Forest Service Research and Development (R&D) is in its centennial year, marking 100 years of science, innovation and service. Research has been part of the Forest Service mission since its inception, with a research arm formally established in 1915. Building upon this foundation, Forest Service scientists have played a critical role in expanding human understanding of forests and improving Earth’s welfare through sound science.
Hurricanes and other major storms cause billions of dollars of damage to southern timber resources. If you add the increased risk of wildfire, insect infestations, and disease that accompany downed wood, you have millions of acres of forests vulnerable to further harm.
Science Stories is a place for us to share new and exciting developments in Forest Service science and technology. Forest Service scientists conduct research and produce technology that inform land management decisions and result in new tools and forest products, such as cutting edge software that helps in firefighting and safer baseball bats for Major League Baseball.