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Research Forester

Terrie B. Jain

Research Forester
1221 South Main Street
United States

Phone: 208-883-2331
Fax: 208-883-2318
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Current Research

Present-day forest management goals are complex and elusive because objectives are multi-faceted and may include simultaneously producing or maintaining sense-of-place, old growth, forest products and enhancing or protecting water resources and wildlife habitat while increasing the ability to adapt to disturbance. My broad research program focus, is to develop integrated management strategies that have application for objectives including, but not limited to, producing forest products, installing fuel treatments, creating disturbance resilient and resistant forests, enhancing or creating wildlife habitat, restoring forests, and developing old forest conditions. To develop management strategies that can adapt to disturbance, also requires research on pre- and post-disturbance environments to develop fuel or other forest management treatments to encourage rapid recovery or promote adaptation to disturbances such as wildfire. To evaluate the treatments I develop, I use an experimental forest network in partnership with forest managers to determine economic and operational feasibility of implementing treatments followed by monitoring vegetation response in accordance with desired wildlife habitat components such as snags, woody debris and plant production, growth and yield of trees, and diversity in species composition and forest conditions. The advantage of my research being implemented on an experimental forest provides numerous benefits, the most important benefit is that this place-based research gives future scientists, managers, landowners, and people of all ages and backgrounds a place to learn about forest ecology and management.

Research Interests

My interest involves discovering and describing natural phenomena but also demands that such discoveries be integrated into silvicultural methods (vegetation and forest floor treatments) and systems (planned series of treatments through time) and be tested across multiple spatial scales and within multiple forest structures and compositions. Although silvicultural methods and systems are well developed for producting forest products, they are ill defined or non-existent when it comes to treating fuels, providing sense-of-place, maintaining wildlife habitat, or managing for other societal values both known and unforeseen.

Past Research

Contrary to traditional thinking that western white pine can only grow in large openings, I discovered the species can establish and grow within many different sized canopy gaps. This discovery subsequently led to developing canopy opening thresholds (i.e., establishment, competitive advantage, and free-to-grow) for the species to explicitly aid in management decisions and applications. The impact of this research has resulted in consensus building among the differing management philosophies of stakeholders and forest managers. I used my canopy opeing knowledge discovery to produce silvicultural systems to create a diversity of forest structures and compositions within and among landscapes. Contrary to applying treatments at a stand scale (~10 ha), the systems I designed are applicable for treating landscapes, a rarity in science of silviculture.

In this field of science, because it is so diverse, I have been involved in studies associated with maintaining long-term soil productivity, implimenting and understanding the benefits and trade-offs of mastication, and devoping treatment strategies for restoring old ponderosa pine and western larch.

Why This Research is Important

My goal in my job is not to succeed personally as a research scientist. I work for the citizens of the United State; thus I think it is very important to focus on applied science that is applicable to managers, forest landowners and the public. Thus the greatest compliment I receive is when managers or citizens come to me and say you taught me something and you are making a difference in the future of our forests. Only then do I know I am on the right track. Thus the results of my research studies are applicable for, but are not limited to, restoring forests, producing wildlife habitat, and for treating fuels to modify wildfire behavior and burn severity throughout the western United States. However, the concepts I introduce also have a wider range of application beyond the western United States; for example, some of these concepts are being included in a new document called Research to Practice through the European Research Institute.


  • University of Idaho, Moscow, Bachelors Forest Management 1982
  • University of Idaho, Moscow, Masters Silviculture and soil process 1994
  • University of Idaho, Moscow, Ph.D. Silviculture, landscape ecology, and applied statistics 2001

Professional Experience

  • Research Forester, USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Forest and Woodland Ecosystems Research Program Moscow, ID
    2007 - 2016
  • Research Forester, USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fire, Fuels, and Smoke Research Program, Moscow, ID
    2008 - 2009
  • Research Forester, USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Moscow, ID
    2001 - 2007
  • Forester, USDA Forest Service, Intermountain Research Station, Moscow, ID
    1989 - 2001
  • Forestry Technician, USDA Forest Service, Intermountain Research Station, Moscow, ID
    1982 - 1989
  • Forestry Trainee, USDA Forest Service, Bonners Ferry Ranger District, Bonners Ferry, ID.
    1979 - 1982

Professional Organizations

  • Society of American Foresters, Forest Science, Associate Editor (2011 - Current)
    I am associate editor for Forest Science in fire and silviculture.
  • Ecological Society of America, Member (2010 - Current)
  • Association of Fire Ecology, Member (2008 - Current)
  • Society of American Foresters, Western Journal of Applied Forestry, Associate Editor (2007 - Current)
    I have been associate editor for the Western Journal of Applied Forestry in silviculture, forest ecology, and fire.
  • Society of American Foresters (SAF), Member (1989 - Current)
    I have been an active member of the SAF; in the last 15 years; I have taken different leadership roles. These have provided opportunities to network with a variety of disciplines in the field of forest resoruces.

Awards & Recognition

  • Outstanding technology transfer publication, 2014
    My team received this award for RMRS-GTR-292: A comprehensive guide to fuels management practices for dry mixed conifer forests in the northwestern United States
  • National Accessibility Honoree for Individual Commitment and Leadership, 2012
    I was presented this award for providing consistent commitment and leadership in the advancement and integration of accessibility.
  • Alumni Achievement Award., 2010
    This award is given to a college alumnus who has graduated within the past 10 years and has an exceptional career record with continued outstanding attainment in the future
  • National Award for Outstanding Contributions in Silviculture, 2007
    Outstanding contributions in the field of Silviculture at the National Silviculture workshop, Ketchikan, Alaska. This award is given bi-annually by my professional peers from throughout the United States.
  • Friend of Dirt, 2006
    In appreciation of your never-ending support of the Forest Soils Program on the Payette National Forest: Your efforts are greatly appreciated.
  • Forester of the Year, 2005
    This was given to me by people in the forestry profession within the Inland Northwest

Featured Publications & Products


Research Highlights


Big Trees, Bark Beetles, Goshawks, and Timber

Throughout the Rocky Mountains over the last century, large ponderosa pine trees provided lumber for growing cities and towns, along with fuel a ...


Experimental Forests: Great places to learn about forest science and management

Scientists used an experimental forest network to develop different management strategies and make science accessible for managers and other par ...


Goshawks, bark beetles, and timber management: Can they coexist?

Wildlife habitat and timber production are critical elements of the management of many national forests. The Black Hills National Forest in West ...


The Region 4 — RMRS Science Partner Program: Working to improve management strategies and communication through shared stewardship

In 2016, the Rocky Mountain Research Station launched the Region 4—Rocky Mountain Research Station Science Partner Pilot program. The program' ...


To Masticate or Not to Masticate: Useful tips for Treating Vegetation

Recently, several large fires have burned through masticated sites in Colorado, Washington, New Mexico and elsewhere. Burning under extreme weat ...


Last updated on : 03/24/2021