Restoring and Managing Longleaf Pine Ecosystems (SRS RWU 4158)


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To provide knowledge and strategies for restoring, managing, and sustaining longleaf pine ecosystems

Initiated during the realignment of the Southern Research Station in 2007, SRS RWU- 4158 is a team of 6 scientists and support personnel whose mission is to provide knowledge and strategies for restoring, managing, and sustaining longleaf pine ecosystems in the southeastern United States. Scientists in the Unit work on two overarching research problems. They design and carry out research studies that seek to solve these problems or overcome related limitations to our knowledge of longleaf pine ecosystems. The Unit's scientists work with partners to provide knowledge and technologies needed to successfully restore and manage these ecosystems which are increasingly affected by a variety of human and natural influences in times of environmental stress and cultural and climatic change. The problem areas are as follows:

  • Providing fundamental physiological knowledge needed to understand the processes that affect longleaf pine seedling production, establishment, and growth and development.
  • Providing ecological information about population and community processes that affect restoration of longleaf pine woodlands and at risk native plant species.
  • Providing practices, strategies, and models that quantify and predict the influence of management on maintaining and restoring longleaf pine ecosystems.

Our scientists work with partners and cooperators to provide knowledge and technologies needed to successfully restore and manage these ecosystems as they are increasingly affected by a variety of human and natural influences in times of environmental stress and cultural and climatic change.

News

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Unit scientists Dale Brockway, Joan Walker, and Kristina Connor contributed to a new publication, "History and current condition of longleaf pine in the Southern United States"
George Ramsey presents the Distinguished Service to Forestry Award to Dave Haywood At the 2013 Louisiana Society of American Foresters state meeting on  January 23, 2012, project scientist Dave Haywood was presented with the  Distinguished Service to Forestry award. 
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In December of 2012, project scientists Dave Haywood and Susana Sung visited some private land in Hancock and Marion Counties in Mississippi to evaluate the effects of Hurricane Isaac on longleaf pine plantations of container origin. Here you can view a report on their analysis.
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Unit Scientist Dave Haywood was recently interviewed for Capital Ideas -- Live by Hayes D. Brown of the Alabama Forest Owner's Association in regards to the effect of copper-coated containers on tree toppling. You can listen to this interview here.
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Do the types of container used to grow longleaf pine seedlings really make that much difference? Researchers based in the Pineville, Louisiana, branch of the Southern Research Station (SRS) Restoring and Managing Longleaf Pine Ecosystems unit continue to show that indeed they do. Read the full article on Compass Live.
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Southern Research Station plant ecologist Joan Walker and Clemson University professor Geoff Wang designed a study to evaluate various silvicultural techniques for restoring longleaf pine to sites currently occupied by mature stands of loblolly pine without interrupting the biological processes at work.  see the full story at http://www.srs.fs.usda.gov/compass/2012/05/29/from-one-forest-to-another/



TAV

The Forest Service periodically conducts formal reviews of the scientific work undertaken by each Research Work Unit (RWU) to ensure that these efforts continue to address the issues of greatest importance to various natural resources constituencies and the general public.  On September 11, 2012 the synthesis meeting for the Technical Assistance Visit (TAV) was held in Atlanta, GA.  At this meeting presentations were given by the unit scientists to that subset of the public that were able to attend.  You can view the PowerpointŪ presentations that were given  here
If you have additional questions please contact the project leader,  Kristina Connor at 334-826-8700 x33 or at kconnor@fs.fed.us