Did you know the US Forest Service collects native seeds? Saving and growing seed from native plants helps us restore areas that have been disturbed or that need rehabilitation. Cheryl Bartlett, Olympic National Forest Botanist, explains her seed collection projects.
Emerging Fungal Pathogens Threaten Wild Salamanders, July 2016
The Pacific Northwest is rich in many salamander species which are crucial in the process of forest carbon cycling. Salamanders are at risk from a number of threats, including habitat loss, wildlife trade, invasive species, and, most recently, fungal pathogens.
Pacific Northwest seed collection tour fall 2015
In the fall of 2015 US Forest Service Geneticist Andrew Bower accompanied representatives from the United Kingdom Forestry Commission’s Bedgebury Pinetum, Westonbirt Arboretum, and the Oxford University Harcourt Arboretum as they traveled through the Pacific NW to collect seed from trees and shrubs for propagation and long-term genetic conservation.
What does a wildlife biologist do?
Wildlife biologists monitor changes in our environment. They are often the first to recognize changes in the forest. In this video wildlife biologist Betsy Howell as she talks about her job and what a wildlife biologist does to help manage our national forestlands.
Roosevelt Elk habitat enhancement & remote camera monitoring
Olympic National Forest has long been working to improve elk foraging habitat on the Forest by encouraging the growth of forage. Remote cameras are used to monitor wildlife use in these areas.
Return of the Fisher King
Pekania pennanti, or the Pacific fisher, disappeared from Washington State early in the last century. This housecat-size member of the Weasel family was trapped for its fine fur and suffered from the loss of the old growth forests it prefers; it now resides on the Washington State endangered species list. Learn more about the Olympic peninsula fisher & it's reintroduction to the forest.
Land management has been traditionally based on the precept that future environmental conditions will mirror past conditions. Today we can no longer assume that precipitation will fall in the same amounts and during the same time of year as in the past. This case study provides a place-based example of how agencies and groups can work together.