Forest Restoration

The Southern Research Station is enhancing capabilities across disciplines to make forest reclamation more effective and efficient. Functional restoration emphasizes the restoration of physical and biological processes in degraded ecosystems, through management designed to balance the needs of a rapidly growing human population and declining forest land. We provide science and technology that helps sustain U.S. forests and ranges and keep them economically and environmentally productive.

Hardwood Forest and DeerUpland Hardwood Ecology & Management focuses on researching how upland hardwood forests and wildlife are affected by natural disturbances and silviculture. We help land managers to better predict changes in forest composition, regeneration, productivity, and habitat quality to meet their management and restoration goals.

Longleaf Pine Leaves and ConesRestoring and Managing Longleaf Pine Ecosystems provides ecological information about how population and communities affect restoration of longleaf pine woodlands and at risk native plant species. We provide practices, strategies, and models that quantify and predict the influence of management on maintaining and restoring longleaf pine ecosystems.

Southern Pine ForestSouthern Pine Ecology and Management develops new knowledge about the ecology of southern pine forest ecosystems and refines silvicultural practices so that land managers have the tools to manage healthy, diverse, and productive southern pine forests that are resilient to change and provide long-term site productivity.

Laboratory GreenhouseForest Genetics and Ecosystems Biology applies genetic research and structural genomics with applications for evolutionary biology, forest management, and tree improvement. The research also advances understanding of the basic processes of carbon and nutrient cycling in forest ecosystems.