A Center-led study addresses a data gap for forests in North Carolina’s Piedmont.
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.
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.
View current drought conditions and forecasts from the U.S. Drought Monitor.
The Spring 2017 edition of the SERCH newsletter is now available.
The non-native Asiatic oak weevil may impact American chestnut restoration.
Read the latest news from the Washington Office and Research Stations.
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.
Land use history affects where Rafinesque’s big-eared bats roost.
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.
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.
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.
View monthly State of the Climate reports from the National Climatic Data Center.
View wildfire updates on InciWeb, the interagency all-risk incident information management system.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Indiana Bats prefer to roost in yellow pine snags.
With demand for wild ramps increasing, harvesting may be affecting native populations. Forest farming of ramps offers an alternative to wild harvesting.
To some extent, shortleaf and loblolly pine have always hybridized. However, hybrids have become so common that they threaten shortleaf pine’s genetic integrity.
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.