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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 Local leaders help ensure that the CWPP makes a difference on the ground.  Pamela Jakes, Forest Service
ID: 48
Best Management Practices for Community Wildfire Protection Plans

Bringing local solutions to wildland fire management

Principal Investigator : Pamela J. Jakes

Wildland Fire and Fuels2012NRS
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 Contractors removing trees infested by EAB, as part of an early effort to contain outlier populations in Shields, MI, 2004 (photo by David Cappaert). Dead landscape ash; second tree shows epicormic shoots characteristic of decline caused by EAB in Ann Arbor, MI. David Cappaert, Michigan State University
ID: 199
Cost of Potential Emerald Ash Borer Damage to United States Communities for 2009-2019

Emerald ash borer (EAB), a nonnative invasive bark boring beetle discovered near Detroit, MI, and Windsor, Ontario, in 2002, is now found in fou ...

Principal Investigator : Robert G. Haight

Invasive Species2010NRS
Photo of Wildland firefighting helicopter.  Cibola National Forest
ID: 214
Decision Modeling Framework Improves Process for Awarding Firefighting Helicopter Contracts

Aviation managers desired ways to add more rigor, reliability and transparency to the process. NRS researcher Stephanie Snyder was part of a tea ...

Principal Investigator : Stephanie Snyder

Wildland Fire and Fuels2010NRS
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ID: 43
Feedbacks Through the Land Market Affect Success of Open Space Conservation Policy

A new planning tool helps decide which land parcels to save

Principal Investigator : Robert G. Haight

Resource Management and Use
Wildlife and Fish
2012NRS
Photo of Because the small white lady’s slipper tends to occur in isolated populations within a highly fragmented landscape, opportunities for dispersal to new sites and inter-population genetic exchange are minimal, which may limit its capacity to adapt to climate. Justin Meissen, University of Minnesota.
ID: 1034
For the Rare Prairie Orchid, Science is Making Climate Change Local

Forest Service researchers, along with their research partners from the University of Minnesota, are helping land managers answer key questions ...

Principal Investigator : Stephanie Snyder

Resource Management and Use2016NRS
Photo of Chart showing thedemand from family forest owners for carbon management and carbon market assistance during 2011.  USDA Forest Service?
ID: 809
Forest Carbon Markets and Private Forest Landowners: Perspectives from State Forestry Agencies

Trees remove carbon from the planet’s atmosphere through photosynthesis and sequester carbon in their wood. Private landowners can manage thei ...

Principal Investigator : Stephanie Snyder

Water, Air, and Soil2015NRS
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 Cover image for Natural Inquirer issue
ID: 659
Forest Service Research on Morel Mushrooms Featured in Natural Inquirer

The Natural Inquirer's monograph series for middle school students and educators showcased a Forest Service researcher's work on local knowledge ...

Principal Investigator : Marla Emery

Resource Management and Use2014NRS
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
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ID: 1199
How declining size of private forest land holdings impacts public forest lands

What happens to neighboring public forest lands when a piece of privately held forest land is split into multiple ownership pieces, a process th ...

Principal Investigator : Stephanie Snyder

 2017NRS
Photo of Wildfire control in Georgia forest. Georgia Forestry Commission Archive, Georgia Forestry Commission, Bugwood.org
ID: 497
Improving the Deployment of Wildland Fire Suppression Resources

While managers typically aim to minimize the number of escaped fires, they have limited funds to acquire suppression resources or construct oper ...

Principal Investigator : Robert G. Haight

Wildland Fire and Fuels2013NRS
Photo of Afforestation is one means of increasing carbon storage on family forest lands. Stephanie Snyder, USDA Forest Service
ID: 503
Landowners Interested in Managing Family Forest Lands for Carbon

The nation's family forest lands have the potential to be an important contributor to carbon sequestration efforts, but only if their owners are ...

Principal Investigator : Stephanie Snyder

Resource Management and Use2013NRS
Photo of Stream restoration near the Seneca Rocks Discovery Center, Monongahela National Forest. Kristin Floress, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 1017
Landscape Scale Conservation Evaluation of the West Virginia Restoration Venture

Long-term investment in relationships with local organizations increases opportunities for landscape scale conservation.

Principal Investigator : Kristin Floress

Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
Wildlife and Fish
2016NRS
Photo of Cover of the WUI Atlas document.
ID: 859
Maps Locate the Wildland-urban Interface Across the United States

Exciting new U.S. Forest Service research products provide visually-appealing, high-resolution maps of wildland-urban interface (WUI) areas acro ...

Principal Investigator : Cherie LeBlanc Fisher

Inventory and Monitoring
Wildland Fire and Fuels
Resource Management and Use
2015NRS
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 Contractors remove trees infested by emerald ash borer, Shields, MI, 2004. David Cappaert, Michigan State University
ID: 639
Municipal Cooperation in Managing Emerald Ash Borer Increases Urban Forest Benefits

The best approach to managing an emerald ash borer (EAB) infestation is to fight it like a human health epidemic. Just as epidemiologists cannot ...

Principal Investigator : Robert G. Haight

Invasive Species
Resource Management and Use
2014NRS
Photo of Oak wilt pocket next to house. Joe O'Brien, Forest Service
ID: 330
Non-native Forest Pathogens Cost Homeowners Millions of Dollars Annually

Two big killers of residential trees--the oak wilt pathogen in the East and the sudden oak death (SOD) pathogen in the West cost homeowners mill ...

Principal Investigator : Robert G. Haight

Invasive Species
Resource Management and Use
2011NRS
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 California myotis (Myotis californicus). Norman Barrett, Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest
ID: 498
Protecting Habitat for Bats in the Face of Development Pressure

Wildlife managers and planners make their best estimates of where to purchase or acquire conservation easements on areas for habitat protection ...

Principal Investigator : Robert G. Haight

Resource Management and Use
Wildlife and Fish
2013NRS
Photo of
ID: 1208
Resident and visitor support for urban natural areas restoration

Resident and visitor beliefs about whether a given restoration practice, such as controlled burning, is already being used at a site can be a po ...

Principal Investigator : Paul H. Gobster

 2017NRS
Photo of
ID: 1210
Scientists conduct assessment and valuation of forest ecosystem services

Ecosystems provide many goods and services that enable and enrich human life, from traditional natural resources, such as timber, fish, and edib ...

Principal Investigator : Robert G. Haight

 2017NRS
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 Afforestation is one means of increasing forest carbon storage. S.A. Snyder, USDA Forest Service
ID: 624
Study Assesses Private Forest Landowner Attitudes Towards Forest Carbon Management and Carbon Credit Trading

Forest lands, if managed in certain ways, can store excess atmospheric carbon, a key contributor to global climate change. This accumulated carb ...

Principal Investigator : Stephanie Snyder

Resource Management and Use2014NRS
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 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
ID: 1197
Understanding resident use of a new elevated pedestrian and bicycle trail

Monitoring use of a new elevated trail in Chicago provides important information to city managers. Preliminary results suggest that "The 606" ha ...

Principal Investigator : Paul H. Gobster

 2017NRS
Photo of
ID: 1201
Understanding why farmers protect soil and water resources

Understanding why farmers adopt land management practices that protect soil, water, and other ecosystem services is a key need for developing ap ...

Principal Investigator : Kristin Floress

 2017NRS
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