Monitoring and Research

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The Forest Service utilizes its facilities and research stations to help meet the needs of resource professionals involved in restoration and native plant material development. Sound scientific information is critical to guide management activities and protect genetic resources.

The National Forest Genetics Laboratory (NFGEL) was established in 1988 to provide state-of-the-art molecular tools and genetic information to the National Forests and other cooperating agencies. NFGEL provides baseline information for assessing and monitoring genetic diversity, and determining the effect of management on genetic resources. NFGEL contributes to conservation, restoration, and native plant material programs on federal lands.

Forest Service Research Stations also play a vital role in understanding and protecting native plant genetic resources, and in the responsible development and use of native plant material in restoration of disturbed federal lands.

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