Eighty Years of Southern Pine Silviculture on the Crossett Experimental Forest

By the 1930s, U.S. Forest Service researchers and others were developing silvicultural practices that small landowners and farmers could use to grow productive forests even in the southeastern U.S., where land use had led to widespread depletion and degradation of natural resources. Forest Service researchers established Farm Forestry demonstration plots where landowners could see research…  More 

The Calhoun Critical Zone Observatory

From surface to core, the Earth’s radius is almost 4,000 miles, but only the uppermost sliver of that rocky expanse, called the critical zone, sustains life. This zone extends from the base of weathered rock to the treetops, and includes water, soils, vegetation, and animals.   A new study, led by Duke University and funded…  More 

Long-Term Response of a Forest Watershed Ecosystem

A new book edited by U.S. Forest Service emeritus scientist Wayne Swank and Virginia Tech professor Jack Webster and published by Oxford University Press brings together findings from more than 30 years of collaborative research by the Forest Service and the National Science Foundation (NSF) Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) program on the Coweeta Experimental…  More 

Containers and Growing Longleaf Pine

Do the types of container used to grow longleaf pine seedlings really make that much difference? Researchers based in the Pineville, Louisiana, branch of the Southern Research Station (SRS) Restoring and Managing Longleaf Pine Ecosystems unit continue to show that indeed they do. Initiatives interested in restoring longleaf pine across its native range in the…  More 

Cross-Continent Partnership

The U.S. Forest Service and the University of Texas at San Antonio, a member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, recently established a framework for cooperation by signing a Memorandum of Understanding. The partnership offers graduate and undergraduate students a chance to work with Southern Research Station (SRS) scientists. “This partnership is win-win…  More 

Outdoor Classroom: Teaching Science on the Forest

On a brisk morning in north Georgia, U.S. Forest Service employees prepared for a “Kids in the Wood”’ excursion to Scull Shoals with students from the local Union Point STEAM (STEM plus the arts) Academy and Elementary School, the first rural K-8 STEAM school in Georgia. “Scull Shoals is a historic site located on the…  More 

Reflections on the Southern Forest Futures Project

In 2008, we started the Southern Forest Futures Project with 15 public workshops held in each of the 13 States of our region. In Baton Rouge, Asheville, Stillwater, Charleston, and all the other locations, we discussed and compiled the concerns of more than 700 resource professionals and other interested  citizens regarding the great and vast…  More 

Finding Out More About Native Bees

When people think about bees, it’s often honeybees that come to mind. Native to Eurasia, honeybees pollinate apple, peach and almond trees, watermelons, cucumbers, and many other food crops. In many areas, beekeepers take to the highway with their colonies, traveling to whatever crop is blooming and in need of pollination. “Honeybees are an agricultural…  More 

Tracking Bees on Experimental Forests

At first sight, the nine plastic cups in a grassy yard at Bent Creek Experimental Forest don’t look like part of a nationwide monitoring survey. But the cups are actually simple bee traps, and a number of U.S. Forest Service facilities are part of a network of bee monitoring stations that stretch across the country.…  More 

Annual Upland Hardwood Silviculture Course at Bent Creek

Foresters and resource managers from five states attended the annual Upland Hardwood Silviculture Course at the Bent Creek Forestry Research and Training Center in Asheville, North Carolina this July.  The Southern Research Station (SRS) Upland Hardwood Ecology and Management unit offers this course to foresters, land managers and other natural resource professionals to convey the…  More