Forest Service Research and Development (R&D) develops practical applications of emerging and existing knowledge to inform forest management. Scientific understanding of land management activities helps clarify options, opportunities, and tradeoffs land managers face. The Forest Service research legacy is indisputable, long-lasting, and invaluable to the American public. Forest Service research on climate and carbon improves the Nation's forests and grasslands so they can continue to provide a wide range of benefits to the country and the world.
Forest Service R&D, along with a network of partners and collaborators, is committed to addressing the threat of climate change by providing research for the needs of today and the issues of tomorrow. A balanced and continued investment in Forest Service research - its people, infrastructure, and programs - will enhance the delivery of knowledge and services needed to meet the climate change challenges we face.
By investing in the expansion of existing science, as well as new innovations, Forest Service R&D and all of Forest Service research can help the USDA and the Nation move closer to achieving their climate and carbon goals.