The USGS serves the Nation by providing reliable scientific information to describe and understand the earth; minimize loss of life and property from natural disasters; manage water, biological, energy, and mineral resources; and enhance and protect our quality of life.
The Cooperative Research Units have 3 facets to their mission:
Education – Cooperative Unit scientists teach university courses at the graduate level, provide academic guidance to graduate students, and serve on academic committees.
Research – Cooperative Unit scientists conduct research that is designed to meet the information needs expressed by unit cooperators.
Technical Assistance – Units provide technical assistance and training to State and Federal personnel and other natural resource managers. The expertise of the Cooperative Research Unit scientists, cooperating university faculty, and biologists of the cooperating State natural resource agency is made available for this aspect of their mission.
Located in the central Cascade Range of Oregon, the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest is administered cooperatively by the USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Forest Research Station, Oregon State University and the Willamette National Forests. The HJA has been part of the National Science Foundation’s Long-Term Ecological Research program for more than 20 years.
The Forest service was established in 1905 and in an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Forest Service manages more than 193 million acres of public lands in national forests and grasslands.
The mission of the EPA is to protect human health and the environment. Corvallis and Newport are home to the research facilities of the Western Ecology Division which is part of the EPA’s Office of Research and Development, National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory. Scientists at these facilities provide information to EPA offices and regions nationwide to improve our understanding of how human activities affect estuarine, freshwater, and terrestrial ecosystems.
The mission of the Alaska Science Center is to provide objective and timely data, information, and research findings about the earth and its flora and fauna to Federal, State, and local resource managers and the public to support sound decisions regarding natural resources, natural hazards, and ecosystems in Alaska and circumpolar regions.
The NWFSC is a division of NOAA Fisheries Service, also called the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is part of NOAA. The NWSFC studies living marine resources and their habitats in the Northeast Pacific Ocean – primarily off the coasts of Washington and Oregon and in freshwater rivers and streams in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana. The Center seeks to better understand living marine resources and their ecosystems to assist resource managers in making sound decisions that build sustainable fisheries, recover endangered and threatened species, and sustain healthy coasts.
The National Science Foundation is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 to promote and support the progress of all fields of fundamental science and engineering, except for the medical sciences. NSF attempts to keep the U.S. at the leading edge of discovery in areas from astronomy to geology to zoology. In every case, NSF ensures that research if sully integrated with education so today’s revolutionary work will also be training tomorrow’s top engineers and scientists.