Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory

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Group of students
Photo by Fred Abbott, ESA

Coweeta Experimental Forest plants SEEDS

The Forest Service helped sponsor the Ecological Society of America’s undergraduate student Strategies for Ecology Education and Diversity Leadership Meeting April 13–16 at the Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory in Otto, North Carolina. The national coordinator and approximately 20 undergraduate student leaders from diverse cultural and social backgrounds represented their respective universities’ ecology programs. The theme of the meeting, “Forestry, Water and Conservation,” highlighted the ecology of the southern Appalachians, the importance of national forests in supplying fresh water and a panel of people representing careers in conservation and forestry available in the southern Appalachians.


Shifting Rainfall Patterns May Change Southern Appalachian Forest Structure (August 11, 2015 on CompassLive)

Helping Aquatic Wildlife Managers Navigate the River of Streamflow Models (June 18, 2015 on CompassLive)

Forests Provide Clean Drinking Water for the South (June 16, 2015 on CompassLive)

Flowers on the Forest Floor: Herbaceous Contributions to Ecosystem Processes (February 26, 2015 on CompassLive)

Streams through the City: Water Quality and Quantity (February 19, 2015 on CompassLive)

Forests Provide Clean Drinking Water for the South (February 17, 2015 on CompassLive)


GTR cover image Quantifying the Role of National Forest System Lands in Providing Surface Drinking Water Supply for the Southern United States

Forests and water are inextricably linked, and people are dependent on forested lands to provide clean, reliable water supplies for drinking water and to support local economies. This publication provides details at the landscape level about how much of their water supply southern communities receive from federal, state and private forest lands. These results highlight the need for conservation and management of southern forests to ensure clean and dependable water supplies in downstream communities.