Forest Values

Research from Resource Management and Use enhances land values, supports both traditional and emerging forest products that contribute to the U.S. economy. Our science also encourages rural development through local business growth and job creation. It helps communities plan sustainable and desirable urban spaces, and allows forest landowners to maintain their forest base. The aesthetic benefits of intact forests and grasslands also contribute to human health and happiness.

Men discussing Resource ManagementUtilization of Southern Forest Resources provides the scientific and technical basis for wise natural resource policies and management decisions to sustain and enhance the health, productivity, and function of the south's forests. Our research helps to more effectively manage and sustain the quantities of water, wood and non-wood products and energy.

Cranes loading logging truckForest Operations are the physical actions which change the forest, altering structure, composition, condition, or value in order to meet the needs for clean air and water, forest products, wildlife, recreation, and other benefits. Our research provides guidance about the risks, consequences, and benefits associated with diverse courses of action.

A lumber millForest Economics and Policy evaluates legal, tax, social, and economic influences on forest resource management and investment, and helps support the management of forests. We develop knowledge on the supply and demand conditions for forest products across multiple scales and understand how international trade affects U.S. timber markets.

Couple walking in urban green spaceIntegrating Human and Natural Systems 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. Our unit provides the knowledge and tools to manage the effects on, and the benefits of, human-forest interactions.