Forests of the Western United States and Pacific Islands are vital sources of fresh water, clean air, fish and wildlife habitat, economic opportunity, recreation and open space.
Forest health is essential to the environmental, economic and social well-being of current and future generations. Western and Pacific island forests support communities across the region and beyond by providing a vast array of resources, including:
- Biomass energy products
- Wood and timber
- Clean and abundant water
- Clean air
Though there is great diversity across Western and Pacific island forests, there are key forest management issues shared across forests types and jurisdictions.
Addressing these pressing cross-boundary issues in Western forest management and conservation -- including forest health, wildland fire, sustainability, climate change and water -- is the focus of our work.