U.S. Forest Service Scientists
Scientific research in the Forest Service puts theory into practice. Many of the
original employees of the agency were scientists, working in laboratories, nurseries,
and experimental forests. Their work enhanced the agency's knowledge and understanding
of fire, the effects of grazing, seed dispersal, wood characteristics, and tree
growth. Forest Service scientists have improved methods for turpentining, forecasting
fire danger, building homes, and recycling wood. They have also contributed to our
understanding of forest and wildlife ecology.
Some, like George B. Sudworth were world
renowned; others, such as Earle Clapp,
Richard McArdle, John McGuire and
Jack Ward Thomas rose to the rank of chief.
These pages highlight notable individuals and their professional