Forest Service Chief Honors Team behind National Drought Assessment


Chiefs_Award_drought_assessment_team.jpgU.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell recently recognized a distinguished cadre of agency employees during the annual Chief’s Awards ceremony. Southern Research Station (SRS) scientist Jim Vose, project leader of the Center for Integrated Forest Science, accepted the “Sustaining Forests and Grasslands” award on behalf of a team of four editors and more than 70 scientific experts who developed a national drought assessment which was published in 2016. Effects of Drought on Forests and Rangelands in the United States: A Comprehensive Science Synthesis provides a scientific foundation for management that promotes well-adapted, resilient forests. The report includes a chapter that discusses the fundamental challenges of detecting and monitoring drought impacts at broad scales, co-authored by Center research ecologists Steve Norman, Frank Koch, and Bill Hargrove. Center research hydrologist Ge Sun also contributed to a chapter that examines drought impacts on water quantity and quality. Read more in CompassLive…

Pictured: SRS Station Director Rob Doudrick, Director of Sustainable Forest Management Research Toral Patel-Weynand, Chief Tom Tidwell, and Jim Vose at the awards ceremony. Photo by U.S. Forest Service.


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