The U.S. Forest Service was formed in 1905 and is currently an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Forest Service manages 155 National Parks and wetlands in the United States. The U.S. Forest Service has overlapping control with other agencies involving habitat protection, water and maintenance of National Monuments. The primary role is to preserve and protect national forests and the ecosystem necessary to support it. The Forest Service publishes informative guides, trains and employs forest rangers and maintains public lands.
Scientists find ozone causes forests to use more water, reducing availability in the Southeast
U.S. Forest Service and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) scientists have found that rising levels of ozone, a greenhouse gas, may amplify the impacts of higher temperatures and reduce streamflow from forests to rivers, ...
Housing sales data used to estimate value of urban natural resources
Trees, water and lawn clearly matter to urban dwellers. For city planners balancing green space with other demands, the question has been just how much green space matters to residents.
Development near Oregon, Washington public forests
Private development along the edges of most public forests in Oregon and Washington more than doubled since the 1970s, a new study conducted by the U.S. Forest Service Pacific's Northwest (PNW) Research Station has found.
Economic assessment of mountain pine beetle timber salvage
A recently published study by U.S. Forest Service researchers evaluates potential revenues from harvesting standing timber killed by mountain pine beetle in the western United States. The study shows that while positive net ...
Leaf litter and soil protect acorns from prescribed fire
U.S. Forest Service scientists have found that prescribed fires with the heat insulation of leaf litter and soil can help restore oak ecosystems.
Study suggests expanded concept of 'urban watershed'
Within two decades, 60 percent of the world's population will live in cities, and coping with the resulting urban drinking water and sanitation issues will be one of the greatest challenges of this century. A U.S. Forest ...
Washington's forests will lose stored carbon as area burned by wildfire increases
Forests in the Pacific Northwest store more carbon than any other region in the United States, but our warming climate may undermine their storage potential.
Native plant restoration not enough to maintain tropical dry forests in Hawaii
Protecting Hawaiian dry forests from invasive species and the risk of wildfire is an on-going challenge for land managers and scientists conducting research on the Island of Hawaii. It is commonly thought that removing the ...
ForWarn follows rapidly changing forest conditions
U.S. Forest Service and partner scientists are keeping a watchful eye on forest health. As fall colors replace the lush greenness of spring and summer, researchers recognize telltale signs of change in healthy forests.
Yellow-cedar are dying in Alaska: Scientists now know why
Yellow-cedar, a culturally and economically valuable tree in southeastern Alaska and adjacent parts of British Columbia, has been dying off across large expanses of these areas for the past 100 years. But no one could say ...