Addressing the critical need to manage both rural and urban forests nationwide Michael T. Rains, director of the Northern Research Station and the Forest Products Laboratory, has published a new essay in cooperation with the Pinchot Institute for Conservation.
As more than 80 percent of Americans live in urban or suburban neighborhoods; nurturing the relationship between urban growth, urban influence, and natural resources is critical. “The Forest Service has an important role in keeping this relationship in balance,” says Rains. “Keeping cities vibrant through sound stewardship of urban natural resources links environmental health with community well-being…. The Forest Service is a key contributor to the success of this strategy.”