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Treesearch reaches major milestone

WASHINGTON — As of January 2018, the Forest Service has added more than 50,000 full-text peer-reviewed publications to Treesearch, an online source for agency science publications.

The Forest Service’s Research Stations launched Treesearch to create a central location where visitors can find and read peer-reviewed science by the agency’s researchers. The site’s full text articles showcase the Forest Service’s vetted research findings and form the foundation of its science delivery program.

In 2017 alone, this key website delivered just short of 1 million pages to more than 330,000 users.

Last August Treesearch gained a brand new face to match the agency’s latest mobile-friendly design and infrastructure. Equally important, the updated version brought powerful new search tools familiar to users from online shopping sites, plus features like the ability to create customized alerts for new additions. Treesearch developers have worked closely with external discovery tools like Google and to make sure its contents are as visible as possible to those who need its information, even if they are unfamiliar with Treesearch or the agency’s scientific work.

Many of the articles offered by Treesearch were originally published in commercial or professional journals, most of which require subscriptions or charge for full text copies of their content. Treesearch makes them available for download at no cost. The largest share of the articles are published directly by the Forest Service either as agency-wide series publications or by individual research stations.

Treesearch was developed and went online in 2004, and the site has steadily grown over the past 14 years.

Image: Screen capture of Treesearch website. In a circle is the number of publication available: 50,523.
Treesearch, which is now 14 years old, has more than 50,000 publications available. Screenshot of Treesearch website.