New Business for a Small Alabama Town

Economic conditions from 2005 to 2010 meant bad news for much of the South’s forest industry, accelerating mill closings and job losses in small towns across the southern United States. Recently, the Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) unit of the U.S. Forest Service Southern Research Station worked with a leading manufacturer to bring good news…  More 

McDonough Wins Engineer of the Year

  Mark McDonough, station engineer for the U.S. Forest Service Southern Research Station (SRS), was recently named Managerial Engineer of the Year for 2012 in recognition of his leadership in sustainable operations and products, implementation of valuable engineering strategies, and the successful management of one of the largest capital improvements programs in Forest Service Research…  More 

Eucalyptus in the South

Because it grows rapidly and can develop high wood density, there’s increasing interest in the South for growing Eucalyptus commercially as a bioenergy feedstock. For the South, this means finding and testing Eucalyptus species that will grow in temperate areas as well as genetically modified hybrids bred to be frost tolerant. Growing well under a…  More 

Forest Service Co-Sponsors Minority Landowner Magazine Conference

The annual Minority Landowner Magazine conference is a favorite among small and limited resource landowners. This year’s seventh anniversary conference in Greensboro, North Carolina, themed “Keeping Your Farm Productive, Profitable and Yours,” engaged more than 250 participants, including federal, state, university, and private agencies and organizations sharing information to help maintain family farms. What keeps…  More 

Futures Report Charts Changes for Southern Forests

  High elevation forest in the Southern Appalachian Mountains. Photo by Zoe Hoyle. The Southern Forest Futures Project started in 2008 with a series of public meetings across the South to gather perceptions and input about the future of the regions forests. Project leaders then used expert analysis and models to forecast and interpret changes…  More 

Community Forest Monitoring in Ghana

We celebrate the FAO International Day of Forests with a story from Ghana. U.S. Forest Service scientists are playing a role in restoring and conserving African tropical forest land in Africa by training local communities to monitor their own forests. According to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), deforestation in Africa occurs at roughly twice…  More 

Wood Industry Trends in the South Made Easy

An online tool developed the by U.S. Forest Service quickly reveals the economic impacts of wood-related industries in the states of the South. The South is often referred to as the “wood basket of the Nation,” and wood-related industries contribute to the economies of all 13 southern states to varying degrees. For analysis purposes, these…  More 

New Books on Forest Landscape Restoration

Two new books link natural and social sciences U.S. Forest Service scientists made significant contributions to two related books recently published by Springer:  Forest Landscape Restoration: Integrating Natural and Social Sciences and A Goal-Oriented Approach to Forest landscape Restoration. Forest Service Southern Research Station (SRS) scientist John Stanturf served as lead editor on both books,…  More 

New Tools for Urban Foresters

Across the southeastern United States, rapid urbanization is transforming previously rural areas and creating new environmental challenges. Desoto County, Mississippi, is emblematic of these changes: since 1970, its population has increased by 430 percent, from 36,000 people in 1970 to 159,000 in 2010. The Environmental Protection Agency lists Desoto County as an ozone non-attainment” area,…  More 

Climate Change Tool Reaches “Grand” Milestone

The U.S. Forest Service Template for Assessing Climate Change Impacts and Management Options (TACCIMO) continues to expand and provide land managers, planners, and other decision makers with the best climate change science available. TACCIMO’s scientific literature database now contains information from more than 1,000 peer-reviewed sources describing the effects of climate change on natural resources as well as land…  More