The Bioenergy Balancing Act

Wood-based energy has been proposed as an alternative to fossil energy sources such as coal and natural gas, a way to reduce the carbon emissions that lead to atmospheric warming and changing climatic conditions. But debate continues about whether substituting wood for natural gas or coal actually reduces emissions, and how long it takes for…  More 

2014 Crossett Forestry Field Day, May 16-17

Held at the Crossett Experimental Forest near Crossett, Arkansas, the 2014 field day will provide a full program for foresters, conservationists, land owners, and policy makers on the broad range of ecosystem services provided by loblolly and shortleaf pine forests of natural origin. Included in the general program on May 16 are experts in forest…  More 

Eighty Years of Southern Pine Silviculture on the Crossett Experimental Forest

By the 1930s, U.S. Forest Service researchers and others were developing silvicultural practices that small landowners and farmers could use to grow productive forests even in the southeastern U.S., where land use had led to widespread depletion and degradation of natural resources. Forest Service researchers established Farm Forestry demonstration plots where landowners could see research…  More 

The Calhoun Critical Zone Observatory

From surface to core, the Earth’s radius is almost 4,000 miles, but only the uppermost sliver of that rocky expanse, called the critical zone, sustains life. This zone extends from the base of weathered rock to the treetops, and includes water, soils, vegetation, and animals.   A new study, led by Duke University and funded…  More 

U.S. Forest Service Co-sponsors Magazine’s 8th Anniversary Conference

More than 220 farmers, ranchers, forest landowners, and natural resource professionals from across the United States attended “Family Farms Strengthen the Local Economy,” the Minority Landowner Magazine’s annual conference held this year in Greenville, South Carolina. “Through the feature articles in Minority Landowner and through our annual conference, we introduce farmers and forest landowners to…  More 

International Student Visitor Arrives in Auburn for Forest Service Internship

Wellington Cardoso, an undergraduate student from Brazil, arrived in Auburn, Alabama, this past January to begin an internship with the U.S. Forest Service Southern Research Station. “Cardoso will play a major role in studying a biomass harvesting operation,” says Dana Mitchell, project leader of the Forest Operations research unit, which is hosting Cardoso. The operation…  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 

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