Interior Forest on the Wane in the United States

Interior forest, which can be simply defined as forest area surrounded by more forest, supports a wide range of plants and animals that do not thrive in forest edges or the small patches of woods left by human activities. Many of the nations most important rivers originate in interior forest, which also shelters municipal watersheds and…  More 

Southern Research Station Director’s Awards Announced

The 2012 Southern Research Station (SRS) Director’s Awards were announced September 19, and will be awarded on October 30 at the SRS Leadership Team meeting in Raleigh, NC. The ceremony will be held at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences Nature Research Center.    Distinguished Science Award Steve McNulty, Raleigh, NC–For distinguished scientific leadership and contributions on…  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 

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