Current Research at Bent Creek

Research problem areas at Forest Service units are updated and revised approximately every 5 years in response to the needs of forest managers, wildlife biologists, and others. Meetings with other researchers, state and private foresters, wildlife biologists, and university contacts are held to evaluate current research and make suggestions and comments on future research needs.

Current research topics are:

Hardwood regeneration methods and modeling
Classification, prediction of forest composition and productivity
Forest fruit and nut production
Natural disturbance and coarse woody debris
Fire and other fuel reduction methods effect on wildlife communities
Exotic invasive plants

Our partners and collaborators include:

University of Kentucky, University of Florida, North Carolina State University, University of North Carolina - Asheville, University of Tennessee, Alabama A&M, Clemson University, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, University of Georgia, Coweeta Hydrologic Lab, Daniel Boone National Forest, North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, and other US Forest service research scientists.


This research is increasing knowledge about: (1) methods for regenerating hardwoods; (2) models that predict forest succession, hardwood regeneration, and stand development; (3) classifying the forest landscape for assessment of species suitability, productivity, and management options; and (4) habitat and food sources for wildlife in relation to natural disturbance or disturbance from forest management practices.

Bent Creek Experimental Forest

Bent Creek Experimental Forest
1577 Brevard Road
Asheville, NC 28806

Phone: (828) 667-5261
Fax: (828) 667-9097