Taking the Long View at the Francis Marion National Forest

The Francis Marion National Forest (Francis Marion) is currently revising its land and resource management plan under the National Forest System 2012 Planning Rule. The new rule requires climate change be taken into account and supports an adaptive framework based on science, public values, and the all-lands context for resource management. Located adjacent to the…  More 

The Future of Outdoor Recreation in the South

The Southern Forest Futures Project Technical Report provides an interdisciplinary assessment of potential futures of southern forests and the many benefits they provide. The Southern Forest Futures Project (SFFP) started in 2008 as an effort to study and understand the various forces reshaping the forests across the 13 states of the Southeast. Chartered by the…  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 

International Researchers Mobilize Against Risky Stowaway Pests

Sometimes there’s more to global trade than meets the eye. While consumers and economies may benefit from expanding market opportunities and a seemingly endless array of readily available goods, harmful pests could be lurking as people and products are transported between countries. An international research network, including scientists from the U.S. Forest Service, has come…  More 

Celebrating Pioneering Researcher Ken Cordell

Ken Cordell recently retired after a phenomenally productive 50+ year career in the U.S. Forest Service, most recently as pioneering scientist and project leader with the Forest Service Southern Research Station. His planning assessments and research covered trends and futures of outdoor recreation, demographic and societal shifts, natural amenity migration and natural amenity values, and…  More 

Outdoor Recreation in the Shifting Societal Landscape of the South

The Southern Forest Futures Project Technical Report provides an interdisciplinary assessment of potential futures of southern forests and the many benefits they provide. The Southern Forest Futures Project (SFFP) started in 2008 as an effort to study and understand the various forces reshaping the forests across the 13 states of the Southeast. Chartered by the…  More 

Slowing the Spread of Thousand Cankers Disease

U.S. Forest Service researchers have confirmed the efficacy of a heat treatment schedule that eliminates the insect and fungus that cause thousand cankers disease from black walnut logs. Information included in the recently published research article by Forest Service Southern Research Station research entomologist Bud Mayfield and fellow authors provides managers and the public with…  More 

Family Forest Owners Need More Help with Federal Taxes

A recent study by U.S. Forest Service and university researchers offers suggestions on improving efforts to inform family forest owners about beneficial federal income and estate tax provisions available to them. The researchers base their suggestions on focus groups they held in five locations across the United States. The results were published in the January 2014…  More 

Managing Southern Forests under Climate Change

U.S. Forest Service scientists recently published a new comprehensive guide to help natural resource managers in the South develop options for managing southern forest ecosystems in the face of climate change.  Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Management Options: A Guide for Natural Resource Managers in Southern Forest Ecosystems culminates a multi-year initiative by Forest Service Southern…  More 

Southeastern Climate Hub to Provide Practical, Science-Based Information to Farmers, Ranchers and Forest Landowners

On February 5, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the creation of the first ever Regional Hubs for Risk Adaptation and Mitigation to Climate Change at seven locations around the country. “Climate Hubs” will address increasing risks such as fires, invasive pests, devastating floods, and crippling droughts on a regional basis, aiming to translate science and…  More