Southern Research Station Scientist Receives International Recognition

On January 10, 2014, Hse Chung-yun, a U.S. Forest Service researcher at the Southern Research Station (SRS) Utilization of Southern Forest Resources unit, received the International Science and Technology Cooperation Award. The non-monetary award is one of the highest honors the People’s Republic of China awards to recognize scientists who have made significant contributions to China’s scientific…  More 

Mangroves in Mozambique

September found U.S. Forest Service researchers Carl Trettin and Christina Stringer camping out on the edge of a mangrove swamp in Africa, watching the ocean tides for the best time to take their skiffs out to search for plots to set up for inventory. They were in Mozambique, which stretches along the eastern coast of Africa…  More 

A Southern Forester in Rome

Since the 1940s, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has coordinated a global Forest Resource Assessment every 5 to 10 years. The assessments describe the world’s forests and how they are changing, and include information about the health and diversity of each country’s forests, as well as their productivity, ecological value, and other…  More 

Korean Forests Gain Ground with U.S. Forest Service Support

Korean forest scientists know all too well how degraded forests affect ecosystems and people. During the 20th century, unsustainable harvesting and conversion of forests to cropland caused “serious social and environmental problems like lack of fuel, severe flooding, and droughts,” according to the Korea Forest Service. In the 1970s, the country began a widespread forest…  More 

International Researchers Mobilize Against Risky Stowaway Pests

Sometimes there is more to global trade than meets the eye. While consumers and economies may benefit from expanding market opportunities and a seemingly endless array of readily available goods, harmful pests could be lurking as people and products are transported between countries. An international research network, including scientists from the U.S. Forest Service, recently met to…  More 

Vietnam Agency Officials visit Forest Inventory and Analysis

Ten officials from the Vietnam Administration of Forests (VNFOREST), Forest Protection Department, and Forest Inventory and Planning Institute (FIPI) visited the U.S. Forest Service Southern Research Station (SRS) Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) unit in Knoxville, Tennessee, and Forest Service offices in Washington, DC, during the week of April 29 to May 5. The group…  More 

Community Forest Monitoring in Ghana

We celebrate the FAO International Day of Forests with a story from Ghana. U.S. Forest Service scientists are playing a role in restoring and conserving African tropical forest land in Africa by training local communities to monitor their own forests. According to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), deforestation in Africa occurs at roughly twice…  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