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This page describes how to use the Treesearch search engine. Treesearch is a tool that provides US Forest Service Research and Development scientists' publications online. The search engine allows searches of terms or portions of words occurring in: titles, abstracts, keywords, Strategic Program Areas (SPAs), author's last name, national R&D Taxonomy, name of a PDF file, and Experimental Forests and Ranges (EFR).

Search for on-line publications

This section provides a way to perform a search. The search fields are described below:

Keywords (All Fields): Enter the words and/or phrases to filter. Phrases should be delimited by double quotes, an example being "woody biomass". Wildcard symbols such as * or % are not supported at this time.

Last name of author: Enter the last name of the author to filter by. It can be a partial or complete spelling. Wildcard symbols such as * or % and boolean searches are not supported at this time. You can only use one author last name. The Keywords field can accept more than one name and may be useful for the purpose of searching multiple authors.

Title: Enter words or phrases from the title. A partial or complete spelling is permitted. Phrases should be enclosed in double quotes such as "wood handbook". Wildcard symbols such as * or % are not supported.

Date Range: Select either "All Years" or a range of publication years to limit the results.

Station: Select an "Active" or an "Inactive" station from the drop-down list. The Station options are:



Station Abbreviation

Station Name

Station Abbreviation

Station Name


Forest Products Laboratory


Central States Forest Experiment Station


International Institute of Tropical Forestry


Intermountain Research Station (Now part of Rocky Mountain Research Station)


Northern Research Station


Lakes States Forest Experiment Station


Pacific Northwest Research Station


North Central Research Station (Now part of Northern Research Station)


Pacific Southwest Station


Northeastern Research Station (Now part of the Northern Research Station)


Rocky Mountain Research Station


Pacific Southwest Forest and Range Experiment Station


Southern Research Station


Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station


Washington Office


Southeastern Forest Experiment Station (Now part of Southern Research Station)




Southern Forest Experiment Station (Now part of Southern Research Station)

Publication Series: Select a publication series from the drop-down list. The Publication Series options are:

Publication Abbreviation

Publication Name


Forest Insect & Disease Leaflet


General Technical Report


General Technical Report - Proceedings


Information Forestry


Proceeding (Rocky Mountain Research Station Publications)


Resource Bulletin


Research Map


Research Note


Research Paper

Volume: Enter a volume number.


Select "Search" to begin the search.

Select "Clear" to clear the fields and enter new search filters.

Save Search

A user has an option to receive emails listing new publications that are entered into Treesearch based on the search criteria they entered. The user fills out the following fields:

Email address: The email address in which the publications list should be sent.

Notification interval: Select either "Weekly" or "Monthly" from the drop-down.

The user will receive a confirmation email. If new publications are entered with the search criteria, the user will receive an email based on the notification interval selected. If the user wants to stop receiving the emails, the user may select the link in the email to stop receiving the saved search email.


Subscribe to RSS Feeds

Treesearch offers Really Simple Syndication (RSS) feeds that span its most recent 20 entries as well as separate feeds for the 20 most recent additions from each research station.


Search Results

The results will display:

  • Title
  • Abstract
  • Author(s)
  • Publication Year
  • Research Station

Sorting: Select an option in the Sort By list to sort the results. Options include:

  • Relevance
  • Year
  • Author
  • Station
  • Title

Navigation: Navigating through the search results can be done in a number of ways.

  • Selecting a number that is displayed at the top will navigate to a certain page.
  • Selecting a new value in the Records Per Page list will change the number of results that appear per page.
  • Clicking “next >” will navigate to the next page.
  • Clicking "< previous" will navigate to the previous page.
  • Clicking any number will navigate to that page.

Filtering: Apply filters to the results by clicking an item in the Filter facet. Filter options include:

  • Publications by Station
  • Series
  • Year
  • National Taxonomy
  • Author


Select a Publication to view

To select a publication, click on the title. The publication information will be displayed. The following information will be displayed:

  • Title
  • Author
  • Date
  • Source
  • Description
  • Keywords
  • Publication Notes
  • Citation

The "Keywords" field will provide a list of keywords that are hyperlinked. If one of the keywords is clicked, a new search will be performed looking for publications with that particular keyword.

The "View PDF" is hyperlinked to the actual publication. This will allow the user to view or print the publication.

Related Research Highlights: Research Highlights illustrate each year's best in Forest Service research. If there is a Related Research Highlight, it will be displayed. For more information about Research Highlights, click here.

Related Search: The "Related Search" lists other publications that are similar to the current publication.

Cited Google Scholar: If a publication has a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), the Google Scholar logo will display in a section called "Cited". When the logo is clicked, a new page will open to to the article link referenced in Google Scholar.

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