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 

A ForWarning

 USDA Forest Service and NASA team up to monitor forests from space About 750 million acres of forests stretch across the United States—lands that are vulnerable to disturbances caused by insects, diseases, wildfires, extreme weather, or other natural or human-caused events. Some disturbances are immediately evident in the landscape when they occur; others are more…  More 

Ramps: In Abundance or In Trouble?

Eleven years of monitoring ramps populations Southern Research Station (SRS) research plant ecologist Joan Walker has been monitoring populations of ramps (Allium tricoccum) in the mountain coves of western North Carolina since 2000. Also referred to as wild leeks, ramsons, or wood garlic, ramps are among the first ephemeral greens to emerge during the spring months of March…  More 

Tennessees Urban Forests Valued in the Billions

Tennessees urban forests, currently valued at about $80 billion, also provide almost $650 million in benefits such as carbon storage, pollution removal, and energy reduction. These values come from Urban Forests of Tennessee, 2009, a newly released report published by the Southern Research Station (SRS). “This represents the first statewide inventory and forest health monitoring…  More 

Involving Private Landowners in Reforesting the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley

The Forest Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service partners with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Mississippi State University, and others to reforest previously forested land that was cleared and converted to marginally productive farm land in the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley (LMAV). The Southern Research Station (SRS) Center for Bottomland Hardwoods Research (CBHR) located in…  More