Research & Development

The R&D Mission

The Research and Development (R&D) mission of the Forest Service, U.S.Department of Agriculture (USDA), is to develop and deliver knowledge and innovative technology to improve the health and use of the Nation’s forests and grasslands—both public and private. R&D provides this information to landowners, managers, policymakers, and the American people to help inform their decisions and actions.

Organizational Structure

The R&D mission area has been a vital part of the Forest Service since the agency’s inception in 1905. The organization consists of seven research stations, including the International Institute of Tropical Forestry and the Forest Products Laboratory, and 81 experimental forests and ranges. R&D interacts with national forests in nine regions and with the State and Private Forestry (S&PF) Deputy Area throughout the United States.

Spotlights

Treesearch - your Onestop for R&D Publications

Treesearch is an online system for locating and delivering publications by Research and Development scientists in the US Forest Service.