Resource Management Research Areas

Air Resources

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Carbon

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Forest Management

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Forest Restoration

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Watershed Management

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Natural Resource Policy

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Silviculture

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  • Hardwood Silviculture Research at Upland Hardwood Ecology and Management

    Silviculture is the art and science of controlling the establishment, growth, composition, health, and quality of forest vegetation. Although silviculture is often associated with the management of timber resources, today, the practice of silviculture is a critical component of meeting current resource management objectives. Silviculture is key to managing forests for a wide variety of ecosystem services, including water quality and quantity, wildlife habitat quality and quantity, aesthetics, recreation, resistance and resilience to disturbance, including climate change, carbon storage and sequestration, as well as product.
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Land Use

Experimental Forests

  • Information on Experimental Forests

    The SRS maintains 19 experimental forests located on or near National Forest System lands. Scientists in research work units use these as sites for their studies and demonstration projects in conjunction with the managing national forest unit.
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Wildlife

Water & Soil

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International Trade

  • Lacey Act and Illegal Logging

    The US Forest Service, through its International Programs office, actively works around the globe to reduce illegal logging. Illegal logging is a complex problem with myriad implications for the supply and demand aspects of the timber market, both in the US and abroad, and with a diverse array of implications for other sectors including those pertaining to land tenure, enforcement capacity, corruption, rural poverty and environmental management.
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