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 

Where’s the Ginseng?

Newly published research by the U.S. Forest Service Southern Research Station (SRS) demonstrates that co-managing eastern hardwood forests for timber and non-timber forest products could boost local economies while helping conserve biodiversity. SRS scientist Jim Chamberlain worked with Michael McGufffin, president of the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) and Virginia Tech associate professor Stephen Prisley…  More 

Hot Time in the City

In Georgia, U.S. Forest Service scientists and cooperators are mapping out climate change vulnerability at the county level. Their results suggest that people who live in metro Atlanta are at most risk of disruptions from the rising temperatures and extreme weather events of recent decades — and that this vulnerability could persist well into the future. Cassandra…  More 

Ecosystem Resilience in a Changing World

Native forests and grasslands across the world face a range of threats, including climate change, urbanization, and exotic species invasions. Ecosystem restoration is frequently offered as a partial solution to these threats, because less stressed ecosystems seem better equipped to resist invasion. “By aiming to restore ecosystem resilience, plant communities can endure in the face…  More 

Vietnam Agency Officials visit Forest Inventory and Analysis

Ten officials from the Vietnam Administration of Forests (VNFOREST), Forest Protection Department, and Forest Inventory and Planning Institute (FIPI) visited the U.S. Forest Service Southern Research Station (SRS) Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) unit in Knoxville, Tennessee, and Forest Service offices in Washington, DC, during the week of April 29 to May 5. The group…  More 

Reviewing the Past to Gauge the Future

  Effects of climate variability on forest hydrology and carbon sequestration on the Santee Experimental Forest, a new general technical report published by the U.S. Forest Service Southern Research Station (SRS), describes an assessment of long-term weather and hydrology data collected on the experimental forest over a 63-year time span. The publication is the result…  More 

The Time My Dad Took My Class on a Hike in the Woods

On Friday, May 17, Forest Service research soil scientist Andy Scott took Ann Iott’s first grade class on a nature hike to talk about forestry, soil, and anything else the kids wanted to discuss along the newly created Bradford Creek Greenway behind Heritage Elementary School in Madison, AL. Scott’s seven-year-old son Noah told the following story…  More 

Climate Change and Wildfire

Concerns continue to grow about the effects of climate change on fire. Wildfires are expected to increase 50 percent across the United States under a changing climate, over 100 percent in areas of the West by 2050 as projected by some studies. Of equal concern to scientists and policymakers alike are the atmospheric effects of…  More 

Minority Landowner Publisher Emphasizes Outreach during Cultural Luncheon

  Minority Landowner Magazine publisher Victor Harris had just a few hours before heading to Sumter, South Carolina, to lead a high tunnel demonstration workshop for local minority farmers interested in extending their planting season. “High tunnels provide a temperature controlled greenhouse environment enabling farmers to potentially increase profits during the year. I’m excited because…  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