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Keyword: National Forest System

Root disease quietly holds back forest carbon storage

Science Spotlights Posted on: September 13, 2016
Growing forests take greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere. National forests must account for how natural and management-oriented disturbance processes affect carbon storage as an ecosystem benefit.  Although it doesn’t always cause large, eye-catching areas of mortality, root disease likely affects carbon storage by reducing tree growth and regeneration over vast areas.  However, no previously available tools allowed monitoring of the effect of root disease on carbon storage at a landscape level.

The condition of watersheds on our National Forests

Science Spotlights Posted on: August 21, 2015
Given the continuing concern over nonpoint-source pollution, Rocky Mountain Research Station scientists sought to understand how the risk of water quality impairment from nonpoint sources varies across the nearly 3,700 fifth-level watersheds in the U.S. containing lands of the National Forest System.

The value of opinion in science and the Forest Service research organization

Publications Posted on: September 21, 2009
There is confusion about conflicts of interest between sources of funding and the extent to which Forest Service researchers are free to publish their findings. Forest Service Research is an independent entity with no administrative accountability to policy makers up to the office of the Chief of the Forest Service.

Application of Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) data to estimate the amount of old growth forest and snag density in the Northern Region of the National Forest System

Publications Posted on: January 06, 2009
This report discusses valid use of data produced by the Forest Service?s Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) program and used by the Northern Region of the National Forest System to analyze the compliance of individual National Forests with their Standards and Guidelines. It emphasizes use of FIA data on snag density and the percentage of forest area that meets the definition of old growth.