More Fuel for Fire?

Fire has been a fact of life for millennia in the South, shaping the range and ecology of pine, certain oak, and palm forests. But along with shrinking polar ice and rising sea levels, there’s general agreement among climate scientists that climate change will probably increase both the intensity and frequency of fire in the southern…  More 

Annual Bugfest Features “Bad Bugs in the Forest”

Where did more than 35,000 moms, dads, children, and their friends go for fun-filled, “buggy” entertainment, activities, and cuisine this year? They all showed up early and stayed late for the 16th annual Bugfest hosted by the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, NC. The Southern Research Station (SRS) was a co-sponsor of this years…  More 

New Short Course for Land Managers Facing Climate Change

What role do forests and grasslands play in storing carbon and offsetting the greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change? What options exist for encouraging carbon storage in forests, other vegetation and soils? A new resource, the short course Forest and Grassland Carbon in North America is designed to provide public and private land…  More 

What Comes After Hemlock Woolly Adelgid?

The hemlock woolly adelgid, an exotic invasive insect that feeds on eastern and Carolina hemlocks, now occupies about half the range of native hemlock forests in the eastern United States. Once infested, hemlocks lose vigor and die within a 4 to 10 years. Most managers and scientists accept that as time goes on native hemlocks…  More 

CRAFTING Future Forests

Over the past few years, Eastern Forest Environmental Threat Assessment Center (EFETAC) scientists have developed and refined a new resource, the Comparative Risk Assessment Framework and Tools (CRAFT), designed to help natural resource managers and stakeholders work through land management decisions and find common ground, sometimes by coming up with unexpected solutions. EFETAC launched CRAFT as…  More 

Secretary’s Honor Award for Southern Pine Beetle Prevention Program

On September 12, the team leading the Forest Health Protection Southern Pine Beetle Prevention Program received a 2012 USDA Secretary’s Honor Award. Key members of the group are John Nowak (team leader), Don Duerr, Wes Nettleton, and Linda Brett from Forest Service, Region 8, and Kier Klepzig, Assistant Director for Research at the Southern Research Station. …  More 

Latest Forest Inventory for Kentucky

Forest area remains same, growth rate still greater than removal rate. According to the update recently released by the Southern Research Station (SRS) Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) program, forest land in Kentucky covers an estimated 12.4 million acres, remaining the same from he last reported data. The report—compiled from data collected by the Kentucky…  More 

Georgia Forests, 2011

Forest area remains the same, while ownership changes Georgia contains the largest area of forest cover of any state in the South, with forests making up 67 percent of land cover or 24.8 million acres, according to a Forest Inventory Analysis (FIA) factsheet recently released by the Southern Research Station (SRS). While this land area…  More 

New Guide to Woodwasps of the Western Hemisphere

Includes DNA barcodes for early detection of major pests The North American forest community reacted with alarm when specimens of Sirex noctilio Fabricius were found in New York State in 2004.  Native to Europe, Asia and northern Africa, S. noctilio—a species of woodwasp in the family Siricidae—is fairly benign in its native range, but as a…  More 

Tom Holmes Co-Authors Prize-Winning Article

On August 20, Southern Research Station (SRS) research forester Tom Holmes received notice that a paper he co-authored won the first Soren Wibe Prize from the Journal of Forest Economics. Fellow co-authors of the article are Christopher Moore from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Kathleen Bell from the University of Maine. The Soren Wibe…  More