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 

Forest Operations Unit Hosts SALHI Workshop

On Tuesday, March 26, the U.S. Forest Service Southern Research Station (SRS) Forest Operations Research unit in Auburn, Alabama, hosted attendees of the 2013 Sale Area Layout and Harvesting Institute (SALHI) for an introduction to harvesting and forest operations research. While visiting the G.W. Andrews Forestry Sciences Lab, SALHI attendees heard presentations from  Dana Mitchell, acting…  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 

History Matters

  “I received a call from a woman looking for evidence that her grandfather worked at the Crossett Experimental Forest in the early 1940s,” said Jim Guldin, project leader for U.S. Forest Service Southern Pine Ecology unit. When her grandfather could not be found in the daily journals kept on the experimental forest, Guldin realized…  More 

Carbon In, Carbon Out

Look around at all the wood and paper products we consider essential for daily life. Now, consider the carbon stored in those products—carbon that was removed from a forest ecosystem when trees were harvested. This type of carbon storage is quite important: while it’s locked into these products throughout their useful life, this carbon is…  More 

Better Protection for Forest Machinery Operators

Forestry machines come in all shapes and sizes. In many, the operator sits in a cab with windows made of polycarbonate, a heavy-duty plastic that provides protection from heat, air, dust, and noise. Though the rotating cutting devices such as chainsaw and disk cutters that the machines use to cut have improved the efficiency of forest…  More 

Bioenergy: New Ways to Operate

When serious discussions about producing energy from woody biomass first started, the costs of harvesting and hauling the small-diameter wood and residues proposed as feedstocks presented a major barrier to making the wood-to-energy market work. For over a decade now, scientists at the SRS Forest Operations Research unit in Auburn, AL, have been field testing…  More