Our forests provide human society with many useful and important products and services, with the added benefit that these products and services are renewable if the resource is managed carefully. These include the obvious products made from timber (from lumber, particleboard, and millwork to paper, to woodchips for biofuel) and specialty products such as mushrooms, birch bark, and ginseng; and wildlands for recreational activities such as hiking, fishing, hunting, kayaking, photography, etc. In addition, there are less-obvious benefits such as clean water for towns and cities; open space; and habitat for animals from bears, deer, and bobcats to salamanders, butterflies, and trout. However, maintaining sustainability requires knowledge of how forest ecosystems work and how changing climate and human influences are affecting them. Studies by NRS scientists help us gain that knowledge.
- Methods to conserve and enhance forest resources
- Forest resource monitoring and assessment
- Globalization impacts
- Science to support the National Fire and Fuels Strategy
- Understanding the ecological roles of natural disturbance
Sustaining Forests e-Learning Webcast
The Northern Research Station recently launched the NRS Sustainable Forests Webcast Series, which presents monthly webinars on a variety of forest management and research initiatives.
What we know about northern white-cedar and why you should care: May 20, 2010, 11:00 AM (Eastern)
Last Modified: 10/27/2010