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The Forest ThreatNet is the Eastern Threat Center's news update with the latest information concerning ongoing research, projects, and partnerships.

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News Alert New Forest, New Water Yield

Scientists studied water yield after forests become fields, then forests again.

News Alert Promoting Sustainable Forestry on African American Family Lands

SRS and university scientists summarized interviews with 60 minority landowners in Alabama, North Carolina, and South Carolina to provide new insight into challenges and opportunities.

News Alert Oaks, an Unrecognized Ally in Longleaf Pine Restoration

Longleaf pine ecosystems are among the most threatened in the U.S., and managers across the southeast are prioritizing longleaf restoration. The conventional approach calls for removing hardwood trees such as oak. A recent study questioned this conventional wisdom.

News Alert Longleaf Pine Silviculture

Longleaf pine ecosystems provide a host of ecological, economic and social benefits, and many private landowners and public land managers want to restore the species. Currently, managers often use even-aged silvicultural methods, but there is growing interest in using uneven-aged methods.

News Alert Carbon Storage in Longleaf Pine Ecosystems

Over the short term, other southern pine stands store more carbon than longleaf pine stands. However, the way longleaf pine is typically managed – with longer intervals between harvests and less biomass removed during intermediate harvests – increases the species’ carbon-storing potential.

News Alert New Native Plants Resource for Teachers

A plant module developed in partnership by the U.S. Forest Service Southern Research Station and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is now available online for teachers to download and use with K-12 students. The module integrates current science-based knowledge with the traditional knowledge passed down from generation to generation of Cherokee.

News Alert State Forest Resource Data Visualized

Forest Inventory and Analysis annual reports are available as story maps.

News Alert Sunlight vs. Hemlock Woolly Adelgids

Scientists have identified a potential new strategy for protecting hemlocks from the miniscule insect that plagues them.

News Alert InciWeb provides the latest wildfire information

View wildfire updates on InciWeb, the interagency all-risk incident information management system.

News Alert USDA Supporting the National Native Seed Strategy

The National Seed Strategy for Rehabilitation and Restoration 2015-2020 promotes the use of native plant materials to restore plant communities and support healthy ecosystems.

News Alert USDA Deputy Under Secretary promotes environmental justice goals

Today, environmental justice at USDA refers to meeting the needs of underserved communities by reducing disparate environmental burdens, removing barriers to participation in decision making, and increasing access to environmental benefits that help make all communities safe, vibrant and healthy places to live and work.

News Alert Estimating Ecosystem Water Use

For more than a decade, U.S. Forest Service and Chinese scientists have collaborated to understand how human activities affect carbon and water cycles in managed ecosystems.

News Alert State of the Climate

View monthly State of the Climate reports from the National Climatic Data Center.

News Alert Bottomland Hardwoods of the Mid-Atlantic

A new U.S. Forest Service report characterizes the status and trends of bottomland hardwood forests across the mid-Atlantic region of North Carolina and Virginia. These forests are located in floodplains, bogs, swamps, and other lowland areas.

News Alert Urban Forests & West Nile Virus

Fewer disease-carrying mosquitoes are found in forests.

News Alert U.S. Drought Monitor tracks drought across the nation

View current drought conditions and forecasts from the U.S. Drought Monitor.

News Alert New Research Natural Areas Website

Within our national forests lies a network of protected ecosystems that are designated for non-manipulative research, educational purposes, or for maintaining biological diversity. These areas are called Research Natural Areas, or RNAs, and a new website will make it easier to use them and share data from them.

News Alert Research Can Help the Economy and Inform Policy

When most people think of forests, science isn’t the first thing that comes to mind, but, perhaps, it should. That’s because the U.S. Forest Service Research and Development program oversees projects across many science disciplines including forestry, genetics, wildlife, forest products and wildfire.

Recent Publications view all recent publications
Page An extractive removal step optimized for a high-throughput α-cellulose extraction method for δ13C and δ18O stable isotope ratio analysis in conifer tree rings pdf
Page A new hypervolume approach for assessing environmental risks pdf
Page Combined effects of climate and land management on watershed vegetation dynamics in an arid environment pdf
Page Impacts of forest biomass removal on water yield across the United States pdf
Page Environmental controls on seasonal ecosystem evapotranspiration/potential evapotranspiration ratio as determined by the global eddy flux measurements pdf
Page Interactions between white-tailed deer density and the composition of forest understories in the United States pdf
Page Pinus ponderosa: A checkered past obscured four species pdf
Page To what extent local forest soil pollen can assist restoration in subtropical China? pdf
Page Robust surveillance and control of invasive species using a scenario optimization approach pdf
Page Impact of air pollution induced climate change on water availability and ecosystem productivity in the conterminous United States pdf
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