USGS Field Station

USGS biologists conduct bark beetle surveys in a forest plot.
USGS biologists examine dead tree to identify potential causes of death, such as insect damage or disease.

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The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Sequoia and Kings Canyon Field Station is located in Sequoia National Park. The field station was established in 1968 to provide scientific information to managers of national parks and other Sierra Nevada federal lands. The field station's research targets four stressors that threaten Sierra Nevada ecosystems: loss of natural fire regimes, nonnative species invasion, air pollution, and human-induced increase in global temperatures.

To address these issues, the Sequoia and Kings Canyon Field Station has formed strong research partnerships with the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, University of California, and many other universities.

Visit the USGS Sequoia & Kings Canyon Field Station website and click on the "products" button to get a list of publications and other technical reports that can be downloaded.

USGS biologist collects vegetation data, surrounded by manzanita shrubs.
USGS biologist collects vegetation data, surrounded by manzanita shrubs.

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Current research includes studies of:

  • Historical landscape change and fire regimes
  • Effects of stressors on forest ecosystems
  • Climate change and forests
  • Invasive plant response to disturbance
  • Drought impacts on trees (see Leaf to Landscape page for one project example)
  • Rate of spread and severity of white pine blister rust
  • Fire in Mediterranean ecosystems
  • Climate/fire interactions

Last updated: September 27, 2016

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