Prescribed fire every two years had no impact on the growth or survival of mature longleaf pines – even when prescribed fire was conducted in the growing season, according to a long-term experiment initiated in 1973 by Bill Boyer.
Prescribed fire use in hardwood stands has been limited by concerns about loss of timber volume, grade, or volume. New research results show small losses in value or volume, less than 5-10%.
More lessons from the massive 2016 Southern Appalachian fire season, this time on ozone and fine particulate matter emissions from burning duff.
A summary of U.S. pulpwood production from 2012 to 2017 shows that the southern region produced 80% of the nation's pulpwood total (SRS-RB-231).
The 2021 Tax Tips factsheet – an annual resource for forest landowners on timber tax rules – is now available. Southern Regional Extension Forestry is hosting a webinar series on forestry business and taxes, too.
Timber product output (TPO) updates for 2020 are available for 12 southern states. The TPO dashboard includes interactive maps and charts.
New researchon the Santee Experimental Forest will provide a baseline for quantifying how watershed-scale longleaf pine restoration affects runoff. Harvesting is complete, and longleaf plantings are scheduled for spring 2022.
A new study expands understanding of obstacles that have limited forest management by Black landowners.
Watch a series of videos on how SRS research supports glade restoration on the Ouachita National Forest.
A new report details the life history and habitat needs of red bay and swamp bay, two native species vulnerable to laurel wilt disease (GTR-SRS-265).
In South Carolina, tri-colored bats prefer winter rooststhat are near streams and in hardwood forests with abundant tree hollows. Bat foraging habits also vary with season.
Bats are bioindicators of global change. New research builds on previous work documenting the expansion of the Seminole bat's range north and westward. Results predict the trend will continue with changing climate and habitat conditions, for this species and likely others.
A recent studysuggests that invasive Asian clams (known as Corbicula) are an important factor in widespread mussel declines.
Highlights of SRS work in 2021 – spanning research, collaboration, and tech transfer – are available in this online gallery.
SRS researchers introduced a new tool to monitor predators of hemlock woolly adelgids, a destructive, invasive pest.
New research helps to identify high risk plant pests and prioritize biosecurity responses to protect crops and natural ecosystems.
A videofrom the USDA Agricultural Research Service shows how SRS contributes to genetic work on a globally important species, the baobab, or tree of life.