The Center for Integrated Forest Science (CIFS), a pioneering research program within Forest Service Research and Development, addresses complex questions that require science to inform natural resource management and policy decisions. Most of these questions require understanding biophysical and human dimensions and fusing science from the natural and social sciences.
Forest Service Research and Development has led a national forest research program with scientists working in several disciplines for more than 100 years. It maintains some of the best long term data sets on forest conditions in the world. It provides the only comprehensive, ground-based forest inventory system in the United States, a critical forest monitoring system since the 1930s. A network of Experimental Forests provides a framework for scientific investigations across a variety of ecosystem types and management regimes. Building on these strengths, the Center provides a mechanism for mobilizing this set of assets to address emerging policy and management questions.