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Silviculture Research

Evaluating the effect of prescribed burning and litter removal
Forest Service
Evaluating the effect of prescribed burning and litter removal on growth, soil nutrient levels, and foliage nutrient content in closed stands of loblolly and longleaf pine

Silviculture Research is applied forest ecology and forms the scientific foundation for forest management and conservation. Our silviculture researchers study how to regenerate forest trees and other plants; how trees grow over time; and how stands of trees interact with other factors such as the environment, wildlife, diseases, and insects.

Silviculture — science-based active manipulation of forest vegetation — is the means of achieving all desired outcomes from forests, be it water quality, biodiversity, wildlife habitat, timber, energy, or something else.

Forest Service silviculture research creates, quantifies, and integrates knowledge about tree growth, soils, plant physiology, genetics, and plant-site-environment interactions to develop options, strategies, systems, and practices to sustainably manage forests to provide what people want and need from them — now and into the future.

Forest Service Silviculture Research

Northern Research Station

Pacific Northwest Research Station

Pacific Southwest Research Station

Rocky Mountain Research Station

Southern Research Station

Forest Products Laboratory

International Institute of Tropical Forestry