A view of the Umpqua National Forest, Ore., and some of the country's 741 million acres of forestland that sequester atmospheric carbon; Mount Thielsen is on the horizon. USDA Forest Service photo.
Forests provide many critical ecosystem services, including the sequestration of carbon from the atmosphere. Forest carbon storage capacity can be directly impacted by climate change mitigation policies based on existing ecosystem service valuations.
A family prepares for a day of fishing along the John Day Wild and Scenic River, Oregon. Photo courtesy of Greg Shine.
American ideas about nature and outdoor recreation are perpetually changing. As demographics, technologies, and consumer preferences shift, land managers are asking for relevant and timely information that will help them anticipate change and manage sustainable visitor use across public lands.
New threats from increased area, density and layering of forests, climate change, shifting wildfire regimes, and invasive species in forest landscapes east of the Cascade Range have triggered a need for new management policies. USDA Forest Service photo.
Large and old trees are important landscape elements. Given the complexity of changing climatic and wildfire regimes, as well as social and economic considerations, land managers are evaluating whether protecting many of these critical trees may require moving beyond one-size-fits-all restrictions like the 21-inch rule.
A view from the Buckhorn Wilderness in the Olympic National Forest, Washington. Coastal forests in the Pacific Northwest store globally significant amounts of carbon in trees and soil. USDA Forest Service photo by Matthew Tharp.
Urgency is growing among legislators, conservation organizations, and the wood products industry to better understand how forests store carbon and how management choices affect the carbon balance. The Pacific Northwest Research Station is taking a convening role with states and nongovernmental organizations to address research needs across stewardship boundaries.
Urban trees are known to provide health benefits to society, but they can also have economic benefits. Tampa, Florida, faces major redevelopment pressure that could directly affect the relationship between urban trees and single-family house prices. Policymakers and developers wanted to know how the presence of trees could affect the value of houses being sold for redevelopment.
A female wildland firefighter stands in front of a back burn on the Slater/Devil Fires in Oregon and California, September 2020. USDA Forest Service photo.
Recent news reports have documented incidents of sexual harassment, bullying, and retaliation for women and people of color in the wildland fire community within the Forest Service.
A park in Portland, Oregon. USDA Forest Service photo.
Many cities in the United States have set goals to increase urban tree canopy cover in response to research that has demonstrated the public health benefits of trees and natural spaces. That research, however, has typically relied on data from 2D imaging of urban trees.
Veterans group on a hike. Photo courtesy of Sarah Martin.
Millions visit America’s public lands every year to have fun and get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. In fact, spending time in nature can be truly restorative and research shows that nature and green spaces have a positive effect on human health and wellbeing.
Helicopter dropping water on the Maple Fire in the Olympic National Forest. USDA Forest Service photo.
It’s easy to assume that the forests on the western side of the Cascade Range are too wet to burn, but that’s changing. These lush coniferous forests are legendary for their beauty, timber growth rates, and the habitat they provide for iconic species of the region. Historically, ample rain and winter snow kept these Pacific Northwest forest moist throughout much of the year.
Huckleberries. Photo courtesy of David Peter.
American Indian tribes historically used fire to manage natural resources for subsistence and cultural uses. However, the nature, extent, locations, and reasons related to their use of fire, and its influence on historical fire regimes in the eastern Cascade Range, are poorly known today.