Forest ecology is the scientific study of processes and relationships between the components of a forest – plants, animals, soil, air and water.
Learn more about how carbon and forests interact, how genetic selection can grown you a better forest, and about the important contributions that forest vegetation and riparian areas make to high water quality.
Forests and Carbon
Learn how carbon interacts with forests, about carbon sequestration and carbon credits, and effects of thresholds on environmental change.
Learn about forest genetics and how tree selection determines the forests of the future.
Trees are the largest, but not the only plants in a forest. Learn about habitat types and individual forest plant species, as well as browse selected field guides.
Articles and Publications
- Western Larch: A Deciduous Conifer in an Evergreen World (SB 90)
- Mistletoes and Dwarf Mistletoes (PDF)
- Where in the World is Ribes? (PDF)
- Paper Birch: Extension Forester Discovers New Species – Landowners and Processors Make Millions! (PDF)
- Paper Birch Update: Ecology, Management and Economic Development (PDF)
- Planting White Pine: Risks and Rewards for Private Landowners (PDF)
- Lichens (PDF)
The health and wealth of an aquatic environment are reflections of the condition of the surrounding land. Discover the many functions of riparian areas and what you can do to help them be their best.
Water has long been, and will forever be, the currency of the west. Growing populations, irrigation and hydropower all put enormous demands on the lakes and rivers of our state. Learn more about water quality and current laws that keep Idaho’s lakes, streams and rivers pristine.
- Grow Trees for Clean Water (PDF)
- Forest Water Quality and Sediments (PDF)
- Don’t Let Water Quality Bug You Out (PDF)
- Maintaining Woodland Water Quality (PDF)
- Are Your Streams Healthy? (PDF)
- Idaho Water Quality Laws and TMDLs (PDF)
- Water Quality Update (PDF)
- Herbicides and Water Quality Protection (PDF)