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 

Employment and Income Trends for Forest-Based Sectors in the South

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 U.S. Forest Service Southern Region and Southern Research Station, along with the Southern Group of State Foresters, the project examines a variety of…  More 

Mangroves in Mozambique

September found U.S. Forest Service researchers Carl Trettin and Christina Stringer camping out on the edge of a mangrove swamp in Africa, watching the ocean tides for the best time to take their skiffs out to search for plots to set up for inventory. They were in Mozambique, which stretches along the eastern coast of Africa…  More 

Rising Temperatures Permit Expansion of Southern Pine Beetle Into New Jersey

The New York Times recently ran a front page story about the damaging spread of southern pine beetle through the New Jersey Pinelands. The article included an interview with Dartmouth biologist Matt Ayres, who talked about how rising temperatures allowed the insect pest to thrive in an area where cold winters once killed it. Ayres’…  More 

Biomass Energy from Southern Forests

The Southern Forest Futures Project Technical Report is now available online, both entire and by chapter. The 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…  More 

Managing Future Ecological Change in the Southeast

U.S. Forest Service scientists helped develop and participated in a unique conference aimed at developing a new region-level model for managing changes affecting natural resources. Forest Service Southern Research (SRS) scientists Jim Vose and Dave Wear, project leaders of the SRS Center for Integrated Forest Science, Kier Klepzig, SRS assistant director, and Chris Oishi, research…  More