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

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

Principal Investigator : Susan I. Stewart

Outdoor Recreation2010NRS
Photo of 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 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
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 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 An elementary school within the Chicago Public School system
ID: 1457
Tree Cover Boosts Academic Performance in Chicago Public Schools

An analysis of academic achievement within Chicago Public Schools suggests that a higher proportion of tree cover, relative to grass and other v ...

Principal Investigator : Lynne M. Westphal

Resource Management and Use
Wildlife and Fish
Water, Air, and Soil
2018NRS
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