Exchange Expertise Globally

The October theme reflects the Forest Service’s commitment to applying knowledge globally and exchanging natural resource expertise. Today, knowledge from multiple disciplines is interconnected, both within and outside the Forest Service. International cooperation is necessary to conserve biodiversity and sustain the ecological, social, economic, and commercial viability of global forest resources across jurisdictional boundaries.

The communication messages this month include inspiring stories of the Forest Service’s long record of land management success across complex and changing environments. These stories showcase our world-class expertise in research and development as well as our vast collection of geospatial data and innovation.

Key Messages

  • The Forest Service provides land managers with the information, applications, and tools needed to improve nature resource management
  • Sharing knowledge, technology, and applications helps the global nature resource community manage land sustainably
  • To benefit from global knowledge, the Forest Service continually interacts with partners worldwide
  • By sharing information with and learning from our worldwide partners, we engage in a global conversation about forest and grassland conservation

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Forests Without Borders Story Map

The story map, “Forests Without Borders” tells the story of the new North American Forest Database (NAFD), developed by scientists from Mexico, the U.S., and Canada to manage forest inventory data and enable consistent continental-scale forest assessment. This harmonization project created a regional forest database to share information and generate reports at a regional scale to better understand and solve common forestry challenges shared by the three countries. A new publication detailing the creation of the NAFD cross-border forest inventory database is available online.


Forest and Water on a Changing Planet: Vulnerability, Adaptation and Governance Opportunities

All nations depend on a reliable source of clean water, and forests provide the resource over much the world. However, increasing human demand and climate change and variability are making water shortages more common for billions of people. The objective of this study was to examine how adaptation, mitigation, and governance could be used to more equitably share and use forest water resources.


Publication: Environmental controls on seasonal ecosystem evapotranspiration

For more than a decade, U.S. Forest Service and Chinese scientists have collaborated to understand how human activities affect carbon and water cycles in managed ecosystems.

Eddy flux tower. (Courtesy photo by Guofang Miao, University of Illinois at Urbana and Champaign)

Forest Hydrology: Processes, Management and Assessment

Across the globe, forests cover about a quarter of all land and are important sources of clean water. This book is unique because it represents the state of the science on forest hydrology, the study of how water and forests interact, and watershed management.

Dozens of scientists collaborated to write and edit the book, which addresses almost every aspect of forest hydrology.

An Assignment in Africa Connects Forests, Water, and People

The Eastern Forest Environmental Threat Assessment Center research team behind the Water Supply Stress Index (WaSSI) model traveled to Rwanda to perform a rapid assessment of Rwanda’s water resources. WaSSI proved to be a useful educational tool to demonstrate how changes in forest cover, climate, and human population affect water yield. This knowledge is increasingly critical as Africa faces greater climate variation and more frequent droughts.

Eastern Threat Center scientists visit to a local water treatment plant in Rwanda to help evaluate the cost of treatment for removing sediment from water drawn from local rivers. (Forest Service photo)

Download publication: “Hydrologic modeling for water resource assessment in a developing country: the Rwanda case study”

Mangroves of Mozambique

Whether small and shrubby or tall and majestic, mangroves have an unusual ability to adapt and to grow in brackish water, and can tolerate ocean waves lapping at their stilt-like roots. The soil in mangrove ecosystems stores huge amounts of carbon, and mangrove stands can contain higher carbon density than any terrestrial ecosystem.

Mangroves have a number of physical adaptations that allow them to survive in brackish water. (Forest Service photo by Carl Trettin)

Download publication: “Soil properties of mangroves in contrasting geomorphic settings within the Zambezi River Delta, Mozambique ”

Santee Experimental Forest Chosen for U.S.-China Climate Change and Forests Initiative

Forest Service International Programs only selected two U.S. experimental forests – the Santee Experimental Forest (Santee) and the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest – to partner with two forests in China, the Wangqing Forest Bureau in northern China and the Tropical Forest Experimental Center in Guangxi Province in southern China, as sites for the engagement of technical experts, discussion of land management practices, and possible joint research projects.

The Santee Experimental Forest is located in the Francis Marion National Forest in the South Carolina Coastal Plain. (Forest Service photo)