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This research guide lists current and historical publication series of the USFS and its research stations and resources that can be used to find and access them. USFS publications are available in the Cal Poly Humboldt Library in the US Documents Collection depository collection in print or microfiche format. In addition, most current USFS documents are available in full-text format on the Internet and many older documents have been retrospectively digitized by the USFS and are also available on the Internet.
Established in 1881 as the Division of Forestry to "study forest conditions and disseminate forest information," the U.S. Forest Service received its present name in 1905 and 39 million acres of forest "reserves" were placed under its jurisdiction. It presently manages 193 million acres of forest and rangelands. Organizationally, the USFS is composed of a Chief's office in Washington, D.C., 9 regional offices, 7 research stations with a total of 77 experimental forests and ranges, 155 national forests, and 20 national grasslands.
From the very beginning, the nature and importance of forest research were recognized with its first chief, Gifford Pinchot, stating that "the time seems to have come when direct original investigations should be undertaken with a view to furthering forestry practice." Publications originating from USFS Research, one of four major programs within the service, are a major source in advancing the theory and practice of forestry on the nation's 1.6 billion acres of forests and rangelands. Basic and applied research within the USFS focuses on three major areas:
In addition to forest research USFS publications also reflect the other three programmatic areas in the service--national forest administration, state and private forestry, and international forestry.
For additional information on the role of USFS research see The Research Publishing Influence of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service (Spencer) IN Literature of Forestry and Agroforestry (McDonald and Lassoie) 1996 (print copy available in SD 387 D6 L58 1996).
Annual reports, manuals, environmental reports, regulations
Beginning in 1963, all research series issued by research stations were consolidated into four report series.
Each research publication is assigned a letter code for the issuing research station (currently--FPL, IITF, NRS, PNW, PSW, RMRS, SRS, WO; noncurrent--CS, INT, ITF, LS, NC, NE, NOR, RM, SE, SO, SW) and a sequential number, e.g, A 13.78: PSW 5. Guide to Abbreviations in USDA/FS Publications (see link below) lists research station and series abbreviations. Station research series prior to 1963 are listed in Publications Series by Research Station (see link below).
In addition to the above research series, publications authored by USFS personnel having a broader scope may also be published in one of the following general U.S. Department of Agriculture series:
(Note: In addition to the formal USFS series listed above, reports authored by USFS personnel may also appear as papers presented at conferences and symposia; or as papers published in scholarly journals and serials from universities, commercial publishers, and professional societies.)
Listed below are historical publication series issued by USFS research stations through 1962 as well as a few current series still published by research stations. In 1962 most of the research series listed below were consolidated into the four USFS research series listed under the Research (see link below) category above.
Station Paper No. 1-73, 1949-1962 (Docs A 13.69/7)Research Note No. 1-84, 1947-1962 (Docs A 13.69/8)Forest Survey Release No. 1-4, 1957-1961 (Docs A 13.69/9)Resource Evaluation Newsletter No. 1-, 1980- (Docs A 13.69/14)
*combined with continuing research stations
(*combined with continuing research stations)
Publications to January 1960 (Docs A 13.68/8:6) From 1927
Recent Reports 1966-1996 (Docs A 13.65/14) Quarterly and annual
List of Publications 1961-1996 (Docs A 13.82/9) - Annotated and annual
In addition to the Treesearch the following sources can be used to find USFS publications by subject, author, or research station. Some include links to online fulltext.