Wildland Environmental Threat Assessment Center
and rangelands) of the western United States are vulnerable to
environmental stresses and disturbances such as fire, insect infestation,
disease, invasive species, drought, and development. These stresses,
alone or in combination, can have significant and long-lasting
effects on ecological and socioeconomic values. Wildland managers
need state-of-the-art information and tools that help them anticipate
and solve problems.
A new unit of the Pacific
Northwest Research Station has been created to predict, detect,
and assess existing and potential environmental threats to western
wildlands. Information will be developed and shared about forest
threats such as invasive plants, potential insect outbreaks, the
appearance of invasive insect threats, the appearance of new pathogens
(such as sudden oak death), and other threats. The Western Wildland
Environmental Threat Assessment Center (WWETAC) is in Prineville,
Oregon, colocated with the Ochoco National Forest headquarters.
A similar center in Asheville, North Carolina, will address environmental
threats in the Eastern United States.
Mission and Objectives
mission of the Center is to generate and integrate knowledge and
information to provide credible prediction, early detection, and
quantitative assessment of environmental threats in the western
United States. The goal of WWETAC is to inform policy and support
the management of environmental threats to western wildlands.
The objectives of WWETAC are to:
- Evaluate the effects
and consequences of multiple, interacting stresses on western
- Increase knowledge
of the risks, uncertainties, and benefits of multiple environmental
stresses on western ecological conditions and socioeconomic
- Provide science-based
decision-support tools for policy formulation and land management
in the western United States.
- Provide land managers
with credible predictions of potential severe disturbances in
the West with sufficient warning for managers to take preventive
The WWETAC is jointly
funded and run by three branches of the Forest Service: the National
Forest System, State and Private Forestry, and the Pacific Northwest
Visit the WWETAC website:
Threat Assessment Center
3160 NE Third St.
Prineville, OR 97754
P (541) 416-6583
F (541) 416-6693
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