Forest Detectives Solve Asheville Watershed Mystery

  Scientists with the USDA Forest Service Eastern Forest Environmental Threat Assessment Center (EFETAC) headquartered at the Southern Research Station in Asheville, North Carolina, recently discovered an area of damaged trees within the watershed from which Asheville draws most of its water supply. Though monitoring forest health is an everyday role of the Forest Service,…  More 

American’s Preferences for Outdoor Recreation Changing

The Southern Research Station (SRS) recently published a national study, Outdoor Recreation Trends and Futures, which shows that American’s current choices for outdoor recreation differ noticeably from those made by previous generations. Participation in “traditional” activities such as hunting and fishing has flattened or declined, while participation in activities that involve viewing and photographing nature is growing.…  More 

Recession Effects on Southern Forest Industries

  Economic conditions from 2005 to 2010 accelerated sawmill closings and job losses and affected timber management across the southern United States, according to a report recently published online by the Southern Research Station (SRS) Forest and Inventory Analysis (FIA) unit. Authored by Tom Brandeis, team leader for the FIA Resource Analysis Team, with fellow…  More 

Can the Kudzu Bug Stop the Vine That Ate the South?

Southern Research Station (SRS) entomologist Jim Hanula may be the only person in the South who actually wants to keep kudzu alive. He needs healthy plots of the famous weed to monitor the effect the bean plataspid—a pest that entered Georgia some two years ago and has become known as the kudzu bug—is having on…  More 

Supporting Forest Inventory Further South

  Peruvian and Colombian stakeholder study tour in Knoxville, TN A group of nine forest inventory stakeholders from Peru and Colombia visited the Southern Research Station Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) research unit (SRS FIA) in Knoxville, TN, from May 14 to 17.  Accompanying them were personnel from the USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station…  More 

Combatting Illegal Logging in Peru

In Peru, the USDA Forest Service is currently collaborating with the Government and counterparts to enhance forest sector governance and promote legal trade in timber products.The work is vital in helping the country to comply with the obligations detailed in the Environment Chapter and Annex on Forest Sector Governance  (the Annex) of the US-Peru Trade…  More 

Saving the Genetic Treasures of Southern Forests

People have saved seeds since the dawn of agriculture, but scientists at the Southern Research Station (SRS) are doing something new–combining modern genetics and the silvicultural strategy of seed orchards to preserve the genetic heritage of the South’s most at risk- and most ecologically important trees. Trees across the Southeast face exotic pests, shrinking ranges and…  More 

Trees in Transition

In forests as in life, the only constant is change. Forest species are ever adjusting to changing conditions resulting from seasonal fluctuations in temperature and precipitation, disturbances such as storms and wildfire, and interactions with other species. But typical temperature and precipitation patterns are now also changing; in some areas, climatic changes are occurring rather rapidly,…  More 

North Carolina: A Bioenergy Case Study

State and Federal policies on renewable energy will, to a great extent, drive demand for wood-to-energy biomass feedstocks. Across the United States, 29 states and the District of Columbia have adopted renewable portfolio standards (RPS) mandating that a certain percent of the states energy come from renewable sources by a certain date. In the South,…  More 

Unwelcome Pests Often Hitch a Ride

EFETAC and Canadian Researchers Investigate the Firewood Connection Firewood has ignited a national debate, especially in campgrounds, because it can carry unwanted forest insect pests across state borders and potentially even between the United States and Canada. Many of these nonnative pests are well-known—hemlock woolly adelgid, emerald ash borer, Asian longhorned beetle—for causing significant ecological and…  More