Appalachian-Cumberland Highlands: The Next 50 Years

Knowing more about how the future might unfold can improve decisions that have long-term consequences. The Southern Forest Futures Project, a multi-agency effort led by the U.S. Forest Service, aims to forecast and interpret changes in southern forests under multiple scenarios over the next several decades. The first of five sub-regional reports to explore these…  More 

International Researchers Mobilize Against Risky Stowaway Pests

Sometimes there’s more to global trade than meets the eye. While consumers and economies may benefit from expanding market opportunities and a seemingly endless array of readily available goods, harmful pests could be lurking as people and products are transported between countries. An international research network, including scientists from the U.S. Forest Service, has come…  More 

Which Tree Species are Most at Risk in a Changing Climate?

A walk in the woods or a stroll on a tree-lined street could be a very different experience just a few decades from now. Higher temperatures, altered precipitation patterns, and longer growing seasons predicted for the future could require that some tree species will have to move – or be moved – into new areas…  More 

Hemlock Holding Its Own For Now at the Landscape Level

Despite ongoing destruction by the non-native invasive hemlock woolly adelgid, hemlock forests in the eastern United States appear to be holding their own for now, according to findings by U.S. Forest Service researchers recently published in the journal Biological Invasions. The key word is “appear,” said Talbot Trotter, the study’s lead author and a research…  More 

Rising Temperatures Permit Expansion of Southern Pine Beetle Into New Jersey

The New York Times recently ran a front page story about the damaging spread of southern pine beetle through the New Jersey Pinelands. The article included an interview with Dartmouth biologist Matt Ayres, who talked about how rising temperatures allowed the insect pest to thrive in an area where cold winters once killed it. Ayres’…  More 

“Bad Bugs” Create Buzz at Annual Bugfest

 For the second year in a row, the Southern Research Station (SRS) created a “buzz”at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences’ Bugfest. The Station’s exhibit, “Most Wanted: Bad Bugs in the Forest,” warned even the cleverest of beetles to beware, since researchers armed with state-of-the-art tracking tools are on a mission to detect and reduce the impacts of invasive…  More 

Forest Service Launches GeoTreesearch

U.S. Forest Service research is now just a click away, with a new web-based application called GeoTreesearch that allows users to search tens of thousands of publications by topic and geography. Research has been part of the Forest Service mission since the agency’s inception in 1905. Today, some 500-plus Forest Service researchers work in a…  More 

The Center for Integrated Forest Science

A Pioneering Research Model Over the past 40 years, forest science has evolved from more traditional “forestry” science with a near exclusive focus on enhancing forest productivity to a science that must address broader and more complex topics such as sustaining ecosystem services in the face of land use change, climate variability, and altered disturbance…  More 

Loss of Eastern Hemlock Will Affect Forest Water Use

Eastern hemlock grows in streamside areas throughout the southern Appalachian Mountains, where it is a keystone species. Because of its dense evergreen foliage, constant year-round transpiration (loss of water from needles) rate,  and dominance in riparian and cove habitats,  eastern hemlock plays an important role in the area’s water cycle, and regulates stream flow year…  More 

Managing For Hemlock Woolly Adelgid

The nonnative invasive insect hemlock woolly adelgid is taking its toll on eastern hemlock trees in the Southern Appalachian region of the United States, where the tree often serves as a foundation or keystone species along mountain streams. A new article by U.S. Forest Service researchers covers the latest in control strategies for hemlock woolly…  More