Pacific Northwest Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (CESU)


The Pacific Northwest Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (PNW CESU) is a partnership for research, technical assistance, and education to enhance understanding and management of natural and cultural resources.

As a cooperative venture between 12 federal agencies dedicated to natural and cultural resource management and 17 leading academic institutions and one state agency, over $91 million has funded 765 projects (many with student involvement) under the PNW CESU cooperative agreement.

CESU NetworkThe PNW CESU is a member of the National CESU Network which consists of 17 regional Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Units, each representing a distinct biogeographic region of the United States, with all regions connected through the national network. The overarching goal of the CESU Network is to improve the scientific base for managing federal lands by providing resource managers with high-quality scientific research, technical assistance, and education.