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Photo of Fire approaching study plots during a winter controlled burned in the Ouachita Mountains. USDA Forest Service
ID: 929
Burning the Leafy Blanket: Winter Prescribed Fire and Litter Roosting Bats

Rather than hibernating in caves, some bat species in the southeastern U.S. get through the coldest parts of winter by roosting under fallen lea ...

Principal Investigator : Roger W. Perry

Wildlife and Fish2015SRS
Photo of A Louisiana pinesnake, a rare inhabitant of fire-maintained pine forests. Scott Wahlberg.
ID: 1006
Defining the Louisiana Pine Snake Breeding Season

Forest Service conservation efforts for the Louisiana pine snake, a rare and secretive snake of fire-maintained pine forests, include a captive ...

Principal Investigator : Josh B. Pierce

Wildlife and Fish2016SRS
Photo of Even an unpaved, little-used road adjacent to secondary forest can impact amphibians and reptiles. Ross Maynard, Stephen F. Austin State University.
ID: 1085
Even Small Roads Can Have a Big Impact

Roads may be the single biggest driver of amphibian and reptile population declines and habitat loss in Neotropical rainforests.

Principal Investigator : Daniel Saenz

Wildlife and Fish2016SRS
Photo of SRS_2018_Forest Birds Benefit from a Range.jpg  
A pileated woodpecker foraging in a mature, unlogged forest.
ID: 1485
Forest birds benefit from a range of timber harvest strategies

Timber harvesting affects birds that rely on mature forests for breeding, foraging, and other purposes. A long-term Forest Service study tracked ...

Principal Investigator : Roger W. Perry

Wildlife and Fish2018SRS
Photo of A prescribed fire being ignited under controlled conditions to promote open woodland habitat suitable for endangered species in the Ouachita Mountains. Virginia McDaniel, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 1040
Fuel, Smoke, and Prescribed Fire in the Ouachita Mountains

Prescribed burning is a key tool in restoration and management of native stands of southern pines in the southern U.S., but the smoke produced b ...

Principal Investigator : Virginia McDaniel

Resource Management and Use2016SRS
Photo of A colony of tri-colored bats roosting in dead pine needles within a live pine tree during summer. Tri-colored bats are one of three species declining due to white-nose syndrome. S. Andrew Carter, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 1092
Guidelines to Minimize Risk of White-Nose Syndrome to Bats through Forest Management

During the course of forest operations, managers make many choices on the timing and method of improvements. The results of these choices affect ...

Principal Investigator : Roger W. Perry

Wildlife and Fish2016SRS
Photo of A chorus frog threatened by invasive Chinese Tallow. Taylor Cotten, Forest Service
ID: 134
Invasive Chinese Tallow Reduces Hatching of Frog Eggs

Decomposing leaf litter reduces hatching of southern leopard frog eggs by lowering the pH and concentration of dissolved oxygen in the water

Principal Investigator : Daniel Saenz

Invasive Species
Wildlife and Fish
Photo of Spring peeper. USDA Forest Service
ID: 935
It’s the City Life for Me! Spring Peepers in Urban Areas have Lower Rates of Fungal Infection

The spring peeper (Pseudacris crucifer) is a small frog widespread throughout the eastern U.S. and Canada. A Forest Service study reports that ...

Principal Investigator : Daniel Saenz

Wildlife and Fish2015SRS
Photo of Long term soil productivity plot in Missouri. Forest Service
ID: 136
North American Forest Soils are Remarkably Resistant

Ten years of data on 45 locations in the United States and Canada illustrate exactly how much disturbance forest soils can undergo and still rem ...

Principal Investigator : Andy Scott

Water, Air, and Soil2012SRS
Photo of More than 70 years of uneven-aged silviculture practices in the Farm Forestry Forties of the Crossett Experimental Forest in Arkansas have produced a complex stand with many different age classes capable of responding differently to subtle variations in harvest treatments. USDA Forest Service
ID: 931
Research Reveals Age-based Lessons from Decades of Uneven-aged Harvests

Seventy-two years of uneven-aged silviculture has had a profound influence on the development of two pine-dominated stands on the Crossett Exper ...

Principal Investigator : Don C. Bragg

Resource Management and Use2015SRS
Photo of Cumulative drought severity index (CDSI) for forested lands from 1987 to 2013. U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 1091
Reviewing the Impacts of Drought on Forests of the United States

Changing climate, especially increased temperatures and lower rainfall, and land management practices have the potential to dramatically influen ...

Principal Investigator : Don C. Bragg

Resource Management and Use2016SRS
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ID: 425
Riparian zone width, pine plantation age, and status of conservation priority birds

Selecting 16 different bird species of conservation importance in the Ouachita Mountains of Arkansas, we used models to look at the likelihood o ...

Principal Investigator : Roger W. Perry

Wildlife and Fish2011SRS
Photo of Longleaf pine seedlings grow in soils compacted at different levels and held at different moisture contents in the greenhouse. Andy Scott, USDA Forest Service
ID: 716
Soil Condition Affects Longleaf Pine Seedlings More Than Loblolly Pine Seedlings

Restoring longleaf pine forests to previously disturbed soils, especially those that have been compacted by past management, can have problems. ...

Principal Investigator : Andy Scott

Water, Air, and Soil
Resource Management and Use
Photo of Forest Service researchers Andy Scott and Rick Stagg sample soil bulk density in Texas. USDA Forest Service
ID: 930
Soil Takes on a New Emphasis in Forest Ecosystems

Forest soils produce tree biomass, high-quality water for consumption and aquatic habitat, sequester carbon, and provide recreation opportunitie ...

Principal Investigator : Andy Scott

Resource Management and Use2015SRS