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ID: 1264
Bat wings offer promise as means of recognizing individuals

The ability to recognize individuals within an animal population is fundamental to conservation and management. Identifying individual bats is u ...

Principal Investigator : Sybill Amelon

Wildlife and Fish2017NRS
Photo of The 20 States bounded by Maine, Maryland, Missouri and Minnesota comprise the most heavily forested and most densely populated quadrant of the United States.  This landscape view from southern Maine illustrates the beauty of those forests and the uniformity of the forest age structure.  That uniformity is a potential problem because it means northern forests lack diversity and resilience. Dan Dey, USDA Forest Service
ID: 643
Big Changes Ahead Expected for Northern Forests

Northern Forests, those in the 20 states bounded by Maine, Maryland, Missouri, and Minnesota, are in for some big changes in the next 50 years. ...

Principal Investigator : Stephen R. Shifley

Invasive Species
Resource Management and Use
2014NRS
Photo of Dr. Felix Ponder standing at one of his LTSP sites. Forest Service
ID: 52
Effects of Timber Harvesting and Biomass Removal on Forest Health Studied

A 10-year study shows that forest sites are able to experience high levels of soil compaction and biomass removal with little negative effects o ...

Principal Investigator : Daniel C. Dey, Dr.

Water, Air, and Soil
Resource Management and Use
2012NRS
Photo of Landscape photograph of the Missouri Ozark forests. Dan Dey, USDA Forest Service
ID: 609
Forest Management Guidelines Help Improve and Sustain Missouri's Forest Resources

Missouri landowners and resource managers need state-of-the-art, science-based knowledge of forest management planning, silviculture, and best m ...

Principal Investigator : Daniel C. Dey, Dr.

Inventory and Monitoring
Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
Outdoor Recreation
Invasive Species
Wildland Fire and Fuels
2014NRS
Photo of Cover of Future Forests of the Northern United States Report. U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 1073
Future Forests of the Northern United States

The recent publication of Future Forests of the Northern United States and associated databases caps a 6-year effort to examine past trends, cur ...

Principal Investigator : Stephen R. Shifley

Resource Management and Use2016NRS
Photo of Examples of mixedwood types in eastern North America: A) shortleaf pine – oak forest in southern Missouri (credit: Missouri Department of Conservation); B) white pine – red oak forest in southern Maine (credit: Justin Waskiewicz); C) spruce – fir – hardwood forest in Quebec (credit: Patricia Raymond); D) hemlock – hardwood forest in northern Wisconsin. Kate Gerndt.
ID: 965
Hardwood-Softwood Mixtures for Future Forests in Eastern North America: Assessing Suitability to Projected Climate Change

Despite growing interest in management strategies for climate change adaptation, there are few methods for assessing the ability of stands to en ...

Principal Investigator : John Kabrick

Resource Management and Use2016NRS
Photo of The upper left is the modeled historic probability of occurrence of shortleaf pine based on General Land Office Survey data, the upper right is the current probability of occurrence of shortleaf pine based on FIA data.  The lower left is the modeled historic probability of occurrence of white oak based on General Land Office Survey data, the lower right is the current probability of occurrence of white oak based on FIA data. Daniel Dey, USDA Forest Service
ID: 504
Loss of diversity in the Missouri Ozark Highlands Places Ecosystem at Risk

Past land use over the last 200 years has made Missouri's Ozark Highlands less diverse and more homogeneous in the condition of its vegetation. ...

Principal Investigator : Daniel C. Dey, Dr.

Inventory and Monitoring
Resource Management and Use
Wildland Fire and Fuels
2013NRS
Photo of Oak savanna and woodlands are being restored through the use of prescribed fire and tree thinning and provide habitat for many birds of conservation concern. Jennifer Reidy, University of Missouri
ID: 652
Many Bird Species Benefit From Oak Savanna Woodland Restoration

Many bird species of conservation concern in the midwestern United States are associated with early successional or open forest conditions that ...

Principal Investigator : Frank R. Thompson

Wildlife and Fish2014NRS
Photo of Map of mean fire interval years in the United States. Forest Service
ID: 67
New Model Estimates Historic Fire Frequency

Model will help restore fire-dependent ecosystems and assess effects of changing climates

Principal Investigator : Daniel C. Dey, Dr.

Resource Management and Use
Wildland Fire and Fuels
2012NRS
Photo of NRS-2017-93
ID: 1275
Nonlethal method of defining white-nose syndrome infection proves effective

White-nose syndrome (WNS) has decimated hibernating bat populations in North America, but species in Europe appear to cope better with fungal sk ...

Principal Investigator : Sybill Amelon

Wildlife and Fish
Invasive Species
2017NRS
Photo of Models indicate strategically placed habitat restoration is effective at reversing declines of Prairie Warblers whereas randomly placed management is not. Wolfgang Wander, Wikimedia Commons.
ID: 476
Prairie Warbler and Wood Thrush Populations Respond Well to Strategic Conservation Efforts

A Forest Service scientist and his research partners demonstrated the power of landscape-based population viability models by evaluating respons ...

Principal Investigator : Frank R. Thompson

Wildlife and Fish2013NRS
Photo of Fourteen-year-old oaks planted as repeatedly air-root-pruned container stock on mounds on a frequently flooded site high in clay with poor internal drainage. Jerry Van Sambeek, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 947
Repeatedly Air-Root-Pruned Container Stock Out-performs Bare-root Planting Stock after 10 Years

Repeated exposure of tree roots to air, known as air-root-pruning, provides swamp white oak seedlings that continues to out-perform nursery bare ...

Principal Investigator : J.W."Jerry" Van Sambeek

Resource Management and Use2016NRS
Photo of Forests of the Northern United States uses more than 100 maps, graphs, and tables to summarize current conditions and recent trends for the 172 million acres of forest land in the 20 States that comprise the U.S. North. Forest Service
ID: 53
Report Details Trends and Current Conditions for Northern Forests

Overarching issues include the interaction of forests and people, managing invasive species, sustaining biodiversity, and sustaining capacity fo ...

Principal Investigator : Stephen R. Shifley

Inventory and Monitoring
Outdoor Recreation
Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
Wildland Fire and Fuels
Wildlife and Fish
2012NRS
Photo of Forest Service
ID: 63
Research Addresses Decline of Young Forests in Central Hardwood Region

Report details how young forests can be sustainably created and managed in a landscape context

Principal Investigator : Frank R. Thompson

Resource Management and Use
Wildlife and Fish
2012NRS
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ID: 219
Second Edition Published of 'Oak Bible'---The Ecology and Silviculture of Oaks

The second edition of The Ecology and Silviculture of Oaks was recently authored by retireed NRS scientist Paul Johnson (Columbia, MO) and NRS s ...

Principal Investigator : Stephen R. Shifley

Resource Management and Use2010NRS
Photo of Figure 1.—Overview of Shade Tolerance Laboratory for growing and evaluating forage productivity and quality of grasses and legumes under three light intensities (0, 45, and 20 percent of full sunlight) in the absence of competition from tree roots.  Credit?
Figure 2.—Jerry Van Sambeek, an USDA Forest Service research plant physiologist, examines growth of Virginia wildrye grass grown in an outdoor structure covered by shade cloth to evaluate effects of dense shade (20% full sunlight) on forage production and quality.
ID: 1238
Selecting the right shade-tolerant forages for restoring savannas or woodlands and implementing different agroforestry practices

Establishing ground covers is a common practice used in agroforestry, silvopasture (combining forestry with grazing), and savanna and woodland r ...

Principal Investigator : J.W."Jerry" Van Sambeek

Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
2017NRS
Photo of The historic landscape of Missouri was more diverse than it is today.  In the past, a mosaic of oak/pine savannas, woodlands and forests intermingled across the state (top panel, left to right), but today the landscape is dominated by forests in the Ozark Highlands (lower panel) or agriculture and riparian forests in the Plains region of northern and western Missouri (photographs by Dan Dey and Paul Nelson, U.S. Forest Service). Brice Hanberry, University of Missouri
ID: 841
Study Guides Restoration of Natural Communities in Missouri

Land use over the last 200 years has decreased diversity, and increased homogeneity, of the vegetative landscape of Missouri. This trend has put ...

Principal Investigator : Daniel C. Dey, Dr.

Resource Management and Use
Wildland Fire and Fuels
Wildlife and Fish
Inventory and Monitoring
2015NRS
Photo of Prediction of historic fire frequency from 165-1850 for the continental U.S. U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 958
The History of Fire in the United States and its Future Under Changing Climates

In the past, North America was a fire continent, but the role of fire was highly variable across the country and over time. Fire history researc ...

Principal Investigator : Daniel C. Dey, Dr.

Resource Management and Use
Wildland Fire and Fuels
Wildlife and Fish
2016NRS
Photo of Prairie Warbler.
ID: 1249
The importance of forest management to birds affected by climate change

In their ongoing efforts to better understand how bird species will respond to changes in the forest from climate change, Forest Service scienti ...

Principal Investigator : Frank R. Thompson

Wildlife and Fish2017NRS