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Highlight IDTitleStrategic Program Area(s)YearStation
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 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 Photos of human uses of cleaned and greened vacant lots.
ID: 1221
Can “cleaned and greened” lots take on the role of public greenspace?

Vacant lots are a problem that cities are increasingly addressing through greening efforts. Questions remain about if and how these green space ...

Principal Investigator : Michelle Kondo, Ph.D.

 2017NRS
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 Report cover
ID: 544
Changing Patterns of Wildlife Hunting and Viewing

These findings help resource specialists explore the potential impacts of declining hunting participation, identify regions and activities that ...

Principal Investigator : Miranda H. Mockrin

Wildlife and Fish2013RMRS
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 Illustration of the relationship between case-control and case-crossover study designs. Using a case-control approach, a group of case participants who were assaulted (top right) is matched with a control group of like participants who were not assaulted (bottom right). Their environments at the same time of day can be compared for differences. Using a case-crossover approach, the environment of each case at the time of the assault can be compared to the environment each case experienced earlier in the day (top left) to rule-out the influence of factors that differ between case and control participants.
ID: 1220
Does urban tree cover play a role in reducing violence in cities?

Green space and vegetation may play a protective role for urban violence.

Principal Investigator : Michelle Kondo, Ph.D.

 2017NRS
Photo of Photos of remediated buildings and vacant lots.
ID: 1222
Economic benefits from violence reduction associated with remediation of abandoned buildings and vacant lot greening

Abandoned buildings and vacant lots are blighted spaces seen daily by many urban residents and may create physical opportunities for violence by ...

Principal Investigator : Michelle Kondo, Ph.D.

 2017NRS
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 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 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 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 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 Before, during and after vacant lot greening intervention
ID: 1433
Greening Vacant Lots Reduces Crime, Increases Use

A study by a Northern Research Station (NRS) scientist and partners found that residents living near vacant lots that were cleaned and greened r ...

Principal Investigator : Michelle Kondo, Ph.D.

Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
2018NRS
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 Housing development adjacent to undeveloped wildlands outside Reno, Nevada
ID: 1447
Rapid Wildland-Urban Interface Growth Increases Wildfire Challenges

The wildland-urban interface (WUI), where homes meet or intermingle with undeveloped forests and grasslands, is a critical area for wildfire and ...

Principal Investigator : Miranda H. Mockrin

Wildland Fire and Fuels
Water, Air, and Soil
Inventory and Monitoring
Resource Management and Use
2018NRS
Photo of A home rebuilt after the 2010 Fourmile Canyon Fire, Boulder County. U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 989
Rebuilding After Wildfire: New Development Outpaces Rebuilds

When wildland fires destroy buildings, do people rebuild? This study shows that the number of buildings inside the perimeter five years after th ...

Principal Investigator : Miranda H. Mockrin

Wildland Fire and Fuels2016RMRS
Photo of Altantic salmon smolt, ready to migrate to the ocean. Forest Service
ID: 32
Scientist Refines Models Relating River Flows to Fish Habitat and Population Dynamics

To generate robust preductions, models need to acknowledge the complex life histories of riverine and diadromous fishes

Principal Investigator : Keith Nislow

Wildlife and Fish
Water, Air, and Soil
2012NRS
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 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 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 Glass of clear water.
ID: 1204
Turbidity of drinking water supplies in relation to incidence of gastrointestinal illness

From examination of empirical studies of the relationship between drinking water turbidity and the number of acute gastrointestinal illness case ...

Principal Investigator : Michelle Kondo, Ph.D.

 2017NRS
Photo of
ID: 222
Urban Tree Canopy Assessment Program

Despite millions of dollars spent each year by federal, state, and local governments on remote sensing datasets, decision makers sometimes still ...

Principal Investigator : Morgan Grove

Inventory and Monitoring2010NRS