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Northwest research experimental forests: A hundred years in the making

Publications Posted on: October 05, 2015
Over the past 100 years, experimental forests and ranges (forests) have supported research that produced long-term knowledge about our forests and ranges, and their resources. These forests are living laboratories and are rare assets that serve as places to conduct forest research to meet society’s natural resource needs.

USDA Scientific Integrity Policy Handbook

Documents and Media Posted on: September 23, 2015
USDA Scientific Integrity Policy Handbook Document Type: Other Documents

Northern Rocky Mountain experimental forests: Settings for science, management, and education alliances

Publications Posted on: October 02, 2014
Society's view of forests and what they produce changed considerably during the latter part of the 20th century. Prior to the 1970s, society believed that forests in the western United States provided a seemingly infinite supply of natural resources and economic prosperity. The public trusted experts to make forest management decisions dedicated to resource extraction and controlling nature (Bengston 1994).

Take a scientist to the sauna: A great way to keep science and stewardship working together for another 50 years

Publications Posted on: September 30, 2014
At a workshop in Oulanka National Park in Finland, shortly after the Finnish Wilderness Act had passed in 1991, managers and scientists wrestled with how to incorporate science into protection of wildlands of northern Finland.

The role of experimental forests in science and management

Publications Posted on: May 28, 2013
Happy 100 years to the Priest River Experimental Forest (PREF)! PREF, which is managed by the Research and Development Branch of the USDA Forest Service, celebrated its centennial in September 2011. It was established in northern Idaho to provide useful information that would improve forest management in the western part of District One at a time when US forestry was in its infancy.

Stakeholder understandings of wildfire mitigation: A case of shared and contested meanings

Publications Posted on: September 18, 2012
This article identifies and compares meanings of wildfire risk mitigation for stakeholders in the Front Range of Colorado, USA. We examine the case of a collaborative partnership sponsored by government agencies and directed to decrease hazardous fuels in interface areas. Data were collected by way of key informant interviews and focus groups. The analysis is guided by the Circuit of Culture model in communication research.

Trust is a must: What is involved in trusting those who manage forest fires?

Publications Posted on: December 10, 2010
Trust is a complicated emotion. In the past, many social scientists have studied trust. They discovered that trust involves a number of beliefs and emotions. The scientists in this study were interested in learning more about trust. They believed that forest managers can do a better job if people trust them to do what is best for citizens and the environment (figure 1).

The fire environment--innovations, management, and policy; conference proceedings

Publications Posted on: September 14, 2007
The International Association of Wildland Fire sponsored the second Fire Behavior and Fuels conference in Destin, Florida.

The challenge of doing science in wilderness: historical, legal, and policy context

Publications Posted on: June 21, 2006
Lands designated by Congress under the Wilderness Act of 1964 (Public Law 88-577) offer unique opportunities for social and biophysical research in areas that are relatively unmodified by modern human actions. Wilderness designation also imposes a unique set of constraints on the methods that may be used or permitted to conduct this research.

Monitoring and management of recreation in protected areas: the contributions and limitations of science

Publications Posted on: June 21, 2006
Scientists assist protected area managers by developing information and knowledge that can be used to better monitor and manage recreation use and its impacts. Most recreation management decisions have both a descriptive and an evaluative component. There is widespread consensus that science is well suited to discovering, synthesizing and applying descriptive information.