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2013 Research Highlights

Check out our 2013 Research Highlights, focusing on Science for a Healthy Environment and Better Quality of Life.


  • Robert Haight

    Featured Scientist

    Research Forester Robert Haight selects parcels for open space conservation

  • Man adjusting weather tower equipment.

    Featured Research

    Energy producers extracting natural gas from deep Marcellus shale can concentrate multiple wells on a single large pad.

  • Wind damage such as this blowdown on the Chippewa National Forest can be modeled with LANDIS-II

    Featured Product

    Wind damage such as this blowdown on the Chippewa National Forest can be modeled with LANDIS-II

  • Congressional delegation and partner representatives gather at restoration site.

    Featured Partnership

    Congressional delegation and partner representatives gather at a Collaborative Forest Restoration Project site.

August 2014 - Forest Fragmentation

The Northern United States, encompassing the 20-state area from Maine to Minnesota and Missouri to Maryland, is the most densely forested area of the country with 42 percent of the land being forested.  This region is also the most densely populated region of the country.  Maybe not surprisingly, forest fragmentation – the conversion of forest land to other uses such as residential development and farming – is one of the most significant issues facing these forests.   Conversion of forests to other uses not only removes tree cover but also has a cascading effect on wildlife habitat and sustainability, water quality and quantity, and susceptibility to invasive plants and insects.  This month we feature a scientist, research, a product and partnership all related to forest fragmentation. 

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