Oaks in the Red

U.S. Forest Service and university researchers are working together to understand the escalating decline and death of oaks—especially red oaks—in the Ozark Highlands of Arkansas and Missouri. Research forest ecologist Marty Spetich from the Forest Service Southern Research Station and scientists from the Forest Service Northern Research Station (NRS), Mississippi State University, and the University of Missouri team…  More 

Longleaf Pine Forests in the South, Past and Future

A new report from the U.S. Forest Service Southern Research Station (SRS) describes the history and current condition of longleaf pine in the southern United States. Co-authored by researchers from the SRS Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) and Longleaf Pine Ecosystems units, findings from the report provide a solid baseline of information that land and…  More 

The Latest on Tennessee Forests

  Tennessee Forests, 2009, a new resource bulletin published by the U.S. Forest Service Southern Research Station (SRS), provides results from the eighth complete survey of Tennessee’s forest resources, showing that forests continue to cover about half of the states 26 million acres with a slight gain in forest land during the period 2005 to…  More 

Impact of Red Oak Borer Outbreaks on Arkansas Forests

Over the past 50 years, oak decline events have been reported in upland oak forests of the eastern United States with increasing frequency — and Arkansas is no exception. A team of forest entomologists at the University of Arkansas led by Fred Stephen, in cooperation with Jim Guldin, project leader of the Southern Research Station (SRS)…  More 

Latest Forest Inventory for Kentucky

Forest area remains same, growth rate still greater than removal rate. According to the update recently released by the Southern Research Station (SRS) Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) program, forest land in Kentucky covers an estimated 12.4 million acres, remaining the same from he last reported data. The report—compiled from data collected by the Kentucky…  More 

Georgia Forests, 2011

Forest area remains the same, while ownership changes Georgia contains the largest area of forest cover of any state in the South, with forests making up 67 percent of land cover or 24.8 million acres, according to a Forest Inventory Analysis (FIA) factsheet recently released by the Southern Research Station (SRS). While this land area…  More 

Dogwoods in Decline?

  Dogwood trees are cherished across the southeastern United States for their showy spring flowers. The small, deciduous trees are often found in the understory of hardwood forests, where they shuttle calcium from far below ground to leaves. Each fall, the calcium-rich leaves fall to the forest floor and decompose, enriching the topsoil with minerals.…  More 

Recession Effects on Southern Forest Industries

  Economic conditions from 2005 to 2010 accelerated sawmill closings and job losses and affected timber management across the southern United States, according to a report recently published online by the Southern Research Station (SRS) Forest and Inventory Analysis (FIA) unit. Authored by Tom Brandeis, team leader for the FIA Resource Analysis Team, with fellow…  More 

Supporting Forest Inventory Further South

  Peruvian and Colombian stakeholder study tour in Knoxville, TN A group of nine forest inventory stakeholders from Peru and Colombia visited the Southern Research Station Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) research unit (SRS FIA) in Knoxville, TN, from May 14 to 17.  Accompanying them were personnel from the USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station…  More 

Combatting Illegal Logging in Peru

In Peru, the USDA Forest Service is currently collaborating with the Government and counterparts to enhance forest sector governance and promote legal trade in timber products.The work is vital in helping the country to comply with the obligations detailed in the Environment Chapter and Annex on Forest Sector Governance  (the Annex) of the US-Peru Trade…  More