Southern Pine Beetle Impacts on Forests

Shortleaf pine-hardwood ecosystem restoration following insect outbreak Research by Southern Research Station (SRS) scientists shows that the impacts of recent outbreaks of southern pine beetle further degraded shortleaf pine-hardwood forest ecosystems in the southern Appalachian region. The authors suggest that cutting and burning these sites reduces heavy fuel loads, improves soil nutrient status, and opens…  More 

Creepy Crawlies a Hit at the Kent House Bug Day

There were “good” bugs, “bad” bugs and close to 1,000 people at the 5th Annual Kent House Bug Day sponsored by the Southern Research Station (SRS). The annual event was the idea of former Forest Service student employee Jessica Norris, now a local teacher, and Stacy Blomquist, biological technician with SRS Insects, Diseases, and Invasive Plants unit in Pineville,…  More 

Forestry Webinar Series Wins Two Chiefs’ Award

On May 2, USDA Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell and Natural Resources Conservation Service Chief Dave White announced the 2011 Two Chiefs Partnership Awards, which included a group award for the forestry webinars developed by the Forest Service Southern Research Station (SRS) and Southern Region (SR), the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Southern Regional Extension…  More 

Refining Fire Behavior Modeling

Assessing Wildland Fuels and Hazard Mitigation Treatments in the Southeast Research by Southern Research Station biometrician Bernie Parresol takes center stage in a special issue of the journal Forest Ecology and Management due out in June in print. Parresol is lead author of two of the five articles—and co-author of two more—in an issue that focuses on…  More 

Upcoming Webinar: Forest Farming with Non-Timber Products

Opportunities to Share Information and Grow Resources Jim Chamberlain, forest products technologist with the Southern Research Station, has carved out a niche in non-timber forest products. Chamberlain focuses on ramps, ginseng, goldenseal, galax, and scores of other non-timber products that flourish in the Appalachian forests. He’s devoted his career to finding and identifying plants, studying…  More 

Taking America’s Rarest Snake Back to the Woods

Louisiana pine snakes released on Kisatchie National Forest On May 1, USDA Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, the Memphis Zoo, and other partners released seven young Louisiana pine snakes on a restored longleaf pine stand in the Kisatchie National Forest in Louisiana. The release is the fourth…  More 

What are Americans Doing for Recreation?

The National Survey on Recreation and the Environment The National Survey on Recreation and the Environment (NSRE) is the latest of eight national telephone surveys focusing on public outdoor recreation and environmental attitudes. Started in 1960, when the U.S. Congress created the Outdoor Recreation Resources Review Commission, the first National Recreation Survey (NRS) was a…  More 

Are Kids in the Woods?

  Results from the National Kids Survey There have been very few scientific studies on the outdoor activities of children and youth. The few that have been published are relatively small, surveying less than 500 individuals. In 2007, to address an important gap in information about kids and the outdoors, Ken Cordell, pioneering research scientist,…  More 

When Development Finds the Forgotten Coast

  Southern Research Station (SRS) scientist Wayne Zipperer and colleagues from the Center for Forest Sustainability at Auburn University are looking at the effects of urban development on communities where natural resources have long provided both livelihoods and sense of place. The town of Apalachicola is part of what’s known as the Forgotten Coast, an…  More 

In the Long Run: The Coweeta LTER

  Coweeta Included in Special Journal Issue on LTER Network A special issue of the journal Bioscience released on April 6 focuses on more than 30 years of scientific findings from the Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) Network, including those from the Southern Research Station (SRS) Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory (Coweeta). The National Science Foundation created the LTER…  More