The Center for Bottomland Hardwoods Research (CBHR) was established in 1996. The organization is a step forward built on the solid foundation of over 40 years of research. Four research units located at the Southern Hardwoods Lab, Stoneville, MS; Forest Hydrology Lab, Oxford, MS; Alexandria Forestry Center, Pineville, LA; and the Seed Biology Lab, Starkville, MS were merged to function as a research center with a common mission focus. Additional research staff are located at Hot Springs, AR.
Our mission: To provide the scientific basis to manage southern bottomland hardwood and wetland forests and associated stream ecosystems for a sustained yield of forest products and other desired values.
Scientists at the Center are organized into four teams; each team is assigned to a broad problem area, a grouping of related research problems. One or several scientists are responsible for designing and carrying out research studies that seek to solve problems or overcome limitations to our knowledge.
Our Research Work Unit Description includes the following problem areas:
- Regeneration and Reproductive Biology;
- Stand Management and Forest Health;
- Ecology of Aquatic and Terrestrial Fauna; and
- Ecological Processes and Restoration
CBHR scientists are also researching early detection and dispersal mechanisms of the oak wilt fungus in order to control oak wilt in live oaks [Mission Problem].
The Center continues to support hydrology and aquatic ecology research in upland forests of the Mid-South, particularly the Ouachita Ecosystem Management Project in Arkansas.
For more detailed information about our emphasis areas and current projects, please visit our Research links (see left sidebar menu).