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  • Washington, D.C. 20250-0003
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Dr. John Brown

John Brown

Research Forester
301 Hardwood Lane, Suite B
West Virginia
United States

Phone: 304-431-2731
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Current Research

  • Developing site index curves for central Appalachian red spruce.
  • Modeling growth and yield for red spruce and Appalachian Hardwoods, with emphasis on shade tolerant species.
  • Examination of the effect of silvicultural treatment on tree grade.
  • Research Interests

    Forest biometrics, Silviculture, Forest Disturbance, Energy Development Issues in Forestry.

    Why This Research is Important

    Growth and yield modeling is an important tool for consultants, land managers, and software developers with new models needing to be developed for Appalachian forests. Appalachian hardwoods are an important component of the area’s hardwood forest products industry and the effects of silvicultural treatment on tree quality (tree grade) can further guide management's long term growing choices. Central Appalachian red spruce stands are endangered ecosystems in need of restoration.


    • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University , Doctor Of Philosophy Forestry and Forest Products (Forest Biometrics) 2009
    • Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, B.S. Environmental Science 1994

    Professional Experience

    • Research Forester, USDA Forest Service
      2010 - Current
    • Mathematical Statistician, USDA Forest Service
      2000 - 2009

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    Research Highlights


    Forest management demonstration area highlights working forest

    New research published in 2017 describes the results of a 60-year forest management demonstration area on the Fernow Experimental Forest and the ...


    Silvicultural Prescriptions Affect Hardwood Tree Quality Over Five Decades of Management

    Analysis of 50-year records of harvests on the Fernow Experimental Forest in west Virginia by Forest Service scientists demonstrates that diamet ...


    Study reveals how to minimize overstory mortality when using shelterwood-burn techniques to restore oak forests

    Hardwood forests, and especially oak forests, in the eastern U.S. often require fire to create forest conditions suitable for successful stand r ...


    Sustaining Tree Quality Under Three Harvesting Methods

    The quality of trees grown and harvested under various methods exhibits changing patterns over time. A Forest Service scientist studied three me ...


    Last updated on : 10/22/2019