U.S. Forest Service research is now just a click away, with a new web-based application called GeoTreesearch that allows users to search tens of thousands of publications by topic and geography.
Research has been part of the Forest Service mission since the agency’s inception in 1905. Today, some 500-plus Forest Service researchers work in a range of biological, physical, and social science fields to promote sustainable management of the Nation’s diverse forests and rangelands. The information and technology produced through basic and applied science programs is available to the public for its benefit and use. Forest Service peer-reviewed research publications have been available in the Treesearch database for nearly a decade. GeoTreesearch is a new, intuitive and user-friendly way to access Treesearch publications.
GeoTreesearch maps the online information already available in Treesearch according geographic location or relevance. A user can enter a topic of interest and then click any location on a scalable map to see what Forest Service research touches that area and subject. The user can also add location to the search term to narrow the search.
For example, the combination allows a user to search on “hemlock woolly adelgid,” then zoom in on the map to find both research and control guidelines relating to the insect that has devastated eastern hemlock trees throughout the southern Appalachian region. Or a user could search “bottomland forest” to find research from the SRS Center for Bottomland Hardwoods Research in Stoneville, MS, zooming in on the map or using the location finder to narrow the search further. Searches can be further refined by defining the range of dates of publication. The opening page for GeoTreeSearch includes a five minute introductory video to help with searching.