Research Bridges Forest Stream Crossing Structures and Benefits to Water Quality

A Center-led study addresses a data gap for forests in North Carolina’s Piedmont.

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Research Bridges Forest Stream Crossing Structures and Benefits to Water Quality
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 Unexpected Pest of Chestnut Trees

The non-native Asiatic oak weevil may impact American chestnut restoration.

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 Switchgrass in Pine Plantations

Switchgrass is a native perennial grass that uses water very efficiently and prevents erosion. By growing switchgrass in between rows of loblolly pine trees, energy crops could possibly be boosted – without having to remove land from food production.

News Alert Where Are the Southern Pine Beetles?

Between 2005 and 2015, only 18 counties in the southern U.S. experienced southern pine beetle outbreaks–fewer than two outbreak counties per year on average.

News Alert Grow Your Own Ramps!

With demand for wild ramps increasing, harvesting may be affecting native populations. Forest farming of ramps offers an alternative to wild harvesting.

News Alert Bats Adapt to Disturbed Habitat

Land use history affects where Rafinesque’s big-eared bats roost.

News Alert Restoration in the Understory

The South Carolina Longleaf Pine Ground-Layer Common Garden Study compared how well native plant species from relatively wide-ranging geographical regions grew and flowered in a common location.

News Alert Sassafras and Laurel Wilt Disease

Laurel wilt disease affects all members of the laurel family, including sassafras. A new study finds that the disease has not reached the heart of the sassafras range, but it is spreading throughout the Southeast.

News Alert State of the Climate

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

News Alert USDA Southeast Regional Climate Hub Newsletter

The Spring 2017 edition of the SERCH newsletter is now available.

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 Bioenergy Bonanza Supports Rural Jobs, Minimizes Wildfires

What if there was an endless fuel source that came from widely available natural waste products? And what if converting these products to energy supported tens of thousands of rural jobs? Wood can be just that fuel. In many places, it already is.

News Alert Hybrids in the Seed Orchards

To some extent, shortleaf and loblolly pine have always hybridized. However, hybrids have become so common that they threaten shortleaf pine’s genetic integrity.

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 U.S. Drought Monitor tracks drought across the nation

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

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 InciWeb provides the latest wildfire information

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

News Alert Healthy Culverts Make for Healthy Drinking Water

Between 2008 and 2015 U.S. Forest Service partnered with more than 200 organizations in the Legacy Roads and Trails Program, which replaced more than 1,000 culverts across the U.S. The aim of the program was to upgrade culverts to emulate natural streams, and to allow fish and wildlife to pass more naturally both upstream and downstream.

News Alert U.S. Forest Service R&D April Newsletter

Read the latest news from the Washington Office and Research Stations.

News Alert Home is a Pine Tree

Indiana Bats prefer to roost in yellow pine snags.

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Page Prioritizing conservation seed banking locations for imperiled hemlock species using multi-attribute frontier mapping pdf
Page A United States national prioritization framework for tree species vulnerability to climate change pdf
Page Banking on the future: progress, challenges, and opportunities for the genetic conservation of forest trees pdf
Page Reanalysis of global terrestrial vegetation trends from MODIS products: Browning or greening? pdf
Page Daily Landsat-scale evapotranspiration estimation over a forested landscape in North Carolina, USA using multi-satellite data fusion pdf
Page The future demographic niche of a declining grassland bird fails to shift poleward in response to climate change pdf
Page Climate variability drives population cycling and synchrony pdf
Page Temporal changes in native-exotic richness correlations during succession pdf
Page Species pool, human population, and global versus regional invasion patterns pdf
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
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