News Release

USDA Forest Service Announces the Creation of the Northern Research Station

September 22, 2006 -

U. S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service Chief Dale Bosworth today announced the creation of the Northern Research Station located in Newtown Square, Penn. "This research station brings together the scientific and administrative work currently being carried out by the former North Central and Northeastern Research stations," said Chief Bosworth.

The new station will allow the Forest Service to use its finite resources more wisely to better meet the science needs of a wide range of customers throughout the 20-state region. "Benefits will include an integrated, cohesive landscape-scale research program and fewer work redundancies, resulting in a better utilized workforce," said Bosworth.

"We are thrilled," stated Deputy Chief for Research Ann Bartuska. "The creation of a Northern Research Station will strengthen the Forest Service's research and technology transfer program, improve the agency's overall organizational efficiency and improve the Stations’ capacity as a partner in research collaboration and regional partnerships."

Michael T. Rains is named as director for the station. Previously, Rains served as the director for the Northeastern Research Station and acting director of the North Central Research Station. He was instrumental in the consolidation effort. Existing offices remain in operation, so movement of current employees will be minimal.

"I'm honored to have the opportunity to bring together a new research organization that will link environmental science with the health and well being of people and communities," Rains said.

The Northern Research Station is part of the research and development section of the USDA Forest Service and works at the forefront of science to improve the health and use of our nation’s forests and grasslands. Research has been part of the Forest Service mission since its inception in 1905. Today, more than 500 researchers work in a range of biological, physical and social science fields to promote sustainable management of the nation's diverse forests and grasslands. Their research includes programs in all 50 states, U.S. territories and commonwealths. The researchers work independently and with a range of partners including other agencies, academia, nonprofit groups and industry. The information and technology produced through basic and applied science programs are available to the public for its benefit and use.