Foster Resilient Ecosystems

This month’s theme reflects the Forest Service’s commitment to using the best available science and information to understand and improve the ability of forests and grasslands to remain healthy and resilient, despite stresses and disturbances such as drought, wildfire, human uses, invasive species, insects, extreme weather events (e.g. storms), and changing climatic conditions.

Communication messages supporting this month’s theme include stories of our investment work in restoration of national forests and grasslands in order to continue to deliver values, uses, products, and services that people want and need, such as clean air and water; high-quality recreation settings; scenic character; forest products; cultural sites; and habitats for plant, aquatic, and wildlife species (including threatened/endangered).

Key Messages

  • We work to restore impaired natural functions of forest and grassland ecosystems, such as filtering and purifying the water that goes into streams.
  • Forests and grasslands are experiencing increased disturbance, including drought, wildfires and pest-related mortality, resulting from changes in temperature and precipitation.
  • We use the best available science and information to understand and respond to integrated ecological, social, cultural, and economic dynamics.
  • Working with our partners, our ecological restoration projects support the growth and development of healthy ecosystems and vibrant, resilient communities.

Discover More

Putting Mangrove Data to Work in East Africa

“There is a dearth of information about mangroves on the continent,” says Carl Trettin, a USDA Forest Service soil scientist. “When you do have information, it is very spotty and difficult to paint a big picture.”

Mangrove forest. (Courtesy photo by Wikimedia Commons)

New Native Plants Resource for Teachers

The module integrates current science-based knowledge with the traditional knowledge passed down from generation to generation of Cherokee.

What’s That Plant? materials include information sheets, plant identification cards, and bingo games. (Forest Service photo by Julia Kirschman)

Publication: Cultural dimensions of nontimber products

Nontimber forest products (NTFPs) provide cultural ecosystem services for peoples throughout the United States and its affiliated territories.

This chapter on cultural dimensions of NTFPs products is part of a larger volume or research on NTFPs.

Publication: Drought impacts on ecosystem functions of the U.S. National Forests and Grasslands: Part II assessment results and management implications

National Forests and Grasslands provide important ecosystem services such as clean water supply, timber production, wildlife habitat, and recreation opportunities to the American public.

Quantifying the historical impacts of drought on ecosystem functions is essential in developing sound forest management and watershed restoration plans. (Courtesy photo by Forestry Images)

Urban Forests and Stormwater Management

Trees bring natural hydrologic processes back to urban watersheds and tree roots help soils infiltrate, store, and percolate stormwater runoff.

Tree roots condition soil for water storage. (CC0 photo)

Daily Precipitation Patterns Are Changing at Coweeta

Precipitation is among the most commonly required climate elements, and is used in a wide variety of applications in hydrologic and ecosystem modelling.

Precipitation patterns at Coweeta have shifted, and the changes could affect forest productivity. (Forest Service photo by Sarah Farmer)