Webinars

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New Webinar Series: Science in Practice

These 30-minute sessions summarize recent research with a focus on practical take-aways for land managers and practitioners.

Delivering resources to improve forest productivity and resilience to threats

Part of the Science in Practice Webinar Series
November 10, 2020  |  Topics: forest threats

Presented by Michael Gavazzi, SRS Natural Resources Specialist

Some key messages from this webinar:

  • How the USDA SE Climate Hub works with Federal, State, regional and local groups to deliver resources that allow for climate-informed decision-making to increase resilience and productivity and reduce risk.
  • Ongoing projects including state-specific fact sheets on emerging forest threats and adaptation options, guides to help prepare for and recover from hurricane impacts, and a manual to help land managers assess their soil salinization risk and available adaptation options.

This webinar recording is unavailable, but you can download the slides below.

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RxFire science: Departing from the status quo

Part of the Science in Practice Webinar Series
October 19, 2020  |  Topics: fire

Presented by Joe O’Brien, SRS Project Leader/Research Ecologist

Some key messages from this webinar:

  • Prescribed fires are applied to millions of hectares of forests annually and are rightfully promoted as a solution to wildfire threats and to maintain forest function and health. However, there has been a lack of science specifically targeted to support their broader application due to focus of research on wildfires.
  • In order to improve and expand the application of prescribed fire, a campaign of prescribed fire science must be initiated with a fundamental departure from the fire science status quo.
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Fire and wildlife in the southern Appalachians

Part of the Science in Practice Webinar Series
October 16, 2020  |  Topics: fire

Presented by Katie Greenberg, SRS Research Ecologist; Christopher Moorman, NCSU Professor

Some key messages from this webinar:

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Experimental forests: A network of opportunities

Part of the Science in Practice Webinar Series
August 27, 2020  |  Topics: experimental forests

Presented by Johnny Boggs and Stephanie Laseter, SRS Experimental Forest Network Co-Leads

Some key messages from this webinar:

  • Forest Inventory and Analysis and Experimental Forests and Ranges are cornerstones of Forest Service R&D.
  • Network-wide data collection and sharing are critical for answering broad-scale questions and identifying trends and patterns that generate new questions.
  • The SRS Experimental Forest Network offers many opportunities for research and collaboration, and can be a template for doing both new science and current science more effectively.

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New fuel measurements for operational RxFire models

Part of the Science in Practice Webinar Series
October 6, 2020  |  Topics: fire

Presented by Louise Loudermilk, SRS Research Ecologist

Some key messages from this webinar:

  • New operational 3D models such as QUIC-Fire, may change how land managers plan for and manage prescribed fire, but they require unique input data about fuels.
  • Representing fuels in 3D adds detail on fuel structure and distribution. This info allows researchers to explore how fuels are distributed within and across plots, stands, and different ecosystems.
  • Researchers are combining different ways of measuring and representing fuels in 3D for these models and for streamlining monitoring protocols.

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A new chapter in the Southern Forest Assessment Library: Southern Forest Outlook

Part of the Science in Practice Webinar Series
September 23, 2020  

Presented by John Coulston, SRS Supervisory Research Forester; Daniel McInnis, Southern Region Shared Stewardship Coordinator

Some key messages from this webinar:

  • How we have used these synthesis documents in the past, and how we plan to use the Southern Forest Outlook (SFO).
  • The mission of the SFO, which is to inform forest sector decision makers and the interested public about observed trends, anticipated futures, and critical issues based on authoritative synthesis and interpretation of existing science, data and projections.

Learn more about the Southern Forest Outlook here.

This webinar recording is unavailable, but you can download the slides below.

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From the forest to the faucet: Linking forests to water supplies across the South

Part of the Science in Practice Webinar Series
September 18, 2020  |  Topics: water

Presented by Peter Caldwell, SRS Research Hydrologist; Ning Liu, UMN Post-doctoral Research Fellow

Some key messages from this webinar:

  • New data and tools are available that connect forests to specific municipal water supplies across the South.
  • Approximately 56 million people (~ 50% of the total population) receive some portion of their water from forest lands.
  • Managing and maintaining forests in water supply watersheds will be critical for protecting water resources in the future.

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Silviculture for oak seedlings: The variable retention shelterwood in upland hardwood forests

Part of the Science in Practice Webinar Series
August 27, 2020  |  Topics: oaks, silviculture

Presented by Callie Schweitzer, SRS Research Forester

Some key messages from this webinar:

  • Oak requires disturbance to recruit into larger size classes. This study used shelterwood harvest and midstory herbicide treatments to alter light conditions to favor oak over other competing hardwood species.
  • Treatments resulted in some recruitment of oak into larger size classes over time, but competing hardwoods also responded favorably.
  • A future challenge is finding the right levels of disturbance to promote oak regeneration. Competing species and site conditions are key considerations.

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American chestnut revival: Restoration efforts in the Southern NFS

Part of the Science in Practice Webinar Series
August 14, 2020  |  Topics: chestnut restoration

Presented by Stacy Clark, SRS Research Forester

Some key messages from this webinar:

  • Restoration on public lands will require a targeted approach.
  • Animal browsing and root rot disease will impede future restoration efforts.
  • Ten years of field trials show that hybrid American chestnuts are extremely competitive.

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How human-made corridors impact forest regeneration

Part of the Science in Practice Webinar Series
August 6, 2020  |  Topics: forest restoration

Presented by Rima Lucardi, SRS Research Ecologist; Gary Ervin & Adrian Lazaro-Lobo, Mississippi State University

Some key messages from this webinar:

  • Invasive plant species negatively impact the regeneration of tree seedlings and saplings in southern forests.
  • In the South, invasive plants have the most severe impact on regeneration of pine (Pinus) tree species.
  • The project used FIA data to track the presence or absence of 16 target nonnative species that are widely distributed and spreading rapidly across the region.

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Fantastic flying mammals: A synthesis of forest management effects on bats

July 29, 2020  |  Topics: bats, silviculture

Presented by Susan C. Loeb, SRS Research Ecologist

Some key messages from this webinar:

  • Loeb synthesized the results of 88 studies on silvicultural treatments and the responses of temperate, insectivorous bats. The studies spanned three continents and included treatments such as shelterwood harvests, fire, gap formation, and plantation forestry.
  • The review found that roosting behavior is more sensitive to silvicultural treatments than foraging or commuting behavior.
  • The synthesis also revealed gaps in bat research. More research is needed on the physiological and demographic responses of bats to silvicultural treatments, along with responses during different seasons and across broader scales.

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Advances in efficient high resolution forest mapping

Part of the Science in Practice Webinar Series
July 20, 2020  |  Topics: forest disturbance, forest mapping

Presented by Steve Norman, SRS Research Ecologist

Some key messages from this webinar:

  • New high-resolution remote sensing and analytical tools are revolutionizing how we monitor disturbance.
  • The HiForm workflow rapidly generates vegetation change maps that show the footprint and severity of disturbances.
  • Having this technology is only half the battle, as assessment requires local knowledge, ancillary data, and skill.

This webinar recording is unavailable, but you can download the slides below.

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Virtual Upland Hardwood Workshop

July 28, 2020  

This workshop was designed to provide foresters and other natural resource practitioners with the most state-of-the-art, science-based information necessary to sustainably manage upland hardwood ecosystems of the Central Hardwoods Region of the US for a wide variety of goods and services. You can view the recorded presentations and course materials from each day!

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Battling beetle breakouts: Pine beetle mitigation strategies in the southeast

July 15, 2020  |  Topics: invasive species

Presented by Steve McNulty, SRS Research Ecologist

  • The Southern Pine Beetle (SPB) Outbreak Model uses stand conditions, climate, and insect factors to predict areas at high risk of future outbreaks.
  • Previous year SPB spots are the best predictor for current year spots. Pine stand density is the next most important factor in determining SPB outbreak location.
  • As the climate changes, SPB outbreaks within the current range are becoming more likely, and SPB range will likely expand northward.
  • High-risk areas can be monitored with traps. If SPB is found, mitigation—seek, find, destroy—should begin quickly.

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Nontimber forest products in the United States: access, production, markets, and market values

April 14, 2020  |  Topics: nontimber forest products

Nontimber forest products (NTFPs) are derived from natural populations of plants or fungi, or farmed in forests. Although numerous and varied users harvest, trade, and consume NTFPs, relatively little is known about the organization of the markets for these products and the market value or contribution to local and regional economies. We will explore past research and gaps in current understanding related to the access, production, markets, and market values of NTFPs in the United States, including the continuum of production from wild-harvesting to forest farming of NTFPs.

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Tangled Title and Timber

December 14, 2018  |  Topics: forest landowners; heirs’ property

Heirs property presents many challenges, particularly with respect to who owns timber on the land. This webinar will focus on how loggers and lawyers can work together to address timber harvesting issues on heirs property.

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Casualty Loss and Income Tax Deductions Related to Timber and Landscape Trees

December 7, 2018  |  Topics: taxes; forest landowners

Timber or landscape trees destroyed by recent fires, hurricanes or other storms are “casualty losses” that may allow the property owners to take a deduction on their federal income tax returns. To help timber owners, as well as home owners, who suffered timber or landscape tree damages with their tax reporting, this webinar will focus on the new tax law changes that Congress passed in 2017 that affect the casualty loss deductions starting in the 2018 tax year.

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First Friday All Climate Change Talks (FFACCTs)

The Eastern Forest Environmental Threat Assessment Center (EFETAC) hosted monthly FFACCTs sessions from 2010—2017. During that time, FFACCTs featured numerous presentations covering a wide variety of issues and perspectives. Dedicated contributors also provided regular updates on research efforts, management activities, publications, tools and products, events, and more. All 8 years of presentations are archived and available to revisit at the EFETAC website.

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Resources Planning Act (RPA) Assessment: U.S. forest fragmentation and land cover patterns

Forest fragmentation continues even as total forestland area remains relatively stable. The Update to the 2010 RPA Assessment reported that forest cover fragmentation increased from 2001 to 2011, with fragmentation rates higher on private land than on public land. This webinar will describe how the RPA Assessment treatment of forest spatial patterns has evolved, summarize key results related to forest spatial patterns, and discuss future directions in evaluating fragmentation and land cover patterns. Watch a recording of the webinar and download the presentation.

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Effects of Drought on Forests and Rangelands in the United States: A Comprehensive Science Synthesis

The presenters will discuss key messages from the recently published drought assessment. Topics to be covered include a state-of-the-science review of direct and indirect impacts of drought on forests and rangelands, as well as a discussion of management options for increasing resilience to future drought.

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Rapid Appraisal Research on Sustainable Forestry and African American Land Retention

African American rural land ownership has declined significantly over the past 100 years, threatening critical family and community assets. The U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities, in collaboration with the USDA Forest Service and Natural Resource Conservation Service, seeks to address this problem through the Sustainable Forestry and African American Land Retention Program. A team of social scientists recently completed baseline qualitative research in association with this program, entailing over 60 in-person interviews with African American forest owners at the pilot sites in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Alabama. Results from this study provide insights into the history, current circumstances, and goals of African American land ownership and forest management. These insights will enhance understanding and inform outreach efforts, which we hope will accelerate an emerging trend for African American landowners to return to forestry as a sound, land-based business strategy.

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Tracking forest and landscape change from space using the ForWarn system

U.S. Forest Service Southern Research Station (SRS) Research Ecologists Steve Norman and William Hargrove with the SRS Eastern Forests Environmental Threat Assessment Center (EFETAC) will present a webinar on ForWarn, an online satellite-based change detection tool that maps disturbances and drought effects every 8 days.

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Upland Hardwood Silviculture

The goal of this course is to provide practicing foresters with information about current silvicultural practices and emerging issues based on scientific research that affects managing upland hardwoods. The course is designed for professional foresters working in upland hardwood systems. Wildlife professionals and natural resources managers from State and Federal agencies, non-governmental organizations, educators, and the general public also may take the course, with the understanding that they should be familiar with forestry terminology.

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Ramps Forest Farming Video Series

Research Forest Products Technologist, Jim Chamberlain, reviews the steps taken to manage and cultivate ramps, or wild onions. In this video series, the proper soil, shade and forest type are all considered prior to constructing a raised bed for planting ramps under the forest canopy.

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