McNulty Named “Most Distinguished” in Forest Science

  Dr. Steven McNulty, research ecologist with the U.S. Forest Service Southern Research Station (SRS), recently received the agency’s national “Research and Development Distinguished Science Award.” He is recognized for sustained research productivity, proactive science technology, innovative leadership, applied forest science, and longtime federal service. McNulty will accept his award during the February 12, 2013,…  More 

Climate Change Projected to Alter Indiana Bat Maternity Range

Research by U.S. Forest Service scientists forecasts profound changes over the next 50 years in the summer range of the endangered Indiana bat, one of many eastern bat species whose numbers are already decreasing due to white-nose syndrome and other factors. In an article published in the journal Ecology and Evolution, Forest Service Southern Research…  More 

Haywood Wins SAF Distinguished Service Award

U.S. Forest Service scientist Dave Haywood recently received the Distinguished Service to Forestry Award from the Louisiana Society of American Foresters, the professional organization for those responsible for the management of Louisiana’s forests and natural resources.  This prestigious honor is awarded to forestry professionals who significantly advance the field of forestry in the state of…  More 

Climate Change Tool Reaches “Grand” Milestone

The U.S. Forest Service Template for Assessing Climate Change Impacts and Management Options (TACCIMO) continues to expand and provide land managers, planners, and other decision makers with the best climate change science available. TACCIMO’s scientific literature database now contains information from more than 1,000 peer-reviewed sources describing the effects of climate change on natural resources as well as land…  More 

SRS Science Contributes to National Climate Assessment

On January 11, the National Climate Assessment and Development Advisory Committee (NCADAC), a 60-person federal advisory committee established in 2010, released its draft National Climate Assessment (NCA) report for public review. Available at the NCDAC website, the 1,146-page report is now open for a three-month period of public comment. The report consists of 30 chapters,…  More 

Interagency ForWarn Team Recognized for Federal Collaboration

The U.S. Forest Service Eastern and Western Threat Centers’ ForWarn team is among the agency recipients of the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer (FLC) Southeast Region’s 2012 Partnership Award. The award recognizes the collaborative efforts of team members from the Forest Service, NASA Stennis Space Center, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and US Geological Survey…  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 

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 

Longleaf Pine Forests in the South, Past and Future

A new report from the U.S. Forest Service Southern Research Station (SRS) describes the history and current condition of longleaf pine in the southern United States. Co-authored by researchers from the SRS Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) and Longleaf Pine Ecosystems units, findings from the report provide a solid baseline of information that land and…  More 

Long-term Data Reveals Changing Climate Trends

Long-term data from a U.S. Forest Service experimental forest reveals that air temperatures have risen significantly since the late 1970s, while droughts are becoming more severe and frequent, and precipitation more intense and variable. The findings were recently published in the journal Hydrology Research. For almost 80 years, the main climate station at Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory (Coweeta),…  More