Forest Service Associate Chief Mary Wagner Tours Key Research Projects

U.S Forest Service Associate Chief Mary Wagner  recently toured several Forest Service Southern Research Station (SRS) experimental forests and collaborative projects in North Carolina.  While in Asheville, North Carolina, Associate Chief Wagner visited the Bent Creek Experimental Forest, headquarters for the SRS Upland Hardwood Ecology and Management unit.  The tour highlighted collaborative studies with the…  More 

History Matters

  “I received a call from a woman looking for evidence that her grandfather worked at the Crossett Experimental Forest in the early 1940s,” said Jim Guldin, project leader for U.S. Forest Service Southern Pine Ecology unit. When her grandfather could not be found in the daily journals kept on the experimental forest, Guldin realized…  More 

Long-Term Data Reveals Changing Climate Trends

Long-term data from a U.S. Forest Service experimental forest reveals that air temperatures have risen significantly since the late 1970s, while droughts are becoming more severe and frequent, and precipitation more intense and variable. The findings were recently published in the journal Hydrology Research. For almost 80 years, the main climate station at Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory (Coweeta),…  More 

Southern Research Station Adds Two New Flux Monitoring Towers

Southern Research Station (SRS) scientists recently added two new eddy covariance towers to the Ameriflux network, setting the instruments up at the Coweeta Hydrologic Station in Otto, North Carolina, and the Crossett Experimental Forest in southern Arkansas. Established in 1996 and currently made up of sites throughout the Western Hemisphere, the Ameriflux network provides continuous…  More 

Oak Regeneration in Upland Hardwood Forests

Two-day workshop for managers In July, the Southern Research Station (SRS) Upland Hardwood Ecology and Management Research unit hosted a 2-day workshop on oak regeneration in upland hardwood forests at the Bent Creek Experimental Forest near Asheville, North Carolina. Over 35 private, state, and federal agency forest managers participated in lecture presentations, field trips and…  More 

Seeing Forest Stress from Drought in Real Time

Most climate change models predict drier and warmer conditions across parts of the southern United States, which may translate into more frequent and severe drought events for those areas. With an estimated 60 percent of the drinking water of the South coming from forested watersheds—and many forests already stressed—land managers need to start planning now…  More 

Southern Pine Silviculture Training at the Crossett Experimental Forest

In June, the Southern Research Station (SRS) and the Forest Service Southern Region jointly hosted the two-week Southern Pine module for the National Advanced Silviculture Program (NASP) at the Crossett Experimental Forest in Ashley County, Arkansas. The silviculture certification program for the Forest Service, NASP consists of four core training modules led by academic institutions, and a fifth…  More 

In the Long Run: The Coweeta LTER

  Coweeta Included in Special Journal Issue on LTER Network A special issue of the journal Bioscience released on April 6 focuses on more than 30 years of scientific findings from the Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) Network, including those from the Southern Research Station (SRS) Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory (Coweeta). The National Science Foundation created the LTER…  More 

The Santee Experimental Forest at 75

On a cool spring day deep in the forest a short drive away from Charleston, South Carolina, more than 100 people showed up to celebrate 75 years of continual research at the  Forest Service Santee Experimental Forest (the Santee), one of 19 experimental forests maintained by the Southern Research Station (SRS). Established in 1937, the 6,100-acre…  More