The USDA Forest Service provides the scientific and technical knowledge necessary to protect and sustain the nation's natural resources on all lands, providing benefits to people and communities.1

Forest Service Research & Development (R&D) research needs to reflect the diversity of natural resources across the country. To accomplish this, research is conducted at over 67 laboratories nationally.

These laboratories are organized around five regional research stations plus the International Institute of Tropical Forestry in Puerto Rico and the Forest Products Laboratory in Madison, Wisconsin. R&D laboratories are complemented by a network of 80 experimental forests. In addition, R&D research includes collaborations with other countries. 2

Three Research Station Directors are included in WFLC’s membership - Pacific Northwest Research Station, Pacific Southwest Research Station and Rocky Mountain Research Station. One Station Director serves on the WFLC Executive Board

The Forest Products Laboratory Director is also a member of WFLC.