Scientists in the Environments Program conduct research on the various ecosystems that occur across the 416 million acres of public lands in the United States and its territories. We conduct research on these natural systems to provide information to Department of Interior agencies, which they can use to make decisions about how to manage public lands and trust resources.
Major research themes supported by the Environments Program:
Our ecological research improves the Nation’s understanding of how management decisions and environmental variation are impacting ecosystems now and in the future.Learn more
Our scientists conduct research to develop or improve management approaches which Department of Interior agencies can use to rehabilitate and restoration of lands impacted by anthropogenic or natural stressors.Learn more
Wildfires are a natural process in most regions of the United States. They serve a vital role in nature but can also be unusually intense, widespread, or frequent. As a result, response and recovery costs are increasing.Learn more
Dr. Lianne Ball, Science Adviser