Following Carbon’s Trail in Longleaf Pines

Once covering some 90 million acres in the South, longleaf pine forests were the largest temperate forest type in the United States, but have been in decline for decades because of land clearing for crops and pastures, logging, and other land use changes. Longleaf pine ecosystems are some of the most diverse in the nation;…  More 

Manager Resources: The Climate Change Resource Center (CCRC)

Science You Can Use Are you a land manager wondering about what you can do about climate change? The Climate Change Resource Center (CCRC) can provide you with real, on-the-ground answers. Changing weather patterns already impact forests across the United States, and future effects are expected to be even greater. Although planning for future scenarios…  More 

SRS Publishes Global Change Research Strategy

In March 2012, the Southern Research Station (SRS) published the Southern Research Station Global Change Research Strategy, 2011-2019, a Science Update that outlines SRS research priorities over the next decade in relation to climate change. Southern forests are invaluable, providing essential goods and services to the region’s people. As just one example, forests filter about…  More 

TACCIMO: Making Science Accessible for Forest Planners

In early 2009, a group of researchers led by Steve McNulty, team leader with the Eastern Forest Environmental Threat Assessment Center, partnered directly with forest planners from across the Southern Region of the National Forest System  to start looking at what needed to be done to address the looming problems posed by climate change. A…  More 

Science Synthesis: Climate Change and Warmwater Species

Warmwater animal species—including freshwater fish, snails, mussels, and crayfish—can be loosely defined as those that prefer fairly high temperatures.  Warmwater fish for example, have temperature preferences above about 77 degrees.  Still, there are upper limits to the temperatures even warmwater species can live with, beyond which physiological processes break down and susceptibility to disease increases. Climate…  More 

Prestigious USDA Grants Support SRS Research in the Southern Appalachians

In the News Two SRS units—the Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory and the Upland Hardwoods Ecology and Management unit—recently received word that their scientists, along with university collaborators, received grants from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) for studies based in the Southern Appalachian region. AFRI supports research,…  More 

The Future of Forest Watershed Research

Featured Research Article:   Vose, J.; Sun, G.; Ford, C.; et al. 2011. Forest ecohydrological research in the 21st century: what are the critical needs? Ecohydrology 4(2):146-158. Ecohydrology involves understanding the interactions among vegetation, soils, and hydrologic processes at multiple scales. The article focuses on threats to the structure and function of forested watersheds—and to…  More