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Forest Health

The Concept

Forests must be healthy to sustainably provide services (clean water, carbon sequestration, habitat, etc.) and products (fiber, building materials, and bioenergy).

However, natural and anthropogenic disturbance agents influence the health of forests.

Natural Disturbance Examples

  • fire
  • pathogens and insects
  • weather events (strong winds)
  • drought
  • flooding

Anthropogenic Disturbance Examples

  • invasive species
  • introduced pathogens or insects
  • air pollution
  • climate change
  • extreme weather events

Major Threats to Forest Health

Forest Health Research

The purpose of forest health research is to advance our understanding of the threats  and develop methods to keep forests healthy.

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"Anyone can contribute to forest health research as community scientists"
Joey Hulbert
Program Director

Get Involved

Pilot Project

Learn more about the current research need!

Western Redcedar Dieback

Why are western redcedar trees dying?

Be a Community Scientist

Learn more about the opportunities to get involved!

Bring Science to Your Community

Add extra purpose to your outdoor activities!