The unit consists of eleven employees spread out over two locations: eight in Athens, Georgia and three in Gainesville, Florida. Our research program focuses on improving our understanding of how people living in rural, interface, and urban landscapes influence—and are influenced by—the natural environment and ecology of the South.
The unit also consists of a science delivery center called Urban Forestry South, which addresses issues such urban forest management, children and nature connection, tree health, tree biology, health benefits of urban forest ecosystems, and more. This center is jointly funded by SRS and Region 8. Learn more about us →
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In 2012, the USDA Forest Service and Natural Resources Conservation Service partnered with a number of nonprofit organizations to create an award-winning program to help landowners address heirs’ property, land retention, and natural resource justice issues.
- Understanding black landowner’s engagement in forestry in Georgia, United States: a closer look
Schelhas, John; Hitchner, Sarah; Dwivedi, Puneet; Thomas, Marc.
- Safe havens: The intersection of family, religion, and community in black cultural landscapes of the southeastern United States
Hitchner, Sarah; Schelhas, John; Dwivedi, Puneet.
- Planted forests and natural regeneration in forest transitions: patterns and implications from the U.S. South
Schelhas, John; Brandeis, Thomas J.; Rudel, Thomas K.
- Social and Cultural Dynamics of Non-native Invasive Species
Schelhas, John; Alexander, Janice; Brunson, Mark; Cabe, Tommy; Crall, Alycia; Dockry, Michael J.; Emery, Marla R.; Frankel, Susan J.; Hapner, Nina; Hickman, Caleb R.; Jordan, Rebecca; LaVoie, Michael J.; Ma, Zhao; Starinchak, Joe; Vukomanovic, Jelena.
- Comment on: Race, ethnicity, and natural resources in the United States: A review – with reprinted article
“Where the sidewalk ends”: sustainable mobility in Atlanta’s Cascade community
Johnson Gaither, Cassandra; Himmelfarb, David; Hitchner, Sarah; Schelhas, John; Shepherd, J. Marshall; K.C., Binita
Engaging African American landowners in sustainable forest management
Schelhas, John; Hitchner, Sarah; Johnson Gaither, Cassandra; Fraser, Rory; Jennings, Viniece; Diop, Amadou
Socioecological disparities in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina
Lewis, Joshua A.; Zipperer, Wayne C.; Ernstson, Henrik; Bernik, Brittany; Hazen, Rebecca; Elmqvist, Thomas; Blum, Michael J.
Seminar presented by Dr. Cassandra Johnson Gaither and Eric Kuehler at Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, University of Georgia.
Science of the Seasons: Recreation
July 10, 2017
Mike Bowker and others examine trends in outdoor recreation and the future of recreation on National Forests.
Related publication: Outlook for outdoor recreation in the northern United States