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Northern Research Station
11 Campus Blvd., Suite 200
Newtown Square, PA 19073
(610) 557-4017
(610) 557-4132 TTY/TDD

About Us


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

RWU-4804 is now part of NRS-9, People and Their Environments: Social Science Supporting Natural Resource Management and Policy.

[photo:] Canoeists paddle down the tree lined Manistee River in Northern Lower Michigan.We study interactions between people and ecosystems in communities across the United States. From the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, to towns in the Cascade Mountains, to retirement communities in Florida, to suburban New England and beyond, we look at the many ways people use, impact and value natural resources. How does a certain geographic or ethnic community view the environment? How does it organize for action?

Why do this research?

Different groups of people have distinct views of nature and operate in different ways. When those groups or communities are within or near natural areas, their unique characteristics must be taken into account for management of natural resources to be most successful.

Applying our research

Natural resource experts and policy-makers use our research to make the most informed management decisions possible. As a result, our research helps increase wildfire preparedness in fire-prone communities; protect wetlands and areas along waterways; improve water quality; plan for parks and other open space; and much more.

Who we are

Our research team consists of social scientists and economists. We also partner with experts from a variety of other disciplines, including anthropology, environmental philosophy and environmental history. ... more >>

Last Modified: 12/21/2007

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Wildland Fire
How can research help minimize the impacts of wildfire on people and things they value?

Changing Landscapes
How can communities protect and enhance natural areas while allowing urban development?

Forest Values
How do the changing forest values of a diverse population affect what people want from forest lands?

Land Management
What do land managers and decision-makers need to know to most effectively manage forest resources?