Foster Adaptive, Resilient Ecosystems

Monthly banner for September that reads ‘Foster Adaptive, Resilient Ecosystems’

This month highlights the many benefits that conserving open space or “green spaces” provides in both urban and rural communities. This month reflects on the urgency to protect these spaces from being converted into developed uses. There is an opportunity this month to highlight that the Forest Service supports collaborative, voluntary strategies of land management investments and partnerships.

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

Mature oak tree

Introducing Femelschlag

The key to lack of young oaks in the ecosystem might by an old German silviculture practice

Will old forest methods help oak trees grow? Photo courtesy of Flickr.

Restoration in the Understory

What lies beneath the trees in a forest is as important as the trees.

Goat’s rue plants in the common garden at the Sandhills Research and Education Center. Photo by Joan Walker, USFS.
Goat’s rue plants in the common garden at the Sandhills Research and Education Center. Photo by Joan Walker, USFS.


A Different Twist on City Green Spaces and Health
Connecting ecosystem services with individual and social wellbeing

The strong relationship between park coverage and health suggest that expansive park networks are linked to multiple aspects of health and wellbeing in cities and positively impact urban quality of life.

The Atlanta Botanical Garden is home to the Kendeda Canopy Walk, a 600-foot-long (180 m) skywalk that allows the visitors to tour one of the city's last remaining urban forests from around 40 feet in the air through the treetops of the Storza Woods. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia commons.
Atlanta botanical gardens

Emerald Ash Borer

FIA Data Informs the Fight Against Insect Invasion

Scientists estimate that more than 50,000 non-native plants, insects, and animals have been introduced to the U.S.

Emerald Ash Borer

Forest Service Scientist Receives National Award

Callie Schweitzer is the 2017 recipient of the National Silviculture Award. Her work focuses on hardwood forests on the Cumberland Plateau of Alabama, Tennessee, and Kentucky. She credits working with others in being recognized for her efforts “This award validates my efforts to engage stakeholders, work with partners, and share science with my peers and others.”

Callie Schweitzer, 2017 recipient of the National Silviculture Award. U.S. Forest Service Photo
Callie Schweitzer

Publication cover

Webinar: Effects of Drought on Forests and Rangelands in the United States: A Comprehensive Science Synthesis

Hear forests scientists discuss key messages as well as a discussion of management options for increasing resilience to future drought.


Tool: UrbanCrowns

UrbanCrowns is a Microsoft® Windows®-based computer program developed by the Southern Research Station. The software assists urban forestry professionals, arborists, and community volunteers in assessing and monitoring the crown characteristics of urban trees (both deciduous and coniferous) using a single side-view digital photograph. Crown analysis software to assist in quantifying urban tree benefits: view related publication.

UrbanCrowns tool screenshot