Forest Service Research: 100 Years Strong

If you read this blog, or our website, or have ever visited the Forest Products Laboratory (FPL), it’s easy to see there is a lot going on here. And there has been for more than 105 years.

coverBut did you know we’re just one part of a much larger Forest Service Research and Development organization? In fact, there are seven regional research stations in total, employing about 500 Forest Service researchers working in biological, physical, and social science realms to promote sustainable management of our nation’s forests. The Forest Service also maintains a network of 81 experimental forests and rangelands. Add it all up, and you’re looking at the world’s largest forestry research organization.

This year marks 100 years of Forest Service Research and Development (the official Deputy Area came together shortly after the beginning of the Forest Service and FPL), and there is much to celebrate.

There are several places to learn more about Forest Service research. An overview of accomplishments from 2015 was recently released, containing many sustainability success stories.

Also, each research station maintains a website and Twitter account you can follow to stay abreast of the fascinating studies taking place on your public lands, to ensure they remain healthy for everyone’s enjoyment for generations to come.

Links to station websites and Twitter accounts:

Northern Research Station

Southern Research Station

Rocky Mountain Research Station

Pacific Northwest Research Station

Pacific Southwest Research Station

International Institute of Tropical Forestry