Korean Forests Gain Ground with U.S. Forest Service Support

Korean forest scientists know all too well how degraded forests affect ecosystems and people. During the 20th century, unsustainable harvesting and conversion of forests to cropland caused “serious social and environmental problems like lack of fuel, severe flooding, and droughts,” according to the Korea Forest Service. In the 1970s, the country began a widespread forest…  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 

Forest Resources of the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley

A new report from the U.S. Forest Service Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) program provides the first comprehensive estimates of forest resources of the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley (LMAV) since 1986. Published by the Forest Service Southern Research Station (SRS) and authored by SRS forester Sonja Oswalt, Forest Resources of the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley provides…  More 

Tracking Those Other Forest Products

Timber is certainly the best-known forest product, but since before the time of European settlement, people have harvested other plants from the forests for a wide range of purposes. The U.S. Forest Service National Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) program has assessed timber product output (TPO) for more than 60 years by surveying the primary producers of industrial…  More 

Where’s the Ginseng?

Newly published research by the U.S. Forest Service Southern Research Station (SRS) demonstrates that co-managing eastern hardwood forests for timber and non-timber forest products could boost local economies while helping conserve biodiversity. SRS scientist Jim Chamberlain worked with Michael McGufffin, president of the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) and Virginia Tech associate professor Stephen Prisley…  More 

Vietnam Agency Officials visit Forest Inventory and Analysis

Ten officials from the Vietnam Administration of Forests (VNFOREST), Forest Protection Department, and Forest Inventory and Planning Institute (FIPI) visited the U.S. Forest Service Southern Research Station (SRS) Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) unit in Knoxville, Tennessee, and Forest Service offices in Washington, DC, during the week of April 29 to May 5. The group…  More 

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 

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