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Photo of The Comparative Risk Assessment Framework and Tools (CRAFT) is a user-friendly, Web-based support system that helps natural resource managers address uncertainties inherent in land management decisions. Forest Service
ID: 416
advancing the Comparative Risk Assessment Framework and Tools (CRAFT)

The Eastern Forest Environmental Threat Assessment Center and the University of North Carolina Asheville's National Environmental Modeling and A ...

Principal Investigator : Steve Norman

Wildland Fire and Fuels
Invasive Species
Wildlife and Fish
Resource Management and Use
2011SRS
Photo of A prescribed fire burns in a southern forest.
ID: 1306
Burning forests can impact water supplies

The number of wildland fires and burned areas in the U.S. is on the rise as a result of a warming climate, drought, and increasing human ignitio ...

Principal Investigator : Ge Sun

Wildlife and Fish
Water, Air, and Soil
2017SRS
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ID: 296
Climate Change Impacts on Ecosystem Services: water, carbon, and biodiversity

SRS is enhancing one of its models that examines the potential impacts of climate change, land use, and population changes on water supplies. Th ...

Principal Investigator : Ge Sun

Water, Air, and Soil2010SRS
Photo of Findings that both drought and flooding conditions negatively impacted survival rates and the likelihood of population persistence in the Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake’s isolated wetland habitats were used in the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s Eastern Massasauga Species Status Assessment.
ID: 1312
Climate change vulnerability assessments inform management efforts for species of conservation concern

Vulnerability assessment focuses on understanding how climate change, along with other factors such as land use change, affects species of conse ...

Principal Investigator : Lazarus Y. Pomara

Wildlife and Fish2017SRS
Photo of Landowners and land managers across the southeastern region need information for coping with increasing climate variability such as more frequent or severe floods and droughts. Lance Cheung, U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service.
ID: 1084
Climate Risk Assessment Aids Natural Resource Professionals in the Southeast

USDA's Climate Hubs deliver science-based, region-specific information and technologies to assist farmers and forest managers with climate-smart ...

Principal Investigator : Steven McNulty

Resource Management and Use2016SRS
Photo of Dry Land cotton grows on a farm in Navasota, TX. Researchers found that land use within ‘road effect zones’ is an important predictor of forest plant invasions.
ID: 1480
Do roads drive forest plant invasions?

Roads provide a means for moving people and products, but they can also allow hitchhiking organisms to spread. Some exotic invasive plants thriv ...

Principal Investigator : Kurt Riitters

Invasive Species2018SRS
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ID: 267
Early Warning System Detects Seasonal Vegetation Changes

SRS' Eastern Forest Environmental Threat Assessment Center is partnering with NASA's Stennis Space Center to produce a series of seamless datase ...

Principal Investigator : William Hargrove

Resource Management and Use2010SRS
Photo of Annual reports describing the health of the nation’s forests serve as a guide to forest health trends and provide quantitative baselines for detecting forest health changes over time.  USDA Forest Service
ID: 923
Evaluating the Health of the Nation’s Forests

“So, how are the trees doing?” For more than a decade, forest monitoring professionals have been answering that question in an informative s ...

Principal Investigator : Kurt Riitters

Inventory and Monitoring2015SRS
Photo of A map shows the links between visitor origin ZIP codes and destination campgrounds, as documented in the U.S. National Recreation Reservation Service database between January 2004 and September 2009. Link color indicates the number of individual reservations recorded in the database; links with 10 or fewer reservations have been omitted for clarity. USDA Forest Service
ID: 922
Examining the Role of Humans in the Spread of Invasive Species

Forest Service scientists and their collaborators have contributed innovative research to the field of forest pest risk assessment by focusing o ...

Principal Investigator : Frank H. Koch

Invasive Species2015SRS
Photo of Wildland fire can have destructive ecological and social effects.  Georgia Forestry Commission
ID: 730
Examining Trade-offs in Wildland Fire Management Decisions

Reducing or mitigating the negative effects of wildland fire is a major priority in communities all across the United States and must be address ...

Principal Investigator : Danny C. Lee

Wildland Fire and Fuels
Resource Management and Use
2014SRS
Photo of Exurban development changes the landscape context of family forest.
ID: 1464
Family forests are the ties that bind the landscape

Family forests have an enormous capacity to provide ecosystem services such as clean air and water, timber and nontimber forest products, wildli ...

Principal Investigator : Kurt Riitters

Outdoor Recreation
Inventory and Monitoring
2018SRS
Photo of An exclusion structure allowed researchers to simulate a 30 percent rainfall reduction in the loblolly plots. Marshall A. Laviner, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
ID: 933
Fertilized Pines Use Water More Efficiently But May Suffer Worse in Droughts

Fertilized loblolly pine trees produce more wood than their unfertilized counterparts, even when less water was available, butthis may also indi ...

Principal Investigator : Steven McNulty

Resource Management and Use2015SRS
Photo of An aerial view shows an experimental watershed study on the hydrologic impacts of forest clearing in North Carolina’s Piedmont region. David Jones, North Carolina Forest Service
ID: 934
Forest Cover Plays a More Critical Role in Regulating Water Resources in the Piedmont than in the Mountains and Coastal Plain

The mountains, Piedmont, and coastal plain are three distinct land provinces across the southeastern U.S. Population density, topography, and ty ...

Principal Investigator : Johnny Boggs

Water, Air, and Soil2015SRS
Photo of The GuidosToolbox offers a free, user-friendly alternative to commercial software tools for users across the globe to monitor forest fragmentation and landscape patterns at any scale.
ID: 1313
Forest Service software goes global

Originally intended to foster and support U.S.-European harmonization of forest assessments required for the Montreal Process and the Food and A ...

Principal Investigator : Kurt Riitters

Outdoor Recreation2017SRS
Photo of ForWarn forest change image: blue indicates normal forest conditions compared to the previous year and green to red indicates moderate to extreme vegetative change. Forest Service
ID: 132
ForWarn Monitors Forests Coast-to-Coast

Web-based tool provides a weekly snapshot of U.S. forest conditions to aid forest managers

Principal Investigator : William Hargrove

Wildland Fire and Fuels
Invasive Species
Resource Management and Use
2012SRS
Photo of ForWarn allowed researchers and managers to monitor the magnitude (left) and duration (right) of damage from the 2015 gypsy moth outbreak in Pennsylvania. For every map cell, duration of the disturbance over the growing season is shown as the number of Map images courtesy of ForWarn. U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 1101
ForWarn Provides New Insight into Duration and Impacts of Forest Disturbances

Since its inception in 2010, the ForWarn system has provided weekly maps that illustrate disturbance across the nation's forests. ForWarn resear ...

Principal Investigator : William Hargrove

Inventory and Monitoring2016SRS
Photo of Greater frequency of harvests and physical disturbance of soil in managed forests results in higher respiration and soil carbon loss. U.S. Forest Service - Bugwood.org
ID: 938
High Forest Productivity Often Comes at the Expense of Soil Carbon Storage

Forest Service scientists and their research partners are studying the role of managed forests in regional carbon, water, and energy exchange to ...

Principal Investigator : Steven McNulty

Resource Management and Use2015SRS
Photo of Southeastern forests may be affected by climate change. Sarah Farmer, USDA Forest Service
ID: 737
Hub Helps Landowners "SERCHing" for Climate Change Answers

Land managers face new challenges every year from the growing effects of climate change. The regional livelihoods of farmers, foresters, and ran ...

Principal Investigator : Steven McNulty

Resource Management and Use2014SRS
Photo of A prescribed fire burns in a southern forest.
ID: 1477
Impacts of wildland fires on U.S. freshwater resources are variable

Burning forests alters watershed hydrological cycles by modifying soil and forest cover properties. Researchers found that fires with moderate ...

Principal Investigator : Ge Sun

Inventory and Monitoring
Wildlife and Fish
Wildland Fire and Fuels
Water, Air, and Soil
Resource Management and Use
2018SRS
Photo of The network of monitoring sites that provided data for this study. The U.S.-China Carbon Consortium allows scientists to share data across the United States and China.
ID: 1311
International collaborators develop easy-to-use formulas for water and carbon accounting

Ecosystem water use is closely coupled with ecosystem productivity, water availability, and water supplies, but accurate water use accounting re ...

Principal Investigator : Ge Sun

Wildlife and Fish
Water, Air, and Soil
2017SRS
Photo of A non-native grass invades a forest in the southeastern United States. Researchers are identifying and measuring factors that contribute to habitat invasibility, degree of invasion, and species invasiveness. U.S. Forest Service - Bugwood.org
ID: 905
Invasive Plants’ Success Depends on Native Species Richness and Biomass

For better control and management of invasive plant species, research must uncover the factors that contribute to habitat invasibility, degree o ...

Principal Investigator : Qinfeng Guo

Invasive Species2015SRS
Photo of In this aerial photo of land near Hiram, Georgia, tree cover as of 2012 is shown in transparent green; tree cover loss from 2000 to 2012 is shown in transparent blue. U.S. Department of Agriculture National Agriculture Imagery Program.
ID: 1095
Landscape Pattern Analysis Reveals Global Loss of Interior Forest

Between 2000 and 2012, the world lost more forest area than it gained, according to researchers who estimated a global net loss of more than 660 ...

Principal Investigator : Kurt Riitters

Inventory and Monitoring2016SRS
Photo of English ivy is a common invasive woody climbing plant. David J. Moorehead, University of Georgia
ID: 736
New Database Will Help Identify Potentially Invasive Plants in the United States

In order to examine parameters of plant invasion success in the United States, scientists with the Forest Service's Eastern Forest Environmental ...

Principal Investigator : Qinfeng Guo

Invasive Species
Resource Management and Use
Inventory and Monitoring
2014SRS
Photo of Multiyear drought can kill trees outright or it can also increase mortality through related bark beetle activity and wildfire. In this aerial photo from California’s 2016 Cedar Fire, all three interrelated factors converge. Inciweb.org.
ID: 1094
Research Review Reveals Limitations to Drought Impact Monitoring

A recently published review of drought monitoring discusses the fundamental challenges of detecting and monitoring drought impacts at broad scal ...

Principal Investigator : Steve Norman

Inventory and Monitoring2016SRS
Photo of Eastern Threat Center researchers serve on an interagency science and analysis team working with regional strategy committees to evaluate the relative consequences of alternative courses of action in wildland fire management. Forest Service
ID: 412
Science benefits national fire planning effort

As part of ongoing efforts to reduce human and ecological losses from wildfire, federal agencies responsible for wildland fire management are wo ...

Principal Investigator : Danny C. Lee

Wildland Fire and Fuels
Resource Management and Use
2011SRS
Photo of Cypress swamps embedded in pine flatwoods were among the forested wetland study sites.
ID: 1462
Southern forested wetlands are projected to become drier in the future

Extensive southern forested wetlands provide important ecosystem services. A study of five typical forested wetlands across the Southeast sugges ...

Principal Investigator : Ge Sun

Wildlife and Fish
Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
2018SRS
Photo of
ID: 428
TACCIMO Development Team Honored with Regional Forester's Honor Award

The Template for Assessing Climate change Impacts and Management Options (TACCIMO) development team, composed of researchers from the Southern R ...

Principal Investigator : Steven McNulty

Resource Management and Use2011SRS
Photo of Municipalities and populations served by water originating on the El Yunque National Forest in Puerto Rico.
ID: 1317
The role of forests in providing drinking water to Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is densely populated, with 3.7 million people living primarily on the mainland island. Forests, which make up about 54.7 percent of ...

Principal Investigator : Erika C. Mack

 2017SRS
Photo of Eastern Threat Center scientists delivered training workshops for professionals from three African countries, highlighting models that quantify potential impact of land use practices on water quality and quantity. Erika Cohen, Forest Service
ID: 406
Tools to help international conservation agencies make sound decisions

Researchers with the Eastern Forest Environmental Threat Assessment Center (EFETAC) applied models they developed with partners to measure water ...

Principal Investigator : Ge Sun

Water, Air, and Soil2011SRS
Photo of
ID: 299
U.S. Invasive Plants Identified in Comprehensive Database

Scientists in SRS' Eastern Forest Environmental Threat Assessment Center are developing a database of the more than 4,000 plants introduced into ...

Principal Investigator : Qinfeng Guo

Inventory and Monitoring2010SRS
Photo of Researchers measured sediment in water samples upstream and downstream of stream crossing sites, such as this steel bridgemat at a skid trail crossing, before, during, and after harvesting operations.
ID: 1319
Water samples provide further guidance on how best to protect water quality at stream crossings in Piedmont forests

Sedimentation inputs to streams are some of the biggest current and future challenges for land and water managers. Preventing stream sediment ge ...

Principal Investigator : Johnny Boggs

Water, Air, and Soil
Wildlife and Fish
2017SRS