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