Field Day Inspires Landowners in the Western Longleaf Pine Range

A field day and workshop held on May 23rd at the U.S. Forest Service Kisatchie National Forest Ranger District office near Natchitoches, Louisiana is among the first ventures to spark landowner interest in longleaf pine along the western edge of this species’ historic range. Longleaf pine technology transfer efforts in the West are led by…  More 

Blue Valley Experimental Forest

The Blue Valley Experimental Forest (Blue Valley) lies in southwest North Carolina in the Nantahala National Forest. Located in Macon County, near the point where North Carolina meets Georgia and South Carolina, the experimental forest was established in 1964. At 1,300 acres, it is the smallest of the three experimental forests in North Carolina and the second smallest…  More 

Jim Guldin Selected as Outstanding Penn State Forest Resources Alumni

On April 19, Jim Guldin, project leader of the U.S. Forest Service Southern Research Station (SRS) Southern Pine Ecology and Management unit, was recognized as one of four recipients of the 2013 Outstanding Alumni Award from the Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) Forest Resources Alumni Group. The Penn State Department of Ecosystem Science and Management,…  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 

SRS Scientist Appointed Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Forestry

   U.S. Forest Service scientist Don C. Bragg was recently named editor-in-chief of the Journal of Forestry, the most widely circulated scholarly forestry journal in the world and recipient of several national awards for excellence. Produced by the Society of American Foresters (SAF), the Journal of Forestry seeks to advance the profession of forestry by…  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 

Southern Forest Science in Support of a Low Carbon Economy

Research from the Forest Service Southern Research Station (SRS) on biomass for energy and the capacity of southern forests to offset the  greenhouse gas emissions that have led to global warming are featured in the special issue of the journal Forest Science published in October. Often called the “wood basket of the Nation,” the forests…  More 

Southern Research Station Adds Two New Flux Monitoring Towers

Southern Research Station (SRS) scientists recently added two new eddy covariance towers to the Ameriflux network, setting the instruments up at the Coweeta Hydrologic Station in Otto, North Carolina, and the Crossett Experimental Forest in southern Arkansas. Established in 1996 and currently made up of sites throughout the Western Hemisphere, the Ameriflux network provides continuous…  More 

Prescribed Fire in the Piney Woods

Effects on amphibians and reptiles Forest managers across North America use prescribed burning for many reasons—restoring ecosystem functions, improving wildlife habitat, reducing wildlife hazard, to name a few. Prescribed fire can have both beneficial and negative effects on specific plants and animals. Managers are increasingly sensitive to possible effects of fire on amphibians and reptiles…  More 

Southern Pine Silviculture Training at the Crossett Experimental Forest

In June, the Southern Research Station (SRS) and the Forest Service Southern Region jointly hosted the two-week Southern Pine module for the National Advanced Silviculture Program (NASP) at the Crossett Experimental Forest in Ashley County, Arkansas. The silviculture certification program for the Forest Service, NASP consists of four core training modules led by academic institutions, and a fifth…  More