Climate Change and United States Forests

Climate Change and United States Forests, a newly published book edited by U.S. Forest Service scientists Jim Vose (Southern Research Station), David Peterson (Pacific Northwest Research Station), and Toral Patel-Weynand (Washington Office), provides resource managers, researchers, and the interested public with a comprehensive science-based assessment of the effects of climate change and variability on U.S.…  More 

April 3rd Symposium: Natural Disturbances and Historic Range of Variation

  Register now: Natural Disturbances and Historic Range of Variation in Central Hardwood Forests Natural disturbances such as fire, wind, and insect pests shape forest structure, composition, and function. Identifying the historic range of variation in natural disturbances offers insight into historic forest conditions and guidance for future management strategies.  Scientists from the U.S. Forest Service…  More 

ForWarn Researchers Get EVEREST-Sized Look at Woodland Disturbances

An exploratory visualization facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has provided researchers with the Forest Service Eastern Forest Environmental Threat Assessment Center and their partners a unique view of maps used for detecting and tracking unexpected forest change and disturbances. The researchers are part of a large team that developed the first near-real-time forest threat…  More 

How Green is a Healthy Forest?

As new spring leaves emerged and a wave of green moved up through the United States, the 2013 growing season began—and U.S. Forest Service researchers were watching. In forests, greenness levels change with natural rhythms called phenology, including seasonal changes, growth and mortality, year-to-year climate variation, and effects of disturbance. All of these indicators are important…  More 

Eastern Threat Center Co-Organizes Special Landscape Ecology Event

The term “landscape ecology” may have different meanings for different people. That’s because the science of landscape ecology encompasses many subjects, perspectives, interactions, and scales. “It is about people, ecosystems, species, energy, pollutants, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and remote sensing, modeling, disturbance, flows, conservation, and many, many other things,” according to the US-Regional Association of…  More