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New Webinar Series: Science in Practice

These 30-minute sessions summarize recent research with a focus on practical take-aways for land managers and practitioners.

Fantastic flying mammals: a synthesis of forest management effects on bats

Part of the Science in Practice Webinar Series
July 29, 2020  |  Topics: bats, silviculture

Presented by Dr. Susan C. Loeb, SRS Research Ecologist

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Battling beetle breakouts: pine beetle mitigation strategies in the southeast

Part of the Science in Practice Webinar Series
July 15, 2020  |  Topics: invasive species

Presented by Dr. Steve McNulty, SRS Research Ecologist

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Non-timber forest products in the United States: access, production, markets, and market values

April 14, 2020  |  Topics: non-timber forest products

Non-timber forest products (NTFPs) are derived from natural populations of plants or fungi, or farmed in forests. Although numerous and varied users harvest, trade, and consume NTFPs, relatively little is known about the organization of the markets for these products and the market value or contribution to local and regional economies. We will explore past research and gaps in current understanding related to the access, production, markets, and market values of NTFPs in the United States, including the continuum of production from wild-harvesting to forest farming of NTFPs.

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Tangled Title and Timber

December 14, 2018  |  Topics: forest landowners; heirs’ property

Heirs property presents many challenges, particularly with respect to who owns timber on the land. This webinar will focus on how loggers and lawyers can work together to address timber harvesting issues on heirs property.

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Casualty Loss and Income Tax Deductions Related to Timber and Landscape Trees

December 7, 2018  |  Topics: taxes; forest landowners

Timber or landscape trees destroyed by recent fires, hurricanes or other storms are “casualty losses” that may allow the property owners to take a deduction on their federal income tax returns. To help timber owners, as well as home owners, who suffered timber or landscape tree damages with their tax reporting, this webinar will focus on the new tax law changes that Congress passed in 2017 that affect the casualty loss deductions starting in the 2018 tax year.

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First Friday All Climate Change Talks (FFACCTs)

The Eastern Forest Environmental Threat Assessment Center (EFETAC) hosted monthly FFACCTs sessions from 2010—2017. During that time, FFACCTs featured numerous presentations covering a wide variety of issues and perspectives. Dedicated contributors also provided regular updates on research efforts, management activities, publications, tools and products, events, and more. All 8 years of presentations are archived and available to revisit at the EFETAC website.

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Resources Planning Act (RPA) Assessment: U.S. forest fragmentation and land cover patterns

Forest fragmentation continues even as total forestland area remains relatively stable. The Update to the 2010 RPA Assessment reported that forest cover fragmentation increased from 2001 to 2011, with fragmentation rates higher on private land than on public land. This webinar will describe how the RPA Assessment treatment of forest spatial patterns has evolved, summarize key results related to forest spatial patterns, and discuss future directions in evaluating fragmentation and land cover patterns. Watch a recording of the webinar and download the presentation.

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Engaging African American Landowners in Sustainable Forest Management

Research forester John Schelhas discusses integrated research and outreach effort included in three pilot projects started in different areas of the South by the Sustainable Forestry and African American Land Retention Program, whose purpose is to help stabilize African-American land ownership across the Black Belt region of the South by preventing and solving problems of insecure land ownership caused by heirs’ property.

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Effects of Drought on Forests and Rangelands in the United States: A Comprehensive Science Synthesis

The presenters will discuss key messages from the recently published drought assessment. Topics to be covered include a state-of-the-science review of direct and indirect impacts of drought on forests and rangelands, as well as a discussion of management options for increasing resilience to future drought.

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Rapid Appraisal Research on Sustainable Forestry and African American Land Retention

African American rural land ownership has declined significantly over the past 100 years, threatening critical family and community assets. The U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities, in collaboration with the USDA Forest Service and Natural Resource Conservation Service, seeks to address this problem through the Sustainable Forestry and African American Land Retention Program. A team of social scientists recently completed baseline qualitative research in association with this program, entailing over 60 in-person interviews with African American forest owners at the pilot sites in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Alabama. Results from this study provide insights into the history, current circumstances, and goals of African American land ownership and forest management. These insights will enhance understanding and inform outreach efforts, which we hope will accelerate an emerging trend for African American landowners to return to forestry as a sound, land-based business strategy.

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Tracking forest and landscape change from space using the ForWarn system

U.S. Forest Service Southern Research Station (SRS) Research Ecologists Steve Norman and William Hargrove with the SRS Eastern Forests Environmental Threat Assessment Center (EFETAC) will present a webinar on ForWarn, an online satellite-based change detection tool that maps disturbances and drought effects every 8 days.

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Smoke Management, Air Quality, and Weather

The U.S. Forest Service Southern Research Station (SRS) and the Southern Fire Exchange, Joint Fire Science Program and Southeast Regional Partnership for Planning and Sustainability collaborated in 2014 to host a series of webinars about managing the smoke from prescribed fires.

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Upland Hardwood Silviculture

The goal of this course is to provide practicing foresters with information about current silvicultural practices and emerging issues based on scientific research that affects managing upland hardwoods. The course is designed for professional foresters working in upland hardwood systems. Wildlife professionals and natural resources managers from State and Federal agencies, non-governmental organizations, educators, and the general public also may take the course, with the understanding that they should be familiar with forestry terminology.

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Ramps Forest Farming Video Series

Research Forest Products Technologist, Dr. Jim Chamberlain, reviews the steps taken to manage and cultivate ramps, or wild onions. In this video series, the proper soil, shade and forest type are all considered prior to constructing a raised bed for planting ramps under the forest canopy.

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