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Science in Practice Webinar Series

These 30-minute sessions summarize recent research with a focus on practical take-aways for land managers and practitioners.


Every Picture Tells a Story: Reflections on a Century of Forest Service Research in the South

July 28, 2021

This 90-minute program was a look back over the past 100 years, and included stories about the people, places, programs, and relationships that have made the legacy of Forest Service research in the South possible.

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Evaluating whole-sounder trapping for control of invasive wild pig populations

Part of the Science in Practice Webinar Series
July 15, 2021

Presented by John Kilgo, SRS Research Wildlife Biologist

Some key messages from this webinar:

  • Wild pig sounders (social groups) on the Savannah River Site behave in a generally territorial manner, even in the presence of a super-abundant food resource in the form of a large landfill.
  • Territorial behavior should enhance the success of whole-sounder trapping.
  • Preliminary evidence from a large-scale, two-year experiment indicates that whole-sounder trapping reduces wild pig density more effectively than traditional trapping methods.

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Intensity and mode of Pondberry reproduction are affected by flooding and light availability

Part of the Science in Practice Webinar Series
June 24, 2021

Presented by Ted Leininger, SRS Project Leader

Some key messages from this webinar:

  • Pondberry plants exhibited plasticity in reproductive mode such that soil flooding increased the relative importance of asexual reproduction.
  • A high light environment was most favorable to sexual reproduction, and reproductive mode transitioned to exclusively asexual in low light.
  • Our results raise several implications important to active management for the conservation of this endangered plant.
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The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) 101

Part of the Science in Practice Webinar Series
June 17, 2021

Presented by Stephanie Madson, R8 Regional Planning Director, and Stephanie Medlin, Southern Regional Environmental Coordinator

Some key messages from this webinar:

  • Federal officials to consider environmental values alongside technical and economic considerations for all Federal actions (not an optional process).
  • An interdisciplinary approach to Federal project planning and decision making that must engage the public.
  • Federal officials to follow a process to inform decision making (Note: NEPA is not pre-decisional and does not require the most “favorable” alternative to be selected).

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Understanding the role of tidal freshwater wetlands in provisioning coastal ecosystem services

Part of the Science in Practice Webinar Series
June 10, 2021

Presented by Carl Trettin, SRS Research Soil Scientist

Some key messages from this webinar:

  • Tidal freshwater wetlands occur with both forest and marsh vegetation, occurring at the interface of the terrestrial and marine environments.
  • Unlike terrestrial wetlands, tidal freshwater wetlands are perpetually moist which alters biogeochemical cycling and greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Research on the Santee Experimental Forest is considering the functional linkages of tidal freshwater wetlands in the headwaters of the Charleston (SC) Harbor estuary.
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Considering Crayfishes When Making Land Management Decisions

Part of the Science in Practice Webinar Series
May 25, 2021

Presented by Zanethia Barnett, SRS Research Fisheries Biologist

Some key messages from this webinar:

  • Anthropogenic alterations have greatly altered crayfish populations, with 51% of US species under conservation concern.
  • The main threats to US crayfish species are pollution, urban development, damming/water management, and logging.
  • Managing lands to protect essential crayfish habitats and food sources can increase crayfish populations, conserve at-risk species, and minimize the effects of disturbances.
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Does Your Prescribed Burn Meet Your Objectives? Monitoring and Evaluating Burn Plan Objectives

May 19, 2021

Presented by McRee Anderson and Gabe De Jong (The Nature Conservancy), Beth Buchanan (USDA Forest Service Southern Region), and Virginia McDaniel (SRS forestry technician)

Some key messages from this webinar:

  • This webinar highlights first-order fire effects monitoring on a glade restoration project on the Ouachita National Forest in Arkansas.
  • The monitoring protocol was developed by The Nature Conservancy in Arkansas and has been implemented across the state for over 20 years.
  • This rapid assessment tool can be broadly applied to burned areas in the southeastern US to measure the effectiveness of management and restoration projects.
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How COVID-19 affects forests and the people who use them

Part of the Science in Practice Webinar Series
May 7, 2021

Panelists include: Jeff Prestemon, SRS Research Economist; Susan Loeb, SRS Research Wildlife Biologist; Eric White, SRS Research Social Scientist, Recreation; Jason Rodrigue, R8 Silviculturist; Beth Lemaster, R8 Acting Director of Forest Management

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Identification, Mitigation and Adaptation to Salinization on Working Lands in the U.S. Southeast

Part of the Science in Practice Webinar Series
April 16, 2021

Presented by Nancy Gibson

Some key messages from this webinar:

  • Soil salinization in the coastal Southeastern United States is becoming more prevalent as storm surges increase in frequency and sea levels rise.
  • Salinization reduces the productivity of working lands and can prevent trees and crops from growing.
  • Landowners need resources to help them understand coastal salinization and how to manage for resilience.

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Bird sampling in southern pine forests

Part of the Science in Practice Webinar Series
March 18, 2021

Presented by Dan Saenz, SRS Research Wildlife Biologist

Some key messages from this webinar:

  • Bird communities are responsive to forest management.
  • Bird sampling with automated recorders is an efficient alternative to traditional point counts.
  • Traditional surveys may not give an adequate representation of bird communities.

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Journey to develop technology transfer products on the American chestnut

Part of the Science in Practice Webinar Series
March 4, 2021

Presented by Stacy Clark, SRS Research Forester

Some key messages from this webinar:

  • An online short course on the American chestnut and other tech transfer products were developed to provide synthesized information to managers.
  • These products can be used as prototypes to educate a diverse audience on research results and management applications.
  • The research cycle is not complete until research findings impact managers or other customers.
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Effects of species conversion on transpiration and stream flow in the Piedmont of North Carolina

Part of the Science in Practice Webinar Series
February 5, 2021

Presented by Johnny Boggs, SRS Biological Scientist

Some key messages from this webinar:

  • Forestry Best Management Practices (BMPs) can help minimize impacts to water quality after a harvest, by reducing risks of overland runoff and erosion from hillslopes and providing sufficient shading of streams.
  • Stream crossing BMPs offer further guidance on how best to protect water quality at stream crossings in Piedmont forests.
  • Forest vegetation plays a more significant role in affecting water balances in this region than either the coastal plains or the mountains due to the unique climate and topography in the Piedmont.
    • Converting hardwood stand to pine stand reduces water yield in watersheds in North Carolina.
    • Shortleaf pines (Pinus echinata) use less water than loblolly pines (Pinus taeda).
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Prescribed Fire’s Place in Oak Regeneration

Part of the Science in Practice Webinar Series
February 19, 2021

Presented by Callie Schweitzer, SRS Research Forester

Some key messages from this webinar:

  • Disturbance regime changes, including fire, have greatly altered upland hardwood forest species composition and structure.
  • Timing prescribed fire to meet management goals is paramount to success.
  • Using prescribed fire to recruit oak reproduction is highly dependent on individual stand conditions.

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Water, Water, Everywhere: Understanding Forests, Urbanization and Flood Interactions

Part of the Science in Practice Webinar Series
February 17, 2021

Presented by Ge Sun, SRS Research Hydrologist

Some key messages from this webinar:

  • Forest Service R&D was motivated to quantify how forests reduce erosion and floods – answering the forest influence questions.
  • We know that forests can reduce the frequency and magnitude of small floods and reduce river sedimentation when forestry BMPs are used.
  • Forest management activities affect floods through altering flow path and forest evapotranspiration processes.
  • Urbanization that involves replacing forests with impervious surfaces in the humid southeast can dramatically reduce evapotranspiration (i.e., water pumping to the air), thus elevate direct runoff and floods.
  • Keeping forests and using urban BMPs or staying away from floods can reduce flood damages.

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Coffee and Conversation: SRS Centennial with Don Bragg

February 10, 2021

Presented by Don Bragg, SRS Project Leader

Grab a cup of coffee and join us for our first ‘Coffee and Conversation’ webinar. During the one-hour conversation, we will discuss the upcoming Southern Forest Research Centennial. Over the past 100 years, the structure and organization of Forest Service Research and Development (R&D) in the South has changed considerably, but the work has continued. With the impending centennial of formal Forest Service R&D approaching, the Southern Research Station is planning to document as much of its history as possible. Join the conversation to learn more!

Learn more about the Southern Forest Research Centennial

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Nontimber forest products? Think food, medicine, decorative products!

Part of the Science in Practice Webinar Series
December 2, 2020

Presented by Jim Chamberlain, SRS Research Forest Products Technologist

Some key messages from this webinar:

  • $1 billion – the approximate wholesale value of nontimber forest products harvested from US forests every year.
  • 2.9 million pounds of food harvested from national forests and BLM lands from 2009-2013.
  • 900,000 pounds of wild American ginseng harvested from US forests 2009-2013; every year about $27 million to rural-based harvesters.

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Delivering resources to improve forest productivity and resilience to threats

Part of the Science in Practice Webinar Series
November 10, 2020

Presented by Michael Gavazzi, SRS Natural Resources Specialist

Some key messages from this webinar:

  • How the USDA SE Climate Hub works with Federal, State, regional and local groups to deliver resources that allow for climate-informed decision-making to increase resilience and productivity and reduce risk.
  • Ongoing projects including state-specific fact sheets on emerging forest threats and adaptation options, guides to help prepare for and recover from hurricane impacts, and a manual to help land managers assess their soil salinization risk and available adaptation options.

This webinar recording is unavailable, but you can download the slides below.

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RxFire science: Departing from the status quo

Part of the Science in Practice Webinar Series
October 19, 2020

Presented by Joe O’Brien, SRS Project Leader/Research Ecologist

Some key messages from this webinar:

  • Prescribed fires are applied to millions of hectares of forests annually and are rightfully promoted as a solution to wildfire threats and to maintain forest function and health. However, there has been a lack of science specifically targeted to support their broader application due to focus of research on wildfires.
  • In order to improve and expand the application of prescribed fire, a campaign of prescribed fire science must be initiated with a fundamental departure from the fire science status quo.
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Fire and wildlife in the southern Appalachians

Part of the Science in Practice Webinar Series
October 16, 2020

Presented by Katie Greenberg, SRS Research Ecologist; Christopher Moorman, NCSU Professor

Some key messages from this webinar:

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Experimental forests: A network of opportunities

Part of the Science in Practice Webinar Series
August 27, 2020

Presented by Johnny Boggs and Stephanie Laseter, SRS Experimental Forest Network Co-Leads

Some key messages from this webinar:

  • Forest Inventory and Analysis and Experimental Forests and Ranges are cornerstones of Forest Service R&D.
  • Network-wide data collection and sharing are critical for answering broad-scale questions and identifying trends and patterns that generate new questions.
  • The SRS Experimental Forest Network offers many opportunities for research and collaboration, and can be a template for doing both new science and current science more effectively.

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New fuel measurements for operational RxFire models

Part of the Science in Practice Webinar Series
October 6, 2020

Presented by Louise Loudermilk, SRS Research Ecologist

Some key messages from this webinar:

  • New operational 3D models such as QUIC-Fire, may change how land managers plan for and manage prescribed fire, but they require unique input data about fuels.
  • Representing fuels in 3D adds detail on fuel structure and distribution. This info allows researchers to explore how fuels are distributed within and across plots, stands, and different ecosystems.
  • Researchers are combining different ways of measuring and representing fuels in 3D for these models and for streamlining monitoring protocols.

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A new chapter in the Southern Forest Assessment Library: Southern Forest Outlook

Part of the Science in Practice Webinar Series
September 23, 2020

Presented by John Coulston, SRS Supervisory Research Forester; Daniel McInnis, Southern Region Shared Stewardship Coordinator

Some key messages from this webinar:

  • How we have used these synthesis documents in the past, and how we plan to use the Southern Forest Outlook (SFO).
  • The mission of the SFO, which is to inform forest sector decision makers and the interested public about observed trends, anticipated futures, and critical issues based on authoritative synthesis and interpretation of existing science, data and projections.

Learn more about the Southern Forest Outlook here.

This webinar recording is unavailable, but you can download the slides below.

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From the forest to the faucet: Linking forests to water supplies across the South

Part of the Science in Practice Webinar Series
September 18, 2020

Presented by Peter Caldwell, SRS Research Hydrologist; Ning Liu, UMN Post-doctoral Research Fellow

Some key messages from this webinar:

  • New data and tools are available that connect forests to specific municipal water supplies across the South.
  • Approximately 56 million people (~ 50% of the total population) receive some portion of their water from forest lands.
  • Managing and maintaining forests in water supply watersheds will be critical for protecting water resources in the future.

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Silviculture for oak seedlings: The variable retention shelterwood in upland hardwood forests

Part of the Science in Practice Webinar Series
August 27, 2020

Presented by Callie Schweitzer, SRS Research Forester

Some key messages from this webinar:

  • Oak requires disturbance to recruit into larger size classes. This study used shelterwood harvest and midstory herbicide treatments to alter light conditions to favor oak over other competing hardwood species.
  • Treatments resulted in some recruitment of oak into larger size classes over time, but competing hardwoods also responded favorably.
  • A future challenge is finding the right levels of disturbance to promote oak regeneration. Competing species and site conditions are key considerations.

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American chestnut revival: Restoration efforts in the Southern NFS

Part of the Science in Practice Webinar Series
August 14, 2020

Presented by Stacy Clark, SRS Research Forester

Some key messages from this webinar:

  • Restoration on public lands will require a targeted approach.
  • Animal browsing and root rot disease will impede future restoration efforts.
  • Ten years of field trials show that hybrid American chestnuts are extremely competitive.

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How human-made corridors impact forest regeneration

Part of the Science in Practice Webinar Series
August 6, 2020

Presented by Rima Lucardi, SRS Research Ecologist; Gary Ervin & Adrian Lazaro-Lobo, Mississippi State University

Some key messages from this webinar:

  • Invasive plant species negatively impact the regeneration of tree seedlings and saplings in southern forests.
  • In the South, invasive plants have the most severe impact on regeneration of pine (Pinus) tree species.
  • The project used FIA data to track the presence or absence of 16 target nonnative species that are widely distributed and spreading rapidly across the region.

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Fantastic flying mammals: A synthesis of forest management effects on bats

Part of the Science in Practice Webinar Series
July 29, 2020

Presented by Susan C. Loeb, SRS Research Ecologist

Some key messages from this webinar:

  • Loeb synthesized the results of 88 studies on silvicultural treatments and the responses of temperate, insectivorous bats. The studies spanned three continents and included treatments such as shelterwood harvests, fire, gap formation, and plantation forestry.
  • The review found that roosting behavior is more sensitive to silvicultural treatments than foraging or commuting behavior.
  • The synthesis also revealed gaps in bat research. More research is needed on the physiological and demographic responses of bats to silvicultural treatments, along with responses during different seasons and across broader scales.

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Advances in efficient high resolution forest mapping

Part of the Science in Practice Webinar Series
July 20, 2020

Presented by Steve Norman, SRS Research Ecologist

Some key messages from this webinar:

  • New high-resolution remote sensing and analytical tools are revolutionizing how we monitor disturbance.
  • The HiForm workflow rapidly generates vegetation change maps that show the footprint and severity of disturbances.
  • Having this technology is only half the battle, as assessment requires local knowledge, ancillary data, and skill.

This webinar recording is unavailable, but you can download the slides below.

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Virtual Upland Hardwood Workshop

July 28, 2020

This workshop was designed to provide foresters and other natural resource practitioners with the most state-of-the-art, science-based information necessary to sustainably manage upland hardwood ecosystems of the Central Hardwoods Region of the US for a wide variety of goods and services. You can view the recorded presentations and course materials from each day!

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Battling beetle breakouts: Pine beetle mitigation strategies in the southeast

July 15, 2020

Presented by Steve McNulty, SRS Research Ecologist

  • The Southern Pine Beetle (SPB) Outbreak Model uses stand conditions, climate, and insect factors to predict areas at high risk of future outbreaks.
  • Previous year SPB spots are the best predictor for current year spots. Pine stand density is the next most important factor in determining SPB outbreak location.
  • As the climate changes, SPB outbreaks within the current range are becoming more likely, and SPB range will likely expand northward.
  • High-risk areas can be monitored with traps. If SPB is found, mitigation—seek, find, destroy—should begin quickly.

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Nontimber forest products in the United States: access, production, markets, and market values

April 14, 2020  |  Topics: nontimber forest products

Nontimber forest products (NTFPs) are derived from natural populations of plants or fungi, or farmed in forests. Although numerous and varied users harvest, trade, and consume NTFPs, relatively little is known about the organization of the markets for these products and the market value or contribution to local and regional economies. We will explore past research and gaps in current understanding related to the access, production, markets, and market values of NTFPs in the United States, including the continuum of production from wild-harvesting to forest farming of NTFPs.

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Tangled Title and Timber

December 14, 2018  |  Topics: forest landowners; heirs’ property

Heirs property presents many challenges, particularly with respect to who owns timber on the land. This webinar will focus on how loggers and lawyers can work together to address timber harvesting issues on heirs property.

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Casualty Loss and Income Tax Deductions Related to Timber and Landscape Trees

December 7, 2018  |  Topics: taxes; forest landowners

Timber or landscape trees destroyed by recent fires, hurricanes or other storms are “casualty losses” that may allow the property owners to take a deduction on their federal income tax returns. To help timber owners, as well as home owners, who suffered timber or landscape tree damages with their tax reporting, this webinar will focus on the new tax law changes that Congress passed in 2017 that affect the casualty loss deductions starting in the 2018 tax year.

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First Friday All Climate Change Talks (FFACCTs)

The Eastern Forest Environmental Threat Assessment Center (EFETAC) hosted monthly FFACCTs sessions from 2010—2017. During that time, FFACCTs featured numerous presentations covering a wide variety of issues and perspectives. Dedicated contributors also provided regular updates on research efforts, management activities, publications, tools and products, events, and more. All 8 years of presentations are archived and available to revisit at the EFETAC website.

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Resources Planning Act (RPA) Assessment: U.S. forest fragmentation and land cover patterns

Forest fragmentation continues even as total forestland area remains relatively stable. The Update to the 2010 RPA Assessment reported that forest cover fragmentation increased from 2001 to 2011, with fragmentation rates higher on private land than on public land. This webinar will describe how the RPA Assessment treatment of forest spatial patterns has evolved, summarize key results related to forest spatial patterns, and discuss future directions in evaluating fragmentation and land cover patterns. Watch a recording of the webinar and download the presentation.

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Effects of Drought on Forests and Rangelands in the United States: A Comprehensive Science Synthesis

The presenters will discuss key messages from the recently published drought assessment. Topics to be covered include a state-of-the-science review of direct and indirect impacts of drought on forests and rangelands, as well as a discussion of management options for increasing resilience to future drought.

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Rapid Appraisal Research on Sustainable Forestry and African American Land Retention

African American rural land ownership has declined significantly over the past 100 years, threatening critical family and community assets. The U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities, in collaboration with the USDA Forest Service and Natural Resource Conservation Service, seeks to address this problem through the Sustainable Forestry and African American Land Retention Program. A team of social scientists recently completed baseline qualitative research in association with this program, entailing over 60 in-person interviews with African American forest owners at the pilot sites in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Alabama. Results from this study provide insights into the history, current circumstances, and goals of African American land ownership and forest management. These insights will enhance understanding and inform outreach efforts, which we hope will accelerate an emerging trend for African American landowners to return to forestry as a sound, land-based business strategy.

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Tracking forest and landscape change from space using the ForWarn system

U.S. Forest Service Southern Research Station (SRS) Research Ecologists Steve Norman and William Hargrove with the SRS Eastern Forests Environmental Threat Assessment Center (EFETAC) will present a webinar on ForWarn, an online satellite-based change detection tool that maps disturbances and drought effects every 8 days.

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Upland Hardwood Silviculture

The goal of this course is to provide practicing foresters with information about current silvicultural practices and emerging issues based on scientific research that affects managing upland hardwoods. The course is designed for professional foresters working in upland hardwood systems. Wildlife professionals and natural resources managers from State and Federal agencies, non-governmental organizations, educators, and the general public also may take the course, with the understanding that they should be familiar with forestry terminology.

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Ramps Forest Farming Video Series

Research Forest Products Technologist, Jim Chamberlain, reviews the steps taken to manage and cultivate ramps, or wild onions. In this video series, the proper soil, shade and forest type are all considered prior to constructing a raised bed for planting ramps under the forest canopy.

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