Upland Hardwood Ecology and Management RWU-4157

News and Events

Check out our new publications, webinars, workshops and events!

Serendipity Has Guided Research Forester Henry McNab’s 50-Plus-Year Career (June 17, 2015 on CompassLive)

Event: Upland Hardwood Silviculture & Habitat Workshop (June 23-25, 2015)

Event: Fire in Eastern Oak Forests Conference

International Bat Monitoring Research Group Receives “Wings Across the Americas” Award (March 17, 2015 on CompassLive)

American Chestnut, Past and Future (December 16, 2014 on CompassLive)

Dreaming of Giants: The Future of American Chestnut Restoration (October 21, 2014 on CompassLive)

Restoring the Forest Before Gypsy Moths Invade (August 26, 2014 on CompassLive)

The Next Fifty Years of Acorn Production (July 1, 2014 on CompassLive)

Symposium Update: Natural Disturbances and Historic Range of Variation (May 21, 2014 on CompassLive)

Bent Creek Experimental Forest (September 5, 2013 on CompassLive)

Blue Valley Experimental Forest (May 16, 2013 on CompassLive)

Arkansas Experimental Forests: The Koen (November 8, 2012 on CompassLive)

Publication: The Silvics of Casdtanea dentata (March.) Borkh., American Chestnut, Fagaceae (Beech Family)

Publication: Bird Response to Fire Severity and Repeated Burning in Upland Hardwood Forest

Publication:Forecasting Long-term Acorn Production with and without Oak Decline Using Forest Inventory Data

Publication: Researching Effects of Prescribed Fire in Hardwood Forests

Publication: Indiana Bat Summer Maternity Distribution: Effects of Current and Future Climates

Publication: Forecasting Long-Term Acorn Production With and Without Oak Decline Using Forest Inventory Data


American ChestnutThe Restoration of the American Chestnut located at this Forestry and Natural Resources Webinar Portal American Chestnut Webinar

Conservation and Management of Declining Bat Populations in Eastern United States located at Forestry and Natural Webinar Portal.



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Our Mission

Our mission is to develop and disseminate knowledge and strategies for restoring, managing, sustaining, and enhancing the vegetation and wildlife of southern upland hardwood forests. Through experimental studies and modeling, our research program focuses on learning and predicting how upland hardwood-dominated forests and wildlife are affected by natural disturbances or silvicultural activities. We also study how forest composition, regeneration, productivity, and response to disturbances differ across changing environmental conditions such as moisture and fertility gradients.

Understanding the range of responses will enable land managers to better predict changes in forest structure, composition, tree regeneration, productivity, and habitat quality and to develop scientifically-based methods to meet their management and restoration goals.

Our Locations

Our RWU is one of 16 maintained under the Southern Research Station by the USDA Forest Service.

Our research teams are located across the south, strategically placed to conduct research in physiographic subregions of the upland hardwood ecosystems including the southern Appalachian Mountains, the Cumberland Plateau, the Boston Mountains, Missouri Plateau and Huntsville, AL.

Our Scientists and Staff

For a list of RWU 4157 scientists and staff, click here.

Our Partners

Our research partners and collaborators include universities and colleges, State forestry and wildlife agencies, national forests, and many others.

News & Events

Fire in Eastern Oak Forests Conference

The goal of the Fire in Eastern Oak Forests Conference is to improve land stewardship through transfer of knowledge and technology of fire as a management tool.

The conference brings together noted experts in research and management to present state-of-the-art information, perspectives, and syntheses on key issues and provides learning and networking opportunities to over 300 participants. This conference will emphasize topics relevant to management of oak and oak-pine forests and woodlands and should be of interest to managers, scientists, landowners, consultants, and students.

The conference will feature field tours, 17 invited presentations, a poster session, and a panel discussion led by scientists and managers on a wide range of topics in fire science and management. Invited speakers and panelists include:

  • Mary Arthur – University of Kentucky
  • Stephen Brewer – University of Mississippi
  • Patrick Brose – USDA Forest Service
  • Dan Dey – USDA Forest Service
  • Luke Dodd – Eastern Kentucky University
  • Mark Ford – Virginia Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit
  • John Gruchy – Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks
  • Craig Harper – University of Tennessee
  • Kevin Heirs – University of the South
  • Neil Pederson – Harvard Forest
  • Michael Saunders – Purdue University
  • Callie Schweitzer – USDA Forest Service
  • Stephen Shifley – USDA Forest Service
  • Michael Stambaugh – University of Missouri
  • Morgan Varner – Virginia Tech
  • Jim Vose – USDA Forest Service
  • Tom Waldrop – USDA Forest Service
  • David Wear – USDA Forest Service

For more information please visit http://easternfire.as.ua.edu.

New Book - Sustaining Young Forest Communities: Ecology and Management of Early Successional Habitats in the Central Hardwood Region, USA

Sustaining Young Forest Communities: Ecology and Management of Early Successional Habitats in the Central Hardwood Region, USA

There is a rising concern among natural resource scientists and managers about decline of the many plant and animal species associated with early successional habitats. There is no concise definition of early successional habitats. However, all have a well developed ground cover or shrub and young tree component, lack a closed, mature tree canopy, and are created or maintained by intense or recurring disturbances. Most ecologists and environmentalists agree that disturbances and early successional habitats are important to maintain the diverse flora and fauna native to deciduous eastern forests. Indeed, many species, including several listed as endangered, threatened, sensitive, or of management concern, require the openness and thick cover that early successional habitats can provide. Management of early successional habitats can be based on the "historic natural range of variation", or can involve active forest management based on goals. In this book, expert scientists and experienced land managers synthesize knowledge and original scientific work to address critical questions on many topics related to early successional habitats in the Central Hardwood Region. Our aim is to collate information about early successional habitats, to aid researchers and resource management professionals in their quest to sustain wildlife and plant species that depend on or utilize these habitats.

Upland Hardwood Ecology and Management

Upland Hardwood
Ecology and
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