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Northern Research Station
One Gifford Pinchot Drive
Madison, WI 53726
(608) 231-9318
(608) 231-9544 TTY/TDD

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Water and Ecosystems


The Northern Research Station has realigned our staff from 37 Research Work Units and Programs into 14 new Research Work Units.

RWU-4352 is now part of NRS-7, Northern Forest Science and Applications.

Our Mission

Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest in White Mountain National Forest - a view of three experimental watersheds with a rain gauge and weather station in the foregroundOur scientists address environmental concerns in New England forests and streams, including nitrogen saturation and cation depletion, provide a scientific basis for resource management decisions, and operate the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest and Cone Pond Research Watershed for short- and long-term research on ecological processes.


Our research focuses on:

  • How the cumulative effects of disturbance and atmospheric deposition affect the biogeochemistry of nutrient base cations, forest health, and ecosystem function in northern hardwood forests, as well as the regional extent of cation depletion and additional tools needed to document the change.
  • The range of mineral weathering contributions to nutrient capital in northeastern forests.
  • Processes and conditions that control the extent to which forest and aquatic ecosystems respond to nitrogen deposition? What factors control nitrogen retention in New England ecosystems?
  • The dynamics of community structure, biomass accumulation, and nutrient uptake of northeastern forest ecosystems, and how are they effected by disturbances.
  • Synthesizing research knowledge and long-term data bases to develop guidelines for natural resource managers to protect stream quality, wetlands, and riparian areas.

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This site is under development as the Forest Service brings together the Northeastern and North Central Research Stations to form the Northern Research Station, serving the Northeast and Midwest. Check back often as we expand our site to reflect our combined commitment to supporting the natural resources and people of the Northeastern and Midwestern United States.

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Last Modified: 12/21/2007