Combatting Illegal Logging in Peru

In Peru, the USDA Forest Service is currently collaborating with the Government and counterparts to enhance forest sector governance and promote legal trade in timber products.The work is vital in helping the country to comply with the obligations detailed in the Environment Chapter and Annex on Forest Sector Governance  (the Annex) of the US-Peru Trade…  More 

Upcoming Webinar: Forest Farming with Non-Timber Products

Opportunities to Share Information and Grow Resources Jim Chamberlain, forest products technologist with the Southern Research Station, has carved out a niche in non-timber forest products. Chamberlain focuses on ramps, ginseng, goldenseal, galax, and scores of other non-timber products that flourish in the Appalachian forests. He’s devoted his career to finding and identifying plants, studying…  More 

What are Americans Doing for Recreation?

The National Survey on Recreation and the Environment The National Survey on Recreation and the Environment (NSRE) is the latest of eight national telephone surveys focusing on public outdoor recreation and environmental attitudes. Started in 1960, when the U.S. Congress created the Outdoor Recreation Resources Review Commission, the first National Recreation Survey (NRS) was a…  More 

Are Kids in the Woods?

  Results from the National Kids Survey There have been very few scientific studies on the outdoor activities of children and youth. The few that have been published are relatively small, surveying less than 500 individuals. In 2007, to address an important gap in information about kids and the outdoors, Ken Cordell, pioneering research scientist,…  More 

When Development Finds the Forgotten Coast

  Southern Research Station (SRS) scientist Wayne Zipperer and colleagues from the Center for Forest Sustainability at Auburn University are looking at the effects of urban development on communities where natural resources have long provided both livelihoods and sense of place. The town of Apalachicola is part of what’s known as the Forgotten Coast, an…  More 

Park Access and Environmental Equity

 Forest Service Researcher Looks at Changing Demographics in the South When the term “environmental justice” is used, most people think of the siting of environmental hazards, but environmental justice also includes questions about access to environmental goods. For those who live in towns and cities, access to parks is one such environmental good. Little is…  More