CAFMS Hosts Smoke in the Mountains Workshop

Smoke Management in the Southern Appalachians February 28, 2012, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Bent Creek Training Facility, Asheville, NC Organized by the Consortium of Appalachian Fire Managers and Scientists (CAFMS), this course will examine some of the challenges managers face when trying to manage the smoke from prescribed fire in mountainous terrain. A primary focus will…  More 

The Urban Forest Inventory in Tennessee

Trees in cities can contribute significantly to human health and environmental quality. Previously, there’s been little known about the urban forest resource in the State of Tennessee and what it contributes locally and regionally in terms of ecology, economy, and social well-being. In an effort to better understand the urban forest resource in the State of Tennessee…  More 

How Many People Hike the AT Every Year?

The Appalachian National Scenic Trail (AT) stretches 2,175 miles from Mount Katahdin in Maine to Springer Mountain in Georgia. Each spring, thousands of people set out to hike the entire trail, and innumerable others hike sections of it throughout the year. Just how to measure the number of people who hike the AT is the subject of a…  More 

SRS Signs MOU with Alabama A&M University

On January 5, SRS Director Rob Doudrick signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Alabama A&M University (AAMU) that reaffirms the commitment of both partners to continue the USDA Forest Service Center of Excellence in Forestry (COE) at AAMU for another five years. Doudrick had an opportunity to meet with four of the students from the COE who expressed…  More 

Growing American Ginseng on Forestland

Science You Can Use Planting alternative crops such as American ginseng is increasingly popular among forest landowners. Ginseng, a native medicinal herb prized throughout the world, can be deliberately cultivated under a forest canopy. As landowners in the southeastern and mid-Atlantic regions of the United States become more aware of possible income opportunities from American…  More 

Jim Barnett Wins Drum Major for Service Award

On January 12, SRS research forester emeritus James P. (Jim) Barnett received an MLK Drum Major for Service Award during the USDA National Service Day observance honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Drum Major award is presented to individuals who have made a different in their communities through volunteering. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell accepted the…  More 

TACCIMO: Making Science Accessible for Forest Planners

In early 2009, a group of researchers led by Steve McNulty, team leader with the Eastern Forest Environmental Threat Assessment Center, partnered directly with forest planners from across the Southern Region of the National Forest System  to start looking at what needed to be done to address the looming problems posed by climate change. A…  More 

Science Synthesis: Climate Change and Warmwater Species

Warmwater animal species—including freshwater fish, snails, mussels, and crayfish—can be loosely defined as those that prefer fairly high temperatures.  Warmwater fish for example, have temperature preferences above about 77 degrees.  Still, there are upper limits to the temperatures even warmwater species can live with, beyond which physiological processes break down and susceptibility to disease increases. Climate…  More 

Prestigious USDA Grants Support SRS Research in the Southern Appalachians

In the News Two SRS units—the Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory and the Upland Hardwoods Ecology and Management unit—recently received word that their scientists, along with university collaborators, received grants from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) for studies based in the Southern Appalachian region. AFRI supports research,…  More 

Tax Tips for Forest Landowners for 2012

Each fall, Linda Wang, national timber tax specialist, and John Greene, research forester for the U.S. Forest Service Southern Research Station (SRS), prepare tax tips specifically for forest landowners. These tips are published as a Technology Update by Forest Service Southern Region. Federal income tax law contains provisions to encourage stewardship and management of private…  More