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Photo of Seized illegal logs in Riau, Indonesia. CIFOR
ID: 932
A Scientist Finds that the Lacey Act Amendment of 2008 Works to Limit Illegal Wood Imports

Forest Service scientist Jeffrey Prestemon evaluated U.S. import trade data from countries that are suspected sources of illegally obtained wood ...

Principal Investigator : Jeffrey P. P. Prestemon

Resource Management and Use2015SRS
Photo of Economic costs of fighting the largest fires are increasing. Georgia Forestry Commission
ID: 732
Analyzing How to Increase Fireline Production Efficiency

Operational data on fireline production rates are generally lower than the rates identified by expert panel estimates. This study found the lowe ...

Principal Investigator : Thomas P. Holmes

Wildland Fire and Fuels2014SRS
Photo of U.S. single-family house construction typically involves softwood framing lumber and structural wood-based panels, especially oriented strand board.
ID: 1466
Connecting future residential construction and lumber demand in the United States

Housing starts can be predicted by the rate of overall economic growth, and such a prediction informs estimates of future softwood lumber consum ...

Principal Investigator : Jeffrey P. P. Prestemon

Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
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ID: 262
Economics and Spread of Invasives

An SRS scientist recently led an interdisciplinary team that proposed new methods for evaluating the economic damages of invasive species on for ...

Principal Investigator : Thomas P. Holmes

Invasive Species2010SRS
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ID: 265
Estate Planning for Forest Landowners

The Station recently released an updated version of the tax planning guide titled, 'Estate Planning for Forest Landowners: What Will Become of Y ...

Principal Investigator : John L. Greene

Resource Management and Use2010SRS
Photo of Forests protect and enhance multiple values of water resources. 34535243073_1f4737e4b3_o.jpg

ID: 1469
Estimating the contribution of forests to the economic value of water resource ecosystem services

Forest vegetation is a valuable source of natural capital. Changes in forest cover could affect water resources. This study describes how to est ...

Principal Investigator : Thomas P. Holmes

Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
Wildlife and Fish
Photo of Fire prevention specialist Bob Blasi works to contain a small wildfire on the Tusayan Ranger District, Kaibab National Forest, Arizona.
ID: 1321
Federal land management agencies should expect to spend more on wildfires as global temperatures increase due to climate change

Wildfires are expected to become larger, more frequent, and more intense in the future. Wildfire suppression costs also are expected to rise, ac ...

Principal Investigator : Karen Lee Abt

Inventory and Monitoring
Wildland Fire and Fuels
Photo of Wildfires in organic peat soils, like this one in the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildfire Refuge, Virginia, USA, can burn for months and produce copious amounts of smoke. This fire, the Lateral West Fire, started on August 4, 2011 from a lightning strike. Mike Petruncio, North Carolina Forest Service.
ID: 1191
Future Wildfire in the South will be Driven by Society as well as Climate Change

The area burned by wildfire is likely to change over the coming decades, report Forest Service scientists and their partners. The shifts are due ...

Principal Investigator : Jeffrey P. P. Prestemon

Wildland Fire and Fuels2016SRS
Photo of Slash pine needles raked into piles for later collection and baling. Pine needles are among the most common non-timber forest products collected from State Forests in five southern states. David Dickens, University of Georgia,
ID: 1083
Half of States in the Southern U.S. Allow Harvest of Non-timber Forest Products in State Forests; can also Document Illegal Harvesting

Little is known about of the harvest of non-timber forest products (NTFPs) in state forests of the southern U.S. Forest Service scientists docum ...

Principal Investigator : Gregory E. Frey

Resource Management and Use2016SRS
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ID: 413
Helping federal agencies manage fire budgets

Budgeting for wildfire suppression is increasingly difficult for federal for the Forest Service and Department of the Interior. In the past, fir ...

Principal Investigator : Jeffrey P. P. Prestemon

Resource Management and Use2011SRS
Photo of Wildfire Education Fun Day at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, Oglala Sioux Tribe, South Dakota. United States Bureau of Indian Affairs.
ID: 920
Interagency Research Collaboration FInds That Tribal Fire Prevention Has Large Benefits

Humans cause more than 55 percent of wildfires on lands managed by the Forest Service and the U.S. Department of the Interior, contributing to ...

Principal Investigator : Karen Lee Abt

Wildland Fire and Fuels2015SRS
Photo of The Enviva Corporation wood pellet mill, Northampton, NC. The South is now the largest wood pellet producing region in the U.S., and this industry is forecast to continue to expand over the next few years. Nearly all (99 percent) of these pellets are being exported to the European Union to burn for electricity.  USDA Forest Service
ID: 925
Renewable Energy Policies in the European Union Influencing Timber Markets and Forests in the Southern U.S.

Forest Service scientists Karen Abt and Ken Skog, with their university collaborators, evaluated the status and outlook of the export of wood pe ...

Principal Investigator : Karen Lee Abt

Resource Management and Use2015SRS
Photo of Privately-owned forest land can provide many economic benefits. State programs can reduce property taxes for forest land, but landowners must comply with the requirements in state law.
ID: 1476
State programs to reduce forestland property taxes vary in requirements and implementation.

All states in the U.S. have programs that lower property taxes for qualified forest land, which is justified by the economic benefits and non-ma ...

Principal Investigator : Gregory E. Frey

Water, Air, and Soil
Resource Management and Use
Photo of A community threatened by wildfire. National Interagency Fire Center
ID: 731
The Forest Service Leads an Interagency Team to Better Understand How Wildfires are Ignited

Forest Service, Department of Interior, and state land management agencies collaborated in a National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy ...

Principal Investigator : Jeffrey P. P. Prestemon

Wildland Fire and Fuels2014SRS
Photo of Wildfire in Georgia. Jen Kolb, J Kolb Photography
ID: 733
Why Have smoking-caused wildfires declined in frequency

The number of wildfires caused by smoking has declined by 90 percent on national forests since 1980, yet little is known about why, when most ot ...

Principal Investigator : Jeffrey P. P. Prestemon

Wildland Fire and Fuels2014SRS
Photo of Wilderness offers opportunities for solitude, challenge and inspiration and attracts recreationists to remote communities where visitor expenditures enhance local income and job growth.
ID: 1304
Wilderness areas contribute to economic health of rural communities

Forest Service scientists Tom Holmes and Eric White collaborated with Evan Hjerpe of the Conservation Economics Institute to estimate the econom ...

Principal Investigator : Thomas P. Holmes

Resource Management and Use2017SRS
Photo of Tribal Fire Fighting Team.  Forest Service
ID: 166
Wildfire Prevention Pays Big Dividends

Wildfire prevention efforts on tribal lands in the United States have benefits that likely exceed costs by at least tenfold

Principal Investigator : Jeffrey P. P. Prestemon

Wildland Fire and Fuels2012SRS