Park Access and Environmental Equity

 Forest Service Researcher Looks at Changing Demographics in the South When the term “environmental justice” is used, most people think of the siting of environmental hazards, but environmental justice also includes questions about access to environmental goods. For those who live in towns and cities, access to parks is one such environmental good. Little is…  More 

The Urban Forest Inventory in Tennessee

Trees in cities can contribute significantly to human health and environmental quality. Previously, there’s been little known about the urban forest resource in the State of Tennessee and what it contributes locally and regionally in terms of ecology, economy, and social well-being. In an effort to better understand the urban forest resource in the State of Tennessee…  More 

How Many People Hike the AT Every Year?

The Appalachian National Scenic Trail (AT) stretches 2,175 miles from Mount Katahdin in Maine to Springer Mountain in Georgia. Each spring, thousands of people set out to hike the entire trail, and innumerable others hike sections of it throughout the year. Just how to measure the number of people who hike the AT is the subject of a…  More 

Growing American Ginseng on Forestland

Science You Can Use Planting alternative crops such as American ginseng is increasingly popular among forest landowners. Ginseng, a native medicinal herb prized throughout the world, can be deliberately cultivated under a forest canopy. As landowners in the southeastern and mid-Atlantic regions of the United States become more aware of possible income opportunities from American…  More 

WNC Receives Mixed Report Card on Forest Sustainability

A report card recently published by SRS and the University of North Carolina at Asheville gives Western North Carolina (WNC) mixed grades on forest sustainability. The Western North Carolina Report Card provides an assessment of current economic, ecological and social conditions in the region relative to the sustainability of the areas forests, focusing on 18…  More