management and Use
2014SRS
Photo of Various fern species growing on the Bisley Experimental Watersheds are important to forest succession in the Luquillo Experimental Forest. Omar Perez Reyes, College of Natural Resouces, Utah State University
ID: 351
Hurricanes Disturb Non-tree Subtropical Wet Forest Species Composition

Hurricane disturbance caused pronounced and persistent changes in the non-tree species composition of a subtropical wet forest. A unique long-te ...

Principal Investigator : Alejandro A. Royo

Water, Air, and Soil2011NRS
Photo of Municipal planners and university students during an i-Tree training session in the Colonial City of Santo Domingo. Jorge Paniagua, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 1173
i-Tree Serves as a Green Infrastructure Assessment Tool to Municipal Planners and Researchers in the Dominican Republic

The iTree tool was implemented for the first time in the Colonial City of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, to assess the value of ecosystem-ba ...

Principal Investigator : Tischa A. Munoz-Erickson

Resource Management and Use
Inventory and Monitoring
2016IITF
Photo of Photo of the Baltimore skyline.  Baltimore is one of four urban research locations officially chartered as an Urban Field Station within the Northern Research Station.  As an engaged network, our urban field stations are national and international assets. Morgan Grove, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 1066
IITF and NRS each established a Charter for Urban Field Stations and Networks

IITF and NRS officially established charters for Urban Research Stations in San Juan, Puerto Rico and Baltimore, Chicago, New York City, and Phi ...

Principal Investigator : Tischa A. Munoz-Erickson

Resource Management and Use2016NRS
Photo of Immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
ID: 1325
In Hurricane Katrina’s aftermath, ecological changes driven primarily be socieconomics

Ten years after Hurricane Katrina, vegetation analysis showed that ecological changes in New Orleans were driven primarily by socioeconomics. Ho ...

Principal Investigator : Wayne C. Zipperer

Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
2017SRS
Photo of The relationship between initial ash canopy condition and the time series progression of each canopy condition class of insecticide treated trees over the course of the experimen.t Kathleen Knight, USDA Forest Service
ID: 882
Insecticide Effectiveness Against Emerald Ash Borer Studied

Insecticides used to protect urban ash trees against emerald ash borer are not consistently protective: their effectiveness is diminished in hea ...

Principal Investigator : Kathleen Knight

Invasive Species2015NRS
Photo of The arctic field ecology youth-elder-science camp observing microscopic soil invertebrates. Forest Service
ID: 325
Integrating Research, Education, and Traditional Knowledge in Ecology

Integrating research and education is a fundamental goal of research institutions and agencies but specific approaches not widely published in e ...

Principal Investigator : William A. Gould

Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
Inventory and Monitoring
2011IITF
Photo of Flames in wood crib of creosote-treated timbers, approximately eight minutes after application of hot metal wafer. Robert White, USDA Forest Service
ID: 589
Intumescent Coating for Fire Protection of Structures

After years of development by industry, Forest Service scientists conducted specialized fire tests to prove the value of intumescent coating for ...

Principal Investigator : Mark A. Dietenberger

Resource Management and Use2014FPL
Photo of Typical timber bridge example.
ID: 1508
Laboratory Evaluation of Salvaged Bridge Girders from U.S. Route 66

Timber bridges have been in-service for nearly nine decades along Southern California's Historic Route 66 National Trails Highway.  Several unt ...

Principal Investigator : James P. Wacker

Water, Air, and Soil
Resource Management and Use
2018FPL
Photo of Dead branches on a sassafras tree with laurel wilt disease (left). The sapwood black streaking discoloration characteristic of laurel wilt seen on a sassafras tree (right). Rabiu Olatinwo, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 1182
Laurel Wilt Disease Transmitted by Non-native Beetle Found in Arkansas

Laurel wilt has spread rapidly across the southeastern states causing extensive mortality, primarily in redbay. Forest Service scientists and co ...

Principal Investigator : Rabiu Olatinwo

Invasive Species2016SRS
Photo of Structures lost to fire, Angeles National Forest. Miranda Mockrin, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 1132
Leading by example: Federal agencies use Forest Service Data on Wildland-Urban Interface to reduce fire risk

The U.S. Forest Service’s high-resolution mapping of wildland-urban interface (WUI) areas across the United States is being widely used throug ...

Principal Investigator : Miranda H. Mockrin

Wildland Fire and Fuels2016NRS
Photo of Doors and windows remediation before and after. USDA Forest Service
ID: 855
Low-cost Urban Building Improvement Can Reduce Crime

In a study by a Forest Service scientist and her partners, Philadelphia’s “Doors-and-Windows Ordinance,” which requires repairs to abandon ...

Principal Investigator : Michelle Kondo, Ph.D.

Resource Management and Use2015NRS
Photo of Assessing Wood Utilization Options for Urban Trees Infected by Invasive Species is a comprehensive manual that can be used by professionals. Forest Service
ID: 23
Making the Most of Beetle-Killed Trees

New manual gives land managers a variety of options for beetle-killed trees

Principal Investigator : Robert J. Ross

Invasive Species2012FPL
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 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 Infestation of European buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica L.) on left with bush honeysuckle on right. Chris Evans, River to River Cooperative Weed Management Area, Bugwood.org
ID: 68
Nature Dominates in City Tree Regeneration

Assessment of tree planting and natural regeneration in cities reveals that most trees in cities are not planted

Principal Investigator : David J. Nowak

Resource Management and Use2012NRS
Photo of
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 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 Tree rings or growth increments as in this block or red oak provide a dynamic record of internal biology and environmental change (upper image). High-resolution chemical analysis of this poplar show within-year and annual trends in calcium (white line) and chlorine (green line) lower image) superimposed of an X-ray showing within-year changes in wood density. USDA Forest Service
ID: 883
New Guide for Environmental Forensics

Forensic investigation of chemical spills is aided by a new international guide for tree-ring chemistry. Northern Research Station scientists ar ...

Principal Investigator : Kevin T. Smith

Water, Air, and Soil2015NRS
Photo of Book Cover
ID: 844
New Guide to High-risk Asian Relatives of Emerald Ash Borer

The emerald ash borer (EAB) is native to Asia but established populations were found in Michigan and nearby Ontario in 2002. Since then, EAB has ...

Principal Investigator : Robert A. Haack

Invasive Species2015NRS
Photo of Adult Asian longhorned beetle newly emerged from an artificial pupal cell with the exit hole showing. Melody Keena, USDA Forest Service
ID: 475
New Information Will Help Eradicate Asian Longhorned Beetles

Eradication efforts against Asian longhorned beetle (ALB) rely on knowledge of the basic biology and behavior of this insect. Forest Service sci ...

Principal Investigator : Melody Keena

Invasive Species2013NRS
Photo of A grid of funnel traps used to evaluate the effect of close trap spacing on captures of the redbay ambrosia beetle. Albert E. Mayfield III, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 1190
New Insights Into Trapping the Redbay Ambrosia Beetle

The redbay ambrosia beetle carries the pathogen that causes laurel wilt, a disease which has killed millions of redbay and sassafras trees in th ...

Principal Investigator : Albert (Bud) E. Mayfield, III

Invasive Species2016SRS
Photo of Tree height, crown base, and leaf area for same-aged green ash in Fort Collins, CO and Cheyenne, WY. Upper lines represent height, lower lines represent height to first branch.  Ash have only 55 % of the Fort Collins' ash leaf area, largely due to differences in climate and soils. Forest Service
ID: 104
New Model Predicts Urban Tree Growth

New study developed growth equations for urban tree species throughout the United States

Principal Investigator : E. Gregory McPherson

Resource Management and Use2012PSW
Photo of An Asian long-horned beetle larva, and the damage it causes inside the maple tree. USDA Forest Service
ID: 824
New Online Resource on Asian Longhorned-Beetle

A new, open-access article in the Journal of Integrated Pest Management provides a comprehensive overview written in plain language for managers ...

Principal Investigator : Melody Keena

Invasive Species2015NRS
Photo of Winter moths attracted to a porch light during an outbreak in Manomet, MA. Jeff Boettner, University of Massachusetts.
ID: 1176
Non-native Insect Hybridization Provides Opportunity for Research

A recent outbreak in New England of the non-native winter moth from Europe provides an unprecedented opportunity to examine the effects of hybri ...

Principal Investigator : Nathan P. Havill

Invasive Species2016NRS
Photo of Asian gypsy moth larva defoliating Douglas fir. Melody A. Keena, U.S. Department of Agriculuture Forest Service.
ID: 1171
Not all Asian Gypsy Moths Pose the Same Threat

Asian gypsy moths vary greatly in key biological and behavioral traits. Knowing the origin and traits associated with the source population of i ...

Principal Investigator : Melody Keena

Invasive Species2016NRS
Photo of Existing and potential tree canopy cover percentages for Los Angeles by Council District. Greg McPherson, Forest Service)
ID: 361
One Million Trees LA Canopy Cover Assessment

The day after Antonio Villaraigosa was elected mayor of the City of Los Angeles he planted a tree and announced his plan to plant one million tr ...

Principal Investigator : E. Gregory McPherson

Resource Management and Use2011PSW
Photo of Image of the mapping tool as viewed online through the San Juan ULTRA website http://sanjuanultra.org/.  Tischa Munoz, USDA Forest Service
ID: 459
Online Mapping Tool Helps Identify Green Areas for Sustainability Planning in San Juan

The tool also allows multiple stakeholders in the city to deliberate and model multiple scenarios for green connectivity and their utility in ad ...

Principal Investigator : Tischa A. Munoz-Erickson

Inventory and Monitoring
Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
2013IITF
Photo of A mature shortleaf pine-bluestem grass woodland maintained using thinning and cyclic prescribed fire. The banded tree contains an active nest for the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker. Ouachita National Forest, Scott County, Arkansas.
ID: 1436
Options for forest management in southern forests under changing climate conditions

In the southern United States, how will foresters respond to the threat posed by changing climate conditions? Easy—by managing one stand at a ...

Principal Investigator : James M. Guldin

Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
2018SRS
Photo of The 100% sustainable stage set for the 20th Century Fox show “Raising Hope.” John Zachary, 20th Century Fox
ID: 451
Panels Made from Wood and Recycled Fibers Go To Hollywood and Around the World

The Forest Service's Forest Products Laboratory is moving sustainable structural panel forming technology from the laboratory to commercial real ...

Principal Investigator : John F. Hunt

Resource Management and Use2013FPL
Photo of An aerial look at damage caused by the amber-marked birch leaf miner in Anchorage, Alaska. Forest Service
ID: 78
Predicting the Path of the Amber-Marked Birch Leaf Miner

Scientists model future infestation of an invasive insect in Anchorage, AK

Principal Investigator : John Lundquist

Invasive Species2012PNW
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 Urban forest systems can be managed to mimic undisturbed forests to help “pre-treat” stormwater runoff before it enters drinking water supplies.
ID: 1303
Quantifying urban forest effects on stormwater runoff

Forests provide the majority of potable water to the public. Urbanization of water-providing forests impacts water quality, as traditional urban ...

Principal Investigator : Eric Kuehler

Water, Air, and Soil
Wildlife and Fish
2017SRS
Photo of Two copper-tolerant decay fungi, Fomitopsis palustris (left) and Wolfiporia cocos (right), exhibit delayed establishment on wood treated with copper plus targeted biocide (bottom wafer, 93) compared to wood treated with copper alone (top wafer, 44).
ID: 1286
Rational approach for discovering new, targeted biocides for wood protection

Forest Service researchers used a rational approach based on gene expression studies to identify a novel application of a fungicide for use in c ...

Principal Investigator : Juliet D. Tang

Water, Air, and Soil
Resource Management and Use
2017FPL
Photo of
ID: 422
Recovery of Carbon and Nutrient Pools in a Northern Forested Wetland

There has been long-standing concern about the effects of silvicultural practices on the functions of forested wetlands. This work shows that th ...

Principal Investigator : Carl C. Trettin

Resource Management and Use2011SRS
Photo of Fourteen-year-old oaks planted as repeatedly air-root-pruned container stock on mounds on a frequently flooded site high in clay with poor internal drainage. Jerry Van Sambeek, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 947
Repeatedly Air-Root-Pruned Container Stock Out-performs Bare-root Planting Stock after 10 Years

Repeated exposure of tree roots to air, known as air-root-pruning, provides swamp white oak seedlings that continues to out-perform nursery bare ...

Principal Investigator : J.W."Jerry" Van Sambeek

Resource Management and Use2016NRS
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 Forest succession at research site plot in the Chiclana stream, part of the Rio Piedras watershed. Top photo 2006, below 2010. A pluvial structure is marked at the right of each photo for reference. Harold Manrique-Hernandez, San Juan Bay Estuary Program.
ID: 1153
Riparian Vegetation Restoration in Light of Succession; Management Implications for Restoration in Tropical Secondary Forests

There is a wide variety of approaches on how to determine when a river restoration project can be considered ecologically successful. The limite ...

Principal Investigator : Tamara Heartsill Scalley

Invasive Species
Inventory and Monitoring
Water, Air, and Soil
2016IITF
Photo of https://usfs.box.com/s/qlil4h9aup9vlcp1cjpbczf55ymdr8pzSRS4552_Ulyshen_2018_Saproxylic Insects Diversity Ecology and Conservation_1.JPG  
Lucanus elaphus (female), a wood-feeding beetle native to the southeastern United States
ID: 1496
Saproxylic insects: diversity, ecology, and conservation

A new book synthesizes global knowledge about one of the most diverse groups of insects in forests, those associated with dying and dead wood.

Principal Investigator : Michael Ulyshen

Wildlife and Fish2018SRS
Photo of This international collaborative team representing the U.S., Japan, South Korea, Germany, and Federated States of Micronesia is an example of the international collaborations necessary to address invasive forest pathogens. Phil Cannon, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 1082
Scientists Analyze Distribution and Genetic Diversity of the Invasive Brown Root-rot Pathogen

The invasive brown root-rot pathogen is threatening many tree species in tropical and subtropical areas worldwide. Ongoing genetic analyses are ...

Principal Investigator : Ned B. Klopfenstein

Invasive Species
Resource Management and Use
2016RMRS
Photo of Social assessment crew member interviews park user on Jamaica Bay. Joana Chan, USDA Forest Service
ID: 638
Scientists Assess Social Meaning of Jamaica Bay Region Parkland

The Jamaica Bay region of New York City is a focus of resiliency planning and adaptive management efforts. Working with natural resource manager ...

Principal Investigator : Lindsay K. Campbell

Resource Management and Use2014NRS
Photo of Contemplating the future of forests, Illinois, USA. International Society of Arboriculture
ID: 603
Scientists Examine the Future of Forests in the Anthropocene

Forest Service researchers analyzed the major issues and factors affecting forests in the decades ahead: deforestation, mega-fires, urban forest ...

Principal Investigator : David N. Bengston

Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
Wildland Fire and Fuels
2014NRS
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 Cleaning-and-greening at Wister Street lot.  Robert Grossmann, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
ID: 856
Seeing a Greened Vacant Lot May Lower Stress

Studies by Forest Service scientists showed that walking adjacent to greened vacant lots decreased participants' heart rate significantly more t ...

Principal Investigator : Michelle Kondo, Ph.D.

Resource Management and Use2015NRS
Photo of Forest Health Protection entomologist Andy Graves applies beetle repellents MCH, AKB, and a spruce beetle bait to a spruce to test repellent efficacy in a single tree protection trial.
ID: 1356
Semiochemical repellents reduce spruce beetle infestations

The spruce beetle is the most significant mortality agent of spruce in Western North America. Management options are limited but an effective se ...

Principal Investigator : Matt Hansen

Water, Air, and Soil2017RMRS
Photo of Forest impacted by the mountain pine beetle. U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 1043
Shape Selection in Landsat Time Series

Understanding trends in forest disturbance and their effects on forest parameters such as tree canopy cover and biomass is important for carbon ...

Principal Investigator : Gretchen Moisen

Inventory and Monitoring
Resource Management and Use
Wildland Fire and Fuels
Water, Air, and Soil
2016RMRS
Photo of Privately-owned forest land can provide many economic benefits. State programs can reduce property taxes for forest land, but landowners must comply with the requirements in state law.
ID: 1476
State programs to reduce forestland property taxes vary in requirements and implementation.

All states in the U.S. have programs that lower property taxes for qualified forest land, which is justified by the economic benefits and non-ma ...

Principal Investigator : Gregory E. Frey

Water, Air, and Soil
Resource Management and Use
2018SRS
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 Schoolyard trees around an elementary school in Portland, Oregon.
ID: 1417
Support a child’s education by planting neighborhood trees?

Greenness around a child’s home and school is associated with higher scores on standardized math and reading tests, whereas proximity to major ...

Principal Investigator : Geoffrey Donovan

Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
2018PNW
Photo of A view of Baltimore from the old American Brewery Building Morgan Grove. USDA Forest Service
ID: 842
The Baltimore School of Urban Ecology: Space, Scale, and Time for the Study of Cities

The Baltimore School of Urban Ecology is a landmark publication based on more than 20 years of Forest Service research and applications in Balti ...

Principal Investigator : Northern Research Station

Resource Management and Use2015NRS
Photo of Ferruginous hawk fitted with a GPS transmitter to study movements relative to oil/gas and wind energy development. Forest Service
ID: 109
The Effects of Energy Development on Hawks and Golden Eagles Documented

Results from a new wildlife study help managers develop conservation measures for ferruginous hawks and golden eagles in areas being developed f ...

Principal Investigator : John R. Squires

Wildlife and Fish2012RMRS
Photo of Cluster of little brown bats roosting in cave. Tim Krynak, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
ID: 927
The Forest Service Publishes a Plan for the North American Bat Monitoring Program

A new Forest Service report provides detailed guidelines for participating in the plan, an international multiagency program created to provide ...

Principal Investigator : Susan C. Loeb

Wildlife and Fish2015SRS
Photo of Hemlock trees in the eastern U.S. have not yet been severely impacted by the hemlock woolly adelgid but the landscape may be at a tipping point. David Lee, USDA Forest Service
ID: 464
The Future of Hemlock Trees in the Eastern U.S. Remains Dicey

The arrival of the hemlock woolly adelgid, an invasive insect from Asia, threatens the stability and sustainability of hemlock in the eastern U. ...

Principal Investigator : R. Talbot Trotter, III

Invasive Species
Inventory and Monitoring
2013NRS
Photo of Matt Fisk (Left) and Francis Kilkenny (Right) plant bluebunch wheatgrass (Pseudoroegneria spicata) at the Atomic City experimental study site near Atomic City, Idaho. Nancy Shaw, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 1058
The Great Basin Native Plant Project

Demand for native plant seed is increasing, especially in federal agencies including the U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Land Manageme ...

Principal Investigator : Francis F. Kilkenny

Invasive Species
Resource Management and Use
2016RMRS
Photo of School teachers sow paintbrush and yucca seeds in the new Cultural Plant Propagation Center at the Moencopi Day School in Tuba City, AZ. Jeremy Pinto, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 1050
The Intersection of Science and Technology Transfer: Reforestation, Nurseries, and Genetic Resources Team

The Reforestation, Nurseries, and Genetic Resources Team, established through a Forest Service memorandum of understanding, is tasked with trans ...

Principal Investigator : Kasten Dumroese

Resource Management and Use2016RMRS
Photo of A low emitting mix of trees can include a range of emitter types, including medium emitters such as maple. Paula Peper, Forest Service
ID: 370
The Tree BVOC Index

A simplified method for tracking reduced emissions of Biogenic Volatile Organic Compounds (BVOCs) from urban trees for use in air quality compli ...

Principal Investigator : Jim Simpson

Water, Air, and Soil2011PSW
Photo of Walnut tree in suburban neighborhood, St. Paul, MN. Robert G. Haight, USDA Forest Service
ID: 499
The Value of Urban Tree Cover

Forest Service researchers are estimating how much home buyers are willing to spend for greater neighborhood tree cover; and, the results for ho ...

Principal Investigator : Robert G. Haight

Resource Management and Use2013NRS
Photo of Dorsal and lateral views of the bark-colonizing weevil found to carry the Thousand Cankers Disease fungus in Indiana. Janet C. Ciegler
ID: 642
Thousand-Cankers Disease Fungus Found in Indiana

Thousand-cankers disease (TCD) is caused by the canker-causing fungus Geosmithia morbida when carried by the walnut twig beetle. In an Indiana-w ...

Principal Investigator : Jennifer Juzwik

Invasive Species2014NRS
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 A scientist gathers a moss sample from a neighborhood tree in Portland, Oregon. Julie Johnson, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 1044
Tree Moss can be Used as an Inexpensive Bioindicator of Air Pollution in Complex Urban Environments

Urban air pollution monitors are very expensive and often too widely spaced to identify many sources of air pollution. Mosses accumulate polluta ...

Principal Investigator : Simon M. Kihia

Inventory and Monitoring
Water, Air, and Soil
2016PNW
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 Trees can be part of a city's public health infrastructure. Rhonda Mazza, USDA Forest Service
ID: 512
Trees Found to be Part of City's Public Health Infrastructure

The emerald ash borer is associated with more than 6,000 additional lower respiratory deaths, and over 15,000 additional cardiovascular deaths i ...

Principal Investigator : Geoffrey Donovan

Invasive Species2013PNW
Photo of Estimated removal per square kilometer of land (tonnes km2) of all pollutants (NO2, O3, PM2.5, SO2) by trees per county in 2010. USDA Forest Service
ID: 634
Trees Improve Human Health and Save Lives

Air pollution is a serious health concern. Trees offer surfaces that remove gaseous and particulate air pollutants. Modeling of local environmen ...

Principal Investigator : David J. Nowak

Resource Management and Use2014NRS
Photo of Two members from the Los Angeles Conservation Corps plant a tree. The Los Angeles tree programknown as
ID: 688
Trees in Los Angeles: Carbon Dioxide Sink or Source

Tree planting is considered to be among the most effective approaches to cooling urban environments and mitigating carbon dioxide emissions. The ...

Principal Investigator : E. Gregory McPherson

Resource Management and Use2014PSW
Photo of
ID: 89
U.S. Urban Tree Cover Declining

Analysis of aerial images reveals that U.S. urban areas are losing about 20,000 acres of tree cover per year

Principal Investigator : David J. Nowak

Resource Management and Use2012NRS
Photo of Visualization of the conceptual model used as a heuristic tool for the San Juan ULTRA.  The left side of the box representing the watershed's ecological components and the right side of the diagram represents social components. These are integrated through green, blue and gray infrastructure. USDA Forest Service
ID: 590
Understanding Vulnerability and Sustainability of Urban Social-ecological Systems in the Tropics

Scientists of the San Juan Urban Long-Term Research Area (ULTRA) publish an interdisciplinary synthesis of social-ecological system research in ...

Principal Investigator : Tischa A. Munoz-Erickson

Resource Management and Use2014IITF
Photo of A Plant it Portland sign from the nonprofit organization, Friends of Trees, encourages Portland residence to plant trees. Rhonda Mazza, USDA Forest Service
ID: 676
Understanding What Motivates People To Plant trees Gives Insight on Environmental Justice Concerns

Urban tree-planting programs may inadvertently exacerbate environmental inequality.

Principal Investigator : Geoffrey Donovan

Resource Management and Use2014PNW
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 Village Of Riverside, one of 10 communities participating in the pilot effort in the Chicago Wilderness region. Michael Collins, Village of Riverside
ID: 852
Urban Forestry Climate Change Response Framework Pilot Launched

Forest Service scientists are working to incorporate climate change considerations into urban forest management in the Chicago area. Recently, t ...

Principal Investigator : Leslie Brandt

Resource Management and Use2015NRS
Photo of Completed efficacy trial plots on the Chipola Experimental Forest. USDA Forest Service
ID: 889
USFS Termiticide Report for 2014

The most recent efficacy data for termiticides currently on the market were reported as part of the USDA Forest Service Termiticide Testing Prog ...

Principal Investigator : Thomas Guy Shelton

Invasive Species2015FPL
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 A bundle of hemlock foliage used to release Laricobious predator beetles into the forest canopy to control hemlock woolly adelgid. USDA Forest Service
ID: 928
Using Predators and Chemicals together to Protect Hemlock Trees.

A non-native insect, the hemlock woolly adelgid, is eliminating an ecologically important tree species, eastern hemlock, from southern Appalachi ...

Principal Investigator : Albert (Bud) E. Mayfield, III

Invasive Species2015SRS
Photo of Daily correlation between PM2.5 levels (orange circles) and Twitter Activity (blue crosses.) Sonya Sachdeva, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 1110
Using Tweets to Model Wildfire Smoke

Forest Service scientists and their partners found that crowdsourced data collected from Twitter can be used to accurately predict air quality i ...

Principal Investigator : Sonya Sachdeva

Inventory and Monitoring
Water, Air, and Soil
Wildland Fire and Fuels
2016NRS
Photo of A community garden in the Seattle metro area. Kathy Wolf, USDA Forest Service
ID: 511
Washington's Green-Duwamish Watershed joins Urban Waters Federal Partnership

The Green-Duwamish Urban Waters Federal Partnership focuses on salmon recovery and environmental justice initiatives, with the added goal of cr ...

Principal Investigator : Dale Blahna

Water, Air, and Soil2013PNW
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 Prescribed fire in upland hardwood forests.
ID: 1483
Wildlife response to prescribed fires and mechanical fuel reduction treatments in an upland hardwood forest

Prescribed burning is a common forest management tool, with fuel reduction, ecosystem restoration, and wildlife habitat improvement often cited ...

Principal Investigator : Katie H. Greenberg

Resource Management and Use
Inventory and Monitoring
Wildlife and Fish
Wildland Fire and Fuels
Water, Air, and Soil
2018SRS
Photo of Phenocam and Antenna on top of the pierce laboratory at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, NH. USDA Forest Service
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“Smart Forests” Digital Environmental Sensors and Telecommunications Take Research to New Levels

Scientific breakthroughs of the 21st century will be powered by tools that help researchers collect and manipulate massive datasets, visualize t ...

Principal Investigator : Lindsey Rustad

Inventory and Monitoring
Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
Wildland Fire and Fuels
Wildlife and Fish
2015NRS