The Forest and Woodland Ecosystems (FWE) Science Program acquires, develops, and delivers scientific knowledge and management tools for sustaining and restoring the health, biodiversity, productivity, and ecosystem processes of forest and woodland landscapes. This research is critical in light of the multiple and varied threats that these ecosystems face, including urbanization and human developments, extreme wildfire events, insect and disease outbreaks, exotic species invasions, and drought.
FWE scientists conduct short- and long-term research across a wide geographic area, with an emphasis on:
Spatial and temporal patterns of disturbance,
Managing complex landscapes in a changing environment,
Consequences of management activities,
Adaptive capacity of forests and woodlands, and
Mitigation of elevated atmospheric carbon dioxide.