Ball Creek Road (FS 83) and Shope Fork Road (FS 751) are currently OPEN.

Benefits of State and Private Forest Lands for the South Story Map

This story map highlights the importance of southern State and private forests in providing drinking water to downstream communities. See the related publication here.

For information on tours and workshops, please contact Randy Fowler at 828-524-2128, ext. 111.


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Lessons from Forest Soils Research

“Soils are the foundation of everything in terms of growth and productivity,” says USDA Forest Service researcher Jennifer Knoepp. Knoepp explains that “soils have integrated all the conditions that have resulted from the growth of an ecosystem” and thus reflect the past and present vegetation, climate, and biology. This profound interaction between soils and life is why scientists study soils in the context of forests.

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