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Photo of This 2017 report,Integrating Ecosystem Services into National Forest Service Policy and Operations, was developed by the National Ecosystem Services Strategy Team.
ID: 1347
A strategy for ecosystem services

The Forest Service is poised to be a leader in the integration of ecosystem services concepts for forestland managers. This report demonstrates ...

Principal Investigator : Robert Deal

Water, Air, and Soil
Resource Management and Use
2017PNW
Photo of A Forest Service researcher takes moss samples in Portland, Ore., as part of a study to analyze the moss for evidence of airborne toxins. Moss serve as a living record of local air pollution. USDA Forest Service
ID: 789
An Innovative Study Uses Moss to Measure Air Toxin Levels at Schools in Portland, Oregon

Air pollution has been linked to major health problems including cancer, cardiovascular disease, and adverse birth outcomes. Children can be par ...

Principal Investigator : Geoffrey Donovan

Water, Air, and Soil2015PNW
Photo of Beargrass in bloom. Chris Schnepf, Univestiy of Idaho
ID: 660
Beargrass, Long Treasured by Native Americans, Faces Pressure from the Commercial Floral Industry

Leaf harvest by the floral industry is causing shifts in disturbance within beargrass habitat.

Principal Investigator : Susan Stevens Hummel

Resource Management and Use2014PNW
Photo of Forest Service scientists, resource managers, and members of the Lakeview Stewardship Group discuss management of fire-prone forests on a field trip in the Fremont-Winema National Forest, Oregon.
ID: 1380
Challenges in coordinating wildfire risk reduction among diverse forest owners

Research across a multi-owner landscape in central Oregon found that in general, Forest Service management was likely to produce forest conditio ...

Principal Investigator : Susan Charnley

Wildland Fire and Fuels
Inventory and Monitoring
2017PNW
Photo of Woodchips fuel the boiler used by the Tok School District, Alaska. USDA Forest Service
ID: 784
Community Biomass Handbook for Alaska Published

Volume 2 of the Community Biomass Handbook focuses on Alaska. It is designed to empower communities by helping them determ the best choices for ...

Principal Investigator : Eini C. Lowell

Resource Management and Use2015PNW
Photo of Screen shot of the wood energy fiancial application. USDA Forest Service
ID: 667
Community Biomass Handbook Guides Businesses Seeking to Replace Fossil Fuels with Wood Energy

Available as an eBook, this biomass handbook containes a wood energy financial application that allows users to quickly assess whether wood ener ...

Principal Investigator : Eini C. Lowell

Resource Management and Use2014PNW
Photo of Community Biomass Handbook volume 4 helps users identify complementary biomass products that make ecologic and economic sense.
ID: 1361
Community Biomass Handbook Volume 4

The Community Biomass Handbook Volume 4: Enterprise Development for Integrated Wood Manufacturing is a guide for creating sustainable business e ...

Principal Investigator : Eini C. Lowell

Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
2017PNW
Photo of Forest Service staff and the Lakeview Stewardship Group discuss post treatment monitoring in the West Drews project area in the Fremont-Winema National Forest, Oregon. Eric White, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 1179
Economic Benefits Associated with Federal Forest Restoration

Federal forest restoration and forest collaboration support increased economic activity in eastern Oregon. The Oregon Department of Forestry use ...

Principal Investigator : Eric M. White

Resource Management and Use2016PNW
Photo of A koa log. Forest Service
ID: 95
Finding Value in Young-Growth Koa Wood

A demonstration project informs the forest industry in Hawai'i of the quality and uses for young-growth Koa wood

Principal Investigator : Eini C. Lowell

Resource Management and Use2012PNW
Photo of This map highlights where threats such as wildfire, insects, and disease exist, overlap, and intersect with urban and exurban development. USDA Forest Service
ID: 535
Forest Mapping Study Helps Identify Regions with Multiple Threat Potential, Including Wildfires

Policymakers and land managers can use the maps to identify locations where particular threats may be more concentrated relative to others and t ...

Principal Investigator : Jeffrey D. Kline

Wildland Fire and Fuels2013PNW
Photo of Gender and Forests, published in 2017.
ID: 1366
Gender bias affects forests worldwide

A new book compiles 30 years of key articles on gender and forests and concludes gender biases persist in forestry research and practice.

Principal Investigator : Susan Stevens Hummel

Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
2017PNW
Photo of Firewood for home heating.  Forest Service
ID: 71
Heating with Wood in Alaska

Converting oil heating systems in residential and commercial buildings in Alaska to renewable wood energy would require 1.3 to 1.7 million cords ...

Principal Investigator : Allen M. Brackley

Resource Management and Use2012PNW
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 Workshop participants map priority areas as part of the Human Ecology Mapping Project. Renee Bodine, USDA Forest Service
ID: 510
Interactive Mapping Project Advances All Lands Conservation

Mapping human connections both on and off the forest helps land managers better anticipate how changes to access in other jurisdictions may affe ...

Principal Investigator : Lee K. Cerveny

Resource Management and Use2013PNW
Photo of
ID: 239
Land use policies affect levels of carbon sequestration

Researchers used the Forest and Agriculture Sector Optimization Model-Greenhouse Gases Model to analyze alternative policy scenarios and compare ...

Principal Investigator : Ralph Alig

Resource Management and Use2010PNW
Photo of The Klamath Marsh National Wildlife Refuge provides a wide variety of ecosystem services including clean water and air, wildlife habitat, and scenic beauty. Tom Iraci, Forest Service
ID: 72
Managing for Ecosystem Services on Public Land

New report provides an overview of how national forests can address ecosystem services and tradeoffs associated with forest management plans and ...

Principal Investigator : Jeffrey D. Kline

Resource Management and Use2012PNW
Photo of Private landowners in central Oregon. Paige Fischer, USDA Forest Service
ID: 661
Nonindustrial Private Forestland Owners Consider Fuel Conditions and Past Wildfire Occurrence in Their Risk Mitigation Decisions

A new landscape simulation model informs forest planning processes.

Principal Investigator : Jeffrey D. Kline

Wildland Fire and Fuels2014PNW
Photo of A field tour of potential collaborative projects on the Sweet Home Ranger District, Willamette National Forest. Emily Jane Davis, Oregon State University
ID: 788
Oregon Forest Collaboratives: What Are the Similarities and Differences Among Them?

Collaboration is a currently a popular approach to resolving conflict around national forest management, particularly in regard to forest health ...

Principal Investigator : Lee K. Cerveny

Resource Management and Use2015PNW
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 Managed forest land in western Oregon. A carbon offset sales program could encourage forest landowners to manage in ways that increase the amount carbon stored on their land. Jeff Kline, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 945
Potential Land Use and Forest Management Implications for a Carbon-offset Incentive Program

A new Forest Service study describes the potential implications for land use and management if a program where a forest owner could sell carbon ...

Principal Investigator : Jeffrey D. Kline

Resource Management and Use2016PNW
Photo of Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance is determining the feasibility of producing jet fuel from woody biomass in Oregon and Washington. Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance
ID: 523
Research Station Helps National Renewable Biofuels Project Engage Community and Industry Leaders

The Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance is working to form regional alliances and find communities that might fit into a sustainable biofuels ...

Principal Investigator : Eini C. Lowell

Resource Management and Use2013PNW
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 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 In Guinea, Africa, community forests are an important source of nontimber forest products. Susan Charnley, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 976
Socioeconomic Monitoring and Community Forests in West Africa

Community forests may be effective for conserving forest biodiversity in West Africa and sustaining desirable ecosystem services and forest prod ...

Principal Investigator : Susan Charnley

Resource Management and Use2016PNW
Photo of The tradeoffs among carbon storage, wildlife habitat, and timber production depend on the specific management scenario that is used. USDA Forest Service.
ID: 763
Timber and Habitat Tradeoffs Associated with Managing West Cascades Forests to Increase Carbon Storage

A new analysis describes potential timber and wildlife habitat outcomes that could result from national forest policies and management intended ...

Principal Investigator : Jeffrey D. Kline

Resource Management and Use2015PNW
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 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 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 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