Scientists studied water yield after forests become fields, then forests again.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Forest Inventory and Analysis annual reports are available as story maps.
Scientists have identified a potential new strategy for protecting hemlocks from the miniscule insect that plagues them.
View wildfire updates on InciWeb, the interagency all-risk incident information management system.
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.
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.
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.
View monthly State of the Climate reports from the National Climatic Data Center.
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.
Fewer disease-carrying mosquitoes are found in forests.
View current drought conditions and forecasts from the U.S. Drought Monitor.
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.
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.