US Forest Service Research & Development
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  • US Forest Service Research & Development
  • 1400 Independence Ave., SW
  • Washington, D.C. 20250-0003
  • 800-832-1355
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  • Forest Inventory and Analysis

Linda S. Heath

Linda S. Heath

Director, IMAR
1400 Independence Ave., SW
Mailstop 1119
District of Columbia
United States

Phone: 202-578-4139
Contact Linda S. Heath

Current Research

I provide national leadership to comprehensive scientific programs in the national office of the US Forest Service, Research & Development, Inventory, Monitoring, and Assessment Research staff. This includes the Forest Inventory & Analysis (FIA) program, other inventory and monitoring research; inventory and monitoring of issues including carbon accounting of the nation’s forests and grasslands, assessment of biodiversity, monitoring and assessment of ecosystems for health and sustainability or for management of old growth; national assessments such as the Resources Planning Act (RPA) Assessment, the National Report on Sustainable Forests and related assessments, and FS contributions to the National Climate Assessment; and coordinating these programs with other Federal, State, and local research programs and with forest resource management activities. 

Research Interests

I am interested in mobilizing research and technology to develop credible and easy to understand and use knowledge systems or platforms that could help researchers conduct broad-scale forest research, but that mainly provide knowledge to help people make decisions on forest policy and forest-related management across landscapes, to enhance investments in forests and communities.

Past Research

My past research assignments were to conduct research on ways to provide estimates and projections of multiple environmental benefits, at local to landscape to national to global scales, especially on greenhouse gas inventories and their uncertainties associated with forest and land management in the United States, and exploring management impacts.

Why This Research is Important

Information on multiple forest benefits such as carbon based on credible and science-based inventory and monitoring systems and on assessments is important for attracting and sustaining investments for forests and communities, to sustain the productivity, diversity, and health of forests and grasslands for present and future generations.


  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, B.S. Forestry
  • University of Washington, Seattle, WA, Ph.D. Quantitative Resources Management
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, M.S. Forest Management

Professional Organizations

  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
  • Ecological Society of America
  • Society of American Foresters (SAF)

Awards & Recognition

  • USDA Certificate of Merit, 2008
    Awarded by Station Director, USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station “for extra efforts in integrating carbon accounting into FIA.”
  • Contributions related to 2007 Nobel Peace prize, 2007
    Certificate for Contributions to Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) receiving 2007 Nobel Peace prize as a lead author for the IPCC National Inventories Programme Task Force
  • USDA Group Honor Award for Excellence, 2006
    Awarded by Secretary of Agriculture “for the development of clear and comprehensive standards for Greenhouse Gas Reporting from the Farm and Forest Sectors.”
  • USDA Group Honor Award for Excellence, 2001
    Awarded by Secretary of Agriculture "for significant contributions to improving the Kyoto Protocol through the consideration of forest, crop, and grazing land management."

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Research Highlights


Forest Carbon Estimates for Climate Benefits Projects Around the World

Science on forest carbon benefits developed by the Forest Service contributes to a reduction in deforestation and degradation in forests through ...


Improving Forest Inventory and Monitoring Capacity in Countries of the World

Efficient national and subnational level inventory and monitoring systems are needed to characterize carbon and other attributes of forests so t ...


Last updated on : 11/29/2021