Local Scientist assumes Leadership for Two Forest Service Units
June 27, 2017
Asheville, NC — The U.S. Forest Service Southern Research Station’s (SRS) Research Forester Don Bragg has been named Project Leader (PL) for two SRS Research Work Units (RWU). He will assume leadership responsibilities for the RWU he is currently assigned to—the Southern Pine Ecology RWU. He will also be the PL for the Restoring and Managing Longleaf Pine Ecosystems RWU. The Southern Pine RWU is headquartered on the University of Arkansas campus at Monticello, Ark., with research teams in Crossett and Hot Springs, Ark., Nacogdoches, Texas, Pineville, La., Normal and Auburn, Ala. The Longleaf RWU has research teams in Pineville, La., Auburn, Ala., and Clemson, S.C.
“I am excited to have this opportunity and look forward to working with our partners and the public to continue the Southern Research Station’s legacy of long-term research on silviculture and ecology across the region,” Bragg said.
Bragg has a doctorate in forest ecology from Utah State University. Originally from northern Wisconsin, Bragg started his 17-year career with the Forest Service SRS in Monticello, Ark. During this period, Bragg has worked on a range of topics including the management of naturally regenerated southern pine forests; the structure, function, and dynamics of mature pine-hardwood stands; the description of historical forest conditions; height measurement and modeling; and studies of the silvicultural responses of southern pine forests to ice storms. In addition to his research duties, Bragg was Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Forestry for the last 4½ years. This Journal is one of the most widely circulated scholarly forestry journal in the world and recipient of several national awards for excellence. Bragg is currently attending the U.S. Forest Service’s Senior Leadership Program and will graduate from the program this November. During his research career, he has authored or co-authored over 110 scientific and technical publications and given over 170 presentations.