Northern Forest Science and Applications

Research Focus

Key challenges facing northern forests include landscape fragmentation, air and water pollution, invasive species, natural and manmade disturbances, and changing climatic conditions.

Northern Forest Science and Applications research focuses on understanding the impacts of these evolving issues while helping forests thrive and communities adapt.

Research Areas

Kakabika Falls on the Bessemer Ranger District, Ottawa National Forest.Water, Soil, and Ecosystems

Whether winter or summer, warming conditions – particularly through increased water temperatures and precipitation – have the potential to change how northern forests look and function. Our research explores how northern forests may respond to water in a warmer world.

Diverse tree canopy.Adapting Forest Management

Research and monitoring data show how forests specific to the northern United States respond to various levels of silvicultural treatment. Studies also are underway to test effective management strategies to sustain forests under changing climates.

Magnolia WarblerMore Than Just Trees

Other areas of research include wildlife, forest vegetation, dead wood, invertebrates, and pollinators.

Forester pounds stake to mark research plot on Dukes Experimental Forest.Data for Thriving Forests and Communities

The U.S. Forest Service’s network of experimental forests, ranges, and watersheds have been conducting experiments and collecting data for nearly a century – many data sets available for free download.

Last Modified: July 6, 2020