The Pacific Northwest (PNW) Research Station is a leader in the scientific study of natural resources. We generate and communicate impartial knowledge to help people understand and make informed choices about natural resource management and sustainability. The Station has 11 laboratories and research centers in Alaska, Oregon, and Washington as well as 12 active experimental forests, ranges, and watersheds.
The PNW Research Station is an integral component of USDA Forest Service Research and Development (R&D), which is the most extensive natural resources research organization in the world. Forest Service R&D is comprised of five regional research stations, the Forest Products Laboratory, and the International Institute of Tropical Forestry.
The Station is organized into five programs:
Ecological Process and Function Program advances and communicates knowledge of fundamental ecological processes and their interactions at multiple scales and develops applications that enable improved management of ecosystems and resources.
Goods, Services, and Values Program conducts and communicates research that advances understanding of relationships among people and forest and rangeland ecosystems. We examine how the public perceives and values ecological functions, goods, and services and how these factors influence people’s use and management of landscapes.
Land and Watershed Management Program increases understanding of terrestrial, aquatic, and riparian ecosystems and their linkages to inform management and policy options and develops tools to enhance or maintain the production of desired goods and services.
Resource Monitoring and Assessment (RMA) program improves forest and range ecosystems by developing and applying inventory and monitoring methodology to maintain current comprehensive inventories and conduct multiscale assessments of the status, trends, and future outlook for Pacific Northwest ecosystems.
Threat Characterization and Management Program generates knowledge about the nature, causes, and consequences of large, rapid, or significant changes to ecosystems that potentially threaten societal values. We use our knowledge to develop and deliver innovative and effective strategies, methods, and tools so that people can plan, manage, or mitigate changes and their causes and consequences.
PNW Research Station also administers the Western Wildland Environmental Threat Assessment Center.