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Introduction [Chapter 1]

Publications Posted on: June 25, 2020
Nearly one-third of Earth’s total land area is covered by a remarkably complex and richly alive skin: forest soil. This layer - more membrane than crust - is of central importance to the survival of most organisms on our planet.

Sharing the load to develop young-growth silviculture for forage and biodiversity in southeast Alaska

Publications Posted on: June 16, 2020
Approximately 170,000 ha have been logged on the Tongass National Forest since the early 20th century, resulting in a vast network of young, and even-aged Sitka spruce–western hemlock stands. Many of these stands are in a stem exclusion phase, with dense overstories that competitively shade out understories.

The role of experimental forests and ranges for facilitating management-research partnerships: A panel discussion

Publications Posted on: June 16, 2020
Three years after the founding of the USDA Forest Service, Director Raphael Zon and Chief Gifford Pinchot initiated a plan to formally designate areas for research and demonstration.

Adaptive silviculture for climate change network: learning from land manager-research partnerships

Publications Posted on: June 16, 2020
The Adaptive Silviculture for Climate Change (ASCC) project is a collaborative effort that has established a series of experimental silvicultural trials across a network of different forest ecosystem types throughout North America.

The Rocky Mountain Research Station–Region 4 Science Partner Program: partnering science and management for beneficial outcomes

Publications Posted on: June 16, 2020
The Rocky Mountain Research Station (RMRS) and Intermountain Region (R4) of the USDA Forest Service are actively improving the science-manager relationship paradigm with an exciting new effort: the RMRS–R4 Science Partner Program. These programs complement existing grassroots science-manager relationships by improving coordination and learning at the project and programmatic levels as well as deploying science resources where needed.

The North American Long-Term Soil Productivity study: collaborations to understand forest responses to land management

Publications Posted on: June 15, 2020
The Long-Term Soil Productivity (LTSP) Study is one of the most successful and extensive collaborative science efforts undertaken by the USDA Forest Service. It was launched through a back-of-the-bus conversation about problems arising from the National Forest Management Act of 1976 and rose as a grassroots effort to determine how soil compaction and organic matter removal are linked to both tree and stand productivity.

Protected area stewardship in the Anthropocene: Integrating science, law, and ethics to evaluate proposals for ecological restoration in wilderness

Publications Posted on: May 10, 2020
Every year, the four federal agencies that manage designated wilderness in the United States receive proposals to implement small- and large-scale ecological restorations within the National Wilderness Preservation System. The combination of climate change with other landscape stressors is driving ecological restoration to be one of the single most important, challenging, and potentially litigious wilderness stewardship issues.

New research quantifies future wildfire impacts to communities in the Western United States

FS News Posted on: June 18, 2019
The Forest Service has developed a new cross-boundary assessment tool that maps 240 million acres where significant wildfire ignitions can potentially impact over 1,800 Western communities. This new framework is described in the report Cross-boundary Wildfire and Community Exposure Assessment (RMRS-General Technical Report-392), which was recently released by the USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station and Oregon State University.

Historical Perspectives and a New U.S. Forest Service Strategy for Fish and Aquatic Stewardship

Publications Posted on: February 22, 2019
The U.S. Forest Service has a long, rich history of helping to steward the nation's fish and aquatic resources and contributing to the broader fish and aquatic conservation and scientific community in the United States and worldwide. The agency recently updated its national strategy for fish and aquatic resource stewardship.

Crowd-sourced databases as essential elements for Forest Service partnerships and aquatic resource conservation

Publications Posted on: August 20, 2018
High-quality information is needed for conservation and management of aquatic resources on lands administered by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS). Information is ultimately derived from data, so the USFS maintains a series of databases that are used to describe the status and trends of aquatic habitats and biota.