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News Alert Home is a Pine Tree — Apr 20, 2017 08:33 AM
Indiana Bats prefer to roost in yellow pine snags.
News Alert Bats Adapt to Disturbed Habitat — Apr 18, 2017 12:08 PM
Land use history affects where Rafinesque’s big-eared bats roost.
News Alert Healthy Culverts Make for Healthy Drinking Water — Apr 17, 2017 03:09 PM
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 Where Are the Southern Pine Beetles? — Apr 17, 2017 10:30 AM
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 Hybrids in the Seed Orchards — Apr 17, 2017 10:28 AM
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 Grow Your Own Ramps! — Apr 17, 2017 10:24 AM
With demand for wild ramps increasing, harvesting may be affecting native populations. Forest farming of ramps offers an alternative to wild harvesting.
News Alert Sassafras and Laurel Wilt Disease — Apr 06, 2017 11:14 AM
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 U.S. Forest Service R&D April Newsletter — Apr 04, 2017 12:21 PM
Read the latest news from the Washington Office and Research Stations.
News Alert USDA Southeast Regional Climate Hub Newsletter — Apr 04, 2017 12:08 PM
The Spring 2017 edition of the SERCH newsletter is now available.
News Alert Restoration in the Understory — Apr 04, 2017 11:25 AM
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 Unexpected Pest of Chestnut Trees — Mar 30, 2017 09:30 AM
The non-native Asiatic oak weevil may impact American chestnut restoration.
News Alert Switchgrass in Pine Plantations — Mar 28, 2017 08:27 AM
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 Bioenergy Bonanza Supports Rural Jobs, Minimizes Wildfires — Mar 24, 2017 09:03 AM
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 Promoting Sustainable Forestry on African American Family Lands — Mar 21, 2017 08:23 AM
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 Carbon Storage in Longleaf Pine Ecosystems — Mar 16, 2017 08:12 AM
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 — Mar 15, 2017 08:01 AM
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 USDA Supporting the National Native Seed Strategy — Mar 14, 2017 11:46 AM
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 State of the Climate — Jul 02, 2012 02:37 PM
View monthly State of the Climate reports from the National Climatic Data Center.
News Alert U.S. Drought Monitor tracks drought across the nation — Jun 28, 2012 09:25 AM
View current drought conditions and forecasts from the U.S. Drought Monitor.
News Alert InciWeb provides the latest wildfire information — Jan 08, 2014 11:59 AM
View wildfire updates on InciWeb, the interagency all-risk incident information management system.
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