Land Management Research Program
Our research focus is on ecosystems, the biological communities of interacting organisms and their physical environment. Much of our research is about how to restore and manage ecosystems while maximizing their ability to support biodiversity and services (e. g. coastal protection, water availability, pollination, food, erosion control etc.) and preparing for anticipated climate change impacts.
The Nation’s ecosystems are complex, dynamic, and exposed to a rapidly changing climate among other threats. USGS scientists study how ecosystems function, the impacts of stressors, and make predictions about their future to improve restoration and management outcomes.
Firelight provides updates on the latest USGS fire science for a changing world. Each issue features a variety of our wildland fire science, providing information, data and tools for use by managers before, during, and after fires.