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Upland hardwood forests mature slowly – it can take as long as a century. It can also take years to answer research questions about these forests, which are often dominated by oaks and hickories.
In 2003, the U.S. Forest Service Southern Research Station (SRS), Northern Research Station, and Southern Region (Region 8) of the National Forest System initiated a long-term cooperative project on the Daniel Boone National Forest in Kentucky.
“Oaks don’t seem to be regenerating at the rate they are declining and finally dying,” observes Katie Greenberg, research ecologist at Bent Creek Experimental Forest.
The U.S. Forest Service had put its station at Bent Creek in 1925 because the area had been deemed one of the best examples of an Appalachian mixed hardwood forest.
Studies show that bats eat enough insect pests to save the U.S. corn industry more than $1 billion a year in crop damage and pesticide costs, and more than $3 billion per year to all agricultural production including forests. Federal agencies, universities, private researchers, as well as state agencies and tribes are working together to help save bats affected by WNS.
- Reptile and amphibian response to season of burn in an upland hardwood forest
Greenberg, Cathryn H.; Seiboldt, Tyler; Keyser, Tara L.; McNab, W. Henry; Scott, Patrick; Bush, Janis; Moorman, Christopher E.
- A test of the predator satiation hypothesis, acorn predator size, and acorn preference
Greenberg, C.H.; Zarnoch, S.J.
- Short-term stem mortality of 10 deciduous broadleaved species following prescribed burning in upland forests of the southern US
Keyser, Tara L.; McDaniel, Virginia L.; Klein, Robert N.; Drees, Dan G.; Burton, Jesse A.; Forder, Melissa M.
- Effect of forest opening characteristics, prey abundance, and environmental factors on bat activity in the southern Appalachians
Brooks, Jonathan D.; Loeb, Susan C.; Gerard, Patrick D.
- Vertical distribution and persistence of soil organic carbon in fire-adapted longleaf pine forests
Butnor, John R.; Samuelson, Lisa J.; Johnsen, Kurt H.; Anderson, Peter H.; Gonzalez Benecke, Carlos A.; Boot, Claudia M.; Cotrufo, M. Francesca; Heckman, Katherine A.; Jackson, Jason A.; Stokes, Thomas A.; Zarnoch, Stanley J.