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 

SRS Science Featured at Nature Research Center Opening in Raleigh

Southern Research Station (SRS) scientists, through a partnership with the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, will be featured during the April 20-21 grand opening of the museums new 80,000 square-foot wing, the Nature Research Center (NRC), in Raleigh, NC.  SRS assistant director Kier Klepzig, project leader Cassandra Johnson-Gaither, team leader/ecologist Steve McNulty, and research…  More 

The Santee Experimental Forest at 75

On a cool spring day deep in the forest a short drive away from Charleston, South Carolina, more than 100 people showed up to celebrate 75 years of continual research at the  Forest Service Santee Experimental Forest (the Santee), one of 19 experimental forests maintained by the Southern Research Station (SRS). Established in 1937, the 6,100-acre…  More 

Better Protection for Forest Machinery Operators

Forestry machines come in all shapes and sizes. In many, the operator sits in a cab with windows made of polycarbonate, a heavy-duty plastic that provides protection from heat, air, dust, and noise. Though the rotating cutting devices such as chainsaw and disk cutters that the machines use to cut have improved the efficiency of forest…  More 

Fire on the Base

  DOD and Joint Fire Science Fund SRS Research at Eglin Air Force Base The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) recently awarded the Southern Research Station (SRS) Center for Forest Disturbance Science (CFDS) $2 million for a 5-year project with researchers from the Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center, Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station,…  More 

Tom Waldrop Receives Distinguished Science Award

USDA Forest Service Deputy Chief for Research & Development Jim Reaves recently announced Southern Research Station (SRS) Research Forester Tom Waldrop as the recipient of the Deputy Chief’s Distinguished Science Award for 2011. Waldrop will receive the award this April during the Forest Service Executive Research Team meeting at the Rocky Mountain Research Station in Fort…  More