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Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory. USDA Forest Service photo by Stephanie Laseter.

Southern Research Station 2021 Research Highlights

Showcasing SRS Science

About Director’s Choice Selections

Director’s Choice

This badge denotes that the item is one of five highlights selected by the Station Director for commendable achievement.

Sustain Our Nation’s Forests and Grasslands

Southern Research Station science helps managers and landowners create, restore, and sustain healthy forests. Despite disturbances such as climate change, wildfire, invasive species, and insects and diseases, forests can be managed successfully for multiple objectives, as our research shows.

Deliver Benefits to the Public

SRS delivers knowledge, tools, and products to sustain healthy forests and the services they provide to millions of people in the South. Our science informs policy decisions that can benefit local communities, southern states, the region, and the nation – both economically and ecologically.

Apply Knowledge Globally

SRS research contributes to basic scientific knowledge, and we translate this science into practical applications. Our research is innovative and collaborative, reaching across geographies to address multidisciplinary challenges. Our science adds to the national and global understanding of resilient forest ecosystems and adaptive forest management.

About the Southern Research Station

Southern forests are home to some of the most diverse ecosystems in North America. They’re also vital to the U.S. timber economy – almost a third of the nation’s forested lands and net annual timber volume growth are found in the 13 southern states.

SRS research is focused on delivering scientific products and tools that address the diverse needs of our stakeholders and partners. The 2021 Research Highlights gallery showcases the state of the science from across the SRS over the past year. The Research Highlights are organized by three of the strategic goals that guide our agency’s research programs: Sustain Our Nation’s Forests and Grasslands, Deliver Benefits to the Public, and Apply Knowledge Globally.

On this page you will find updates on our forest inventory and monitoring, forest threats, forest values, forest watershed science, and forest restoration and management research. Each summary includes new publications, contact information, and resources to learn more.

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Southern Research Station at a glance

Map of Southeastern United States showing Southern Research Station facility and experimental forest locations. Open a larger version of this map in a new window.