Upland Hardwood Ecology and Management RWU-4157

News and Events

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The Benefits of Young Forests

The Oak Stands Tall

Chestnut trees blooming again in ET

Acorns Count!

Articles - CompassLive

Creating Oak Woodlands (January 26, 2017 on CompassLive)

Bent Creek study tests method for reversing oak decline (December 10, 2016 on Mountain Xpress)

Managing for Natural Disturbances in Central Hardwood Forests (May 19, 2016 on CompassLive)

When American Chestnuts Return to the Wild (May 10, 2016 on CompassLive)

Bent Creek Experimental Forest: First in the East (February 17, 2016 on CompassLive)


Scientist publishes on the first field testing of American chestnuts bred for blight resistance

Scientists present in the proceeding “Wildland Fire in the Appalachians: Discussions Among Managers and Scientists”

Scientists present in the “Proceedings of the 17th Biennial Southern Silvicultural Research Conference”


American ChestnutThe Restoration of the American Chestnut located at this Forestry and Natural Resources Webinar Portal American Chestnut Webinar

Conservation and Management of Declining Bat Populations in Eastern United States located at Forestry and Natural Webinar Portal.

Archived News & Events »

Picture of Upland Hardwoods

New Webinar: Regeneration Response to Repeated Prescribed Burning in Appalachian Hardwood Forests

Consortium of Appalachian Fire Managers & Scientists (CAFMS)

Presenter: Dr. Tara Keyser with the USDA Forest Service, Southern Research Station

Webinar can be accessed here »

Our Mission

Our mission is to develop and disseminate knowledge and strategies for restoring, managing, sustaining, and enhancing the vegetation and wildlife of southern upland hardwood forests. Through experimental studies and modeling, our research program focuses on learning and predicting how upland hardwood-dominated forests and wildlife are affected by natural disturbances or silvicultural activities. We also study how forest composition, regeneration, productivity, and response to disturbances differ across changing environmental conditions such as moisture and fertility gradients.

Understanding the range of responses will enable land managers to better predict changes in forest structure, composition, tree regeneration, productivity, and habitat quality and to develop scientifically-based methods to meet their management and restoration goals.

Our Locations

Our RWU is one of 16 maintained under the Southern Research Station by the USDA Forest Service.

Our research teams are located across the south, strategically placed to conduct research in physiographic subregions of the upland hardwood ecosystems including the southern Appalachian Mountains, the Cumberland Plateau, the Boston Mountains, Missouri Plateau and Huntsville, AL.

Our Scientists and Staff

For a list of RWU 4157 scientists and staff, click here.

Our Partners

Our research partners and collaborators include universities and colleges, State forestry and wildlife agencies, national forests, and many others.