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Forest Watershed Science Resources and Tools

Greg Ruark, Assistant Director| 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)

Too Warm For Trout?
Can you imagine a future without trout swimming in mountain streams? A hundred years from now, the recreational fishing that many people enjoy in the Southern Appalachians could be a relic of the past.(More)

Southern Bats Like Hardwoods

Bats are one of the most numerous and diverse groups of mammals, existing on every continent except Antarctica. The world's current bat fauna represents over 50 million years of adaptation to a variety of environmental conditions and unique niches...(More)

Tools of the Agroforestry Trade
Regional reconnaissance for conservation planning is available through a large collection of existing resource maps compiled by the National Agroforestry Center (NAC) in the online Conservation Planning Atlas...(More)

Ecosystem Services
Ecosystem Services Ecosystem services can be defined simply as the benefits provided by forested landscapes. In addition to supplying wood products, fuel, medicine, and recreation, forests:(More)

What's Nitrogen Got to Do With It?
There are many different forms of the element nitrogen. Three common forms are ammonia (NH3), nitrate (NO3), and nitrite (NO2). Ammonia is a result of the natural breakdown of animal and vegetable matter by bacteria...(More)

Working Trees: Clean Water...and So Much More
When the area around Edgar, NE, was designated a wellhead protection area due to nitrate in drinking water sources, local farmer Joe McReynolds said, "It makes a lot of sense to try and improve the water problem with these buffers...(More)

Greener Water Filters
Another way to remove pollutants from stormwater runoff is to divert the water into troughs that contain filters made from fiber modified to absorb particular contaminants before the water enters a stream, pond, or other water body...(More)

Silvopasture involves adding trees to livestock pastures to produce wood products, while providing shade, shelter, and forage for short-term livestock income.(More)

Restoration Project Wins Award
The 6-year cooperative effort to restore depressional wetlands on the Savannah River Site, which involved researchers, managers, and the public, received the 2006 USDA Forest Service Southern Regional Forester-s Natural Resources Stewardship Award.(More)

How to Reclaim Coal-Mined Land to Forest
Formed in 2003, the Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative (ARRI) is a coalition of groups, including citizens, industry, and government (including the Forest Service), dedicated to restoring forests on coal-mined lands in the Eastern United States.(More)