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Forest Values Resources and Tools

Susan Fox Ass't. Dir. | Southern Research Station | 200 W.T. Weaver Blvd | Asheville, NC 28804

Going Up Turkey Creek: Modeling Water Availability in the Coastal Plain
On a mild, sunny June morning, Devendra Amatya stands near a State highway bridge on the bank of Turkey Creek, a gentle blackwater stream in South Carolina's Coastal Plain. The creek winds through the Santee Experimental Forest, which is located within the Francis Marion National Forest at the headwaters of the east branch of the Cooper River...(More)

The Gypsy Moth Invasion: Can Silviculture Save the Day?
There's an enemy making its way into Kentucky. The gypsy moth, originally imported into Boston in 1869 as part of a failed silkmaking experiment, has moved slowly but steadily south and west towards the Southern Appalachians, sapping the strength of its preferred hosts-red and white oaks-leaving them more susceptible to death from oak decline...(More)

Federal Programs Supporting Agroforestry
USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA). FSA provides incentives for adopting agroforestry practices on private lands through the Conservation Reserve Program, the Continuous Conservation Reserve Program, and the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program...(More)

Improving Buffer Trees: The Poplar Genome Sequenced
On September 15, 2006, an international team of scientists announced the first complete genome sequence of a tree, the black cottonwood. Black cottonwood is a member of the poplar family, which is widely used to create buffers and restore riparian areas...(More)

Worldwide Benefits Of Short-Rotation Woody Crops
I thought I was in a "spaghetti western." I half expected a young Clint Eastwood to appear. The combination of the familiar with slight oddities didn't jar my senses as much as irritate them. The horsemen driving the cattle through the grassy woodland should have reminded me of my Montana days, but the riders were gauchos-and the trees were hybrid poplars, not Ponderosa pines.(More)

Wood to Energy: An Outreach Program
The Southern United States produces nearly 60 percent of the Nation's wood; projections show that it will continue to be the leader into the future. Many of these southern forests are located in the wildlandurban interface (WUI)...(More)

Seeing the Houses through the Trees: The Wildland-Urban Interface in the South
Forests literally cover the southern landscape. My first impression of the southern landscape came from a descent into the Gainesville, FL, airport back in 1995. “Where are the houses?” I wondered...(More)

A Tale of Two Towns: Rural Communities Divided Over Growth
A good deal of research has examined the ecological impacts of sprawl; other work has looked at the social inequities created when middle-income residents abandon central cities, leaving lower income residents to deal with problems that typically accompany urban life, such as decaying infrastructure, problem schools, and high crime rates...(More)

Human Influence on Forest Ecosystems: The Southern Wildland-Urban Interface Assessment
In 1998, Florida wildfires demonstrated the complexities of natural resource management in the wildland-urban interface (WUI). Shortly after these fires, the Chief of the Forest Service conducted a review of the South and identified the WUI as one of the main challenges for the Forest Service.(More)

What is the Wildland-Urban Interface?
From a spatial or geographical perspective, many different types of wildland-urban interface (WUI) have been defined. One type is the classic interface, where urban sprawl presses up against public and private natural areas, bringing to mind a distinct line between urban and rural areas...(More)

Changing Roles: Wildland-Urban Interface Professional Development Program
Natural resource agencies are being called upon to provide solutions to increasingly complex challenges at the wildland-urban interface (WUI). Communities are growing rapidly, landowners’ management goals often conflict, residents may not understand the benefits of resource management, and the resulting risks to environmental quality and human quality of life are becoming more apparent...(More)